• Jul 22, 07:26 AM | Somerville Times, The (MA)

    Proposed Zoning Changes Aim to Make Housing More Affordable

    Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone (The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries and letters to the Editor of The Somerville Times belong solely to the authors and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Somerville Times, its staff or publishers) One of the central goals for our proposed zoning overhaul is to create more attainable housing here in Somerville. It's no secret that the cost of ...

  • Jul 21, 05:00 PM | Associated Press

    More Money Needed for Seattle's Delayed Tunnel Project

    SEATTLE (AP) — The troubled project to replace an aging double-decker highway bridge hugging Seattle's waterfront with a tunnel faces up to $223 million in cost overruns, Washington transportation officials said Thursday. The additional money is needed for the project, originally budgeted at $3.1 billion, because of repeated delays. Those delays have increased the administration and oversight ...

  • Jul 21, 09:42 PM | Record (Stockton, CA)

    Surveys for Delta Tunnels Can Move Forward

    July 21--In a defeat for Delta landowners, the state Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that government officials need not go through a formal eminent domain process before they can survey private property for the $15 billion twin tunnels. The decision reverses a lower court's ruling and removes one potential hurdle for the massive water diversion project after a six-year, back-and-forth legal ...

  • Jul 22, 06:08 AM | Valley News-Dispatch (Tarentum, PA)

    Harrison seeks funds for blighted buildings

    July 22--Exactly how many dilapidated buildings Harrison will be able to demolish this year remains uncertain. On Thursday night, commissioners Chairman Bill Poston said he has received only one price quote from demolition contractors. He is waiting to hear from a few other demolition contractors contacted by the township to get additional quotes. Overall, there are seven vacant properties on ...

  • Jul 22, 09:41 AM | Los Angeles Times (CA)

    Members Only EDITORIAL: Affordable housing at an impasse

    July 22--One of the last big fights of the legislative session is over housing construction, and the fallout could be significantly fewer new homes for low-income Californians. Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed streamlining approvals for some urban housing developments. Under his bill, projects that meet local zoning requirements and reserve some portion of their units for low-income residents ...

  • Jul 22, 07:27 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Natchez planning commission delays action on billboards

    NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — The Natchez Planning Commission has voted to again postpone action on proposed changes to the city's billboard ordinance. City Planner Riccardo Giani said Thursday the draft text amendment to the city's billboard regulations has been completed, but is awaiting review from legal counsel. The Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/2a50u5D) the proposed changes to the ...

  • Jul 22, 06:07 AM | San Jose Mercury News (CA)

    San Jose: Lawsuit filed challenges city housing policy

    July 22--SAN JOSE -- Two struggling renters and a pair of advocacy groups joined in filing a lawsuit Thursday against San Jose claiming a recent city land-use policy violates a state affordable-housing law. The lawsuit was filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court on behalf of Urban Habitat, Housing California and two city residents, Sarah Anderson and Joana Cruz, both mothers who are ...

  • Jul 22, 05:26 AM | Amherst Bulletin (MA)

    Push, pull of solar project

    Tapping the sun’s energy is a good idea we should continue to embrace. Yet solar installations can have downsides, as projects in local communities have found. Though Earth-friendly because they do not release carbon, solar farms (as opposed to rooftop installations) require that large pieces of equipment be erected on open spaces. That can stir neighborhood opposition. In Amherst, after years ...

  • Jul 22, 05:20 AM | Saint Paul Pioneer Press (MN)

    Smoke-free public housing reduces secondhand smoke by 46 percent

    July 22--Public housing officials implementing smoke-free policies motivates residents to quit or smoke less, according to a new study. Conducted by the Minnesota Department of Health, the smoke-free policy experiment saw decreases in smoking and the prevalence of indoor secondhand smoke. The study included eight public housing properties that implemented smoke-free policy changes. "These ...

  • Jul 22, 01:10 AM | City & State (New York, NY)

    NYC seeks affordable housing nonprofits to build on 'underutilized' NYCHA property

    The New York City Housing Authority and Department of Housing Preservation and Development are reaching out to nonprofit and underrepresented developers interested in building affordable housing on underused public housing property, according to a request for qualifications the agencies released Tuesday. The call for interested groups comes as NYCHA has planned to build 10,000 units of ...

