Daily Planning News

  • Jun 30, 09:44 AM | Patriot-News (Harrisburg, PA)

    Members Only Ex-Residents to Celebrate Birth of Dying Town

    CENTRALIA - With the exception of a few houses and paved streets, the borough of Centralia no longer exists. But on Friday and Saturday, more than 150 people expect to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Columbia County municipality becoming a borough. It is an opportunity for people who left Centralia because of the coal fire burning underneath the town to get together "at least one more ...

  • Jun 29, 05:34 PM | Newton TAB (MA)

    As Demolitions Increase, Some Areas are Impacted More

    The first in a series Driving through Oak Hill Park, the change is hard to miss. Small modern cottages built in the late 1940s for returning World War II veterans increasingly co-occupy the subdivision with houses much more than twice as large, built for a generation of residents much wealthier than the last. “So you can see then, when something like this comes in, it really changes the feel ...

  • Jun 29, 11:13 AM | Flint Journal (MI)

    Members Only Empty Buildings Eyed in Efforts to Help City Recover

    Empty buildings may hold one of the keys to helping Flint recover from its water crisis. There are estimated to be more than 7,000 vacant commercial properties around the city, and officials are looking for ways to make those buildings attractive to potential investors. BUSINESS SUMMIT The renewed effort was one of the strategies that emerged from last week’s summit that brought together ...

  • Jun 30, 07:44 AM | Suburban Trends (Bloomingdale, Wanaque, NJ)

    FORESTRY PROJECT AIMS AT IMPROVING BIRD HABITAT

    A project to thin out dense middle-aged forest in favor of scrub habitat to attract golden-winged warblers and other bird species is already bearing results at Tranquility Ridge County Park in the Highlands communities of Ringwood and West Milford. The project was developed by Emile DeVito, manager of science and stewardship at the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, and Sharon Petzinger, a ...

  • Jun 30, 06:14 AM | Kettle Moraine Index (Dousman, WI)

    Town appoints former city planner | Fitzgerald named to planning commission

    Town of Delafield - Kevin Fitzgerald, a former city of Delafield plan commissioner with a reputation for doing his homework and understanding zoning codes, has been appointed to the town plan commission. Fitzgerald and his family moved from the city into the town in 2012. The town board accepted Town Chairman Larry Krause's recommendation of Fitzgerald during a June 14 meeting. Fitzgerald will ...

  • Jun 29, 10:40 PM | Merced Sun-Star (CA)

    Merced's high-speed rail plans back on track

    June 29--Residents and others interested in Merced's future gathered Tuesday to discuss what they'd like to see surrounding the high-speed rail stop in Merced, which is set to open in 2025. After a few months of uncertainty in the spring, when the California High-Speed Rail Authority plucked Merced's stop from the initial stages and then put it back in, the planning is back on track, according ...

  • Jun 29, 05:23 PM | Los Angeles Times (CA)

    Members Only Tenant activists lose fight against Hollywood building's conversion into a hotel

    June 29--A Hollywood apartment building is on its way to becoming a hotel after Los Angeles lawmakers rejected the arguments of tenant activists who warned that it would worsen the city's housing crisis. Property owner David Lesser plans to renovate the vacant building on Cherokee Avenue, a short walk from the bustle of Hollywood Boulevard, and turn it into a boutique hotel with two dozen ...

  • Jun 29, 03:00 PM | UPI Top Stories

    Cleveland revises protest area for Republican National Convention

    In response to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, the city of Cleveland has revised the size of the protest zone for the Republican National Convention, which starts July 18. The Cleveland Board of Control also approved a revision of the parade route, marching hours, and the permit-approval process. The ACLU filed a suit against the city earlier this month claiming that the original zone ...

  • Jun 29, 02:49 PM | Plain Dealer, The (Cleveland, OH)

    Members Only 8 sites get preservation tax credits

    Restoration of a graffiti-strewn former garment factory for a school. An apartment redevelopment of a building where the inventor of the alligator clip expanded his company. The residential revamp of an Italianate mansion in Cleveland’s Ohio City. Housing east of downtown Cleveland, in Lakewood and in Alliance. And a Cuyahoga Falls theater earmarked as a future microbrewery and restaurant. ...

  • Jun 29, 01:01 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Christie touts transportation plan, says Senate should act

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday touted an anti-tax crusader's endorsement of a proposed 23-cent- per-gallon gasoline tax hike along with a sales tax cut, sweeping aside objections raised by Democratic leaders in the state Senate and voicing confidence that the measure would be passed in that chamber. Christie all but dared lawmakers not to act on his plan ...

  • Jun 29, 10:59 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Portland looking to clean up brownfields in East Bayside

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's largest city wants to identify and clean up potentially polluted sites in one of its emerging neighborhoods. Portland's East Bayside neighborhood was selected last year as one of 20 communities in the country to receive a $200,000 brownfield planning grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. City officials say they will meet with the Greater ...

  • Jun 29, 06:03 AM | San Jose Mercury News (CA)

    San Jose: Cambrian plaza's eye-catching carousel sign deemed historic

    June 29--The iconic carousel sign at Cambrian Park Plaza is a big step closer to being saved. A consultant last week concluded the sign that has stood as a colorful landmark at the 17-acre shopping center for more than six decades is historic. If the county's Historical Heritage Commission agrees, it'll ask the Board of Supervisors to designate it as such next month. The board in February ...

