• Apr 24, 03:00 AM | Panther (Chapman University)

    Members Only Private Student Housing Project Causes Concern

    The Killefer School, a part of Orange’s historic Cypress Street Barrio, may be turned into a privately-owned housing complex for students – an idea that some residents have expressed concern about. Photo courtesy of Panther ArchivesSome residents worried about student impact on communitySome Orange residents are concerned about the historic Killefer School’s possible future as a ...

  • Apr 23, 01:09 PM | Associated Press

    Bloomberg To World Leaders: Ignore Trump On Climate

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg urged world leaders not to follow President Donald Trump's lead on climate change and declared his intention to help save an international agreement to reduce carbon emissions. Bloomberg, who considered a presidential bid after serving three terms as New York City's mayor, addressed his intensifying focus on climate change in an interview ...

  • Apr 23, 12:33 PM | Daily News

    Development Pressures Pit Farmland Versus Accelerated Housing Growth In County

    When property developments are initiated in Warren County, the fight to approve projects can pit neighbor versus neighbor and neighborhood versus neighborhood. They can also pit the agriculture community versus people who would like to live out in the countryside but still have city conveniences. "We've got high growth and a very economically successful community," said Executive Director Ben ...

  • Apr 23, 11:05 AM | The Daily News

    Homeless in Seattle

    We have written at length about the homeless issues in Washington state. From the clearing of camps to shelters trying to take up shop in residential areas not zoned for that use. The epidemic seems to be getting worse, regardless of the money spent to relieve it. The city of Seattle is now in for a fight as they battle a lawsuit that could set a precedent for future homeless residents. ...

  • Apr 24, 08:18 AM | Times-Tribune

    House moving on blight foreclosure bill

    April 24--HARRISBURG -- A House committee plans to vote this week on legislation to speed up foreclosures of abandoned properties as anti-blight advocates announce priorities for the legislative session. The Urban Affairs Committee meets Tuesday on a bill to institute a "fast track" foreclosure process for derelict properties now used in eight states. The legislation would shorten a process ...

  • Apr 24, 05:02 AM | Detroit Free Press

    Construction starting on $95M auto parts plant in Detroit

    April 24--Eleven months ago, Pakistani-born billionaire Shahid Khan promised to build a high-tech factory employing hundreds of workers at a failed industrial park in Detroit. On Monday, the promise is one step closer to becoming a reality when Khan, the owner of Flex-N-Gate; Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, and others are to break ground on the $95-million manufacturing facility that will create up ...

  • Apr 24, 03:00 AM | The Daily Texan (University of Texas - Austin)

    Members Only Environmental symposium promotes sustainability

    Following Earth Day’s March for Science, UT will provide green enthusiasts with another outlet for sustainability: The Future City Symposium.From 5-7 p.m. this Tuesday in ECJ 1.202, the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering department will collaborate with other UT faculty members to showcase an interdisciplinary approach to environmental issues. The second occasion of a two-part ...

  • Apr 23, 08:25 PM | The Plain Dealer

    Members Only Don’t allow Trump to eliminate industrial cleanup

    As an industrial city, Cleveland has a legacy that is tied to heavy manufacturing. The midcentury boom that helped build prosperity in America endowed our city with its grand public spaces, unique historical features and our undeniable sense of Cleveland pride. Unfortunately, it also left us with abandoned factories and industrial sites — many of them polluted with dangerous chemicals and ...

  • Apr 23, 03:31 PM | Saratoga News

    Campbell looking to keep tinkering with newest neighborhood's guiding plan

    April 23--Campbell's planning commission decided a "neighborhood plan" for the newest addition to the city needs a little more tweaking before it is ready for city council review. The commission voted unanimously April 11 for staff to continue working on the Campbell Village Neighborhood Plan, a document that spells out development guidelines for a neighborhood the city annexed in October ...

  • Apr 23, 12:19 PM | St. Cloud Times

    Sick of garbage? Loud neighbors? Forum will address that

    April 23--Who do you call when your neighbor has piles of trash in their yard? How do you know if a rental property is safe? How long can a boarded-up house sit vacant before it is added to a registry? If these questions resonate with you, fear not: Answers will be available at the Good Neighbor Forum from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 29, at St. Cloud Police Department, 101-11th Ave. N. The ...

  • Apr 23, 11:03 AM | Yakima Herald-Republic

    Art project will put faces to those who heart Yakima

    April 23--Ever wanted to see your face, larger than life, on the side of a building? Downtown Yakima will be festooned with dozens of large-scale black-and-white portraits of Valley residents this August, the result of a participatory art project from local photographer Sally Tonkin and civic-pride nonprofit I Heart Yakima. And applications are open. There's only one caveat. "Working with I ...

  • Apr 23, 10:40 AM | Grand Forks Herald

    Grand Forks' planning board membership slashed in council vote

    April 23--Where there once was 15, there'll be just nine by July. The city's Planning and Zoning Commission was cut to nine voting members by a 5-1 vote of the City Council on Monday after a discussion of its large size and the effects past City Council members on the board have had upon it. As of its July meeting, the board will include six city residents nominated by the mayor and confirmed ...

