• May 18, 07:25 AM | US Official News

    Members Only Commercial Solar Arrays On Farmland Cropping Up Bountifully -- And Stirring Opposition.

    Salem: Oregon Public Utility Commission has issued the following news release: In farm fields from the Willamette Valley to the Kittitas Valley and east to Idaho, energy developers want to plant a new crop: commercial solar arrays. But a surge in utility-scale solar farm applications is generating pushback. Farmland preservation advocates, who might normally be allies of green power, are ...

  • May 18, 08:10 AM | Virginian-Pilot

    Paying a Tax for Every Mile You Drive? Regional Boards Want Virginia to Study the Idea

    May 18--With the rise of electric and other fuel-efficient vehicles, the state association of metropolitan planners is asking Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine to take a look at a new way to pay for roads. The Virginia Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations said in a letter that it's "concerned with the future sustainability" of road funding because of a reliance on gas ...

  • May 18, 08:03 AM | Chicago Tribune

    What's the Economic Impact of Chicago Music Festivals? City Will Get Data from Mastercard Spending

    May 18--Which has the greater importance to Chicago: The Chicago Blues Festival or the Chicago Jazz Festival? If you love our city's musical heritage, you'd rightly answer "both." But what about the economic impact of these big downtown festivals, both now held in Millennium Park? Which is the bigger deal? And was it really a good idea to move them from Grant Park to Millennium Park? And is ...

  • May 18, 06:31 AM | Republican Herald

    Curtain falls on theater plan; parking deck project to continue

    May 18--POTTSVILLE -- The movie theater the city planned to build atop a new parking deck is not going to happen. "From the start, we knew it was going to be a tough, complicated thing to get done, " Savas Logothetides, director of the Pottsville Area Development Corp., said Thursday. A new Mahantongo Parking Deck will still be built without the cinematic attraction. "We are moving forward ...

  • May 18, 08:37 AM | Detroit Free Press

    OPINION: Don't use that suburban address to dodge Detroit taxes

    May 18--Pay your taxes. It's really not that hard. Don't lie about where you live, even if it means you're saving a bundle on car insurance. These things are not, or should not be, optional. Yet Detroit is home to a number of new non-resident residents, folks who've moved to high-price apartments in the city's booming Midtown and downtown areas but continue to report suburban addresses. Most ...

  • May 18, 03:34 AM | Capital Press

    County hopes wastewater treatment facility attracts food processors

    OTHELLO, Wash. — Adams County and the Port of Othello are building an industrial wastewater treatment and water reuse facility as a first step to recruiting niche food processors and diversifying the region’s crops. The county wants to recruit companies that produce beverages, craft sodas, health foods or nutraceuticals. “In economic development, everybody really wants the big win,” said ...

  • May 18, 03:01 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Urban spelunking into a city’s past

    Beneath the Brutalist structure of Boston City Hall is a dusty abandoned tunnel that was once a part of America’s first subway line, the Tremont Street Subway. On May 21, in honor of Preservation Month, 100 people will have the rare opportunity to tour the cavernous space, which was in operation from the end of the 19th century to the early 1960s. The Boston Landmarks Commission and city’s ...

  • May 18, 02:13 AM | The Examiner

    Members Only Rent reforms in a few cities pave the way for nationwide overhaul

    In October 2013, some renters in Charlotte, N.C., received notice: To maintain their federal housing assistance, they soon would be required to work. The requirement wasn’t onerous, just 15 hours a week. But it was the start of the Charlotte Housing Authority’s efforts to move people off the rolls and toward being able to afford housing on their own.Today, there’s a waiting list of more than ...

  • May 18, 12:23 AM | The Press Democrat

    Highway 101 'Big Pave' project from Windsor to Geyserville heads toward home stretch

    May 18--Road crews are back at work repaving a bone-shaking stretch of Highway 101, one of the largest infrastructure projects in northern Sonoma County in 50 years. The project, dubbed "the Big Pave" and expected to cost more than $155 million, will eventually smooth out a notoriously jarring 24-mile leg of the highway from Windsor to Cloverdale. "I can remember traveling to Santa Rosa with ...

  • May 17, 10:30 PM | The Tuscaloosa News

    Planners unveil near-final vision for west Tuscaloosa

    May 18--A commercial and business corridor along Stillman Boulevard. A cultural and civic focus for Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. A revitalized 21-acre site with residential, retail and commercial uses on the site of a former salvage yard. These are among the final suggestions a group of planners expects to present to City Hall next month. On Thursday, a team from CHW Inc., the land ...

  • May 17, 09:10 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    Where Are San Diego County's Homeless?

    May 17--The homeless population across San Diego County is on the decline, according to numbers released Thursday by the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless, although it's up 20 percent in the downtown zone that contains the highest concentration. Volunteers working with the task force counted 8,576 homeless individuals in January, a 6 percent decrease from the more than 9,100 ...

  • May 17, 09:03 PM | The Bakersfield Californian

    Report: Despite strong demand, low-income housing in Kern still on decline

    May 17--Kern County has seen an 85 percent reduction in low-income housing production just since 2016, according to a new report from the California Housing Partnership Corporation. The report examines the amount of affordable housing available, how funding has declined, the high demand for affordable rental homes and other factors. The data in the report is from agencies including the ...

