• Feb 21, 09:31 AM | The Daily News

    Updated Waste Services Contract Part Of Larger Landfill Plan

    Cowlitz County commissioners Tuesday updated an agreement with a waste services contractor in efforts to make sure the Headquarters Landfill is a profitable as possible. The county has contracted with Western Washington Waste Systems since 2014 for waste profiling and approval services, operational support and marketing waste disposal services to industrial and commercial customers outside of ...

  • Feb 21, 02:24 AM | The Cape Cod Chronicle

    Tackling Housing Crisis: A Full-time Job

    HARWICH - The Cape's year-round housing shortage is undeniable, and town volunteers deserve much of the credit for the affordable units that have been created so far. But now, with the talents of a housing expert from the Community Development Partnership, Chatham and Harwich are treating the housing crisis with a full-time focus. Until now, Harwich and Chatham have worked with volunteer ...

  • Feb 21, 07:05 AM | Pascack Valley Community Life

    Not 'Rain Tax,' A Plan For Stormwater Infrastructure

    Gaining public support for infrastructure projects is often a fool's errand. Taxpayers, particularly in heavily taxed, heavily regulated New Jersey, are hesitant to spend another dime on repairs and upgrades they can't readily see or imagine being essential for the state's future. This is often true for local school bond referendums, or in regard to municipal upgrades such as refurbishing of a ...

  • Feb 21, 08:29 AM | Sun Press

    Top of the Hill location deserves a top-notch design hill from A1

    "Mediocre," "dull," "cheap," "massive," "gargantuan," "one of the ugliest, lamest projects." Those were just some of the epithets hurled at the latest plans for the proposed $75 million Top of the Hill apartment complex during a meeting of the Cleveland Heights Architectural Board of Review at City Hall on Feb. 6. Local architects even picketed the meeting beforehand with signs saying, "We ...

  • Feb 21, 07:16 AM | LevittownNow.com

    Behind Bipartisan Push, Initiative Aims To Ramp Up PA's Workforce Development

    By Dave Lemery | Watchdog.org Jessica Trybus, owner of Pittsburgh-based Simcoach Games, summarized the point of a news conference Tuesday as succinctly as anyone else who spoke. "For many businesses, if we don't have a qualified pipeline [of workers], it just doesn't make sense to be in Pennsylvania," she said. "And that doesn't make sense to me, because we have the people, and we have the ...

  • Feb 21, 05:13 AM | Bay City Times

    Members Only City starts with ‘clean slate' for bridge solution Commission approves request for proposals

    Nothing says city officials can't change their minds. Or at least consider changing their minds. At its Monday meeting, the city commission voted unanimously to seek proposals from companies to demolish and rebuild Independence Bridge and rehabilitate Liberty Bridge. "It doesn't mean we are going to privatize the bridges. All it means is that we are taking this out to see who's available ...

  • Feb 21, 04:27 AM | The Valley Breeze

    Turning Point Energy Wins Approval On Solar Farm

    NORTH SMITHFIELD – A national company is moving forward with plans to build a solar farm in the area of Trout Brook Pond and Slatersville Reservoir, with a groundbreaking planned for this summer. Turning Point Energy, operating locally as TPE Rhode Island Solar Holdings LLC, received its final approval on Feb. 7, nearly one year to the day after company representatives first pitched the ...

  • Feb 21, 04:47 AM | The Denver Post

    Eyes on the skyline

    Denver's skyline reached rarely visited heights in 2018 when the 40-story 1144 Fifteenth office tower opened in March. Peaking at 603 feet, it is now the city's fifth tallest building, assuming you count the spire atop the neighboring Four Seasons tower. The city flirted with a new vertical frontier, too, but the land deal around a proposed 81-story building fell apart last February. At a ...

  • Feb 21, 04:27 AM | The Valley Breeze & Observer

    Foster prepares for legalized marijuana

    FOSTER – Officials in Foster are looking to draft a local marijuana ordinance outlining zoning for pot grow operations and marijuana sales in advance of a potential new state law legalizing recreational marijuana. The Town Council heard a first reading of a proposed ordinance during a Valentine’s Day meeting last Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School. Planning Board ...

  • Feb 21, 02:16 AM | The Atlantic Hub

    Red Bank council moves forward with plan to create redevelopment agency

    Municipal officials in Red Bank have introduced an ordinance that would, if adopted, create the Red Bank Redevelopment Agency. The agency would supervise the logistics involved with "smarter, rather than greater" construction in town, Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna said during the Feb. 13 meeting of the Borough Council. A public hearing on the proposed ordinance is scheduled for Feb. 27. The ...

  • Feb 21, 01:20 AM | Cheektowaga Bee

    Town Board approves Community Development Block Grant plan

    The Town of Cheektowaga's Community Development Block Grant funding proposal is off for review after the Town Council approved the draft plan at its Feb. 12 meeting. In 2019, Cheektowaga is eligible for a little more than $1 million in Community Development Block Grant funds and nearly $325,000 in HOME Investment Partnership Program money, about the same amount as the town received last year. ...

  • Feb 21, 12:32 AM | Al Bawaba Business

    Members Only Rehabilitation of homes in Charleston

    Location: Charleston The Charleston City Council approved the authorization of a contract between the city and the Coles County Regional Planning and Development Commission along with four other action items.The city was recently awarded a Community Development Block Grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in the amount of $499,941 to rehabilitate 10 homes, and ...