  • Jun 29, 03:22 AM | New York Times, The

    Members Only A Revitalized Cleveland Is Ready for Its Close-Up

    CLEVELAND -- Just before the Republican National Convention begins, this city is making good this week on its longtime plan to renovate a 10-acre public green space, following a trend in major American cities to link park construction with economic redevelopment goals. On Thursday, Cleveland will reopen Public Square after a $50 million, 15-month renovation. More than eight years in planning, ...

  • Jun 28, 09:07 PM | Dallas Morning News (TX)

    Members Only So Far, Dallas Loves High-Speed Rail to Houston, and Why Not? It Don't Cost Nothin'. Yet.

    June 28--Texas Central Partners came to Dallas City Hall on Monday to officially introduce the City Council to what Peer Chacko, director of the Planning and Urban Design Department, called "their very unique project" -- the proposed, privately funded high-speed rail line that will connect Dallas to Houston in the time it takes to watch Airplane. The members of the Transportation and Trinity ...

  • Jun 28, 07:55 PM | Kansas City Star (MO)

    North Kansas City's First Business Incubator is Set to Open in July

    June 28--John Miller Jr. has one wish -- for his dad to be around in 20 years to see what North Kansas City becomes. In the last several years, the longtime hub for industrial activity has undergone a renaissance as new businesses move into old warehouses and repurpose them. "In and around downtown, there's new energy and new activity," said Sarah Copeland, North Kansas City's community ...

  • Jun 29, 09:40 AM | Los Angeles Times (CA)

    Members Only OPINION: Patt Morrison asks: L.A. River scholar Matthew Gandy

    June 29--Within living memory, the Los Angeles River has been pretty much a sump, a dump and a joke, its long life as a real river deep-sixed and paved over. The new master plan for reimagining the river just began its slow-mo rollout, with architect Frank Gehry as its marquee name, and with a website laying the groundwork for decisions by marshaling a lot of data. Matthew Gandy is a Cambridge ...

  • Jun 29, 07:03 AM | Akron Beacon Journal (OH)

    What's your Akron neighborhood? The city wants to know

    June 29--Is Luigi's in downtown Akron? The Rubber City's Italian stalwart opened on North Main Street in 1949 and hasn't moved since. People still line up in the shadow of the Y-Bridge for its crisp pizza pies and lush lasagna tucked under mounds of mozzarella. And the tiny arts, entertainment and living area that sprouted around Luigi's has taken on its own name -- Northside, a sort of ...

  • Jun 29, 06:20 AM | Waukesha NOW (WI)

    What's next for water? Plan flows ahead | But it will be years before Lake Michigan supply arrives here

    It won't be easy, or cheap, to get Lake Michigan water flowing through Waukesha's water mains and into residents' homes, state and local officials have said. But that water will come. Speaking at a press conference June 22, Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, state Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp and County Executive Paul Farrow addressed the next ...

  • Jun 29, 06:13 AM | San Gabriel Valley Tribune (CA)

    Members Only What's the best way to end L.A.'s homeless crisis? Advocates are split over a solution

    For Los Angeles-area officials hoping to solve the region's acute homelessness crisis, it's clear spare change will no longer cut it. When the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on June 14 voted to ask the state for a declaration of emergency, they reached out with an empty hat in hand, hoping Sacramento lawmakers could part with $500 million from a fund for rehousing efforts. That's just one ...

  • Jun 29, 05:06 AM | San Antonio Express-News (TX)

    Members Only San Antonio's proposed housing bond is in limbo

    June 29--The city's proposed housing bond was thrown into upheaval Tuesday after members of the commission appointed to set the bond priorities learned two of the three initiatives they wanted to put before voters can't be on the May 2017 ballot. That's when city residents are set to vote on the city's overall $850 million bond package, the largest in San Antonio's history. The housing bond, ...

  • Jun 29, 04:33 AM | Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA)

    Members Only Don’t cap clubs, dancers urge: High pay, flexibility make jobs attractive, they say

    Dozens of New Orleans strip-club dancers descended on City Hall on Tuesday with one objective: to reclaim their voices. City planners, many said, had set about crafting rules that could put hundreds of people out of work without seeking the opinions from those who stand to lose their livelihoods. The clubs provide a unique opportunity for women, a dancer at Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club told the ...

  • Jun 28, 11:32 PM | Bellingham Herald (WA)

    Find out what Bellingham's new waterfront park will look like

    June 28--BELLINGHAM -- City staff will talk about plans for Whatcom Waterway Park and two new streets to be built on the waterfront at an open house Thursday evening, June 30. Staff from the city's parks and public works departments, and consultants, will show graphics and provide information on the first phase of the waterfront park and Granary Avenue and Laurel Street construction projects ...

  • Jun 28, 07:40 PM | Enterprise, The (Brockton, MA)

    Nonprofit to discuss new supportive housing project for homeless in Brockton

    June 28--BROCKTON -- Just after Brockton workers cleared out Tent City, a homeless encampment that has existed for decades, a local nonprofit is meeting with neighborhood residents about a new supportive housing project to take people in off the streets. A public meeting is taking place at 7 p.m. tonight in the community room at Jack's Place, another 20-unit supportive housing facility with a ...

  • Jun 28, 02:03 PM | Associated Press

    San Francisco media plan week of coverage on homeless crisis

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 70 media organizations in San Francisco plan to saturate online, TV and print publications this week with news stories about an issue that has stumped politicians and residents for decades: The city's homeless. Homelessness has defined San Francisco for generations, with panhandlers and urine-stained sidewalks as much a part of the scenery as the Golden Gate ...