  • Jul 21, 10:13 PM | Florida Times Union

    Members Only Affordable housing remains an issue

    The travails of Eureka Garden residents are finally being dealt with by people at the top. Way at the top. Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio recently filed legislation that would make it easier for tenants in subsidized housing complexes to complain about conditions without fear of being retaliated against. This came after a decade of complaining to the city of Jacksonville about mold, raw ...

  • Jul 21, 08:17 PM | York Dispatch, The (PA)

    Eminent-domain case sets city back $1.25 million

    July 21--A jury ruled Thursday that York City's Redevelopment Authority owed the former owners of the old York County Prison site about $1.2 million more than the city hoped to pay for it. The city seized the long-vacant property at 319 E. Chestnut St. through eminent domain in 2014, and a court-appointed board ruled the RDA had to pay about $65,000 for the property. The former owners of the ...

  • Jul 21, 07:56 PM | Kansas City Star (MO)

    Energy company that heats and cools downtown Kansas City is going green

    July 22--A rooftop restaurant on a downtown office building. A quick-melting ice rink in Sprint Center. A vanishing coal pile at the Missouri riverfront. They have nothing in common -- unless you know about the network of heating and cooling pipes snaking beneath downtown Kansas City streets. All three things are tied to Veolia, the energy company that supplies what's known as "district ...

  • Jul 21, 05:57 PM | Xinhua News Agency (China)

    Members Only Mexico housing program to help migrant families

    MEXICO CITY, July 21 (Xinhua) -- A new housing program in Mexico aims to help migrants living in the United States build a home to return to in the communities they left behind. The program targets the tens of millions of Mexicans who fled poverty in rural Mexico by emigrating to the U.S. in search of work, offering them access to credit and subsidies, and even to build the homes. Dubbed ...

  • Jul 21, 05:48 PM | AFP World News

    Members Only US sues Pennsylvania town for ban on building mosque

    New York, July 21, 2016 (AFP) - The US Justice Department said Thursday it is suing a Pennsylvania community for religious discrimination over the town's refusal to grant a permit to build a mosque. The lawsuit alleges that Bensalem Township violated a religious land use act when it refused to grant zoning approval "to allow the Bensalem Masjid to build a mosque on three adjoining parcels of ...

  • Jul 21, 05:05 PM | Belleville News-Democrat (IL)

    O'Fallon among fastest-growing communities in the St. Louis area

    July 21--When you crunch the numbers it becomes clear that O'Fallon has paved the way as a leader in the region's growing residential housing development sphere. O'Fallon is the fifth fastest-growing city in the St. Louis area, according to figures compiled by the city. From 2010-14, O'Fallon had on average 109 homes built a year, according to single family residential permit reports. The city ...

  • Jul 21, 03:00 PM | Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (Tupelo)

    EDITORIAL: Patience rewarded with new Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail

    July 21--Tuesday's ceremonial ribbon-cutting on downtown Tupelo's new Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail culminated a lengthy development, planning and construction process that delivers on the promise of a facelift for one of the major gateways into the city. Smiling retailers, development officials and elected leaders from the city and state formed a line behind the blue ribbon across Main ...

  • Jul 21, 02:46 PM | South Florida Sun Sentinel (FL)

    Boca to fine-tune rules for more building-free, walking spaces downtown

    July 21--After about six months of public debate and internal review, Boca Raton is getting closer to finalizing its policy for creating a downtown with more obvious and accessible walking space. Elected officials will discuss the proposed approach during a meeting at 1:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, located at 201 W. Palmetto Park Road. City rules require developers to leave a certain portion ...

  • Jul 21, 02:38 PM | Record (Stockton, CA)

    Court rules against Delta property owners

    July 21--In a defeat for Delta landowners, the state Supreme Court this morning ruled that Twin Tunnels planners need not go through a full eminent domain process before they can conduct environmental and geological surveys to prepare for the $15 billion project. Today's decision is the culmination of an eight-year legal battle between Delta farmers and the state Department of Water Resources. ...