  • Feb 20, 11:03 PM | Enid News & Eagle

    City considers buying 25 Lahoma Courts properties at $2.1-plus million

    Feb. 20-- Feb. 20--ENID, Okla. -- A number of action items related to the Lahoma Courts addition have been added to Enid City Commission's agenda for Thursday's meeting. Up first is consideration of executing a real estate purchase contract for 25 properties in Lahoma Courts, located at Cleveland and Garriott, at a price of more than $2.1 million plus closing costs, according to the city. ...

  • Feb 20, 10:12 PM | News & Observer

    Durham homes, in demand and cheaper, sell faster than in Raleigh

    Feb. 20-- Feb. 20--DURHAM -- The Durham housing market is still hotter than the rest of the Triangle, according to the latest figures. House listings were up in the Triangle by 10.3 percent in January compared to January 2018. In Durham, the listings were up even more, with 12 percent more homes for sale, according to the Durham Regional Association of REALTORS and the Triangle Multiple ...

  • Feb 20, 09:34 PM | Times Union

    Members Only Albany neighborhoods face growing pains with new, dense development

    Feb. 21-- Feb. 21--ALBANY -- The merits of denser development in the city are in the walkability, affordability, environmental benefits and stronger vibe, its advocates say. But the some of the changes in Albany, with its unique urban attributes, are meeting pushback, with traffic, parking and quality-of-life impacts the key concerns. Common Council member Judy Doesschate said it's the ...

  • Feb 20, 08:10 PM | Baltimore Sun

    East Baltimore re-development project wins $3.4 million grant

    Feb. 20-- Feb. 20--One of the developers behind an ambitious project to transform a swath of Baltimore just east of downtown has been awarded a $3.37 million grant from the U.S. Treasury Department to help build affordable homes in the city's Somerset neighborhood. Mission First Housing Group, one of the developers of the city's Perkins Somerset Oldtown (PSO) Transformation Project, was ...

  • Feb 20, 06:05 PM | The Reston Connection

    Know Your City: Land Use and Social Impact in Alexandria

    This is the third in an intermittent series to help citizens visualize relevant data, relationships, and trends in the city's geographic context. In the coming year, city government staff and the City Council will consider various zoning and affordable housing policies and practices, not least in connection with Amazon HQ2. In light of that, here's a limited sketch of the complex issue of land ...

  • Feb 20, 05:17 PM | ParsToday

    Trump to defund major California railroad project in retaliation for border wall lawsuit

    Furious with California’s resistance against President Donald Trump’s border wall, the US federal government has stated that it will withdraw money it has invested in the state’s major civil projects. The US Transportation Department said Tuesday that it was exploring legal options to claw back $2.5 billion in federal funds spent on high-speed rail network in the state, a day after Californian ...

  • Feb 20, 03:39 PM | ForeignAffairs.co.nz

    Members Only Canada: Deconstruction plans for the current Champlain Bridge on track

    Source: Government of Canada by organisation 2 February 20, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario — The Government of Canada is committed to the renewal of essential infrastructure that contributes to economic growth and community development in the Greater Montreal Area and across Canada. With construction of the Samuel De Champlain Bridge nearing completion, the Government of Canada announced today that ...

  • Feb 20, 02:31 PM | Portsmouth Herald

    Kittery council and Planning Board to discuss retail pot

    KITTERY, Maine - The Town Council and Planning Board will hold an adult-use/medical marijuana workshop Monday, Feb. 25 before the council's regular meeting, the next step in navigating retail shop possibilities after voters gave a majority nod in November. Fifty-five percent of voters said a non-binding yes to only a "limited number" of operations in the town's commercial zones, specifically ...

  • Feb 20, 02:01 PM | Wisconsin State Journal

    Dane County Board committee debates, approves another study of jail consolidation project

    Feb. 20--Dane County's efforts to close its troubled jail in the City-County Building may once again be subject to the scrutiny of a study after consultants found insurmountable hurdles in advancing a plan to consolidate at the Public Safety Building in Downtown Madison. The County Board's Public Protection and Judiciary committee and Public Works and Transportation committee on Tuesday ...

  • Feb 20, 01:16 PM | Times-News

    Twin Falls City Council keeps cap on recycling, even if it means it'll go to trash

    Feb. 20--TWIN FALLS -- The Twin Falls City Council says it will not raise waste removal rates again this fiscal year, even if that means it'll have to send recycling to the landfill this summer. The city will continue to pay up to $175 per ton to send recycling to sorting plants in the region. But as recycling costs are projected to exceed that cap, the Council said Tuesday it was willing to ...

  • Feb 20, 12:54 PM | Athens Banner-Herald

    Bill would limit local ability to regulate housing construction

    Feb. 20--A bill sponsored by an Athens state legislator has stirred up a hornet's nest of opposition from Georgia city and county elected officials. Backed by home builders and real estate agents, House Bill 302 would end city and county governments' abilities to regulate how houses are built, including but not limited to Oconee County's prohibition last year of houses built on slabs. Spencer ...

  • Feb 20, 12:36 PM | Wallowa County Chieftain

    Economic relief may be its the way for Wallowa County

    Wallowa County may soon have more flexibility to pursue more creative ideas to revamp its local economy. But only if it wants it. A proposal to allow industrial development outside cities in 10 Eastern Oregon counties has passed a key legislative committee without encountering opposition from farm and conservation advocates. Senate Bill 2 would allow each of the counties - Baker, Gilliam, ...