  • Apr 23, 10:04 AM | Sacramento Bee

    'City of Trees' or 'America's Farm-to-Fork Capital'? Water tower uproar reflects Sacramento's changing identity

    April 23--Sacramento native Brandon Shimabukuro never thought of his hometown as the "City of Trees" until he first saw the phrase painted about a dozen years ago on the Freeport water tower sitting off Interstate 5. He's since passed that silver landmark countless times on his way to Kennedy High School and the radio station Hot 103.5, where he hosts a nightly hip-hop show. He even began ...

  • Apr 23, 08:21 AM | Tribune-Star

    Riverscape sees decade of progress in enhancing banks of Wabash

    April 23--A decade ago, the vacant Pillsbury plant looked nothing like a catalyst for development on the banks of the Wabash River. The hulking, white masonry building, with a dozen tilted gables across its top, seemed to symbolize Terre Haute's past, not its future. Generations of locals once earned a living there. They made tin cans for American Can Company when the place opened in 1931, and ...

  • Apr 23, 07:31 AM | South Bend Tribune

    Never built South Bend: What downtown could have looked like

    April 23--Click the highlighted buildings in the images below to find out more about each project. SOUTH BEND -- From canals to high rises, a civic coliseum to a space-age church, South Bend has long been a canvas for architects and planners to paint their dreams of progress. The latest is developer David Matthews' quest to build an East Bank high-rise atop a new Martin's Super Market store ...

  • Apr 23, 04:45 AM | Daily Hampshire Gazette

    End to CDBG money would be major loss

    One of many federal programs recommended for elimination in President Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018 Housing and Urban Development budget is the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Since 1974, the CDBG program has served as one of the federal government’s primary vehicles for improving the lives of Americans facing challenges due to age, disabilities and inadequate incomes. ...

  • Apr 23, 03:42 AM | Erie Times-News

    Funds requested for Erie RefocusedBy Kevin Flowers

    Erie Refocused, the city's comprehensive development plan, will be a priority for the city long after Mayor Joe Sinnott leaves office in January. That is one key reason why Sinnott's administration, over the past few months, has worked with state legislators and other local officials to put Erie's next mayor in position to access tens of millions of state dollars that would help make ...

  • Apr 22, 10:36 PM | Janesville Gazette

    Would-be Janesville renters face slim options, waiting lists

    April 22--JANESVILLE -- If you're looking to rent an apartment or home in Janesville, you'll likely have to get in line. And while you're in line, local rental market operators say, expect to wait a few months, at least. Rental vacancies in Janesville have slimmed to almost nil, according to federal data, and the number homeowners migrating into rental properties in Janesville has climbed ...

  • Apr 22, 05:03 PM | Miami Herald

    Hyatt, Miami in talks to rebuild Miami River hotel and convention center site

    April 22--Hyatt and the city of Miami are contemplating a deal to redevelop the chain's Regency hotel and the city's 35-year-old James L. Knight Center convention complex. Under the terms of a compact being presented next week to Miami commissioners, Hyatt would have 12 months to come up with a master plan to build a new hotel with meeting space and a mixed-use development at the mouth of the ...

  • Apr 22, 10:32 AM | Duluth News-Tribune

    Rezoning may yield more waterfront housing in Duluth

    April 22--On Monday, the Duluth City Council will consider a request to rezone property in the 2200 block of Water Street -- along the shore of Lake Superior -- for high-density urban residential development. The land, located between the Lighthouse/Beacon Pointe development and the Ledges Townhomes, is currently designated for mixed use-business applications. A proposal calls for Duluth to ...

  • Apr 21, 09:48 PM | Salem News

    Neighbors fight housing project

    April 22--WENHAM -- The 12 plaintiffs in a pair of lawsuits against a project aimed at providing affordable housing for senior citizens have rejected a settlement offer, further delaying the plan. Maple Woods, a project proposed by Beverly-based Harborlight Community Partners, which builds and manages affordable housing complexes on the North Shore, has spent almost two years tied up in court. ...

  • Apr 22, 07:33 AM | South Bend Tribune

    St. Joseph County files lawsuit to seize farmland by power plant

    April 22--NEW CARLISLE -- St. Joseph County is suing a farmer to try to force him to sell property next to a power plant that is under construction near here. The county Board of Commissioners recently filed a lawsuit in St. Joseph Circuit Court after deadlocking with the owner, Kenneth Huston, over a price for the vacant 37-acre property on Edison Road. The county made an offer of $344,000 -- ...

  • Apr 22, 05:17 AM | The Standard Times

    Report shows three-year low in city's homeless issue

    April 22--NEW BEDFORD -- The "Point in Time" count -- a nationwide annual snapshot census of the homeless -- shows New Bedford has a three-year low and 25 percent decrease from 2016 in homelessness. The count took place over 24 hours between Jan. 25 and 26 with service providers and volunteers from around the city identifying 352 homeless adults and children, according to the Homeless Service ...

  • Apr 22, 04:18 AM | Gulf Times

    Construction begins on LA project called a `model` for homeless housing

    Construction began Thursday on what officials are calling a "model" for what housing for homeless could and should look like in Los Angeles. The multi-phase project in East Hollywood known as PATH Metro Villas is expected to eventually house 187 formerly homeless individuals and families. It will also host on-site job training and health services. In addition, the facility, slated for opening ...

  • Apr 21, 11:36 PM | The Fresno Bee

    Big change in high-speed rail: CEO steps down, says new leader needed

    April 21--Jeff Morales, who for the past five years has been the chief executive officer in charge of California's embattled high-speed rail project, announced Friday that he is stepping down as head of the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The formal announcement came in a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown and to the rail agency's board of directors. "We've gotten the program moving," Morales, ...

