• May 23, 07:37 AM | Mid-Valley Town Crier

    HUD Approves $46M for 2018 Flood Relief

    The skies opened up in South Texas last Tuesday at about the same time the federal government announced $46.4 million in grant funding for recovery efforts stemming from severe storms and flooding nearly a year ago in Cameron, Hidalgo and Jim Wells counties. Last year's disasters left damaged homes, businesses and infrastructure in their wake, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben ...

  • May 22, 11:33 PM | Houston Chronicle

    Members Only Houston's Housing Programs Could Get $45M Boost From HUD Grant Program

    May 22-- May 22--The City Council on Wednesday authorized Houston's housing department to apply for about $45 million in federal funding in part to help the city build its stock of affordable housing. The city's housing department would use the money, granted through four programs under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, primarily to increase homeownership, improve city ...

  • May 22, 10:47 PM | Santa Maria Times

    Affordable Housing Project Approved for Northwest Santa Maria in Split-Vote Decision

    May 22-- May 22--Santa Maria City Council voted narrowly to move forward with an affordable housing project for those with special needs in the northwest part of the city, despite concerns from neighbors about parking issues and the impact on property values. The project -- called Cox Bungalows -- initially called for the construction of 30 residential units and a community center on a ...

  • May 22, 01:18 PM | News-Journal

    $6M water plant project OK'd for Plantation Bay

    BUNNELL 2019--BUNNELL -- Plantation Bay residents who have long complained about the quality of their drinking water received some good news this week -- they will have a new water treatment plant by the end of next year, if all goes according to plan. The Flagler County Commission awarded a $6 million bid Monday to Jacksonville-based Sawcross Inc. to install a reserve osmosis water treatment ...

  • May 22, 12:05 PM | Telegraph

    'A Place Called Home'--New Apartments Help Address City's Affordable Housing Problems

    May 22--NASHUA -- Renters must cough up about $1,400 per month for a typical apartment in the Nashua area, according to the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority. This statistic is for a two-bedroom unit, including utilities. However, the authority shows rent in Hillsborough County can sometimes approach $3,000 per month for those seeking a home with four bedrooms. Some relief for stressed ...

  • May 22, 10:00 AM | Dayton Daily News

    Inside look: The historic Castell building in downtown Middletown is transforming in 11-year project

    May 22-- May 22--A "project in the making" for the last 11 years recently held a ribbon-cutting in the former Castell Building in downtown Middletown. In 2008, Scott Lewis and his father purchased the five-story building on Central Avenue, and ever since, they have made major renovations, including building a roof over the back portion and enclosing skylights. Scott Lewis called the grand ...

  • May 22, 09:24 AM | Dothan Eagle

    Town of Columbia denied grant; donations sought for repairs to fire/rescue department

    Columbia officials hoped to use the proceeds of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to rebuild the Columbia Fire/Rescue Department century-old facility severely damaged during Hurricane Michael and declared unsafe. However, they were told the town doesn't have enough low-income residents to qualify. Now officials are turning to residents to help raise $300,000 for the repairs. "We need ...

  • May 21, 07:15 AM | Tampa Bay Times

    Members Only Hernando County Commissioner: Are We Rewarding Property Owners For Not Following the Law?

    May 21-- BROOKSVILLE — A property owner violates zoning by improperly using his land. The county cites the landowner for a code violation. The property owner seeks a rezoning that accommodates his illegal use. Rezoning requests often generate controversy in a neighborhood, but Hernando County commissioners last week discussed their discomfort over a recent trend that some see as rewarding ...

  • May 21, 12:31 PM | The Grand Island Independent

    Transportation Addressed in Preliminary Comprehensive Plan

    Editor's note: This is part of an ongoing series regarding a quick look at the several-hundred-page preliminary comprehensive plan update which is being reviewed by the city council. YORK – The draft of the preliminary comprehensive plan for the city of York dedicates an entire segment to the topic of transportation. It also suggests transportation improvements that could be made in the ...

  • May 21, 02:23 PM | Wicked Local Northwest

    State Grant Program Helping Chelmsford Study Disaster Preparedness

    May 21-- May 21--Town officials are seeking to bolster disaster preparedness with a grant to identify factors such as weather patterns, the condition of bridges and roads, and more. The Board of Selectmen heard a presentation on May 20 by Community Development Director Evan Belansky and Eric Las of Beals and Thomas Inc. on preparedness efforts. The town received a $30,000 grant last June ...

  • May 21, 08:13 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Waterloo moves ahead with planning for proposed marina

    WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Waterloo officials are moving ahead with plans for a downtown marina along the Cedar River. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a $127,500 contract with a company that will develop plans for the proposed marina on the west bank of the river. The study will be funded by gambling revenue from the Black Hawk County ...

  • May 22, 04:11 AM | The Humanist

    Members Only PAINT THE TOWN RED (ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN ...).(GIVEN the EVIDENCE)(study on the positive effect of green spaces and colorful urban design)(Brief article)

    A study published in March in Cities and Health found that green spaces and colorful urban design elements within cities were associated with higher levels of happiness, greater trust of strangers, and greater environmental stewardship. "Field Analysis of Psychological Effects of Urban Design: A Case Study in Vancouver" was conducted by the Urban Realities Lab at the University of Waterloo. ...