  • Jul 21, 02:01 PM | Boston Globe, The (MA)

    Members Only Water service lines to 641 Newton homes could be made of lead

    NEWTON — After three months of digging through records dating back to 1887, the city has found 641 residential properties across all 13 villages where service lines bringing water from the municipal main directly into homes could be made of lead, Newton officials announced Wednesday. The locations were found after staff went through available residential building records, and pulling out any ...

  • Jul 21, 11:45 AM | Herald Democrat (Sherman, TX)

    Sherman residents give input on parks master plan

    July 21--Sherman residents voiced their visions for future park amenities and improvements to existing facilities during a public forum Tuesday night at Sherman's municipal building. The response from the meeting will be used to draft a Parks and Recreation Master Plan to guide future recreational development in the city. The city held a similar meeting in May to start collecting community ...

  • Jul 21, 11:11 AM | Miami Herald (FL)

    Miami-Dade approves huge Metrorail station project so you can ditch your car

    July 21--The Douglas Road Metrorail station is poised for a massive redevelopment that includes nearly 1,000 apartments, shops and a 150-room hotel, part of a far-reaching plan by Miami-Dade County's transit agency to transform land around its train stops into urban hubs whose residents won't need to rely on cars. The Link at Douglas, a joint venture of developers 13th Floor Investments and ...

  • Jul 21, 10:39 AM | Palm Beach Post (FL)

    How a waterfront could bring luster to a city that needs it

    July 21--If I wanted to turn around the image of a city, I'd put my money on a marina and a waterfront, too. Dock slips with expensive yachts and views of an island in the Intracoastal, plus nice restaurants and entertainment, sound like a plausible combination to lure investment and foot traffic to your city. Which is why, a decade from now, we may have a very different view of Riviera Beach ...

  • Jul 21, 10:09 AM | Springfield News-Sun (Ohio)

    Champaign County seeks $1.5M grant to clean up eyesore

    July 21--Local leaders are going after a $1.5 million grant from JobsOhio to pay for part of the cost to clean up at a longtime eyesore in Urbana. The money would cover demolition and cleanup costs at the roughly 20-acre, former Q3 manufacturing property at Miami and Beech streets. They'll know if they'll receive the funding next week, said Marcia Bailey, economic development coordinator for ...

  • Jul 21, 10:05 AM | Michigan Chronicle (MI)

    Detroiters rebuilding Detroit

    Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan along with representatives from the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, the Downtown Development Authority of the City of Detroit and the Detroit City Council announced plans for new developments in Detroit's' historic Paradise Valley. The press conference was held at Beatrice Buck Paradise Valley Park in the heart of the new Paradise Valley Cultural & Entertainment ...

  • Jul 21, 09:27 AM | Our Town (New York, NY)

    Members Only A Penn Station thrill ride: proposal comes from two city-planning veterans.(NEWS)

    Catching a train at New York's crowded Penn Station is no thrill. But a development team has proposed a novel plan to overhaul the station: Build a 1,200-foot thrill ride on top of it and pay for renovations by charging $35 a ticket. The plan submitted to state officials envisions a transparent tower called the Halo with 11 gondolas offering free-fall rides of varying speeds. "You're ...

  • Jul 21, 08:56 AM | SeeNews Renewables

    Members Only to-the-point: Nevada wind project fails to get permit - report

    July 21 (SeeNews) - The planning commission of Cherry County in Nevada has recommended against giving a conditional use permit for a 30-turbine wind project developed by Bluestem Sandhills LLC, the North Platte Telegraph reports.According to Joel Mundorf, the county's zoning administrator, most of the people who spoke at a lengthy meeting this week did so in opposition to the project. Those ...

  • Jul 21, 08:50 AM | Palo Alto Daily News (CA)

    General plan update could stretch into next year

    July 21--MENLO PARK -- City officials acknowledged for the first time this week that the process to update Menlo Park's development blueprint could extend into next year. This comes on the heels of a 15-day extension last week of the public comment period for a draft of the General Plan update's impact report. The extension to Aug. 1 was requested by East Palo Alto's mayor, as well as Menlo ...