  • Jun 28, 01:58 PM | Lance, The (Winnipeg, MB)

    Members Only Learning more about city planning

    Every couple of weeks a little battle is waged in an unassuming room on the second floor of a downtown Winnipeg building. Most people are unaware that it’s happening but the outcome of one of these battles may one day affect you — yes, you — directly. The building is the Council Building at Winnipeg City Hall and the room houses board of adjustment meetings that often determine if something ...

  • Jun 28, 01:35 PM | Associated Press

    New Orleans eyes cutting back on Bourbon Street strip clubs

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans is weighing whether to rein in the number of strip clubs on Bourbon Street, both to curb crime and tame one of America's most popular, and wild, entertainment districts. On Tuesday, dozens of strippers and their supporters spoke against the crackdown on strip clubs at a City Planning Commission public meeting. There are currently 14 adult clubs on Bourbon Street ...

  • Jun 28, 10:11 AM | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)

    Members Only Chicago loses Lucas museum Museum: Project would have added 4.5 acres of new parkland.(News)

    Byline: Jason Keyser Associated Press "Star Wars" creator George Lucas announced Friday that he has abandoned plans to build his art museum in Chicago, blaming delays over a lawsuit from a parks group opposed to development along the city's prized lakefront. The filmmaker said in a statement he would take his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to his home state of California, but he did not name a ...

  • Jun 28, 10:02 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Decisions put cities, Main Streets at a crossroads

    OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Maryland's incorporated subdivisions could be at a crossroads with their individual fates decided, in part, on how each chooses to redevelop and revitalize their respective downtown Main Street areas. That was the message delivered by Parris N. Glendening at the Maryland Municipal League conference to officials representing 157 incorporated subdivisions that are part of ...

  • Jun 28, 09:40 AM | Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX)

    Feds give OK for Fort Worth TEX Rail commuter train project

    June 28--FORT WORTH -- The proposed TEX Rail commuter train project has reached yet another milestone that supporters say will help ensure the rail line is operating by late 2018. Those working on the proposed 27-mile commuter line from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport's Terminal B said Monday that they received a "letter of no prejudice" from the Federal Transit ...

  • Jun 28, 06:35 AM | Patriot Ledger, The (Quincy, MA)

    Work continues on securing long-term water source for Southfield

    June 28--WEYMOUTH -- Officials of Southfield master developer LStar told a special town council meeting Monday night they looking at all alternatives for a long-term water source for the development. They are also seeking to use a $1.6 million payment to the town to make improvements to the sewer system, which LStar Managing Partner Kyle Corkum said would be worth $5.7 million to the town. "If ...

  • Jun 28, 06:31 AM | New Haven Register (CT)

    Woodbridge residents protest proposed changes to housing plan

    June 28--WOODBRIDGE -- Dozens of residents packed a Center building meeting room Monday to oppose a developer's attempt to get a 55-and-older age restriction removed from a 134-unit housing development the Town Plan and Zoning Commission approved years ago, just before the stock market crisis that led to the Great Recession. Woodbridge Village Associates LLC is proposing changes to the zoning ...

  • Jun 28, 04:19 AM | Cape Cod Times (Hyannis, MA)

    Neighbors turn out in force to oppose Yarmouth housing project

    June 28--SOUTH YARMOUTH -- Neighbors of a Route 28 property where a large affordable housing complex is proposed made their opposition to the project clear Monday by the sheer number that turned out for a meeting to give their perspective to the developer and town officials. About 130 squeezed into the Town Hall meeting room and spilled into the hallway. The $36 million plan proposed to the ...

  • Jun 28, 09:02 AM | Associated Press

    US Home Prices Climb in April; 7 Cities Set New Records

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices scaled new heights in April, with seven cities — including Boston, Charlotte, Portland, Oregon, San Francisco and Seattle— setting record highs. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index increased 5.4 percent in April compared with a year earlier, just a tick down from the 5.5 percent annual gain in March. Home values are now just 9.6 ...

  • Jun 27, 10:25 PM | Herald-Tribune, The (Sarasota, FL)

    Sarasota Turns to Reserves, Not Taxes, for Rising Budget

    June 28--SARASOTA -- Savings and more revenue from rising property values will cover a planned $11.7 million increase to the city of Sarasota's next budget without increasing property tax rates. The $206.3 million proposed budget is a 6 percent increase over the current year to pay for rising pension and benefits costs, planned infrastructure projects and 37 new hires, city administrators ...

  • Jun 27, 03:24 PM | Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL)

    Proposal Would Help Small Brewers, Artisans

    June 27--BLOOMINGTON -- The City Council will consider making a change that would allow small-scale production of everything from craft beers to artisan candles without forcing businesses to go to a manufacturing district. "Recently, city staff has received a number of inquiries regarding small-scale production and retail, including, but not limited to, microbreweries and other small-scale ...

  • Jun 28, 02:09 AM | Gambit Weekly (LA)

    Landrieu pledges 7,500 affordable housing units in New Orleans by 2021

    Crime, New Orleans' crumbling infrastructure and poverty always top Mayor Mitch Landrieu's list of shortcomings in his annual State of the City address. His 2016 address, delivered last week on the roof of the Whole Foods Market in Mid-City, was no different. But amid contentious debates over the future of short-term rental companies like Airbnb and the increasing creep of property developers, ...

  • Jun 28, 01:42 AM | Grand Rapids Business Journal (MI)

    Where do you draw the line?

    (See map below and as seen on WZZM TV 13) Downtown Grand Rapids has official boundaries defined by various government entities, but perceptions continue to change as the city evolves. When the Business Journal published a story at grbj.com announcing the partnership of Rockford Construction and Meijer Inc. for a grocery store development on Bridge Street and Seward Avenue, "downtown" in the ...