  • May 22, 04:08 AM | Mondaq Business Briefing

    Members Only The Pendulum Swings Back: Ontario Announces Changes To Planning And Development System

    On May 2, 2019, Municipal Housing and Affairs Minister Steve Clark announced the province's plan to tackle the housing crisis in Ontario, as outlined in More Homes, More Choice: Ontario's Housing Supply Action Plan. This was immediately followed by the release of Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019, which introduced significant changes to planning and development legislation in ...

  • May 21, 07:04 PM | Buffalo News

    Repairs coming to roads at Buffalo's most run-down public housing development

    May 21-- May 21--The pitted and uneven roadways partially responsible for the Langfield Homes' being dubbed the most run-down public housing complex in Buffalo are about to get a major overhaul. The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Tuesday approved a $600,000 contract with Scott Lawn Yard of Niagara Falls to repave and repair roads and parking areas in the complex off Langfield Avenue. As ...

  • May 21, 01:34 PM | Salina Journal

    More little libraries coming to North Salina

    People will soon donate and borrow books at 10 new little libraries in North Salina. Barb Young, the president of North Salina Community Development, the organization creating the little libraries, said the program aims to allow children to access books who may not be able to easily visit the Salina Public Library. "We are getting these out in neighborhoods for low- and moderate-income folks ...

  • May 21, 12:46 PM | Bristol Herald Courier

    City to consider flexible use zoning districts

    BRISTOL, Va. - Bristol Virginia officials are considering a new flexible redevelopment zoning category to promote mixed-use developments at some former industrial sites. City Planner Sally Morgan explained the proposal Monday during a lengthy work session of the city's Planning Commission. The changes would be part of a comprehensive overhaul of city zoning and sign regulations that are ...

  • May 21, 11:31 AM | News-Sentinel

    City's neighborhood improvement grant program now open

    May 21-- May 21--The 2019 Neighborhood Improvement Grant program is now open. This is the second year for the program, which is designed to support neighborhood projects that beautify public spaces and strengthen community involvement. Information and guidelines about the program can be found at www.FortWayneNeighborhoods.org by clicking on the resources menu item. Letters of intent are due by ...

  • May 21, 07:02 AM | Canton Repository

    North Canton planning a new Hoover economic district

    May 21-- May 21--NORTH CANTON The city is pursuing a new plan to boost economic development downtown, particularly in the Hoover District. City Council introduced Monday legislation to create the Hoover District Downtown Redevelopment Districts. The eight districts encompass businesses or other areas that could be site of new developments near the former Hoover Company headquarters. The ...

  • May 21, 08:36 AM | Gulf Times

    Work Resumes On Phase Two of Bourbon Street Improvement Project

    Work resumes Monday on phase two of the Bourbon Street improvement project. High river levels delayed the work since early March. The city was given the OK last week that work could resume as long as the river stays below 17 feet. That means the project will pick back up at the 700 block of Bourbon with a 7 day work week, going from 8 a.m. to sunset each day. City leaders say 50 percent of ...

  • May 20, 04:14 PM | Omaha World-Herald

    Omaha Area Public Transit a Key Need

    The Omaha area's future depends in considerable measure on how well it pursues stronger public transportation options. That conclusion is based on input from local employers as well as the findings of transportation analysts who have studied development factors in communities across the country. Consider the observation from Rebecca Ryan, a consulting economist who has worked with the Greater ...

  • May 20, 11:31 PM | The Santa Fe New Mexican

    Housing Measures in the Works in Santa Fe to Ease Shortage

    May 21-- May 21--Santa Fe's housing shortage has been a simmering topic for years. Expect the discussion to heat up even more in the coming months. The Santa Fe City Council soon will take up a contentious proposal to ease residency, parking and other restrictions on so-called accessory dwelling units, also known as casitas or guest houses, to try to create more options for people to live. The ...

  • May 20, 06:23 PM | Virginia Gazette

    Planning Commission Approves Rezoning Request for Affordable Apartment Complex

    May 16-- May 16--The city's Planning Commission unanimously approved a request to rezone the Econo Lodge at 216 Parkway Drive at its May 15 meeting, opening the door for the motel to be converted into an affordable apartment complex. Planning Commission Chairwoman Elaine McBeth and member Caleb Rogers were absent from Wednesday's meeting. Ajit Patel, the owner of the Econo Lodge, plans to ...

  • May 16, 06:20 PM | Virginia Gazette

    Planning Commission Approves Rezoning Request for Affordable Apartment Complex

    May 16-- May 16--The city's Planning Commission unanimously approved a request to rezone the Econo Lodge at 216 Parkway Drive at its May 15 meeting, opening the door for the motel to be converted into an affordable apartment complex. Planning Commission Chairwoman Elaine McBeth and member Caleb Rogers were absent from Wednesday's meeting. Ajit Patel, the owner of the Econo Lodge, plans to ...