  • Jul 21, 06:07 AM | Tribune-Review (Greensburg, PA)

    Flight 93 Memorial Wetland Project Credited with Protecting Waterway from Mine Drainage

    July 21--Stocked trout brought renewed life last year to Lamberts Run, a Somerset County tributary of the Stonycreek River. One of the primary factors supporting the revitalized fish habitat is an engineered wetland developed upstream to treat mine drainage at the National Park Service's Flight 93 National Memorial site. Joe Pehur of AMD Industries, a company hired by the state to operate and ...

  • Jul 21, 03:48 AM | Frederick News-Post (MD)

    Aldermen Consider Property Seizure for Enforcing Blight Violations

    July 21--The city of Frederick soon may have another way to force progress on the long-vacant, condemned Asiana building. The Frederick Board of Aldermen on Wednesday reviewed a proposal to expand the scope of its receivership program for blighted properties. Specifically, the amendment submitted by Alderwoman Donna Kuzemchak would include owners of condemned properties or those that have not ...

  • Jul 20, 11:17 PM | Daily Camera (Boulder, CO)

    Boulder Plans Public Tour of Homelessness, Opportunity Sites

    July 20--Following up on a Boulder delegation's April study tour of transitional housing services and homeless villages in Eugene, Ore., Boulder officials have organized a similar tour here, which will take place Aug. 1 and will be open to the public. An official itinerary and map of the tour likely will be released late next week, said Wendy Schwartz, planning and program development manager ...

  • Jul 21, 10:02 AM | Michigan Chronicle (MI)

    Detroit artists want stake in community development

    The Wall of 100 Makers made its debut at Detroit's Masonic Temple during Start-Up week in May. The interactive art installation generated buzz among viewers and artists. "I work in the art world and go to the local, national and international art openings all the time. All the openings nowadays lack soul," said one viewer. "I love the Wall of 100 Makers because you can feel the humans ...

  • Jul 21, 08:10 AM | Watertown Daily Times (NY)

    Group of Clayton residents want popular vote on downtown utility lines project

    July 21--Tweet CLAYTON -- A group of village residents is calling on the Board of Trustees to let all residents vote on a referendum to allow them to bury the utility lines downtown. The plan to bury the lines along Riverside Drive would be done in conjunction with the State Department of Transportation's project to widen downtown streets and make sidewalks and street crossings safer. The ...

  • Jul 21, 05:00 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only A ‘Heat Dome’ Is Coming. Domes Are Bad.

    We are domed. Or will be, at any rate, very soon. In case you have not heard, a scary-sounding weather phenomenon called a “heat dome” is creeping across the country and is due to arrive in New York City just in time for the weekend. On paper, the heat dome means only “a stretch of hot, sticky days.” It will be in the low 90s or the mid-90s on Friday, depending on which forecast you believe, ...

  • Jul 21, 04:37 AM | Los Angeles Times (CA)

    Members Only Little Tokyo mall sues Metro over downtown subway project

    July 21--The owners of a pedestrian mall in Little Tokyo sued the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and two major construction companies on Wednesday afternoon, seeking an immediate halt to work on a $1.5-billion subway project in the area. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, says Metro and its contractor plan to inject a concrete-like substance into the ...

  • Jul 21, 01:57 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Jackson to get $1.2M to remediate lead-based paint

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The City of Jackson is getting $1.2 million in funding to help remediate lead-based paint in 86 eligible low-income housing units in the county. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday announced the award through its Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant program. The city's also getting $150,000 in Healthy Homes supplemental funding. The City of ...

  • Jul 21, 01:56 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Court ruling could boost cost of California water project

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court is set to issue a ruling Thursday that could add millions of dollars to the cost of the governor's $15.7 billion plan to build two giant water tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. At issue is whether California officials must pay landowners to access thousands of acres of private property to conduct preliminary environmental and ...

  • Jul 20, 09:16 PM | San Diego Union-Tribune (CA)

    City proceeds with herbicide plan

    July 20--CARLSBAD -- Carlsbad officials said this week they will use an herbicide to kill a grove of Mexican fan palms and Brazilian pepper trees in the Lake Calavera Preserve, despite some residents' concerns about the project, including that the chemicals could be harmful to wildlife. The trees, which aren't native to the area, will be removed as part of a restoration project to offset ...