  • Apr 21, 11:19 PM | Daily Camera

    Cursed plot at Boulder's northeast gateway stands a council nod from development

    April 21--McKenzie Junction, the 20-acre strip of field surrounded by highways at Boulder's northeast gateway, may finally be headed for development. Over the last two decades, four different proposals -- an office and hotel project in 1998, a five-building office park in 2000 and mixed-use projects in 2006 and 2015 -- all failed to win the city's favor, as officials were hesitant to support ...

  • Apr 21, 10:16 PM | Daily Pilot

    Newport commission pulls back on Mariners' Mile widening

    April 22--The Newport Beach Planning Commission could put the brakes on a possible widening of West Coast Highway through Mariners' Mile. City staff and its consultant say the proposed road widening and a revitalization plan for the area are distinct issues, with the revitalization not contingent on widening the highway. But dozens of residents took their views about redevelopment of the ...

  • Apr 21, 09:46 PM | Ottumwa Courier

    What do you do with unfit housing?

    April 21--OTTUMWA -- An issue that has bedeviled Ottumwa leaders for years is set for discussion during a planning session next Wednesday. City Administrator Andy Morris told council members last Tuesday he planned on raising the issues of annexation and what to do with placarded houses during the session. The latter has been a particular thorn in the sides of officials. On one hand, some of ...

  • Apr 21, 09:32 PM | Bradenton Herald

    Developing affordable housing can be 'overwhelming.' But local developer says incentives would help

    April 21--When it comes to developing affordable housing, local developers say the government fees can be overwhelming. "There's not really a lot of wiggle room," said Travis Vengroff, who with his father, Harvey, has transformed several motels into affordable housing. But when affordable housing becomes available, hte waiting list grows quickly since demand far exceeds supply, Vengroff said. ...

  • Apr 21, 08:01 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Eversource makes a power move on the South Boston waterfront

    The newest structure to rise on the South Boston waterfront isn’t a condo tower, a shiny office building, or a fancy restaurant. But the whole reason it’s going up is because of all that construction. Eversource Energy has opened a new substation next to the Legal Sea Foods headquarters on Seafood Way in the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park. The facility came fully online last month, and ...

  • Apr 21, 08:00 PM | ForeignAffairs.co.nz

    Members Only ICYMI: How money from California gas tax could be used?

    MIL OSI USA – SACRAMENTO – On Thursday, Capitol Democrats were planning discussions to divert the controversial new gas tax and vehicle fees to other non-transportation projects. Senate Bill 1 hasn’t even been signed by Governor Brown yet, but Capitol Democrats are already talking about seizing $15 million of those tax dollars to pay for new park programs. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) spoke ...

  • Apr 21, 07:18 PM | The Hutchinson News

    Planning commission rejects plan for temporary tower near glider airport

    April 21--Hearing concerns of glider and test pilots about compromised safety, the Reno County Planning Commission voted late Thursday to deny a conditional use permit for construction of a nearly 200-foot meteorological tower on land west of a runway at the Hutchinson Air Base Industrial Tract south of Yoder. The purpose of the 196-foot tall tower on the east side of South McNew Road is to ...

  • Apr 21, 04:00 AM | Chattanooga Times Free Press

    Study Cites Chattanooga As Innovation Leader For All Ages

    April 21--A new Brookings Institution study holds out Chattanooga, Philadelphia and Seattle as examples of cities with innovation districts working to advance age-friendly urban design and age-diverse communities. The study by the Washington, D.C.-based think tank cited Chattanooga for efforts by startup accelerator The Company Lab to recruit older adults into its network to mentor younger ...

  • Apr 20, 09:34 PM | Grand Rapids Press

    Members Only Flint Plan To Stay On Detroit Water Gains Support

    FLINT — Three years ago, boosters toasted the Flint water treatment plant as a valuable asset that would help free the city from the high cost of Detroit water. On Tuesday, city, state and federal officials gave the old plant and the idea of water independence the equivalent of a proper burial. Mayor Karen Weaver said Flint should continue to purchase pretreated water from the Great Lakes ...

  • Apr 20, 11:00 PM | The Daily Cardinal (University of Wisconsin - Madi

    Members Only Dane County Hopes To Expand Solar Abilities With 30 Acres Of Panels

    "asset-content" data-asset-uuid="ff8ae106-059c-5c0c-b7f2-5bbc315a7386" ...

  • Apr 20, 09:00 PM | Virginian-Pilot

    One old Norfolk neighborhood has over 300 vacant lots. The city soon could be giving away free house plans to build on them.

    April 20--NORFOLK -- Martha Rout put a fence on the lot beside her house but never cemented the posts. In the yard, she arranged bricks scavenged from the old children's hospital to form a square just large enough to keep a couple of plastic lawn chairs steady. She plunged four solar-powered stakes into the ground for summer nights. And when she got fed up with the old mulberry in the back ...

  • Apr 20, 08:34 PM | South Florida Sun Sentinel

    EDITORIAL: Florida House should not water down reservoir plan | Editorial

    April 20--The Florida House will hold its first committee vote Monday on the most important environment bill of the legislative session. Ideally, the House will make no changes to the Senate bill. SB 10 would create a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee that would divert excess lake water from coastal estuaries and direct it where the water could help to replenish the Everglades. Along with ...