  • May 17, 08:19 PM | Taunton Daily Gazette

    Mansfield voters nix plastic bags, but say 'yes' to pot, roosters

    May 16--In a marathon session, which lasted to midnight, Mansfield Town Meeting voters banned plastic shopping bags Tuesday, May 15, but declined to do the same for recreational marijuana and roosters. A series of articles on how the town will handle recreational marijuana prompted much of the evening's discussion for the more than 250 voters at the Mansfield High School auditorium. Several ...

  • May 17, 07:54 PM | Seattle Times

    Cost to demolish Alaskan Way Viaduct pegged at $93.7M

    May 17--A contractor has been chosen to demolish the old Alaskan Way Viaduct, which is fast approaching its annihilation. Kiewit Infrastructure West submitted the winning bid at $93.7 million, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced Tuesday. "It will be challenging to tear down a major highway in the heart of a booming city, but we're looking forward to getting it ...

  • May 17, 06:57 PM | Chicago Tribune

    Northwest Side affordable housing project fails to get state tax credits

    May 18--A controversial Northwest Side affordable housing plan failed again this week to qualify for state tax credits, imperiling a project that has sparked a heated debate over whether opponents are trying to keep minority residents out of the Jefferson Park neighborhood. The 75-unit building planned for a busy intersection near the Jefferson Park Blue Line station was not included on the ...

  • May 17, 06:20 PM | The Washington Post

    Members Only Montgomery County executive threatens rare veto over storm water proposal

    Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) is threatening a veto if the County Council rejects his request to privatize storm water management in Maryland's most populous jurisdiction. A line-item budget veto rare seen in Montgomery County, and Leggett's promised veto of the roughly $48 million allocated to storm water management in the proposed capital improvement program budget would be ...

  • May 17, 05:58 PM | Times Press

    6-year improvement plan for Hartford airport approved

    HARTFORD - As work continues on phase one of the long-await-ed extension and runway reconstruction at the Hartford Municipal Airport, officials are planning more improvements there over the next six years. The city's Common Council on May 8 approved to adopting the airport's six-year capital improvement plan. The Plan Commission Monday during their meeting will also discuss the plan. By state ...

  • May 17, 04:25 PM | The Springfield Republican

    Members Only Solar developers withdraw applications

    Wetlands violations stymie pair of arrays Facing delays related to wetlands violations, a New Jersey developer has temporarily withdrawn its applications for two large solar farms. Soltage LLC - through its engineering consultants, AMEC Foster Wheeler - on Thursday notified the Easthampton Planning Board that it will withdraw special permit applications for large-scale solar projects at 232 ...

  • May 17, 04:09 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Kansas City's Kemper Arena will be renamed Hy-Vee Arena

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Historic Kemper Arena in Kansas City is getting a new name. The arena is now called Hy-Vee Arena, under a deal announced Thursday by the building's new owner. Steve Foutch, CEO of Foutch Architecture and Development, said the Iowa-based grocery store chain has agreed to a 10-year naming rights deal for the arena, which is being renovated into a $39 million youth and ...

  • May 17, 03:31 PM | San Jose Mercury News

    One woman's plan to solve the Bay Area's housing problem: 10,000 tiny, backyard homes

    May 17--What do these two places have in common: Hale County, Alabama, one of the nation's poorest communities, and Silicon Valley, one of the nation's richest? People can't afford homes in either place, says Pam Dorr, director of affordable housing at Menlo Park-based nonprofit Soup. That's why after spending 15 years helping to produce affordable homes in Hale County, Dorr is bringing the ...

  • May 17, 02:36 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Lawsuit claims city's sewage treatment plant pollutes river

    MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Water quality advocates filed a lawsuit alleging the city of Medford has known for years that water discharged from its sewage treatment plant illegally harms the Rogue River's aquatic balance but failed to fix it. The Northwest Environmental Advocates, in a suit filed Tuesday, claim studies since 2013 show nutrient levels cause unnatural algae and aquatic weed growth, ...

  • May 17, 02:08 PM | Dallas Morning News

    Members Only An old downtown Dallas district getting a redo has a new name -- East Quarter

    May 17--Dallas has an Uptown, a downtown and a West End. Now developers are rebranding a historic neighborhood on the east side of the central business district as the East Quarter. The name change is part of a redevelopment plan for more than two dozen historic buildings and construction sites near Deep Ellum along Cesar Chavez Boulevard and Commerce and Jackson streets. Real estate firm, ...

  • May 17, 01:56 PM | The Argus-Press

    Planning chairwoman blasts turbine foes

    CORUNNA - The chairwoman of the Shiawassee County Planning Commission Wednesday called wind turbine opponents bullies, claimed she felt threatened and said the county's current turbine ordinance proposal could be considered "exclusionary." Planning Commission Chairwoman Bonnie Ott and commission member Robert Ebmeyer attended Wednesday's county board committee of the whole meeting and told ...

  • May 17, 10:18 AM | The Daily Beast

    Members Only Atlanta’s Building Boom Is Destroying Its Famous Forests

    The streets of Atlanta are lined with towering oaks, poplars, pines, and white-blooming dogwoods, earning it the nickname the “City in a Forest.”They’re the remainder of the dense woodland that covered the Appalachian foothills before the city emerged before the Civil War. Some date back 200 years, making them a point of civic pride.But an urban renaissance that’s drawing new residents by the ...