  • Feb 20, 11:05 AM | Benzinga Lightning Feed

    Container Ports Singled Out In Federal Spending Bill

    The multibillion-dollar appropriations bill for fiscal 2019 signed into law by President Trump last week included first-time funding dedicated to port infrastructure, with the nation's top 15 container ports receiving special treatment. The spending bill, which funds seven cabinet departments through September 30 and thereby averted another government shutdown, provides nearly $300 million for ...

  • Feb 20, 10:32 AM | Business NH Magazine

    Workforce Shortage Shines Spotlight on NH'S HOUSING CRISIS

    Efforts to attract and retain millennial, including partnerships between businesses and schools to address the workforce shortage, are beginning to change the demographic tide. But a big question that officials across the state have struggled for years to answer remains: Where will these workers live? Over just the past few months, The NH Housing Finance Authority (NHHFA), the Business and ...

  • Feb 20, 10:29 AM | New Jersey Business

    Members Only New Jersey's College Towns

    Thriving colleges and universities exist alongside gem-like municipalities. Famed author and historian Shelby Foote once said, "A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library." While that statement may in itself be true, there's a lot more going on in "college towns" here in New Jersey - so that they remain competitive with colleges and universities nationwide. Jersey City ...

  • Feb 20, 05:33 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Why Congestion Pricing Might Get the Green Light

    [Want to get New York Today by email?Here's the sign-up.] It’s Wednesday.There’s a debate for the New York City public advocate’s race tonight at 7 p.m. on NY1. The election is on Feb. 26. Weather: Dry and cold, then afternoon snow, may turn to rain and sleet tonight. Tomorrow, another wild swing to the mid-50s. Alexa, when will it be spring for good? Alternate-side parking: In effect until ...

  • Feb 20, 07:10 AM | The Daily Evergreen (Washington State University)

    Members Only Surge Of Landfill Waste Needs To Be Handled

    In the U.S., we don’t typically see what happens to our trash after we throw it away. Managed more for convenience than sustainability, waste is shipped to landfills all over the world and dumped just out of sight. However, by 2030, China’s Green Fence policy will displace over 111 metric tons of plastic meant for landfills, according to a research article by Science Advances. China’s ban on ...

  • Feb 19, 11:00 PM | Daily Collegian (Pennsylvania State University)

    Members Only Behind Bipartisan Push, Public-Private Initiative Aims to Ramp Up Pennsylvania's Workforce Development

    Jessica Trybus, owner of Pittsburgh-based Simcoach Games, summarized the point of a news conference Tuesday as succinctly as anyone else who spoke. “For many businesses, if we don't have a qualified pipeline [of workers], it just doesn't make sense to be in Pennsylvania,” she said. “And that doesn't make sense to me, because we have the people, and we have the aptitudes.” Trybus followed Gov. ...

  • Feb 20, 09:41 AM | The Durango Herald

    City, county may spend $70,000 on strategic plan to address homelessness

    A government-led plan that could identify long-term solutions for homeless residents in Durango may get started this year after a lengthy delay because of the 416 Fire. Durango city councilors and La Plata County commissioners have set aside $70,000 to spend this year on a strategic plan to address homelessness from the joint city-county sales tax fund, said Interim County Manager Chuck ...

  • Feb 20, 09:21 AM | Wicked Local North

    Beverly affordable housing project receives CPA funding

    Feb. 20--A new affordable housing project being eyed for a 5-acre plot of vacant land at 108 Sohier Road will receive $250,000 in Community Preservation Act funding. The development, called Anchor Point, is a project established by Harborlight Community Partners, a non-profit devoted to providing affordable housing on the North Shore. "The project offers a lot of advantages and benefits, and ...

  • Feb 20, 09:02 AM | The Daily Inter Lake

    No shortage of incentives for downtown development

    Feb. 20--Print Article Three speakers outlined new, emerging and often overlapping incentives for Kalispell development at the Chamber's monthly luncheon Tuesday at the Red Lion Inn. City Manager Doug Russell, Bryson Pelc with Jordahl & Sliter, and Libby Adlington of MoFi in Missoula described how tax breaks and financial assistance make investment in downtown Kalispell increasingly desirable ...

  • Feb 20, 09:02 AM | The Daily Inter Lake

    Work session to hone details of affordable-housing program

    Feb. 20--Print Article The Whitefish Planning Board will hold a work session at 7 p.m. Thursday to further discuss a proposed Legacy Homes program that aims to create permanently affordable workforce housing in Whitefish. The board will summarize the anticipated amendments to city zoning and subdivision regulations to implement the program. During a work session no formal votes may be taken. ...

  • Feb 20, 08:35 AM | Okeechobee News

    New ag-industrial plant, Dollar General coming to Glades County

    MOORE HAVEN - A new agricultural manufacturer is coming to Glades County, as well as another Dollar General store. A rezoning petition and two proposed comprehensive plan future land-use map amendments were considered by Glades County commissioners Tuesday, Feb. 12. Peeples & Storey LLC petitioned for rezoning of part of its property northwest of the State Road 78/U.S. 27 intersection, west of ...