  • Apr 20, 08:14 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only California treasurer: Lawsuit didn't harm rail bond sale

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's state treasurer says ongoing legal challenges didn't harm the sale of nearly $1.25 billion in high-speed rail bonds. Spokesman Marc Lifsher says all the bonds were claimed Thursday and treasury officials are happy with the results. He says there was wide participation by different sectors of the bond-buying market. The sale produced yields that would be ...

  • Apr 20, 07:47 PM | Kansas City Star

    Consumers question higher sales tax collection in Kansas City

    April 20--Dale Neuman and his wife had a regular order at Wendy's that came to exactly $10. Recently, his $10 bill wasn't good enough. He was charged a penny more. It's because a new sales tax had just gone into effect, workers at the south Kansas City fast-food restaurant told him. Surely -- just days after Kansas Citians approved an eighth-cent citywide sales tax for central city ...

  • Apr 20, 06:11 PM | The Washington Post

    Members Only The danger of putting corporations before the EPA

    Regarding the April 17 front-page article "In advice to Trump, industry targets EPA": As a 9-year-old playing in rural East Nassau, N.Y., I stumbled on a glistening puddle, and thinking its bluish sheen pretty, prodded it with sticks. When told about this discovery, my mother ordered me to stay away from the area, which contained poisonous chemical waste. This area in East Nassau is now known ...

  • Apr 20, 05:50 PM | Carlsbad Current-Argus

    Carlsbad's backup water plan almost ready

    April 20--A second supply of water for Carlsbad residents is nearing completion as the Double Eagle Water System enters its final phase of development. Declining water levels in the Sheep Draw Well field southwest of Carlsbad, which supplies most of the city's water, led officials to look at other options to create a redundancy, said Engineer Scout Mendenhall with Molzen Corbin, the firm ...

  • Apr 20, 04:19 PM | Associated Press

    Christie defends killing tunnel project, says it 'stunk'

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie said a Hudson River rail tunnel project he discontinued in 2010 over cost overrun concerns "stunk" and wouldn't have been finished in time to alleviate recent problems at New York's Penn Station anyway. The Republican's comments came a day after he stood silently at a news conference at Newark's train station while Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker ...

  • Apr 20, 03:42 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Los Angeles budget plan has $176M to combat homelessness

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed a $9.2 billion budget on Thursday, which includes $176 million specifically aimed at combatting the city's growing homeless crisis. "We are not here to address homelessness, or manage homelessness, or reduce homelessness. We are here to end homelessness once and for all," Garcetti said at his annual state of the city address. Vowing ...

  • Apr 20, 03:00 PM | City College News (Minneapolis Community & Technic

    Members Only $3.3 billion light rail train expansions proposed to extend to suburbs

    Photo credit: Benjamin PeckaMetro Transit planning Light Rail Expansion for western suburbs.Change is in the wind for those who live in the western suburbs. Soon they may have more frequent access to all the public transit convenience that the inner city has to offer. This includes sporting events, Mall of America and all of the businesses along First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.According ...

  • Apr 20, 01:15 PM | Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

    Mayor says Cheyenne will fund project to protect Capitol from floods

    April 20--CHEYENNE -- Mayor Marian Orr says the city is committed to protecting the Wyoming Capitol from future flooding, following concerns this week that a storm interceptor project set for construction this year will not reach all the way to the Capitol. The 26th Street interceptor is one of three stormwater projects that comprise the first phase of the West Edge redevelopment project in ...

  • Apr 20, 11:03 AM | Miami Herald

    Living in Miami on a teacher's salary? Good luck finding a place you can afford

    April 20--Miami is one of the toughest places in the country for teachers to find housing they can afford. That's according to a new report from Apartment List, an online apartment marketplace that compared median rent prices on its site to teacher salaries in cities across the United States. Miami ranked near the bottom -- 47 out of 50, below other pricey places like Washington D.C., Boston ...

  • Apr 20, 10:07 AM | Caller-Times

    Open house shows latest tweaks in North Beach plan

    April 20--As progress is being made on the Harbor Bridge Project, so too does the progress on deciding on the future of North Beach. City staff and consulting firm employees hosted an open house Wednesday at City Hall to show off the latest draft revision of the North Beach Redevelopment Initiative. The new Harbor Bridge presented a chance to revamp North Beach, Senior City Planner Keren ...

  • Apr 20, 09:39 AM | Livingston County News

    County seeking input on public market proposal

    On April 21, Livingston is playing host to Ted Spitzer of Market Ventures Inc., an urban planning and economic development firm that specializes in food-based projects. Spitzer will be in town to meet with key individuals and business owners whose input could provide relevant background information toward the study of a public market somewhere in Livingston County. Spitzer is charged with ...

  • Apr 20, 08:03 AM | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Penguins ready to start residential development at old Civic Arena site

    April 20--As the Pittsburgh Penguins chase the Stanley Cup on the ice, they finally are ready to start another big quest off it -- rebuilding the former Civic Arena site. The team and St. Louis-based developer McCormack Baron Salazar have submitted a letter of intent to the Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority and the city's Urban Redevelopment Authority to start the first ...