  • May 17, 08:36 AM | Detroit Free Press

    New protected bike lanes on East Jefferson will be test for Detroit

    May 17--Detroit's experiment with non-motorized transit is being put to its biggest test yet with the remaking of East Jefferson Avenue. By July Fourth, the city says it will have created protected bike lanes and reduced vehicle traffic from three lanes in each direction to two in each direction from downtown out to Jefferson-Chalmers. The benefits of this long-overdue change are expected to ...

  • May 17, 08:02 AM | Idaho Press-Tribune

    Boise Veterans Affairs employees rally against privatization, vacancies

    BOISE — Caring for veterans attracts employees with a particular interest in serving those who’ve served, and some employees of the Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center fear potential changes to agency funds could have poor consequences for the program and veterans. Around 15 people, some of whom were Boise VA employees, protested Wednesday in downtown Boise to stop what they see as a move by ...

  • May 17, 07:35 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Jamestown oyster farm in wildlife refuge put on hold

    SEQUIM, Wash. (AP) — Permitting for the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe's proposed oyster farm at Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge is on hold until at least a November hearing after concerns were expressed over the impacts of the 50-acre, inner-tidal project. The Peninsula Daily News reported Wednesday the Clallam County Department of Community Development withdrew its environmental determination ...

  • May 17, 09:05 AM | Philly.com

    Lunch Spots Boom as Big Business Brings Employees to Camden

    May 17--Market Gourmet wasn't just a deli when it opened in downtown Camden seven years ago. To hear South Jersey politicians tell it, the sandwich shop on the ground floor of the Victor Lofts apartments was a harbinger of the elusive revitalization that had been promised to the city's residents for decades. Then-mayor Dana Redd predicted jobs would follow. U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, then a ...

  • May 17, 01:13 AM | MinnPost.com

    Members Only Edina Struggles with the ‘D-Word’ — Density

    The Estelle was going to be like nothing Edina had seen before, a $250 million project with two towers — 26 stories and 22 stories, respectively — at 69th and France, across the street from the Galleria, the region’s most upscale shopping mall.The city’s first condo project in a decade, it offered 170 units and had a waiting list of about 150 “very interested” potential owners, according to ...

  • May 16, 11:26 PM | Daily Camera

    In Bid to Add Affordable Senior Housing, Should Boulder Sacrifice Quantity for Quality?

    May 17--Senior housing projects tied up together in Boulder's planning process are stirring a debate among officials over what matters more when it comes to affordable housing: quality or quantity? City Council on Tuesday night took up a concept review for 1665 33rd St., the former site of Fruehauf's Patio. Planned is a mixed-use project that would include restaurant, retail and office space ...

  • May 17, 03:00 AM | The New York Times

    Members Only A Clash Over Fairways, and Fairness, During a Housing Crisis

    HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong Golf Club is a 129-year-old enclave of privilege whose quiet fairways once catered to the city's British colonial rulers, but whose parking lot is now filled with the Teslas and Porsches of its wealthy Chinese elite. More recently, this sprawling golf club, with 54 holes, has become something else: the focal point of a raging, citywide debate about how to use Hong ...

  • May 16, 11:18 PM | News-Journal

    City helps Daytona beachside redevelopment

    May 17--DAYTONA BEACH -- Streamline Hotel owner Eddie Hennessy is poised to get two big assists from the city in his effort to redevelop land he owns south of his historic beachside inn. At their meeting Wednesday night, city commissioners unanimously agreed to sell Hennessy a small piece of city-owned property that will square off the landholding Hennessy has just west of State Road A1A. And ...

  • May 16, 10:33 PM | Daily Press

    City Farm advocates raise concerns over draft comprehensive plan

    May 16--The way City Farm is labeled in Newport News' future comprehensive plan -- the document that has official policies on long-term land use -- could mean a lot for those concerned about the land's future, a reason why it has dominated discussion about the plan. The draft, called "One City, One Future 2040," is the city's update of its current comprehensive plan, "Framework for the Future ...

  • May 16, 08:14 PM | Associated Press

    Judge rules Confederate statues removal by Memphis is legal

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The removal of three statues of Confederate leaders from public parks in Memphis, Tennessee, did not violate state law because they were on private property when they were torn down, a judge ruled Wednesday. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle in Nashville said the move by Memphis to bring down the statues of Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, Confederate President ...

  • May 16, 07:54 PM | News Tribune

    Affordable housing now required in new, large apartment complexes in this Tacoma neighborhood

    May 16--The Tacoma City Council voted Tuesday to require developers planning new apartment buildings near the Tacoma Mall to include affordable units in those complexes. It is the first time so-called "inclusionary zoning" is being required in the city and comes at a time when people living in Tacoma and Pierce County are dealing with rapidly increasing housing costs. Mayor Victoria Woodards ...

  • May 16, 06:21 PM | The Advocate

    New Orleans housing advocates urge governor to veto bill on 'inclusionary zoning'

    May 16--A local housing advocacy group is urging Gov. John Bel Edwards to veto a recently passed bill that would ban so-called "inclusionary zoning" policies, which require housing developers to set aside units for low-income residents. The Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance argues that inclusionary policies could help Orleans Parish and other municipalities boost the supply of affordable ...

  • May 16, 06:17 PM | The Advocate

    Baton Rouge conference on water issues draws experts from around the country

    May 16--Louisiana often has too much, while Arizona frequently has too little, but water is a major concern for all the Sunbelt states. This week, scientists, engineers and policymakers gathered in Baton Rouge for the inaugural Ten Across -- or 10X -- Conference to talk about water issues that affect their communities. The alliance includes all the cities along Interstate 10 -- Los Angeles, ...