  • Jul 20, 09:01 PM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Nuclear Subsidies Are Key Part of New York’s Clean-Energy Plan

    The blueprint for New York State’s lofty clean-energy goals relies on the technologies of the future: The state, officials have promised, will draw half of its electricity from renewable and clean energy sources like wind and solar power by 2030. But as the plan takes shape at the state’s Public Service Commission, talk of still-young technologies has been overshadowed by something of a ...

  • Jul 20, 07:59 PM | Kansas City Star (MO)

    Clay Chastain's latest light rail plan appears headed to November ballot

    July 20--For the umpteenth time, it appears that one of Clay Chastain's light rail plans is headed to a Kansas City election. City Attorney Bill Geary said Chastain's latest proposal could well be illegal but is not "unconstitutional on its face," so under the city charter it should be put to voters Nov. 8. "Put this on the November ballot and see what happens," Geary told the City Council's ...

  • Jul 20, 06:06 PM | San Antonio Express-News (TX)

    Members Only San Antonio historic review commission clears design for new Frost Tower

    July 20--Plans for the new Frost Tower, a proposed state-of-the-art skyscraper that builder Weston Urban hopes will anchor downtown redevelopment, cleared the first stage in the city's design approval process Wednesday. The city Historic and Design Review Commission unanimously approved the 23-story tower, designed by renowned international architecture firm Pelli Clarke Pelli, on a vote of ...

  • Jul 20, 05:47 PM | Providence Journal (RI)

    Bids to build Route 195 pedestrian bridge come in three to four times higher than original cost estimate

    July 20--PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Seven companies have submitted bids to the state ranging from $16.97 million to $21.73 million to build a long-awaited and oft-delayed pedestrian bridge connecting former Route 195 park parcels -- higher proposed costs than any earlier estimates from state officials. It's unclear what such proposed construction costs might mean for the bridge project, which the ...

  • Jul 20, 05:05 PM | Saudi Press Agency (Saudi Arabia)

    Clever growing, requests to join county urban development

    As the third largest city in the fast-growing county in Missouri, Clever is anticipating exponential growth, Mayor Jarodd King said. The city is expanding so quickly, in fact, that King said there are only two parcels left in city limits. And thats what put him on the July 18 Christian County Commission agenda to request joining county urban development. We want to increase coordination ...

  • Jul 20, 02:46 PM | South Florida Sun Sentinel (FL)

    City board to consider fate of Boca's waterfront land

    July 20--Plans for a bustling waterfront restaurant on a prized piece of city-owned land in downtown Boca Raton could be taken off the menu for good if the city adopts a rule up for consideration this month. The city's planning and zoning board will consider a proposal Thursday that would reserve all city-owned land adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway for certain public uses. Though the ...

  • Jul 20, 01:37 PM | Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA)

    Members Only BRIEF: Are you ready for 'Extreme Makeover: Downtown Decatur Edition?'

    July 20--The city of Decatur recently launched a new website for its residents to stay on top of the latest in infrastructure, streetscapes and development. Dubbed "Extreme Makeover: Downtown Decatur Edition," the website decaturmakeover.com aims to "help keep inconvenience to a minumum" for its residents. According to the site, "there's going to be a lot going on in the coming months and, ...

  • Jul 20, 01:24 PM | Beaver County Times (PA)

    Residents, others raise concerns about Shell lighting plan

    July 20--POTTER TWP. -- Beaver planning commission members and several others raised concerns Tuesday in a public hearing about a plan by Shell Chemicals to install lights around the plant it plans to build. Potter Township supervisors heard testimony from the company and other speakers. The meeting was part of a review process because Shell wants 80 high-mast lights around its petrochemical ...

  • Jul 20, 01:05 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only City use permit issue for mosque headed to Lexington council

    LEXINGTON, Neb. (AP) — The Lexington City Council is expected to consider a use permit for a mosque that's been operating downtown without the permit. City and mosque officials have been negotiating since the city sued the Islamic Center of Dawson County, saying a certificate of occupancy hadn't been obtained and a conditional use permit was required before the former laundromat can be used ...

  • Jul 20, 10:03 AM | Indianapolis Business Journal (IN)

    If mass transit is so efficient, why the subsidies?