  • Jun 27, 10:58 PM | Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL)

    City to allow small-scale production, including microbreweries, in business districts

    June 28--BLOOMINGTON -- Bloomington will allow the brewing of craft beers and production of other small-scale artisanal items in areas zoned for business use. Before the change approved by the City Council on Monday, the city's code allowed for only a giant leap: work at home as a hobby or go to a manufacturing district to open as a business. During the public comments session at Monday's ...

  • Jun 27, 09:38 PM | Bradenton Herald (FL)

    Battle over Bradenton's Glazier-Gates Park not over yet

    June 27--After a judge tossed a lawsuit in May to stop the relocation of Glazier-Gates Park, Stone Soup Community Unity's attorney Ralf Brookes has filed an appeal. The park, in the 1000 block of Manatee Avenue West, is slated to be flip-flopped to create a new waterfront park along Riverside Drive East and to make room for the first phase of the 521-unit Villages at Riverwalk all-rental ...

  • Jun 27, 08:04 PM | Baltimore Sun (MD)

    Fort Howard redevelopment could face new zoning rules

    June 28--A Baltimore County Council member is proposing new zoning rules to govern redevelopment of a former U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs property in the southeastern part of the county. Councilman Todd Crandell said he will introduce a bill next week to create specific zoning guidelines for the Fort Howard VA property, a former Army facility that was used until recently for VA medical ...

  • Jun 27, 06:51 PM | Naples Daily News (FL)

    Panel urges $1 million more in public funds for Baker Park

    June 28--A Naples board overseeing the city's redevelopment district said Monday the Naples City Council should use $1 million of the district's booming revenues to help pay for the $16.7 million Baker Park. The advisory board for the Community Redevelopment Agency voted unanimously during Monday's regular meeting to recommend the money be transferred to the park fund. The board's decision ...

  • Jun 27, 06:17 PM | Brunswick News (GA)

    Home owners Association wants planning commission to listen to public regardless of agenda

    June 27--Members of the army fighting what they are calling the "Battle of 1810" were disappointed and upset when their opponent left the field last week. The Islands Planning Commission deferred 10 out of 12 bulk rezoning proposals for St. Simons Island, one of which contained the property that a new Dollar General is proposed to be built on at 1810 Frederica Road. Another of the 12 was ...

  • Jun 27, 02:58 PM | Bond Buyer (Online)

    Members Only NYC Breaks Ground on Recovery, Resiliency Project in Rockaways

    New York City broke ground Friday on a $67 million reconstruction project at the Ocean Bay-Oceanside development in the Rockaways. The New York City Housing Authority development, which is home to more than 400 families, was hard hit by Hurricane Sandy. The project is the first of 33 public housing recovery and resiliency works that are being funded through a record $3 billion grant from the ...

  • Jun 27, 02:03 PM | Mehr News Agency (Iran)

    Missouri to Generate Power by Covering Highway with Crowdfunded Solar Roadways

    Missouris Department of Transportation is planning an innovative reworking of historic Route 66 an undetermined section of Americas Highway will be covered in solar panels from Idaho startup, Solar Roadways. It gets Missouri and MDOT prepared for 21st century innovations, enthused Tom Blair, who heads the Road to Tomorrow initiative, in the Kansas City Star, adding, We expect them to be in ...

  • Jun 27, 01:25 PM | Post-Bulletin (Rochester, MN)

    Mayo casts wide net with Discovery Square plan

    June 27--Mayo Clinic recently leveraged an international bio science conference in California to announce the Discovery Square development that will double its research footprint in downtown Rochester. That venue was selected over a hometown press conference in hopes of making a splash with the media horde and the 14,000 attendees, which included 75 heavy hitters from the bio science industry ...

  • Jun 27, 11:47 AM | Treasure Coast Newspapers (Stuart, FL)

    Trial begins in dispute over former Vero Beach diesel plant lease

    June 27--Correction: Michael Rechter's name was misspelled in an earlier version of this story. VERO BEACH -- Former tenants of the old city diesel plant say they were unaware of its extensive environmental issues when they leased the property from the city in 2001. Vero Beach, however, claims the tenants knew about the problems and only complained after the economy tanked. B-B Redevelopment ...

  • Jun 27, 11:19 AM | Franklin News-Post, The (VA)

    UVa grad students help Boones Mill sort plans for property

    Five years after purchasing the former North American Housing Corp. complex, Boones Mill sought the help of University of Virginia students to determine how to make the property an asset for the town. The town purchased the property in 2011 after it sat vacant for several years. It was a somewhat controversial decision for Boones Mill, given that the debt the county took on - $347,000 - was ...

  • Jun 27, 10:16 AM | Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN)

    Scuttled trout project launches man on crusade

    June 27--David Holmbeck contacted me this spring with an urgent request. He wanted me to investigate a trout stream restoration project north of Chisholm, Minn., that was undertaken by his former employer, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He accused officials involved with the project of trespassing on private land, messing up the Dark River and cutting down someone else's trees. ...

  • Jun 27, 10:11 AM | Press Journal (Vero Beach, FL)

    Vero in legal battle over old diesel plant

    VERO BEACH - Former tenants of the old city diesel plant said they were unaware of its extensive environmental issues when they leased the property from the city in 2001. Vero Beach, however, claimed the tenants knew about the problems and only complained after the economy tanked. B-B Redevelopment Team is suing the city for breach of contract, hoping to recoup the $1.7 million it said it ...