  • May 16, 04:50 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only 5 facts about the abandoned T tunnel under City Hall Plaza you may get a chance to tour

    Beneath the brutalist structure of Boston City Hall is a dusty abandoned train tunnel that was once a part of America’s first subway line, the Tremont Street Subway. On May 21, in honor of Preservation Month, 100 people will have the rare opportunity to tour the cavernous space, which was in operation from the end of the 19th century to the early 1960s. The Boston Landmarks Commission and ...

  • May 16, 03:20 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Forum to discuss revitalization plan for Arlington Heights

    Arlington and regional planners are holding a community forum on Wednesay, May 23 at 7 p.m. at the Dallin Elementary School to discuss a neighborhood revitalization plan for Arlington Heights. Representatives from the Arlington Department of Planning and Community Development and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council will present options for spurring neighborhood revitalization, including an ...

  • May 16, 02:45 PM | News Leader

    City's ‘blighted' waterfront CRA board lapses

    In 2005, after "many hours spent by the city, the community and specialized consultants," the Fernandina Beach City Commission eagerly received a detailed, official report on its new Amelia River Waterfront Community Redevelopment Area, the CRA. The CRA includes 39.5 acres and a mixture of publicly-and privately-owned properties. That "blighted area," defined in a document called the ...

  • May 16, 02:40 PM | Orlando Sentinel

    Good news for Orlando commuters from south Lake -- turnpike to be widened to eight lanes

    May 16--In the coming years, Orlando commuters who live in rapidly growing south Lake County will find more room on the road as they travel Florida's Turnpike. State transportation officials are working on plans to widen the turnpike from the current four lanes to eight lanes along a six-mile stretch between the State Road 50 exit for Oakland and Clermont and the new Minneola interchange at ...

  • May 16, 02:13 PM | Chicago Tribune

    Obama Foundation makes final push for support before Plan Commission meeting Thursday

    May 16--They have collected thousands of digital postcards from residents expressing their excitement about placing the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park. They have hosted nine public meetings and hundreds of smaller sessions with residents and activists. They have distributed campaign-style placards and released an eight-page document outlining how they say the center would benefit ...

  • May 16, 01:52 PM | Skiatook Journal

    New law incentivizes more home construction within Cherokee Nation's 14 counties

    Legislative success is an essential tool in maximizing the prosperity of Cherokee Nation. Partnerships with federal, state and local entities enhance our ability to provide essential services to our citizens. At the state level, we were vocal advocates of House Bill 1334, a recently passed law authored by Cherokee Nation citizen and State Rep. Chuck Hoskin. HB1334 gives school districts with ...

  • May 16, 01:29 PM | Martinsville Bulletin

    Could Warner's new bill help Martinsville's restoration efforts?

    MARTINSVILLE – A city official is hopeful that legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, if it is passed, can help Martinsville combine public and private resources to spur community revitalization efforts, such as repurposing the former Paradise Inn on Fayette Street. Warner, D-Virginia, and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, have introduced the Tools on Our Local Streets (TOOLS) to ...

  • May 16, 01:24 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Houston to require firms to give more to get tax breaks

    HOUSTON (AP) — Houston on Wednesday approved new rules outlining additional community benefits companies seeking tax breaks for development projects will need to provide in order to get financial incentives from the city. The new benefits — including improved training and affordable housing for the local workforce — are geared in part toward helping development in economically challenged ...

  • May 16, 09:49 AM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only Emergency Shelters Get a Boost as L.A. County Increases Homelessness Spending

    May 15--The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to increase spending to address homelessness by $143 million in 2018-19 -- the second year of money flowing from the Measure H sales tax increase that voters approved last year. The new budget calls for $402 million in spending on programs that include homelessness prevention, rent subsidies, outreach, preservation of affordable ...

  • May 16, 05:34 AM | Austin Monitor

    Planning Commissioners Spar Over Reduced Lot Sizes in CodeNEXT

    The 13 volunteer citizens appointed to the city Planning Commission spent eight grueling hours Monday night proposing and debating changes to CodeNEXT. It was a stark contrast to the the treatment the proposed code overhaul received from the city's other land use panel, the Zoning and Platting Commission, whose final recommendation last week was simply that the city give up on CodeNEXT. While ...

  • May 15, 02:08 PM | Dallas Morning News

    Members Only Arlington Offered Nearly $1 Billion in Incentives for Amazon HQ2

    May 15--The city of Arlington revealed on Tuesday that it is out of the running for Amazon's coveted second headquarters, after the city had offered the company tax breaks and grants worth close to a billion dollars if it had chosen to redevelop Globe Life Park after the Texas Rangers move into their taxpayer subsidized new stadium. "We were enthused that our vision for HQ2 caught the ...

  • May 16, 07:10 AM | The Washington Post (Blogs)

    Members Only ‘A violation of trust’: Alexandria officials slammed for scaling back Potomac Yard Metro station without public input

    Alexandria kept city residents in the dark for months about its plans to eliminate the southern entrance to the Potomac Yard Metro station, making public the changes to the project only weeks before Metro is expected to award a construction contract. The scaled-back design for the $320 million station has angered residents and businesses lured to the Potomac Yard area by the promise of a Metro ...