    ECONOMIC ANALYSIS A public transportation income tax is on the Marion County ballot in November. Similar tax hikes for Clay and Washington townships in Hamilton County (Carmel and Westfield) might not be far behind. The objective is to build a Red Line bus rapid transit connecting Westfield through Indianapolis, as well as fund other improvements. Which got us to thinking about why transit ...

  • Jul 20, 03:34 AM | Seattle Times (WA)

    Voters to Decide Seattle Waterfront's Future

    July 20--Voters have two weeks to decide whether to completely change the city's plan for transforming Seattle's downtown waterfront. Initiative 123 would create a public development authority to plan a one-mile elevated park -- or "garden bridge" -- incorporating a small, restored portion of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Former mayoral candidate Kate Martin has led the effort for an elevated park ...

  • Jul 19, 08:03 PM | Baltimore Sun (MD)

    Lawmakers Concerned Over Millions in Cost Overruns on Baltimore Contracts

    July 20--Lawmakers are calling for changes to Baltimore's government contracting practices after a review by The Baltimore Sun found infrastructure jobs went $105 million over budget in the past four years. State Sen. Bill Ferguson, a Baltimore Democrat, suggested in a Facebook post that a contractor who goes over budget be disqualified from bidding on a city job for 10 years. Two City Council ...

  • Jul 19, 11:44 PM | Houston Chronicle (TX)

    Members Only Officials Considering New Tactics to Alleviate City Parking Woes

    July 20--Shortly after the 9-to-5 crowd crawled out of Houston's central business district, Lacey Kane said she thought she'd have an easy time finding a parking spot to meet a friend for dinner. She learned recently finding a parking lot is easy, but finding the one nearest her destination proved difficult. "For someone who isn't down here every day, it can be confusing," said Kane, 28, who ...

  • Jul 20, 09:10 AM | Evening Standard (UK)

    Members Only How to bring Londoners closer to nature

    AN INSPIRED project that involves relocating tens of thousands of "unwanted" plants from the Chelsea Flower Show to a former gasworks in Greenwich where an entire new district is being built is yet another example of how London is at the forefront of innovative moves to weave nature into the urban fabric. Opening next week, Farmopolis has a floating "jetty garden" on the Thames that is also a ...

  • Jul 20, 09:05 AM | Las Cruces Sun-News (NM)

    Efforts continue to determine location of film, multimedia sound stage in Las Cruces

    July 20--LAS CRUCES -- Despite plans in place to build a sound stage into the expansion of the convention center, Film Las Cruces members are still looking at other options in Las Cruces for the facility, including New Mexico State University, the West Mesa Industrial Park, Corralitos Ranch and the former Coca Cola bottling plant on South Valley Drive. Supporters are continuing to explore ...

  • Jul 20, 09:05 AM | Times Record (Fort Smith, AR)

    Fort Smith downtown planners bridge touchy subjects

    July 20--Riverfront development, an expanded trolley service and semi-truck traffic dominated discussion Tuesday in a Propelling Downtown Forward planning session with the Central Business Improvement District Commission. Scott Polikov, president of Gateway Planning in Dallas, and his associates have met with several city commissions and economic development groups this week to gather ideas ...

  • Jul 20, 07:59 AM | Baltimore Brew (MD)

    A poor, black city supporting kayak and boat slips?

    Anger rippled through a crowd of nearly 300 people as they listened to an independent consultant describe the uncertainties and potential pitfalls of the Port Covington TIF application. At one point, the consultant referred to the 30-year proposal, which is hinged on $660 million in tax increment (TIF) bonding from the city, as "almost like a house of cards." There was more hooting when ...

  • Jul 20, 07:05 AM | Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA)

    Fredericksburg takes next step toward building Riverfront Park

    July 20--Downtown Fredericksburg finally may be getting a family-friendly park along the Rappahannock River in a couple years. City Council gave the go-ahead during its work session July 12 for Rhodeside & Harwell to begin the engineering designs for its Riverfront Park concept plan, which it wants to build in 2018. The entire project is expected to come in just under $5 million, said Elliott ...