  • Feb 20, 08:16 AM | Seattle Weekly

    Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Activists Fight Youth Incarceration

    No New Youth Jail Coalition members send Valentines to King County officials asking them to reconsider funding priorities

  • Feb 20, 08:15 AM | Trail Daily Times

    Hospital improvements good news for entire region, says Trail mayor

    West Kootenay-Boundary Regional Hospital District Board will review the matter next month

  • Feb 20, 08:15 AM | Abbotsford News

    Minister says plans to fight poverty, climate change, focus of B.C. budget

    The NDP said in its throne speech last week that affordability will be the hallmark of its initiatives

  • Feb 20, 08:15 AM | Challis Messenger

    House endorses plan to shift gas tax money

    BOISE — The Idaho House passed a bill to gradually shift the share of fuel tax money that goes to Idaho State Police to instead pay for road work. Sponsored by Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. Joe Palmer, R-Meridian, the shift would start in the 2020-2021 fiscal year. ISP’s share of fuel tax funding would be reduced every year until, after five years, all fuel tax money now going to ISP ...

  • Feb 20, 07:48 AM | Tribune-Democrat

    Somerset authority seeking offers to demolish Boswell, Windber blight

    Feb. 20--A crumbling Boswell building and two downtown Windber eyesores could be leveled soon. The Redevelopment Authority of Somerset County is seeking offers to demolish the trio -- a pair of Windber buildings and a vacant one-story apartment in Boswell -- giving contractors until 10:30 a.m. March 5 to submit bids. Borough officials in both communities have been working to get the properties ...

  • Feb 20, 07:47 AM | The Hawk Eye

    'A victory for the community': Council approves budget with funding for depot project

    Feb. 20--FORT MADISON -- The Fort Madison City Council voted to move forward Tuesday night with a budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2020 that includes funding to relocate the Amtrak station downtown. Since the Feb. 5 meeting when council voted to scrap the $1.4 million project due to concerns about the city budget's overall health, Mayor Brad Randolph has taken the lead to find funding ...

  • Feb 20, 07:42 AM | The Neighbor News

    TWO HISTORIC MONTCLAIR MANSIONS DEMOLISHED

    A mansion dating from the Civil War on Undercliff Road in Montclair was knocked down on the night of Feb. 8, and a second historic home, on the adjacent property, suffered the same fate on the morning of Feb. 11. "It looks like the new owners did a middle-of-the-night knock-down job on the Undercliff house," Planning Board member Martin Schwartz said Feb. 9. He was alerted to the demolition by ...

  • Feb 20, 07:24 AM | Niagara Gazette

    NT council approves transfer of property to land bank

    Feb. 20--Following the success of the first property submitted to the Niagara-Orleans Regional Land Improvement Corp., the North Tonawanda Common Council has just approved the city's second contribution to the land bank. On Tuesday, the council voted to submit 162 Vandervoort St. to NORLIC. In a letter submitted to the mayor's office and common council on Feb. 13., Community Development ...

  • Feb 20, 07:00 AM | The Collegian: South Dakota State University

    Speaker to examine ways to improve streetscapes

    Getting there is half the fun. That might be an oversimplification of a project undertaken by third-year architectural students at South Dakota State University, but it catches the project's concept. The students in the building arts capstone class studied ways to make pedestrian travel in downtown Watertown more appealing, Instructor Fang Xu explained. He will give a summary of the work and ...

  • Feb 20, 06:01 AM | Buffalo News

    In vast swath of underused Amherst land, ECC officials see potential

    Feb. 20--Stand on Youngs Road and look across to SUNY Erie Community College's Amherst campus and you'll see its two faces. To your right is a dense complex of academic buildings, including the college's bright new science building. To your left, though, is a vast, nearly empty expanse of grass and underused athletic fields. College officials want to put that space to better use. ECC President ...

  • Feb 20, 06:00 AM | The Springfield Republican

    Members Only ‘Chicopee Plan' has served city well

    The hill behind the old bleachery property on the north and south highway is being considered for a new, 95-room hotel. The hotel will be one of the final construction projects, capping over a decade of new development on Route 33. Five years ago, the Chicopee Office of Community Development called, hoping that the Edward Bellamy Memorial Association's archives had a copy of something called ...

  • Feb 20, 05:58 AM | The Alexander City Outlook

    Alexander City council passes one-year moratorium on certain businesses in historic district

    The Alexander City City Council unanimously approved Monday night a one-year moratorium on certain new businesses coming into the downtown historic district, a move that signals rezoning could come in the future. The council voted 6-0 to approve the resolution calling for a moratorium on new vape/tobacco shops, payday loans businesses, advance car title loan businesses, check cashing or ...

  • Feb 20, 05:48 AM | The Mountain Press

    Proffitt Rd. PUD to be considered

    GATLINBURG -- Members of the Planning Commission will consider three new items of business on Thursday, including a final planned unit development proposal for a property near Gatlinburg-Pittman High School. Identified only as a tract located at Proffitt Road and Elbow Lane, the parcel zoned R-2 is up for review of a final PUD plan. The request for inclusion on the agenda was made by Norvell ...

  • Feb 20, 05:24 AM | San Diego Union-Tribune

    Coronado resists activists' call to join cross-border sewage lawsuit

    Feb. 20--Several bright-yellow, beach-closure signs that read "KEEP OUT SEWAGE CONTAMINATED WATER" decorated Coronado Beach Tuesday. Past those signs, about a dozen people strolled barefoot in the water and dug for clams along the waves. For decades, sewage has flowed from Mexico through the Tijuana River Valley into the Pacific Ocean. The sewage spills prompt beach closures in Imperial Beach ...

  • Feb 20, 04:03 AM | Chicago Sun-Times

    Community Development Commission OKs $900 million TIF for Lincoln Yards

    The Community Development Commission on Tuesday, after hours of debate, unanimously passed the largest tax-increment-financing subsidy in Chicago history — $900 million — to unlock the development potential of the $6 billion Lincoln Yards development. Ignoring demands to hold off until after the inauguration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s successor, the panel of mayoral appointees agreed to create a ...