  • May 16, 05:17 AM | Santa Cruz Sentinel

    Santa Cruz policy committee serves housing solution ideas back to community for input

    May 16--SANTA CRUZ -- Looking through the lens of impact, speed, cost and community readiness, Santa Cruz city leaders are expected to weigh a winnowed list of housing development "solutions" as early as next month. First, a Santa Cruz City Council subcommittee assigned the task of combing through and prioritizing publicly proposed housing solutions checked in on the fourth condition: the ...

  • May 16, 04:21 AM | Chicago Sun-Times

    New study offers 25 ideas to take on Chicago-area segregation

    Expanding housing voucher options, piloting new transit options and offering property tax relief to those who invest in affordable housing are just some of the ways to combat segregation in Chicago, according to a new report. The nonprofit Metropolitan Planning Council released a report Tuesday proposing 25 policy ideas aimed at addressing segregation in the Chicago area, and potentially stem ...

  • May 15, 07:42 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Board approves California bullet train's 2018 business plan

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The board tasked with overseeing California's ambitious high-speed rail project approved a new business plan Tuesday and pledged to keep pushing forward even as the plan faces stark financial challenges. "We are going to deliver high-speed rail for the people of California," board chairman Dan Richards said. At stake is a plan to build a high-speed train between Los ...

  • May 15, 07:36 PM | Free Press

    Nicollet County updating its comprehensive plan, seeking public input

    May 15--ST. PETER -- Nicollet County officials knew their master plan was more than a little out of date. The last Nicollet County Comprehensive Plan was done more than three decades ago. At the time it was completed, in 1985, North Mankato and St. Peter each had a population of just more than 9,000. Now, North Mankato is close to 14,000 residents and St. Peter nearly 12,000. And while that ...

  • May 15, 07:00 PM | Bond Buyer

    Members Only New York City, Amtrak to begin master planning for Sunnyside Yard

    New York City and Amtrak will begin master planning for development at the Sunnyside Yard in Queens in the summer. The city and Amtrak signed a letter of intent to formalize collaboration, Deputy Mayor of Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen and Amtrak Chairman Anthony Coscia announced. The master plan – which city officials said could bring billions of dollars in potential ...

  • May 15, 07:00 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Congressman would ban California water tunnel lawsuits

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California congressman wants to ban environmental lawsuits challenging a plan to build two gigantic tunnels to divert water from the north to the thirsty south. Rep. Ken Calvert, a Riverside County Republican, inserted the ban in a 142-page draft of an Interior Department spending bill for fiscal 2019 that he released Tuesday, the Sacramento Bee reported. Calvert ...

  • May 15, 06:53 PM | Palm Beach Post

    With increasing growth, city hopes interest grows for Heart of Boynton

    May 15--BOYNTON BEACH -- Fresh with promising news that residents might finally see new and affordable housing in the Heart of Boynton community, city leaders are trying their luck with another site. The Community Redevelopment Agency on Monday requested developers send in ideas on how to redevelop more than four acres off Seacrest Boulevard just north of Boynton Beach Boulevard. The land, ...

  • May 15, 06:16 PM | Associated Press

    The Latest: Oakland may appeal after judge rejects coal ban

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a federal judge rejecting a ban on shipping coal from the Oakland, California, port (all times local): 3:15 p.m. An official says Oakland is deciding whether to appeal a ruling by a federal judge to strike down a city ban against coal shipments through its ports. Mayor Libby Schaaf issued a statement Tuesday saying she would continue the "fight for the health ...

  • May 15, 02:37 PM | South Florida Sun Sentinel

    Fort Lauderdale tower vote tonight is a test case for 'smart growth' commission

    May 15--The first high-rise to face the newly elected City Commission meets its fate Tuesday night. The Alexan-Tarpon River tower is so controversial that opponents formed an organization and hired a lawyer and a traffic engineer. They're hoping newly elected officials who campaigned on putting the city's development in check will do something about the building proposed across U.S. 1 from the ...

  • May 15, 02:32 PM | Portsmouth Herald

    Code/planning position needed, say town leaders

    YORK, Maine - A strong economy with a concurrent rise in building projects throughout town have left Code Enforcement Office Director Amber Harrison and Town Planner Dylan Smith "overloaded" with work. There are 11 active Planning Board applications - including several large subdivisions, a new Center for Wildlife campus and a residential development on the Davis property in York Village. The ...

  • May 15, 02:11 PM | Bond Buyer (Online)

    Members Only Cannibalization of Georgia city means credit risks for other municipalities

    Local governments in Georgia face heightened credit risk and higher borrowing costs because of new state laws authorizing a city to be sliced in half to create a new municipality, analysts said this week. Gov. Nathan Deal signed the bills May 8 allowing the de-annexation of 51% of Stockbridge’s assessable residential and commercial property value to pave the way for incorporating a new city of ...

  • May 15, 02:00 PM | Gold Coast Sun - Southern

    Members Only Gearing up to be mini-LA

    DO you ever get the feeling that the number of cars, particularly those in front of you on a Monday morning, seems to be growing at a faster rate than the population? You’d be right. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Gold Coast is slowly turning into mini-Los Angeles, with the number of cars registered on the Glitter Strip going from 314,614 in 2012 to 353,645 in 2016, a ...

  • May 15, 01:39 PM | Bangor Daily News

    City gets more federal funds than expected, plans more help for immigrants and homeless

    May 15--The city of Portland is receiving about $150,000 more in federal funding than expected for its Community Development Block Grant program, and will distribute the additional money to a range of local organizations that provide services for immigrants and people experiencing homelessness, among others. The city had been expecting to receive approximately $1.85 million from the U.S. ...