  • Apr 20, 06:46 AM | Joplin Globe

    City, county at odds over jail sewage issue

    April 20--GIRARD, Kan. -- The plumbing problem at the Crawford County Jail isn't in the pipes, it's their contents. Unruly inmates have flushed sandals, jumpsuits and towels down jail toilets since the jail opened decades ago. At first, their show of defiance accomplished little more than flooding a few cells, but the headache for their jailers has grown. Flushed objects have damaged the ...

  • Apr 20, 06:03 AM | Restaurant Hospitality

    Members Only Daniel Boulud plans new concept in New York City skyscraper

    Famed New York restaurateur Daniel Boulud is joining an elite group of chefs bringing new dining concepts to high-profile real estate developments. Boulud will partner with developer SL Green to create food-and-beverage offerings for One Vanderbilt Avenue, a 1,401-foot skyscraper office building planned for the East Midtown business district, next to Grand Central Terminal. Details about the ...

  • Apr 20, 05:03 AM | Detroit Free Press

    Permit denial won't end Nestle water plant's bid for more water

    April 20--A township planning commission's permit denial is not stopping a northern Michigan bottled water company's plans to expand and withdraw significantly more groundwater. Nestle Waters North America officials, in a statement Wednesday, seemed to indicate the company will now consider other options for moving groundwater, after the Osceola Township Planning Commission on Tuesday denied a ...

  • Apr 20, 04:15 AM | Cape Cod Times

    Hyannis' east end sees a new beginning

    April 20--HYANNIS -- Two proposals that would create a residential renaissance in the east end of Hyannis were well-received during a presentation on Tuesday evening. A standing-room only crowd of nearly 100 attended the Greater Hyannis Civic Association meeting held at the Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority terminal to participate in a forum with developers Stuart ...

  • Apr 19, 11:05 PM | Kalamazoo Gazette

    Members Only MAYOR: KEEP DETROIT WATER

    FLINT — Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is recommending that the city remain a long-term customer of what was the Detroit water system and abandon an effort to treat its own raw water again. Speaking during a news conference Tuesday, Weaver said she supports making the Great Lakes Water Authority the city’s permanent water source, and she endorsed using pretreated water from Genesee County as the ...

  • Apr 20, 03:52 AM | Star Tribune

    Affordable Housing Advocates Fear HUD Cuts Proposed By President Donald Trump

    April 20--WASHINGTON -- Dozens of homeless families moved into the Steve O'Neil Apartments in Duluth two years ago, bringing hope to a drug-ridden block. Twenty youths without stable homes will soon have a refuge in the northern Minnesota city after the Center for Changing Lives broke ground last year. But as Minnesotans struggle to find affordable housing in an increasingly expensive market, ...

  • Apr 19, 07:46 PM | News Tribune

    Editorial: Public Art Has Hilltop Area Sitting Pretty

    April 19--The first thing visitors should learn upon arrival in Tacoma is that art isn't just for museums. The 40-plus murals scattered across city neighborhoods define each unique place, and it's why we're pleased to see Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority call for more public art. The newly renovated Valhalla Hall in the Hilltop neighborhood stands as a blank palette waiting for ...

  • Apr 19, 11:32 PM | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

    Are Diverging Diamonds The New Roundabouts? City Officials Plan Traffic Solution

    April 20--If you've ever had problems navigating the Buena Vista Road/I-185 interchange, there soon may be a solution. But it could require driving on the wrong side of the road, according to city planning officials. City Planning Director Rick Jones said the city will soon create what's called a Diverging Diamond Interchange at the intersection to lessen conflict points and ease congestion. ...

  • Apr 19, 06:53 PM | Palm Beach Post

    A real downtown in Boynton Beach? Master plan is one step closer

    April 19--BOYNTON BEACH -- Boynton Beach is one step closer to having a walkable, busy, profitable, attractive, bustling, livable and everything else residents and officials have long yearned for -- downtown. Officials chose a group to partner with to redevelop the 16-something acres of land east of Interstate 95 off of Boynton Beach Boulevard called Town Square. City commissioners on Tuesday ...

  • Apr 20, 09:32 AM | Gazette

    Iowa Senate passes funding plan for water quality

    April 20--DES MOINES -- The Senate agreed Wednesday to pump up to $50 million annually into water-quality improvements through 2029 after turning back an effort to raise a constitutionally protected state sales tax that would have generated considerably more. Senators voted 31-19 to use a mix of a water metering tax and the gambling-funded revenue available after the state pays off bonds used ...

  • Apr 20, 08:03 AM | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Planned purchase of Hill District properties put on hold

    April 20--More than 220 properties in the Middle Hill District that the URA had planned to buy at a city treasurer's sale have been pulled after two community leaders said they had concerns about the transaction. The Urban Redevelopment Authority intended to buy the tax-delinquent properties -- mostly vacant lots -- at the April 28 sale to clear title for redevelopment, said Kevin Acklin, ...

  • Apr 20, 06:46 AM | Joplin Globe

    Debate begins on Trump's proposed cuts to HUD

    April 20--Christy Groves Graham had searched eight years for a donor or program that would help fund some repairs to the Cerebral Palsy of Tri-County center in Webb City. Graham, executive director for the agency that provides therapies for children with development delays and cerebral palsy, also recognized a need to provide Smart Start, an early childhood education for youngsters. After ...

  • Apr 20, 06:04 AM | Daily Oklahoman

    'The strength of America is our unity,' Ben Carson says at Oklahoma City bombing memorial

    April 20--OKLAHOMA CITY -- Former presidential candidate Ben Carson on Wednesday called on those attending the 22nd anniversary remembrance ceremony for the Oklahoma City bombing to "put out a helping hand" and be an influence on all the babies born today. Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon and the current secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, was the ...