  • Jun 27, 08:01 AM | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA)

    Developer has $4 million plan to help revitalize Beechview

    June 27--A new developer in Beechview proposes to renovate a signature building on Broadway Avenue and build a three-story, wraparound to create a boutique hostel, three apartments and a storefront diner, with a basement jazz club. The estimated $4 million plan awaits the Zoning Board of Adjustment's decision after a recent hearing. It is expected by early August. The building at 1600 Broadway ...

  • Jun 27, 07:35 AM | Bradenton Herald (FL)

    Heritage Harbour residents voice concerns over water park

    June 27--Thirty residents from within the Heritage Harbour development on State Road 64 near Interstate 75 met for the first time Sunday night to organize themselves into a protest group to block construction of a water park near their community. The residents are poised -- they talked about a blistering letter writing campaign to the Manatee County Commission and the Department of ...

  • Jun 27, 04:01 AM | Palm Beach Daily News (FL)

    Members Only Group: Give more notice to neighbors; Town panel to review North End residents' proposal for greater access to house plans.(A Section)

    Byline: Darrell Hofheinz Daily News Real Estate Writer The Town Council has directed a committee to study a citizens group's proposed changes to how residents are notified about houses and other projects that could be built in their neighborhoods. The committee isn't scheduled to meet until September but may hold a special meeting in August to consider some procedural changes, North End ...

  • Jun 26, 02:41 PM | Portsmouth Herald (NH)

    SOMERSWORTH ‘Medical Mile’ seen as economic bright spot Exciting future for Route 108 corridor

    SOMERSWORTH — Dover has its Miracle Mile north of its downtown, so named for the economic boost it offered, and Somersworth has its Medical Mile, which is an economic engine for the Hilltop City. In a community of just 9.8 square miles, the Route 108 corridor from Dover to Rochester is an important commercial and industrial zone, which has seen steady growth and holds potential for more. ...

  • Jun 26, 02:10 PM | Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA)

    Industrial or residential? Chesapeake may change 133 Western Branch acres

    June 26--CHESAPEAKE Long-standing disputes over the best use for limited land in Chesapeake resurfaced last week after a rare proposal to change a parcel's use in the city's established comprehensive plan. At the heart of the discussion is 133 acres of undeveloped land on Jolliff Road in Western Branch, near the Suffolk border. Kotarides Developers wants to build a mixed-use community there ...

  • Jun 26, 06:03 AM | Buffalo News (NY)

    Wheatfield considers zoning regulations around Falls airport

    June 26--WHEATFIELD -- The Wheatfield Town Board is considering adding federal regulations on land use around Niagara Falls International Airport to its zoning ordinance. In a public hearing Monday, planning consultant Andrew C. Reilly of the Wendel engineering firm told concerned residents, "If you're a property owner in a residential house, this law will not affect you." But anyone planning ...

  • Jun 26, 05:55 AM | Tribune (San Luis Obispo, CA)

    Illinois city's nuclear plant shutdown could offer lessons to SLO County

    June 26--Nearly 20 years after the shutdown of a nuclear power plant in the small community of Zion, Illinois, the city's finance director describes the local economy in a single word: struggling. "We've lost about $18 million communitywide," said David Knabel, referring to the annual property tax that used to be generated by the power plant. "That tax burden got shifted to businesses and ...

  • Jun 26, 10:16 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only In Savannah, Some Want New Law to Protect City's Buried Past

    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Renewed development in Savannah's historic district has revived efforts to protect the city's underground history and its remnants. Archaeologist Phillip Ashlock is urging the city to adopt an archaeological ordinance, The Savannah Morning News reported (bit.ly/28NV8RT). Savannah has no archaeological requirements in place for city or private projects, Ashlock said. ...

  • Jun 26, 01:13 AM | Topeka Capital Journal (KS)

    Downtown Revitalization Pushes Toward Success

    Revitalization plans for downtown Topeka haven't been in short supply during the past 100 years. In 1935, a plan was put forth to develop a mall in downtown Topeka like that in Washington, D.C., with streets lined by government buildings. Decades later, another downtown renovation proposed building a roof over five blocks along S. Kansas Avenue. Yet, another plan involved a tunnel. In October ...

  • Jun 25, 04:37 AM | Los Angeles Times (CA)

    Members Only Bill That Would Allow Giant Digital Billboards in Downtown L.A. Draws Heat

    June 25--REPORTING FROM SACRAMENTO -- State lawmakers have resurrected a controversial bill that could allow developers to erect several giant electronic billboards around the $1-billion Metropolis high-rise project in downtown Los Angeles. The measure by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) is aimed at helping the economic revitalization of a downtown neighborhood, but opponents say it ...

  • Jun 27, 08:59 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Flint looks to redevelopment of vacant commercial properties

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Officials in Flint are looking for ways to make an estimated 7,000-plus vacant commercial properties more attractive to investors as the city works to recover from its crisis with lead-tainted water. The Flint Journal reports (http://bit.ly/29fXvDP ) the renewed effort was part of strategies that emerged from a summit earlier this month that could mold the vision for ...

  • Jun 27, 04:01 AM | Palm Beach Daily News (FL)

    Members Only Free use of 'tent site' leads to suits; Art show producers sue West Palm Beach CRA.(A Section)

    Byline: Tony Doris Palm Beach Post Two longtime West Palm Beach art show producers are suing the city's Community Redevelopment Agency for giving rival Art Miami free use of the city-owned "tent site" without giving others a shot. Palm Beach Jewelry and Antique Show Inc., which draws more than 50,000 people annually to shows at the Palm Beach Convention Center, sued the CRA on Monday for ...