  • May 15, 12:03 PM | Saint Paul Pioneer Press

    Stillwater senior housing project could shrink dramatically amid competition

    May 15--Facing competition from another new senior housing complex being built in Stillwater, Ecumen officials plan to dramatically decrease the size of its proposed senior housing project. Ecumen officials on Tuesday night will ask the Stillwater City Council to approve a change to its proposal for land owned by Our Savior's Lutheran Church and KLBB-AM. The council had previously approved the ...

  • May 15, 11:16 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Pueblo officials designate power stations historic landmark

    PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Pueblo City Council unanimously elected to designate a pair of retired power stations a local historic landmark. The Pueblo Chieftain reports the decision came Monday as the council had been debating whether to name Black Hills Power Stations 5&6 a local landmark to prevent them from being demolished. The designation will help fund the redevelopment of the site. Councilman ...

  • May 15, 06:06 AM | Idaho Statesman

    She spent her teens in a Garden City trailer. Now she tears trailers down to build anew.

    May 15--A 33-year-old could hold the keys to an increasingly desirable piece of Garden City's eastern end. "It's all in that lady's hands, whether she ruins it or makes it awesome," said Lucas Erlebach, co-owner of Push and Pour, a coffee shop that opened 18 months ago on the corner of 34th and Carr streets. "That lady" is Hannah Ball, the tenacious, straight-talking, muscle car-loving force ...

  • May 15, 05:18 AM | Leader-Telegram

    Milwaukee firm eyes land to bring West Coast housing trend to Eau Claire's lower west side Cannery District

    May 15--A Milwaukee firm will pitch a new style of housing for part of a riverfront redevelopment area in Eau Claire. WiRED Properties is scheduled to appear at Wednesday morning's Redevelopment Authority meeting to seek a 90-day exclusive right to reach a purchase and development agreement for about 2 vacant acres in the Cannery Redevelopment District, located on the city's lower west side ...

  • May 15, 03:30 AM | Seattle Times

    After head-tax vote, Amazon resuming work on one building, but unsure of plans for another

    May 15--Amazon said it will continue to evaluate its long-term plans for Seattle after the City Council passed a bill to tax large businesses to fund homelessness services. The company will resume planning it had suspended on a tower-construction project on land it is developing, a spokesman said, but the retail giant is still weighing whether to sublease another large building. The company ...

  • May 15, 02:48 AM | Sauk Valley Newspapers

    No EPA grants for Limestone cleanup this year; officials optimistic about next year

    ROCK FALLS – The city will wait until next year to do cleanup work at the Limestone Building after learning it wouldn't be getting the grants it applied for in November. The city had applied for two U.S. EPA Cleanup grants, each in the amount of $200,000, to do environmental remediation work after the building was taken down in July. The EPA and Terracon, the city's environmental consultants, ...

  • May 15, 02:36 AM | Charlotte Sun

    Master plan revival still in the works for Punta Gorda

    Talk continues for updates to the 2005 Citizens Master Plan in Punta Gorda. As directed by the City Council, Punta Gorda staff is seeking an outside planning firm for support in its review and update of the plan. Meanwhile, council member Jaha Cummings is proposing a different approach. Cummings believes the council should first have a workshop with local business owners to get a better ...

  • May 15, 02:35 AM | Detroit Free Press

    When a man loves a city: Singer Michael Bolton's documentary on Detroit to debut

    May 15--Five years and 100 hours of film footage later, Michael Bolton's cinematic love letter to Detroit is finally hitting the big screen. "American Dream: Detroit," which explores the entrepreneurial and cultural turnaround in key parts of the city, will premiere Tuesday evening in a onetime, simultaneous showing at more than 400 theaters across the country, including 15 cinemas in ...

  • May 14, 06:00 PM | Columbus Dispatch

    Members Only Area Officials Heading to Las Vegas to Study Hyperloop Prototype

    May 14--Later this week, a group of local officials will head to Nevada to check out the Virgin Hyperloop One at a test track outside Las Vegas. They're going to watch the prototype speed around the mile-long track at hundreds of miles an hour. The Virgin Hyperloop prototype travels up to 300 mph, said Thea Walsh, director of transportation systems and funding for the Mid-Ohio Regional ...

  • May 14, 10:34 PM | Guardian Web

    'Tax Amazon': Seattle Passes Plan for Corporate Wealth Tax to Fund Housing

    A parade of hardhat union workers and threats from hometown-behemoth Amazon did not stop Seattle leaders from passing on Monday a “head tax” meant to fund housing projects and homeless services. A watered-down version of the tax, which will charge the city’s largest employees $275-per-worker annually, is now expected to be enacted by Seattle’s mayor, Jenny Durkan. The tax is projected to ...

  • May 14, 10:19 PM | The Herald-Tribune

    Changing Communities Describe Development and Redevelopment Ideas

    May 14--MANATEE COUNTY -- Although they do not account for all the rooftops sprouting across Manatee County, the cities of Bradenton and Palmetto and the master-planned community of Lakewood Ranch account for portions of that new development. And, whether that growth is urban infill or expanding suburbia, it requires planning and coordination. On Monday, Bradenton City Administrator Carl ...