  • Feb 20, 03:42 AM | The Northeast News

    Smart Sewer project works to improve wastewater system

    Northeast News The City of Kansas City will begin implementing the construction phase of the Smart Sewer Program in the Northeast area this month. The project is making improvements to the wastewater system by rehabilitating sewer mains, service laterals, and manholes to like-new conditions. The new infrastructure will restore capacity to the wastewater collection system and lessen the ...

  • Feb 20, 03:39 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only Suit seeks Navy infoon Treasure Island

    In a battle over transparency and the fate of a $5 billion redevelopment project, an environmental watchdog group is suing the U.S. Navy for withholding information about radioactive substances on Treasure Island. The 400-acre island - a contaminated former naval base - is already home to 1,800 people. Two years ago, the city broke ground on a massive real estate effort that aims to fill the ...

  • Feb 20, 03:35 AM | Minnesota Public Radio

    City Council committee approves N. Mpls. riverfront development 'concept plan'

    A 48-acre concept to develop the Mississippi riverfront in north Minneapolis is one step closer to reality after a key City Council committee approved it Tuesday. The project, known as the Upper Harbor Terminal and in the works since 2016, has been met with community concern for months, and an earlier vote was delayed to seek more community feedback. On Tuesday, after Mayor Jacob Frey and 4th ...

  • Feb 20, 03:30 AM | LaGrange Daily News

    The many benefits of trees

    The City of LaGrange recognized Arbor Day by planting trees at Eastside Park last week. A total of 150 trees have been planted in Eastside Park and the new Southbend Park, according to Alton West, the director of community development for the city of LaGrange. In Georgia, Arbor Day is officially celebrated the third Friday of February. LaGrange has been recognized as a Tree City USA ...

  • Feb 20, 03:29 AM | The Denver Post

    Saving Denver's first Main Street?

    "We're really committed to doing this the right way and making sure these buildings continue to thrive but, in order to do that, new buildings will have to be added to Larimer Square."Jon Buerge, Urban Villages chief development officer The Granite Building might be the most majestic structure in Larimer Square. Built at the southeast corner of 15th and Larimer streets in 1882, the striking ...

  • Feb 20, 03:00 AM | Chicago Maroon (University of Chicago)

    Members Only Lawsuit Opposing Construction of Obama Center in Jackson Park to Proceed

    A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that a lawsuit aimed at blocking the construction of the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park—a lawsuit once widely expected to be thrown out— can proceed. The ruling, a hit to the city and other backers of the OPC, comes as support for the lawsuit has grown. Protect Our Parks, the environmental advocacy group that brought the suit against the City of ...

  • Feb 20, 02:58 AM | Press of Atlantic City

    CRDA OKs $1M for daily plaza concertsCRDA spending $1 million on free concerts every summer night

    ATLANTIC CITY - The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority will spend $1 million for free concerts at Kennedy Plaza on the Boardwalk this summer - for the first time covering every night of the week. The CRDA board voted to amend its Tourism Market Expansion Project at its meeting Tuesday. "Any true seaside resort must have a vibrant music scene," said board Chairman Robert Mulcahy. "We are ...

  • Feb 20, 01:51 AM | BenitoLink

    Supervisors' retreat discusses Brown Act

    Local leaders spent the second day of the San Benito County Board of Supervisors retreat on Feb. 15 discussing conflicts of interest and the Brown Act, a state law governing public meetings of local elected officials. The San Benito County Planning Commission and San Juan Bautista City Council joined county supervisors for the daylong event, along with Hollister City Council members Marty ...

  • Feb 20, 01:32 AM | Wednesday Journal of Oak Park & River Forest

    Foley-Rice building to be saved?

    The Oak Park Board of Trustees will soon decide the fate of a nearly 100-year-old building on Madison Street that was once among the biggest attractions on that commercial corridor. The building at 644 Madison St., built in 1925 and modified a few years later, designed by E.E. and Elmer Roberts, was one of the crown jewels of "Motor Row" when that area of Oak Park was one of the top places in ...

  • Feb 19, 11:43 PM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only After Huntington Beach lawsuit, Newsom warns cities he'll continue housing law crackdown

    Feb. 20--Just weeks after suing Huntington Beach for allegedly failing to comply with state housing laws, Gov. Gavin Newsom met with more than a dozen city and county officials in Long Beach on Tuesday, warning that local concerns would not override his plans to address the state's housing affordability crisis. The elected officials came from local governments that -- like Huntington Beach -- ...

  • Feb 19, 11:35 PM | The Wenatchee World

    PUD to hold open houses for proposed headquarters

    Feb. 20--WENATCHEE -- The Chelan County PUD will use a series of open houses to gauge public interest in a proposal to move the utility's headquarters to Olds Station. The PUD released an open house schedule after a commission meeting Tuesday. The open houses will take place in Wenatchee, Cashmere, Leavenworth, Chelan and Entitat during March. Customers will comment on a proposal to ...

  • Feb 19, 11:05 PM | UPI Top Stories

    Trump administration to cancel $929M for California high-speed rail project

    The U.S. Department of Transportation said Monday it will cancel $928 million in federal grant funds previously allocated to the California high-speed rail project as the state failed to live up to its agreement. The transportation department said it will also be "actively exploring every legal option" to seek the return of an additional $2.5 billion it had previously granted the state for the ...