  • Jun 26, 09:11 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Cleveland ready to show off its renovated Public Square

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland's renovated Public Square is almost ready for its debut. And it's just in time for the Republican National Convention that's just three weeks away. The city is planning to hold a rededication ceremony on Thursday to show off the $50 million project in the heart of Cleveland's downtown. Improvements include increasing the square's green space, closing it to traffic ...

  • Jun 26, 04:37 AM | Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA)

    Members Only City study calls for just 7 French Quarter strip clubs: 19 now operate in Quarter

    There should eventually be just one strip club on each block of Bourbon Street, and the city has to crack down on illegal activities inside such as drug dealing and prostitution. The City Planning Commission staff called for these measures in a study of New Orleans’ adult live performance venues released Thursday, but said any reduction in the number of clubs should occur by attrition and not ...

  • Jun 25, 08:42 PM | South Florida Sun Sentinel (FL)

    Plans in limbo for transforming stretch of Fort Lauderdale beach

    June 25--FORT LAUDERDALE -- It's back to the drawing board for the long-sought transformation of the city's southern stretch of State Road A1A. Plans to upgrade the area, which includes Bahia Mar, Bahia Cabana and the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center, have been placed in limbo or scaled back, leaving it trapped in a 1970s time warp. What happens next is anyone's guess. Just weeks ago, things ...

  • Jun 25, 07:39 PM | Rockford Register Star (IL)

    Blight reduction efforts going strong in Rockford

    June 25--ROCKFORD -- The neighborhood around Washington Park on the city's west side should see a wealth of green space in the next several years as dozens of dilapidated homes come down. Winnebago County and nonprofit Comprehensive Community Solutions have partnered to reduce blight around the city with funding from the Illinois Housing Development Authority, or IHDA. The state housing ...

  • Jun 25, 05:16 PM | Springfield Republican, The (MA)

    Members Only Boston’s Citgo sign faces uncertainty

    Get ready for plenty of commotion about a gas station sign. The Citgo billboard in Boston’s Kenmore Square is not, of course, just any gas station sign. It’s a landmark and an icon that has towered beyond the outfield bleachers at Fenway Park since 1940, when the petroleum firm it advertised was known as Cities Service. Its future is in question as Boston University prepares to sell nine ...

  • Jun 25, 04:54 PM | Associated Press

    APNewsBreak: Experts demand more effort to save coral reefs

    HONOLULU (AP) — As the largest international gathering of coral reef experts comes to a close, scientists have sent a letter to Australian officials calling for action to save the world's reefs, which are being rapidly damaged. The letter was sent Saturday to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull imploring his government to do more to conserve the nation's reefs and curb fossil fuel ...

  • Jun 25, 04:31 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Rapides warns of isolation for those refusing flood buyouts

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Rapides Parish officials are warning a handful of holdouts in south Alexandria subdivisions that they could be isolated if they don't accept federally-financed flood buyouts. Carrie Robinette, grant administrator for the Rapides Area Planning Commission, said officials have purchased 32 of 60 targeted homes so far. But some owners in the Greenway Park area are refusing ...

  • Jun 25, 10:04 AM | Baltimore Brew (MD)

    Blunt talk about race as Port Covington master plan is approved

    Observers who believed that talk about race in Baltimore would get raw after yesterday's acquittal of a police officer in the Freddie Gray case could have found what they sought not on city streets but in an eighth-floor hearing room downtown. There at a hearing on the Port Covington Master Plan, a prominent ACLU lawyer, a university professor and others called out the proposed project in the ...

  • Jun 25, 08:46 AM | Daily Pilot (Costa Mesa, CA)

    Irvine Ranch sues Orange County Water District over groundwater policy

    June 25--The Irvine Ranch Water District has sued the Orange County Water District, alleging that the manager of the county groundwater basin is not giving Irvine Ranch credit for its recycled water program and is costing ratepayers there millions of dollars in fees. The lawsuit, filed June 17 in Orange County Superior Court, says Irvine Ranch produces significant amounts of recycled water and ...

  • Jun 25, 08:43 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Close of land deal means major Portland development can rise

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland officials say the city has closed on a sale of city-owned real estate to a Florida developer that will pave the way for a major mixed-used project. The Federated Companies purchased the land for $2.3 million. It plans to build 450 apartments and 87,000 square feet of retail space in the city's Bayside neighborhood. City officials say the developer can now start ...

  • Jun 25, 08:04 AM | Palm Beach Post (FL)

    Does Lake Worth need an advisory council to promote their artists?

    June 24--AnnaMaria Windisch-Hunt has been an artist -- mostly painting and photography -- for more than 50 years, the past six in Lake Worth. She ran an art gallery in Coconut Grove in Miami for 17 years and was a photographer for United Press International. For Windisch-Hunt, 70, painting and taking pictures come as naturally as breathing. But she believes the city can do a better job of ...

  • Jun 25, 06:34 AM | Delaware Business Daily

    Governor storms bill that allows for more flexibility in storm water regulators

    Governor Jack Markell has signed Senate Bill 253. The measure provides additional options and flexibility to developers, contractors and landowners for meeting standards that protect Delaware's water quality and reduce flooding impacts under the state's sediment and stormwater management program, a release stated. The legislation is the result of an effort wth the Department of Natural ...

  • Jun 25, 06:03 AM | San Jose Mercury News (CA)

    San Jose: Judge says city violated Brown Act, but it was "inadvertent"

    June 25--rgiwargis@bayareanewsgroup.com SAN JOSE -- A judge has tentatively ruled that San Jose violated open-meeting law when designating what would become the Little Saigon shopping district, a black eye for a city that's already admitted similar violations in the past. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Vincent J. Chiarello called the Little Saigon violation "inadvertent," but also ...