  • May 15, 02:21 AM | Grand Rapids Business Journal

    City wins 'strongest town' contest

    A city in the region has been named the winner of a contest to find the country's "strongest town." Muskegon won the third-annual Strongest Town Contest, a bracket-based competition organized by Strong Towns, a Brainerd, Minnesota-based nonprofit community development and media organization. Towns were considered based on nominations by Strong Towns' members, readers and listeners, which were ...

  • May 14, 10:13 PM | Miami Herald

    Here's one idea to relieve downtown traffic: Dig a tunnel under the Miami River

    May 14--The Miami River is one of the city's great unsung assets. But traversing the waterway gets more problematic by the year as downtown continues to grow at a vertigo-inducing pace. Aside from filling in the river, the only option at the Brickell Avenue chokepoint is to go over it. Unless cars could drive under it -- an idea that has been discussed since Maurice Ferré was mayor some 40 ...

  • May 14, 04:45 PM | Associated Press

    New York to join lawsuit against federal housing agency

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is joining a lawsuit filed against the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and Secretary Ben Carson over a decision to delay an Obama-era rule intended to ensure that communities address racial segregation. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat and former HUD secretary, announced the state's involvement on Monday. The lawsuit was filed earlier this ...

  • May 14, 03:51 PM | Bond Buyer (Online)

    Members Only No focus on Trump plan during infrastructure week

    WASHINGTON – As further evidence that the Trump administration’s long-ballyhooed infrastructure plan released in February is dead, it was barely mentioned when the nation’s sixth annual infrastructure week got underway Monday. Instead, experts pointed to the progress being made by some states and cities while Congress is independently making incremental progress on airports and water projects. ...

  • May 14, 02:51 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Lawsuit alleges New Hampshire landfill contaminated river

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Two environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that a landfill in New Hampshire is leaking toxic chemicals into a nearby river. Toxics Action Center and Conservation Law Foundation filed the lawsuit Monday against Casella Waste Systems and its subsidiary, North Country Environmental Services. It's accusing the companies of allowing elevated concentrations ...

  • May 14, 09:58 AM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only Rising costs threaten L.A.'s homeless housing goal

    May 12--Skyrocketing development costs and loss of state and federal subsidies are undermining Los Angeles' goal of adding 10,000 units of homeless and affordable housing in a decade, officials said Friday. At the current rate of spending, the $1.2-billion bond authorized by Proposition HHH would fall as much as 4,000 units short, they said in a report to the citizen oversight committee for ...

  • May 14, 08:57 AM | Associated Press

    Seattle backs tax on companies like Amazon to help homeless

    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle leaders on Monday unanimously approved a tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fund the fight against homelessness after weeks of heated debate and raucous hearings. The City Council backed a compromise plan that will charge large businesses about $275 per full-time worker each year, lower than the $500 per worker initially proposed. The so-called head ...

  • May 14, 03:47 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only 12 communities picked for Tennessee Downtowns program

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State officials say 12 communities in Tennessee will participate in a program aimed at revitalizing their downtown commercial districts. Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe said Friday that the communities will receive a $15,000 grant to complete a commercial improvement project as part of their inclusion in the Tennessee Downtowns ...

  • May 14, 03:41 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only Supes to askfirm's leadersabout botchedsoil samples

    The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will hold its first hearing Monday on the botched billion-dollar cleanup of the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. The highly anticipated hearing will give elected officials their first opportunity to question executives from Tetra Tech, the environmental engineering firm accused of faking soil samples at the Superfund site, which is home to the city's ...

  • May 13, 08:02 AM | Associated Press

    Deal could restart stalled NYC Ferris wheel tourism project

    NEW YORK (AP) — It was a soaring idea, intended to put the city's least-populous, least-visited borough on the tourism map. But six years after it was announced, a plan to build one of the world's largest Ferris wheels on Staten Island is still stuck on the ground. The four pedestals for the wheel, each weighing 100 tons, remain the only components of the 630-foot (192-meter) structure erected ...

  • May 14, 08:34 AM | Detroit Free Press

    Are There Enough People to Fill Downtown Detroit Condos, Apartments?

    May 14--So many new residential units are being built in the greater downtown Detroit that the question naturally arises: Are there really people to fill them all? So far, the answer has been "yes." With millennials pouring into the city to work for Quicken Loans and other employers, newly opened residential projects in the greater downtown continue to fill up quickly. DuCharme Place, an ...

  • May 14, 06:18 AM | Tampa Bay Times

    Members Only Public Housing Officials, Tenants Wary of Ben Carson's Plan to Increase Rent for Nation's Poorest

    May 14--TAMPA -- More than a decade ago, James Gaines suffered a head injury that left him unable to work. His monthly disability check gives him about $700 to live on each month. Every other Saturday, he goes to a church food drive to pick up free food like peanut butter and packet stew. So a federal plan that could raise the rent he pays for his one-bedroom apartment in Tampa Park Apartments ...

  • May 14, 03:41 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only Region's Housing Emergency

    California's housing crisis is centered in the Bay Area, and the region's booming economy is increasingly inequitable and unsustainable. That's the message of two recent studies by two very different organizations. State legislators and local officials shouldn't need any more evidence to take urgent action. The first study, commissioned by a business-oriented San Francisco public policy group ...