  • Feb 19, 10:25 PM | Burbank Leader

    UCLA grad students analyze Magnolia Park in urban-design project

    Feb. 20--Burbank officials are hoping that a group of UCLA graduate students can help them figure out how to solve some of the issues surrounding the Magnolia Park neighborhood. Since last month, 16 graduate students enrolled in an urban-planning course have been interviewing residents and business owners in Magnolia Park as well as city officials to identify problems along the corridor and ...

  • Feb 19, 10:13 PM | News & Observer

    Raleigh leaders OK master plan for Dix Park

    Feb. 19--RALEIGH -- Raleigh leaders took the next step toward the creation of Dix Park on Tuesday when they unanimously approved a master plan for the sprawling area near downtown. The decision was met with thunderous applause from park supporters, most wearing blue Dix Park T-shirts. Approval of the nearly 250-page master plan is a critical step for the 308-acre park, and also a starting ...

  • Feb 19, 09:40 PM | WGN-TV

    Lincoln Yards proposal faces key vote as opponents call for delay

    Feb. 19-- CHICAGO — The massive Lincoln Yards project is coming up for a crucial City Council vote Tuesday, but some groups and aldermen want to put the brakes on the development until after Chicago's upcoming elections. Lincoln Yards has been applauded and criticized ever since it was proposed in January, and both sides made their comments public Tuesday at City Hall. The measure is expected ...

  • Feb 19, 09:33 PM | Daily Messenger

    'New vision' could mean end to big landfills in Finger Lakes

    Feb. 20--A growing number of people are fed up with the stench, traffic and health concerns posed by area landfills and will turn out at events next week in Corning and Rochester. These and meetings statewide hosted by the state Department of Environmental Conservation will gather public input in forming a "new vision" for handling the state's solid waste, DEC says. Many want to see the Finger ...

  • Feb 19, 07:29 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Michigan agency awards grants for Lansing redevelopment

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State grants totaling $2 million have been awarded to help redevelop contaminated property in Lansing. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is providing grants to clean up previous locations of businesses including gasoline stations, auto service and sales operations, and a lumber and coal storage facility. They were on Michigan Avenue in the city's downtown. ...

  • Feb 19, 07:02 PM | Bond Buyer

    Members Only New York City and state dig in over mass transit funding

    Fixing mass transit in metropolitan New York could involve several components including a transportation bond act and congestion pricing, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday as the city and state renewed their budget tussle."I heard almost a real consensus that it will have to be a multi-element task," de Blasio told reporters in Albany after testifying before the joint fiscal legislative ...

  • Feb 19, 05:59 PM | Star Tribune

    Minneapolis City Council panel advances North Side riverfront development, with pledge to listen

    Feb. 19--A concept for a 48-acre riverfront development in north Minneapolis was approved by a City Council committee Tuesday, with council members vowing to put the feedback of the community front and center as the project moves forward. The approval of the plan for the former Upper Harbor Terminal, an industrial zone without public access to the Mississippi River, sets the stage for a full ...

  • Feb 19, 05:50 PM | Tampa Bay Times

    Members Only Tampa City Hall seeks developers for 18 acres near the Hillsborough River

    Feb. 19--TAMPA -- The city of Tampa owns 18 acres of land a block from the Hillsborough River just north of downtown, and on Tuesday it invited developers to bring forth their best ideas for it. "Three years in the making, these parcels are a blank canvas and will be transformative for the west side of the river," Mayor Bob Buckhorn said in announcing the request for proposals. "I have no ...

  • Feb 19, 04:15 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Developer to renovate 3 historic buildings in Sioux City

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Omaha developer is breathing new life into three historic buildings in Sioux City. J. Development plans to pump an estimated $34 million into the Commerce Building, the former Hatch Building and the former Methodist Hospital to create modern residential and commercial space. By 2020, a total of 176 units are expected to be available for lease or rent in the three ...

  • Feb 19, 02:21 PM | The Oskaloosa Herald

    Landfill tipping fees increase

    Feb. 18--MAHASKA COUNTY -- It will be a little more costly to take trash to the Mahaska County Landfill, starting in July. The Mahaska County Solid Waste Commission approved a motion to increase the tipping fee -- the charge assessed to drop off trash at the landfill -- by 3 percent. The increase will begin on July 1, 2019. It was discussed at the Feb. 14 meeting whether or not to amend the ...

  • Feb 19, 02:14 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Apartment complex project to include all affordable units

    ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont nonprofit says a St. Johnsbury apartment complex project will have all affordable units instead of planned mixed-income housing. The Caledonian-Record reports Housing Vermont Vice President for Development Kathy Beyer told the city's housing committee the original plan for the Depot Square project isn't possible due to the building's design. She says larger ...

  • Feb 19, 02:19 PM | Portsmouth Herald

    Water contamination rises near old Durham landfillPFOS and PFOA found in monitoring wells

    DURHAM - Monitoring wells around the town's former landfill on Durham Point Road contained increased levels of PFOA and PFOS contaminants during two recent tests. Initial testing conducted in April 2017 found low levels of both chemicals, town officials said Friday. Follow-up tests conducted in November 2018 showed higher amounts in two of three monitoring wells around the landfill. Results ...

  • Feb 19, 10:02 AM | Dayton Daily News

    Historical Designation Could Bolster Downtown Dayton's Revival

    Feb. 19--Dayton has moved a step closer to becoming the largest city in Ohio to have its downtown designated as a historic district. The designation would make about 87 buildings for the first time become eligible for historic tax credits that could help with their redevelopment and save building owners thousands of dollars in new or refurbishing costs. If the city is successful, the ...