  • Apr 19, 10:55 PM | Star Tribune

    Affordable housing advocates fear billions in HUD cuts proposed by President Donald Trump will be devastating to Minnesota

    April 20--WASHINGTON -- Dozens of homeless families moved into the Steve O'Neil Apartments in Duluth two years ago, bringing hope to a drug-ridden block. Twenty youths without stable homes will soon have a refuge in the northern Minnesota city after the Center for Changing Lives broke ground last year. But as Minnesotans struggle to find affordable housing in an increasingly expensive market, ...

  • Apr 19, 07:19 PM | Valdosta Daily Times

    Planning Commission weighs zoning cases

    April 19--VALDOSTA -- The Greater Lowndes Planning Commission weighed five upcoming cases, including a request to build a personal care home, during the Monday evening work session. The first agenda item is the Jeffrey Taibl case on Johnson Road. The applicant has submitted a rezoning request for 5.14 acres from low-density residential to estate-agriculture. The applicant wants the change in ...

  • Apr 19, 06:19 PM | Fairborn Daily Herald

    Block grants ready for citizens

    Editor’s note: The City of Fairborn proclaimed April 17-April 22 as Community Development Week. Therefore, check this week’s Tuesday-Saturday editions of the Fairborn Daily Herald for more information regarding Fairborn’s community development efforts. FAIRBORN — Fairborn citizens in need can get help with necessary home repairs thanks to the help of Community Development Block Grant dollars. ...

  • Apr 19, 05:53 PM | Associated Press

    Judge in endangered fish lawsuit lifts hold on Montana dam

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday lifted his hold on a proposed irrigation dam and fish passage that U.S. officials say is the best hope to save an endangered ancient species of fish in the Yellowstone River. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris allowed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation to proceed with the $59 million project over arguments from ...

  • Apr 19, 04:46 PM | Daily News

    Jacksonville demolishes 100th dilapidated dwelling

    April 19--Jacksonville Mayor Pro Tem Michael Lazzara may soon be known around town as the "Demolition Man." At the controls of a 13.5-ton, CASE hydraulic excavator, Lazzara dropped its massive claw into the front roof of 121 1/2 Poplar Street -- the first of two, side-by-side, one-story homes demolished Wednesday morning -- in downtown Jacksonville in a practical observance of National ...

  • Apr 19, 04:32 PM | State

    Affordable housing bill moves forward in SC Senate

    April 19--COLUMBIA -- S.C. cities and counties soon could require developers to build affordable housing units into their residential projects. A proposal giving local governments that authority moved forward in the S.C. Senate Wednesday, despite the objections of home builders and real estate agents who said the "forced charity" would be burdensome and ineffective. The bill -- sponsored by ...

  • Apr 19, 04:14 PM | Cleveland Daily Banner

    City planners reviewing change in setback rules

    The Cleveland Municipal Planning Commission is preparing to recommend significant changes to the city's setback requirements for R-1 residential home construction. Planning Commission members have established perimeters for the changes they would like to see, and Senior Planner Corey Divel is to compose an ordinance to address the proposed amendments. The ordinance will also consider ...

  • Apr 19, 03:54 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only California sells high-speed rail bonds despite lawsuit

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's state treasurer is selling about $1.25 billion in high-speed rail bonds despite an ongoing legal challenge to the project. Deputy Treasurer Tim Schaefer said Wednesday that the bonds will be issued on Thursday even though the lawsuit isn't resolved. A Sacramento County Superior Court judge postponed until next week a hearing on opponents' latest attempt ...

  • Apr 19, 03:33 PM | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    Texas cities can't ban short-term home rentals under plan approved by Senate

    April 19--Property owners in Texas would be allowed to continue to rent out rooms -- or their entire houses -- for short periods of time under a bill state senators approved this week. Despite concerns raised from cities such as Fort Worth, the proposal would prevent Texas cities from banning these short-term rentals of less than 30 days. "Since short-term renting became mainstream, thousands ...

  • Apr 19, 02:59 PM | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    New St.Louis mayor vows continued revival and warns of less help from feds

    April 19--Lyda Krewson on Tuesday became the 46th St. Louis mayor in the almost 200 years the office has existed -- and the first woman in that office -- with a call for continued urban revival and a warning that today's federal government may not be there to help. "We are at an urgent and worrisome moment in our country, an urgent moment in our state, and that translates into an especially ...

  • Apr 19, 02:22 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Colorado House lawmakers: Deal on bill to spur condos

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado House lawmakers said Wednesday they've reached a bipartisan deal to help address the state's pent-up demand for more housing, particularly multifamily condominium developments. For years, lawmakers, developers and homeowners' groups have sparred over the rules for suing builders over faulty construction. Developers have argued that those liability rules have made it too ...

  • Apr 19, 01:52 PM | Daily Oklahoman

    Officials ready to move on developing OKC's Innovation District

    April 19--OKLAHOMA CITY -- Key leaders of an effort to create an innovation district east of downtown say they're ready to implement changes that will include more flexible zoning, making streets more pedestrian friendly and launching symposiums for scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs. The Brookings Institute and the Project for Public Places released its report on Tuesday at the Skirvin ...