  • Jul 20, 06:53 AM | Dallas Observer (TX)

    Transparency Isn't Just Important in Fair Park Debate. It's the Whole Enchilada.

    Listen, the debate about Fair Park – turning our 277-acre albatross two miles east of downtown over to a private entity - probably started out with good enough intentions. But now, not so much. Now it's about nothing so much as shielding the board of directors of the State Fair of Texas from public scrutiny, and the scrutiny they're ducking from is pretty damned searing. The specific questions ...

  • Jul 20, 05:21 AM | Saint Paul Pioneer Press (MN)

    St. Paul weighs liquor license 'districts' for new theater, mini-golf arcade

    July 20--In St. Paul's Hamline-Midway neighborhood, CanCan Wonderland is advertising 18 holes of mini-golf in a refurbished corner of the old Silgan/American Can factory, a boardwalk full of "attractions and amusements," food, beer and "even a few unicorns." Now it wants to complement its noshes with hard alcohol. Across town, actor-director Ryan North is remodeling the long-defunct Garden ...

  • Jul 20, 05:20 AM | Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA)

    Members Only Picking it up again: ‘Trash king’ Sidney Torres IV back in disposal business

    Sidney Torres IV built a reputation as New Orleans’ very own celebrity trash king bringing waste disposal services back to the city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. A decade later, Torres is getting back into the trash business. In an Instagram post on Monday, Torres announced IV Waste, his latest venture, will begin garbage pickup in New Orleans and the wider metro area in August. The ...

  • Jul 20, 05:18 AM | Leader-Telegram (Eau Claire, WI)

    Eau Claire officials consider Water Street TIF

    July 20--As demolition continues to make way for two Water Street developments totaling $22 million, city officials are considering whether to make those projects part of a tax increment finance district. Eau Claire City Manager Dale Peters said city officials continue to evaluate Mogensen's desire for city assistance for his project. Mogensen told the Leader-Telegram about his request in late ...

  • Jul 20, 03:33 AM | State (Columbia, SC)

    Vista growth needs better planning to continue

    July 20--Columbia's Vista will grow to 5,000 residents when three new student housing complexes open in August, spurring even more growth and increasing the need for city and business leaders to develop a more comprehensive plan to deal with it. Those were the sentiments of a panel of Vista boosters hosted by Columbia Opportunity Resource and EngenuitySC. The number of people living in the ...

  • Jul 20, 03:02 AM | Boston Globe, The (MA)

    Members Only New rules may aid housing crackdown

    Boston officials are making a series of regulatory changes intended to help them crack down on landlords who pack off-campus apartments with too many students. The changes could allow the city for the first time to enforce an eight-year-old rule barring more than four undergraduates from living together, officials said. But neighborhood activists said they doubted the city’s commitment to the ...

  • Jul 20, 02:13 AM | Riverside-Brookfield Landmark (IL)

    Brookfield rolls out updated zoning code for train station areas

    In its pursuit of new development in key points of the village, Brookfield officials publicly rolled out their plan to rewrite the zoning code for areas surrounding its three commuter rail stops along the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad line. The code, which is only a draft and likely will see some revisions as the public, commercial property owners and developers weigh in, seeks to ...

  • Jul 19, 09:23 PM | Austin American-Statesman (TX)

    TxDOT sued over proposed MoPac underpass project in South Austin

    July 19--The state's highway expansion plans in southwestern Travis County have attracted a second federal lawsuit, this one filed Monday asking a judge to stall the "MoPac intersections" project until its effects on endangered species have been thoroughly vetted. Specifically, the Save Our Springs Alliance and the Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity sued the Texas Department of ...

  • Jul 19, 09:10 PM | Los Angeles Times (CA)

    Members Only L.A. housing measure has an unexpected foe: tenant activists

    July 19--When labor unions and community groups teamed up to back a November affordable housing ballot measure, their plans drew a predictable set of opponents. The ballot measure, called Build Better L.A., would impose new requirements for affordable housing on real estate developers who seek to build projects bigger than city rules ordinarily allow. Business groups such as the Los Angeles ...