  • Feb 19, 09:32 AM | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    Want To Build a Home in the Country? New Texas Law May Block Your Access to Water

    Feb. 19--FORT WORTH -- Some people invest their savings in the stock market. Greg Davis buys vacant properties on Fort Worth's outskirts, and builds custom homes on them -- then sells them to buyers who want their own slice of country lifestyle while still living a short drive from the big city. His small business is known as Capstone Construction. But Davis says he is worried that a new law ...

  • Feb 19, 04:09 AM | Sacramento Bee

    Gov. Newsom's Housing Lawsuit Put 47 California Cities On Notice. Is Yours On The List?

    Feb. 19--Encinitas is just the kind of place Gavin Newsom might want to sue. A local voter-approved initiative from 2013 makes planning for affordable homes nearly impossible, preventing the wealthy city of 60,000 from complying with a state law that requires local governments to build more housing. The city has already spent $3.5 million in the last few years fighting a pair of ...

  • Feb 19, 03:35 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Officials: Arizona won't have drought plan done by deadline

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona water officials say the state won't have all the pieces of a Colorado River drought plan wrapped up by a March 4 deadline set by the federal government. Central Arizona Project director Ted Cooke says he expects about half of the 15 agreements to be in place by the deadline and hopes to have the rest signed within 60 days. Cooke says March 4 is an "artificial deadline" ...

  • Feb 19, 01:25 PM | Post-Bulletin

    Parking becomes issue with new development

    Feb. 19--Plans for a 50-unit downtown apartment building are evolving based on parking requirements. The Rochester City Council postponed a decision two weeks ago on the project dubbed the 324 Apartments, with some members citing concerns about a parking plan that required two levels on parking with two separate entrances. "I think it's a problem, and I find it hard to move forward here," ...

  • Feb 19, 09:59 AM | Columbus Dispatch

    Members Only 'Columbus Way' has benefited the city, but what about black community?

    Feb. 19-- often behind the scenes. As has been cited many times, the Harvard Business School studies and teaches the Columbus Way of pulling off projects that require heavy lifting, and often lots of money. But as Black History Month continues, some wonder whether these projects trickle down to the grassroots level, particularly to those in the African-American community. Many in that ...

  • Feb 19, 08:48 AM | Monitor

    Conservation groups sue over national emergency

    The Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the Trump administration Saturday over the president's emergency declaration to pay for border walls. The president on Friday declared a national emergency to provide nearly $8 billion for construction of a border wall, inching closer to fulfilling a promise he made when he announced his intentions to ...

  • Feb 19, 05:16 AM | Monadnock Ledger Transcript

    Block grant could revitalize Peterborough

    Monadnock Ledger-Transcript A Peterborough manufacturer could add 25 jobs in the next two years, with assistance from a Community Block Grant Loan. Peterborough is currently applying for a $500,000 community development block grant from the state’s Community Development Finance Authority. The funds, if Peterborough is approved, would be loaned to Northeast Products, a manufacturer who produces ...

  • Feb 19, 01:23 AM | Associated Press

    Judge OKs suit aimed at halting Obama library in Chicago

    CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Tuesday gave the green light to a lawsuit filed by a parks-advocacy group that aims to stop for good the delayed construction of former President Barack Obama's $500 million presidential center in a Chicago park beside Lake Michigan. Some supporters of the project fear the lawsuit filed by Protect Our Parks could force Obama — who launched his political career in ...

  • Feb 18, 11:15 PM | Billings Gazette

    What's a subsidy? Proponents and opponents of One Big Sky weigh in on public funding component

    Feb. 18--Much of the debate about the proposed development of the One Big Sky District centers on how it would use public funding. Ultimately, that question won't be answered until the legislative bill, which would map out and authorize the public funding, is finalized and brought to the floor for debate and a vote in the state legislature. But the proponents of One Big Sky have sketched out ...

  • Feb 18, 11:02 PM | Las Vegas Sun

    'Long, long overdue': Fremont Street Experience getting canopy upgrade

    Feb. 18--The Viva Vision light show canopy on Fremont Street -- already the world's largest single video screen -- is being replaced with a newer, brighter model. And, officials say, upgrades to the existing 1,500-by-900-foot Viva Vision screen are desperately needed. "If you think about how often we change out cellphones, we haven't changed out the world's largest LED screen in 15 years," ...

  • Feb 18, 10:17 PM | News & Observer

    Durham mayor calls for $95 million affordable housing bond

    Feb. 19--DURHAM -- Durham Mayor Steve Schewel wants a $95 million bond referendum on the November ballot for affordable housing. Schewel announced it during his annual "state of the city" address at Monday night's Durham City Council meeting. The bond would fund a five-year affordable housing plan. "We have to decide if we as a community really want to do something about gentrification and ...

  • Feb 18, 09:31 PM | The Press Democrat

    Santa Rosa bike path plan has big ideas, fewer funding guarantees

    Feb. 19--A Highway 101 overcrossing connecting Coddingtown Mall to Santa Rosa Junior College and a contentious railroad crossing with an uncertain future are among the bicycle and pedestrian projects proposed in an aspirational city plan that would more than double the number of bikeways in the city. "It is an ambitious list," said Nancy Adams, a city transportation planner. "Once you get the ...