  • Apr 19, 11:00 AM | The Daily Cougar (University of Houston)

    Members Only Homeless ordinances have misguided but good intentions

    By Nick Bell April 19, 2017 Storm, who preferred not to give a last name, lives in a homeless encampment under a U.S. Highwasy 59 overpass near Wheeler Station. He and the other people who live there are in danger of being forced out of the area by the city. | Thomas Dwyer/The Cougar Two homeless ordinances passed by the Houston City Council earlier this month will effectively prohibit ...

  • Apr 19, 09:52 AM | Oregonian

    Members Only Oregon leaders say ‘no’ to restart despite Washington interest

    SALEM — Oregon political leaders say the timing is wrong to restart planning to build a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River, despite the Washington legislature’s vote to do just that. And without Oregon at the table, they say, the talks won’t happen. “It’s not going to be part of the plan that we’re working on now,” Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, said Tuesday. Senate ...

  • Apr 19, 09:48 AM | Associated Press

    Illinois road project stung by judge's endangered-bee ruling

    CHICAGO (AP) — A highway in suburban Chicago has become the second Midwest road construction project delayed temporarily because of concerns about possible harm to a bumblebee recently listed as an endangered species. U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman this week halted work on the nearly 6-mile-long (9.6 kilometers) Longmeadow Parkway in Kane County, Illinois, until at least April 25. ...

  • Apr 19, 09:03 AM | Progress-Index

    City sells old Petersburg Hotel after years of abandonment

    April 19--PETERSBURG -- After sitting vacant for years, the historic Petersburg Hotel is slated to be renovated into a new apartment building. Monument Companies LLC, based in Richmond, bought the property from the city for $800,000. Recent appraisals had put the value of the property around $600,000. Monument plans to put approximately $6 million into renovating the building to make it ...

  • Apr 19, 07:20 AM | Eagle-Tribune

    Parking plan prompts questions on council

    April 19--HAVERHILL -- The city's Parking Commission proposed a single-space parking plan on Emerson Street during Tuesday's City Council meeting. But the council has questions that go beyond the recommendation, which would set up several "smart parking meters" for a 90-day trial on Emerson Street. Councilors are concerned that the parking commission may include in its membership downtown ...

  • Apr 19, 07:56 PM | Associated Press

    Massachusetts drops snake island plan that rattled residents

    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is dropping its plan to establish a colony of venomous timber rattlesnakes on an uninhabited island. The state Fisheries and Wildlife board voted unanimously on Wednesday to suspend the plan indefinitely after residents in the region raised safety concerns. State officials previously planned to bring some of the endangered snakes to an off-limits island in the ...

  • Apr 19, 07:48 PM | Kansas City Star

    Living near radioactive dump, smoldering landfill, some in Missouri town want buyouts

    April 19--Doctors found the first tumors in Christen Commuso's ovaries in 2012. Before long, more turned up in her gall bladder, thyroid and adrenal glands. Lesions appeared on her liver. While she was undergoing multiple surgeries, her stepdaughter, then 7, was learning that she could no longer climb stairs without stopping to catch her breath. Eventually, she was diagnosed with asthma. When ...

  • Apr 19, 08:03 AM | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    City Confirms It Tried To Buy Penn Plaza For Affordable Housing

    April 19--Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's administration tried several times to buy the former Penn Plaza apartment complex in East Liberty, angling to maintain affordable housing in the trendy neighborhood, a top aide said Tuesday. Developer LG Realty Advisors turned down each of the city's overtures since 2015 and declined "a serious conversation" about a purchase, said Kevin Acklin, chief of ...

  • Apr 18, 07:19 PM | Frederick News-Post

    Frederick County To Tackle Urban Stormwater Runoff With Trees

    April 18--A new tree planting program called Creek ReLeaf is coming to Frederick County to combat forest loss and control the county's urban stormwater runoff. The Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources announced the upcoming launch of Creek ReLeaf on Friday. Project Manager Don Dorsey anticipates the office will begin accepting applications this May. The office is currently ...

  • Apr 18, 11:00 PM | The Daily Cardinal (University of Wisconsin - Madi

    Members Only Wisconsin Business Lobby Fights Funding Plan To Remove Lead From Drinking Water

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  • Apr 19, 07:44 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only City Council OKs trust fund for Turner Field neighborhoods

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta City Council has approved legislation that would allocate money from the sale of city-owned properties around Turner Field to surrounding neighborhoods. WABE-FM reports (http://bit.ly/2oNmvdG ) the bill would set up a trust fund to receive money from the sales for the use of affordable housing or job training. Councilmember Alex Wan says the community deserves ...

  • Apr 19, 07:01 AM | The Daily Texan (University of Texas - Austin)

    Members Only Longhorns win $50,000 in urban planning competition

    For the first time, a team of UT graduate students beat out over 100 university teams to win the Urban Land Institute Hines Student Competition, an annual national urban design competition. The team began working in early January on a development proposal for a site north of downtown Chicago. After advancing to the final round and presenting in front of a jury on April 6, the team of five ...

  • Apr 19, 03:30 AM | The Daily Reflector

    Final hurricane recovery planning meeting tonight

    Pitt County residents will have one more chance to share their visions for rebuilding their communities following Hurricane Matthew at 6 p.m. today at the Pitt County Agricultural Center. The meeting is part of the North Carolina Resilient Redevelopment Planning program, established by the General Assembly to create a roadmap for community rebuilding and revitalization assistance for the ...