  • May 14, 09:00 AM | Winnipeg Free Press

    Members Only Co-housing considered for Winnipeg market

    A local group is looking to bring communal housing, which got its start in Denmark in the 1960s, to Winnipeg. Prairie Rivers Cohousing wants to establish the first such community in the city in the near future. Co-housing, also known as co-living, is a planned community of private homes gathered around communal spaces. Residents usually own their individual homes, which are clustered around a ...

  • May 14, 06:18 AM | Tampa Bay Times

    Members Only Downtown St. Petersburg church agrees to sell its parking lot for $5.6 million

    May 14--ST. PETERSBURG -- A downtown congregation has agreed to sell a portion of its prime property to a Connecticut developer. Christ United Methodist Church said it has signed a contract to sell its parking lot at First Avenue N and Fifth Street to Miles River Development for $5.65 million. The developer could not be reached for comment, but church leaders say they believe there are plans ...

  • May 13, 10:18 PM | The Herald-Tribune

    Regional water agency envisions third reservoir for future demand

    May 14--As the area's population expands, a regional water authority with a network of pipelines that cross county lines says it must do the same. "Right now, we're meeting everybody's water needs," Patrick Lehman, executive director of the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority, said. "Everybody's satisfied." For planning purposes, however, the authority continues to think ...

  • May 13, 10:17 PM | The Herald-Tribune

    Florida lawmakers shortchange affordable housing as demand soars

    May 14--Many Florida communities are experiencing a renewed clamor for affordable housing options as rising home prices and rents squeeze budgets. Yet even as housing costs continue to spiral upwards, Florida lawmakers have shortchanged affordable housing programs. Since 2001 the Legislature has swept $2.2 billion out of two trust funds created to pay for affordable housing, including $182 ...

  • May 13, 04:02 PM | Saint Paul Pioneer Press

    St. Paul bicycling advocates call for protected lanes along Summit Avenue

    May 14--Bill Lindeke said he was shaken but not surprised by the tragic death of a cyclist at the intersection of Summit and Snelling avenues last week. It's happened before -- in 2008 -- as have other serious crashes involving pedestrians or cyclists in the years between. Lindeke, an avid cyclist who holds a doctorate in urban geography, wrote his dissertation about bicycle planning. He sits ...

  • May 13, 03:11 PM | Meridian Star

    Meridian master plan open for review, comment Monday

    May 12--The public will have a chance to see and comment on the downtown master plan Monday during an open session with city planners from LPK Architects, the firm contracted to design the plan. Weston Lindemann, the representative for Ward 5, which covers downtown, and local business owners have asked to have input into the master plan. If You Go The public meeting, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at ...

  • May 13, 11:25 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Rapid City officials propose secondary housing regulations

    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Rapid City officials seek to regulate secondary housing units, such as an attic or a pool house equipped with cooking, sleeping and sanitation facilities. Many "accessory dwelling units" already exist throughout Rapid City, though they're technically illegal per city code in residential areas. Community Development Director Ken Young unveiled draft policy Wednesday to ...

  • May 13, 09:39 AM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only Lawsuits target city over new laws for homeless housing projects and motel conversions

    May 13--A Venice group sued the city of Los Angeles on Friday over a pair of laws recently passed by the City Council that are intended to ease requirements for sheltering homeless people. Oxford Triangle Assn. claims in a suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court that the city failed to fully consider the environmental impacts of the two laws. Another group, Fight Back, Venice, filed an ...

  • May 13, 09:21 AM | The Press Democrat

    What's next for downtown Santa Rosa a year after new square?

    May 13--One recent morning retired educators and uniformed police officers ate beside each other around the packed communal table at the new Parish Cafe in downtown Santa Rosa. The table is a nod to the Southern hospitality of New Orleans, said owner Rob Lippincott. The reclaimed redwood slab encourages strangers to rub shoulders as they feast on beignets and po-boys and "get to know your ...

  • May 13, 06:15 AM | The Times-Picayune

    Members Only Bill could speed La. water projects

    A long list of major Louisiana levee, coastal restoration and navigation projects costing billions of dollars that have been idled by a lack of federal funding could be inched forward by a major water resources bill introduced in Congress last week. The America’s Water Infrastructure Act, the name given to this congressional session’s version of the Water Resources Development Act, includes ...

  • May 13, 06:02 AM | Buffalo News

    Buffalo plans to sell 30 homes in less pricey rehab program

    May 13--Buffalo officials plan to rehab and sell as many as 30 homes in the next 14 months through a new housing renovation plan developed in response to criticism over the high cost of home renovations under a previous program. The new program, which will be formally unveiled in coming weeks, involves a partnership between the city, the state, a nonprofit agency and M&T Bank Corp., using $2.4 ...

  • May 13, 05:48 AM | The Milford Daily News

    Concern in Framingham about environmental contamination

    May 13--FRAMINGHAM -- Susan Shock has owned a piece of property on the south side of town for more than 50 years, and she's concerned. Officials are expected to visit Shock's property at 186 Waverly St. in the near future to conduct soil tests. There is a risk that contaminants from the nearby Mary Dennison Park are on Shock's land, where her late husband, Paul, owned and operated Shock Auto ...

  • May 13, 05:45 AM | Stuart News

    Would a Vero Beach utility merger save money?

    VERO BEACH – Merging the city water-and-sewer system with Indian River County's could save city customers money, officials say. But such a deal would also cost the city about $1.5 million in revenue a year, said City Manager Jim O'Connor. And that might result in either higher taxes or reduced services in areas such as public safety or recreation. Stephen Faherty and Glenn Heran – the team who ...