  • Feb 18, 07:00 PM | The Sentry (Robert Morris University)

    Members Only Pittsburgh to receive $120 million fund for affordable housing

    PITTSBURGH - A $120 million project to help solve the affordable housing crisis will begin in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh will be receiving $10 million for the next 12 years from the Housing Opportunity Fund. The Housing Opportunity Fund Department was created to meet the need for affordable housing across the city. They will be holding various meetings throughout the month for the community to ...

  • Feb 18, 06:46 PM | Portland Press Herald

    Members Only Portland raises price on land it deemed worthless but is wanted by developer in Westbrook

    Feb. 18--The city of Portland is planning to sell nearly 5 acres of land it appraised as worthless for $100,000 to the company behind a huge Westbrook development project. The property is located near the city line with Westbrook and adjacent to the site for Rock Row, a large mixed-use development, part of which is currently under construction. Portland's appraisal said the land, located ...

  • Feb 18, 11:10 AM | Miami Herald

    A high-rise building boom put Coral Gables on steroids. Will it remain the City Beautiful?

    Feb. 18--Just five years short of a century ago, developer George Merrick conjured up a Mediterranean fantasyland on his family's holdings of scrub pine and avocado groves just outside the backwater city of Miami. He called it Coral Gables, and it was good. The city beautiful that Merrick romantically baptized "Miami Riviera" would have it all: Charming Spanish-style homes and gracious Italian ...

  • Feb 18, 08:26 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Groups plan to redevelop long-vacant Detroit building

    DETROIT (AP) — The city is planning to sell a long-vacant building on Detroit's west side to a group that wants to redevelop it into 180 new residential units and retail space. Construction at Lee Plaza is expected to start as early as 2021 with restoration work estimated at upward of $50 million. The sale to the Roxbury Group and Ethos Development Partners requires City Council approval. The ...

  • Feb 18, 08:17 AM | The Citizens' Voice

    Court fight continues over eminent domain issue in Nanticoke

    Feb. 18--NANTICOKE -- An eminent domain dispute in Nanticoke is still working through county court. The General Municipal Authority of the City of Nanticoke filed a declaration of taking for properties along the 100 block of East Main Street on Aug. 28, 2018. On Jan. 28, attorneys for the municipal authority filed the latest motion in the ongoing dispute. The purpose of the project is to ...

  • Feb 18, 07:37 AM | Gazette

    EPA under fire for plan to deal with toxic chemicals in southern El Paso County's drinking water

    Feb. 18--The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday unveiled its long-awaited plan for tackling the toxic chemicals contaminating the Widefield aquifer, immediately coming under fire from environmental groups and some El Paso County residents for not going far enough. The agency said it would begin the yearslong process of setting a safe drinking water limit for two types of ...

  • Feb 18, 05:06 AM | Grand Rapids Press

    Members Only Shipping containers eyed for development While creative, proposed space may not jibe with neighborhood, commission says

    A developer wants to breath new life into property at the corner of Wealthy Street SE and Fuller Avenue that's been vacant since the late 1970s, but the concept - converting shipping containers into a mixed-use building - may face an uphill battle. Initial plans submitted to the city of Grand Rapids for feedback show a series of structures, ranging from one to three stories tall, created by ...

  • Feb 18, 04:45 AM | Staten Island Advance

    Members Only Homeless shelter plan lacks common sense

    Last month, the mayor announced that he was funding a 200-bed homeless shelter for women and children at 44 Victory Blvd., in Tompkinsville, several hundred feet away from an existing homeless shelter for women and children run by Project Hospitality. The site is one of the most valuable pieces of property in the area because it is zoned for a mixed-use tower that can add residents and income ...

  • Feb 18, 01:33 AM | ITP.net

    Eastern Oregon cities increasing housing growth

    As lawmakers in Salem work to tackle the states housing shortage, Eastern Oregon cities seem to have found some solutions. Cities in Umatilla and Morrow counties have seen housing starts increase in recent years. In Hermiston, building permits were issued for 69 new homes and one duplex in 2018. That was up from 60 permits in 2017, 46 in 2016, 43 houses plus two duplexes in 2015 and 47 homes ...

  • Feb 17, 03:13 PM | Modesto Bee

    Federal commission accepts MID, TID plan for river flows. Will state water board agree?

    Feb. 17--A federal environmental analysis recommends relicensing the Don Pedro hydroelectric project and accepts a Modesto and Turlock irrigation district plan for well-timed flows to boost salmon in the Tuolumne River. The flows, combined with other measures to assist spawning and outmigrating young salmon, would commit less water to the environment than a State Water Resources Control Board ...

  • Feb 15, 03:11 AM | Minnesota Public Radio

    Mpls. Eyes New Weapon In Fight Against Climate Change: Energy Disclosures

    Renters and home buyers in Minneapolis could soon have an idea of what their energy bills would be before they sign anything. The City Council is expected to pass two ordinance amendments on Friday that would require landlords and sellers disclose energy efficiency information before people commit to buying or renting. The thinking is these rules will help Minneapolis achieve its affordable ...

  • Feb 15, 01:00 AM | The Atlantic (Blogs)

    Members Only Amazon’s Retreat and The New Politics of Tech

    Well, that didn’t take long.Amazon announced today that it was “not moving forward” with the plans to build out a massive corporate office, which it called HQ2, in Long Island City, Queens. The announcement followed months of intense opposition by activists and local politicians dismayed that Amazon would receive up to $2.5 billion in tax subsidies to—as they saw it—accelerate the ...