  • Jun 25, 04:12 AM | San Francisco Chronicle (CA)

    Members Only Lucas again seeks site in state

    Two years after giving up on San Francisco, billionaire filmmaker George Lucas will try again to build an expansive personal museum in California - this time possibly on Treasure Island. The "Star Wars" creator and Marin County resident announced Friday that he is abandoning his efforts to build a $700 million Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago. Instead, the museum's board said in a ...

  • Jun 24, 10:21 PM | Beacon-News, The (Aurora, IL)

    Proposed Aurora project called a 'baseline for the arts'

    June 25--The Aurora City Council is about to vote on a memorandum of understanding for a $35 million project downtown that includes housing, a restaurant and an arts center with a school for the performing arts. Developers told aldermen recently that there is no doubt what the highlight of the project is. "The highlight ... is the arts center," said Kirk Albinson, Midwest Region project ...

  • Jun 24, 10:21 PM | Glendale News-Press (CA)

    Orange County has a new 'homeless czar' tasked with streamlining services and getting people sheltered

    June 25--When Andrew Do won a seat on the Board of Supervisors last year, he realized that Orange County was poorly equipped to tackle an urgent problem -- homelessness. "The county suffers from what I would call 'the silo effect,'" he said of the disjointed nature of county services such as housing, healthcare and food stamps. "There is no coordination at all with the resources that we have ...

  • Jun 24, 09:11 PM | Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

    Memphis to begin work on first comprehensive plan since 1981

    June 25--The city of Memphis will begin in September coming up with a comprehensive plan that could guide the city's growth for the next 20-25 years. Over the next two years, the city will have hundreds of public hearings on the comprehensive city plan, which will be the city's first since 1981, Chief Operations Officer Doug McGowen said. "It will really serve as a North Star to make ...

  • Jun 24, 07:59 PM | Kansas City Star (MO)

    Home construction is brisk in the Kansas City area

    June 24--Single-family home construction in the area has surged in 2016, according to new data from the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City. In the first five months this year, 2,223 building permits for single-family building were issued in the eight-county area. That was a 29 percent leap from the same months in 2015. "The housing market is especially active heading into summer ...

  • Jun 24, 07:55 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Portlanders blast EPA for Superfund cleanup plan

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 10-mile stretch of the Willamette River — the iconic body of water flowing directly through one of America's most environmentally-conscious cities — could soon be teeming with massive equipment and crews tasked with cleaning up more than a century's-worth of hazardous contaminants from industrial use. The federal government's $746 million-cleanup plan for Portland ...

  • Jun 24, 06:55 PM | Palm Beach Post (FL)

    Amid warehouse boom, tenants snap up space in Palm Beach County

    June 24--To motorists driving past on Florida's Turnpike, the 30-foot-tall pile of earth just north of Southern Boulevard might look like construction debris. To warehouse developer Steven McCraney, it's a thing of beauty. He figures the mound is worth about $200,000. "That is just a giant stack of money," McCraney said. "Dirt is like gold." McCraney is glad to be moving dirt again, after new ...

  • Jun 24, 06:02 PM | ForeignAffairs.co.nz

    Members Only Gov. Rick Snyder signs bill increasing state Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund

    MIL OSI – Also signs 13 additional measures Thursday, June 23, 2016 LANSING, Mich. – An increase in the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund will allow the state to better respond to emergencies under legislation signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder. “Ensuring more funds are available will allow the state to react fast and protect Michiganders better in the event of an emergency or natural ...

  • Jun 24, 05:51 PM | Boston Globe, The (MA)

    Members Only Jesse Kanson-Benanav: Community organizing, with a focus on housing

    When Cambridge city officials recently considered new zoning rules that would have blocked larger buildings in the Riverside neighborhood near Central Square, Jesse Kanson-Benanav leaped into action. He blasted out an e-mail to the 700-member mailing list of A Better Cambridge, a four-year-old civic group he leads, urging them to show up at a hearing or write letters to the city’s Planning ...

  • Jun 24, 05:09 PM | Dayton Daily News (OH)

    Challenges remain for Arcade redevelopment

    June 24 --The group that plans to redevelop the Dayton Arcade has secured $20 million in tax credits, but more pieces of the financing puzzle need to be completed. The developer says the initial housing components of the project need state historic tax credits, which are ...

  • Jun 24, 04:47 PM | Chicago Tribune (IL)

    Lucas Museum drops plan to build in Chicago

    June 24--The Lucas Museum saga in Chicago has ended. "Star Wars" creator George Lucas announced Friday he is abandoning plans to build the project in Chicago, ending months of debate and controversy. Lucas, who wanted to build a museum showcasing his art collection along the city's lakefront, said in a statement he would shift his focus to trying to build the museum in California. The Lucas ...

  • Jun 24, 09:50 AM | Salina Journal (KS)

    Downtown Plan Causes Grumbles, But Also Changes Attitudes

    June 24--Not yet knowing what was contained in the master plan to revitalize downtown Salina, Abner Perney shared concerns prior to its unveiling. "It's dumb to replace (Santa Fe Avenue) first. Look at Fort Collins, Colo. The sidewalks are narrow there, but they have people on them," he ranted. "We don't have a parking problem. We have a lack of people problem." Some 90 minutes after Ken ...