  • Apr 19, 12:16 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Bill would send state funds to treat contaminated wells

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Republican lawmaker's bill would direct half a million dollars in state funds to treat contaminated private drinking water wells. Sen. Joyce Maker's bill is set for a public hearing Wednesday. Under her legislation, the Maine State Housing Authority would distribute $300,000 to organizations and agencies to help identify individuals in homes with contaminated wells. ...

  • Apr 18, 09:00 PM | Virginian-Pilot

    Arena developer joins list wanting to remake old Dome site in Virginia Beach

    April 18--VIRGINIA BEACH -- The same development team seeking to build an arena near the Oceanfront wants a chance to create a major entertainment district nearby. ESG Cos.' interest in the Dome site comes before its sister company, United States Management, has closed on a loan needed to finance the 18,000-seat entertainment and sports arena. Andrea Kilmer, president of ESG Cos., said her ...

  • Apr 18, 08:02 PM | Columbia Flier

    In lawsuit, developers protest $51 million in public funding for downtown Columbia garage

    April 19--Four developers with projects in Howard County are challenging the county's authority to use tax increment financing to help Howard Hughes Corp., Columbia's master developer, to finance a $51 million garage for public and private use. In a complaint filed in Howard County Circuit Court Tuesday, the coalition argues the deal is an "improper give-away of county tax dollars" to a ...

  • Apr 18, 07:01 PM | The Truth

    Elkhart County spending $5.5 million for repaving -- about $1.5 million more than expected

    April 18--GOSHEN -- Elkhart County Commissioners approved $5.5 million worth of summer paving projects after bids came in $1.5 million higher than planned. Jeff Taylor, Elkhart County Highway Department manager of transportation, said the county received bids last week for the 35 to 40 miles of paving to be done on county roads between now and fall. He recommended Niblock Excavating for the ...

  • Apr 18, 04:31 PM | Times Union

    Members Only $12.6 million Troy housing project begins

    April 18--TROY -- The Martin Luther King Apartments are undergoing a $12.6 million renovation as part of the Troy Housing Authority's plans to redo its 1,200 units of public housing over the next decade. Work on 46 units at Martin Luther King Apartments officially began Tuesday. The launch of the major overhaul of the units, which were built in the early 1970s, and the closing of the financing ...

  • Apr 18, 03:40 PM | The Washington Post (Blogs)

    Members Only The National Building Museum’s summer installation will feature hives. Yes, hives.

    Last year, it was icebergs. This year, the National Building Museum's summer installation will be hives. As in, insect hives. Not the skin rash. The installation — literally called "Hive" — will feature more than 2,700 paper tubes, each ranging in size from a few inches to 10 feet tall. There will be three interconnected forms, with pink interiors and shiny silver exteriors, and the largest ...

  • Apr 18, 01:20 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Finley plant agrees to pay $650,000 in Clean Water Act case

    TRI-CITIES, Wash. (AP) — A metal manufacturer in southern Washington has agreed to pay $650,000 and make improvements to its wastewater treatment systems along the Columbia River to settle a lawsuit brought by a nonprofit organization. The Tri-City Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2py9ynZ) the settlement between Sandvik Special Metals of Finley and Columbia Riverkeeper was filed Monday. The ...

  • Apr 18, 01:00 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Zoning court appeal threatens Burlington mall project

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Critics of a Burlington mall redevelopment project are appealing the project to the Vermont Environmental Court. Burlington Town Center owner and developer Don Sinex says the court will hear the appeal by local residents of the new zoning permit issued by the city. In a statement released Monday, Sinex called the "unyielding opposition" of residents "disappointing." ...

  • Apr 18, 11:20 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only One Charlestown and the future of public housing

    The unique sound of spring in the Charlestown public housing development is a chorus of chirping birds and smoke detectors chirping for new batteries. Residents there also complain of poor ventilation and long stretches without hot water. The Boston Housing Authority has only $6 million a year to put toward a growing $750 million maintenance backlog across its entire stock of 12,623 public ...

  • Apr 18, 07:19 AM | Eagle-Tribune

    Commission to propose three-month "smart parking" plan

    April 18--HAVERHILL -- Since its inception, there have been cries from Haverhill officials and residents to overhaul the city's paid parking system. From proposals to implement minor changes to completely removing the solar-powered kiosk meters, it seems everyone has an opinion about what the city should do with parking going forward. This week, City Councilor Colin LePage will bring forward a ...

  • Apr 18, 05:19 AM | Hour

    Questions emerge about Norwalk mall's viability

    April 18--NORWALK -- General Growth Properties' request to drop a hotel from the SoNo Collection sparked a larger discussion Monday evening on how long two anchor tenants might stay and the viability of shopping malls. During a special meeting at City Hall, resident Margaret Kozlark stated to the Common Council's Planning Committee her opposition to the yet-to-be-built mall. "Data I found said ...

  • Apr 17, 10:32 PM | Daily Press

    Rep. Scott visits Marshall Courts, shares concerns over potential cuts to HUD

    April 18--U.S. Rep. Robert "Bobby" Scott, D-Newport News, visited the city's oldest public housing complex in the middle of renovations Monday to highlight the White House's proposal to cut public housing dollars. Specifically, President Donald Trump is proposing a 13.2 percent funding cut, or $6 billion, for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development next fiscal year, including the ...