  • Jun 24, 09:41 AM | Baltimore Brew (MD)

    As Planning Vote Nears, Critics Call Port Covington Racially Divisive

    Making a big ask of a bruised and cash-strapped city, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank has been working for months to persuade the public that the massive mixed-use development he wants to build at Port Covington is just what Baltimore needs, and worth the $660 million public financing package he seeks to build it. The campaign, waged by a team of publicists hired by Sagamore Development, Plank's ...

  • Jun 23, 09:21 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Initiative Promotes Good-For-You Gas Station Meals

    DESOTO, Ill. (AP) — The 4-Way Quik Stop and Jackson County Health Department are teaming up to find creative solutions to tackle an ongoing health problem: the lack of easy access to healthy foods in some rural communities. Melissa Parsons, who owns the convenience store and gas station with husband Tim in De Soto, located about halfway between Carbondale and Du Quoin, said entering into this ...

  • Jun 24, 08:13 AM | MinnPost.com

    Members Only Temporary greenway tests out a possible future for north Minneapolis

    "Why can't we have nice things?" is a common refrain in north Minneapolis, where people look down at the parks, homes, and leafy quiet of south Minneapolis' tonier neighborhoods and rightly demand equality. Take the Midtown Greenway, the crown jewel of Minneapolis' vaunted bicycle infrastructure. The wide bike/walk path runs along 29th Street, connecting the Chain of Lakes with the Mississippi ...

  • Jun 24, 07:36 AM | Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO)

    Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs likely to miss its targeted opening date

    June 24--The U.S. Olympic Museum proposed for downtown Colorado Springs is unlikely to open by February 2018, the date targeted by organizers who wanted to christen the venue to coincide with the winter Olympics. A groundbreaking planned for this spring never took place, and museum board chairman Dick Celeste said Thursday that organizers still need to raise about $10 million more in private ...

  • Jun 24, 07:36 AM | Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO)

    Manitou rejected as state 'creative district,' but comes back with a creative solution

    June 24--Scanning the names of downtown businesses and the list of regular events in Manitou Springs, it's difficult to come up with a word other than "creative." But despite the galleries, artisan shops, art studios and endless summer events like concerts in the park and the Art Attack, the city at the foot of Pikes Peak was recently denied designation as a Colorado Creative District. "I was ...

  • Jun 24, 04:32 AM | News-Times (Danbury, CT)

    Members Only Dorothy Day zoning issue remains unresolved

    June 24--DANBURY -- An appeals board closed a public hearing Thursday night about the contentious shutdown order of Danbury's oldest homeless shelter. But the next step was far from clear for 80 supporters and critics who crowded into City Hall, even if lawyers for both sides pledged to work together to keep the Dorothy Day Hospitality House in business. "I don't know why you are asking us to ...

  • Jun 24, 02:41 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Sound Transit puts rail expansion project on November ballot

    SEATTLE (AP) — Officials with the regional Puget Sound transit agency have voted to put a $54 billion light rail expansion plan on the November ballot. KCPQ-TV reports (http://bit.ly/28UCByc ) that the plan approved Thursday is aimed at expediting the construction of the project and bringing rail lines to Everett, Redmond, Issaquah, Tacoma, West Seattle and Ballard. Officials had initially ...

  • Jun 24, 01:51 AM | South Florida Times (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

    Black removal is coming soon

    Diplomatically named gentrification, the glitz beginning to surround many inner cities, and that which has already engulfed others, is actually a reality called displacement. In our case it is simply black removal: ridding inner cities of its poor and near poor inhabitants. These valuable losses of turf come about somewhat through complicity of black "Judas goats" with downtown interests. In ...

  • Jun 23, 10:57 PM | Times-Herald (Vallejo, CA)

    New renters inspection program being proposed for Vallejo

    June 24--A new residential rental inspection program may be headed to the city of Vallejo soon. Under the proposed program, the city would work to reduce complaints regarding substandard housing. The program would be administered by the Housing and Community Development Division, city officials said. Reached by phone recently, Anne Putney, housing and community development manager, said the ...

  • Jun 23, 10:52 PM | Palo Alto Daily News (CA)

    Menlo Park opposes governor's affordable housing plan

    June 23--By Kevin Kelly Daily News Staff Writer MENLO PARK -- Menlo Park's mayor sent a letter to state legislators this week opposing the governor's new affordable housing proposal, saying it "goes against the principles of local democracy." The state's 2016-17 budget, adopted June 15, includes a trailer bill that was a compromise between Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature. It calls for ...

  • Jun 23, 10:27 PM | Miami Herald (FL)

    Coral Gables residents give input as city preps transportation plan

    June 23--Traffic is one of the most discussed topics in Coral Gables and the city plans to explore multiple ways to get cars off the street, encourage cycling and plan out the streets for the thousands of vehicles that pass through daily. With that in mind, about 30 residents attended a workshop Wednesday at the Coral Gables Library to give input and share ideas as the city prepares a ...

  • Jun 23, 10:27 PM | Miami Herald (FL)

    Surprise vote complicates Miami marina expansion project

    June 24--Miami commissioners still haven't decided whether to support or oppose a controversial Virginia Key marina redevelopment and expansion project. But they may have just complicated their ability to craft a deal should they decide they want to move forward. On Thursday, in a surprise decision, commissioners voted 4-1 to block top-ranked bidder RCI Group from beginning negotiations with ...

  • Jun 23, 06:58 PM | Dispatch, The (Lexington, NC)

    HUD investigates director's departure

    June 23--The separation between the Lexington Housing Authority and its former executive director, Terrance Gerald, has been less than amicable, and now the federal government has become involved. Representatives from the investigative arm of the Department of Housing and Urban Development met last week with members of the LHA Board of Directors to discuss Gerald's departure and any possible ...