  • Jul 19, 08:47 PM | South Florida Sun Sentinel (FL)

    Boynton Beach looks to tap into reserve fund for next year's budget

    July 20--Boynton Beach will tap into a reserve fund to cover costs not included in the city's $179.9 million budget, the city decided Tuesday. During the city's second day of budget workshops, the Boynton Beach City Commission agreed to borrow $1.1 million to hire six new firefighters, purchase new greens for the city's municipal golf course and cover expenses related to rising staff and city ...

  • Jul 19, 08:02 PM | Columbia Flier (MD)

    Divided public mulls over measures to overhaul downtown Columbia

    July 20--Two clashing plans to incorporate affordable housing in downtown Columbia and commit $90 million to fund public infrastructure in the Crescent area divided residents at public hearings this month. Downtown Columbia -- envisioned as "a real city" by founder Jim Rouse -- could be poised for major redevelopment as the Howard County Council considers the Kittleman administration's plan to ...

  • Jul 19, 03:13 PM | Houston Chronicle (TX)

    Members Only Federal board declines to oversee Houston-Dallas bullet train project

    July 19--A proposed high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas will remain a mostly Texas matter following a federal decision which could be a blow for the proposed bullet train. The Surface Transportation Board on Monday determined it has no oversight of the 240-mile line planned by Texas Central Partners that has drawn opposition from rural residents while enjoying support in the two ...

  • Jul 19, 12:59 PM | Associated Press

    Detroit razes 10,000th vacant structure under blight plan

    DETROIT (AP) — A two-story, wood-frame house on Tuesday became the 10,000th vacant building torn down under Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's massive plan to eliminate blight as the city continues dealing with abandoned properties following a population decline. An excavator was used to quickly tear down the house on Marlowe Street on Detroit's northwest side. The demolition of 10,000 buildings is ...

  • Jul 19, 11:43 AM | Herald-Tribune, The (Sarasota, FL)

    Members Only Group reimagines bayfront | City leaders tour arts district in Indiana city for local inspiration

    SARASOTA SARASOTA -- City leaders will return to their plans for Sarasota Bayfront 20:20 this week with fresh ideas from the city of Carmel, Indiana. A local group -- including city manager Tom Barwin, commissioner Susan Chapman, Bayfront 20:20 volunteer chairman Michael Klauber and about 10 other city arts and planning leaders -- spent two days touring the city just north of Indianapolis last ...

  • Jul 19, 11:33 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Fighting Obama’s Climate Plan, but Quietly Preparing to Comply

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Matt Mead, the governor of Wyoming, the nation’s leading coal-producing state, fiercely opposes President Obama’s climate change regulations, which could shutter hundreds of coal plants and deeply wound his state, one of 27 that are suing to block the plan. Nevertheless, Mr. Mead, a Republican, has ordered his top environmental officials to prepare to comply with the ...

  • Jul 19, 10:56 AM | Lebanon Express (OR)

    A new, spectacular view of New York City

    Four new hills built on New York City's Governors Island offer sweeping views of the Statute of Liberty and lower Manhattan, unique places to hike and climb, and massive slides that dwarf those found on any playground. Set to open Tuesday, the 10-acre park called The Hills at Governors Island is the newest piece of the redevelopment of the once off-limits former Army and Coasts Guard base in ...

  • Jul 19, 08:30 AM | Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (Tupelo)

    Production schedule delays Saltillo storm shelter

    July 19--SALTILLO -- Local officials hoped the large, community storm shelter beside Saltillo City Hall would be completed and in place by mid-April. But it now looks like it will be some time in August before the $47,000 shelter that will house up to 96 people will be ready. "We are waiting for the manufacturer," said Saltillo zoning administrator Brian Grissom. "We did a purchase order. It ...

  • Jul 19, 07:21 AM | Daily Gazette, The (Schenectady, NY)

    Approval granted to raze 'Pink Palace' in Saratoga

    July 18--SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The city Planning Board has given final approval to plans to demolish the "Pink Palace" dormitory on Union Avenue and replace it with 26 condominium units. Bonacio Construction of Saratoga Springs plans to construct one-, two- and three-bedroom condos that would range in size from about 1,000 square feet to 2,000 square feet. Listing prices would be about $700,000 ...

  • Jul 19, 05:35 AM | USAToday.com

    Members Only First new hotel in Asbury Park in 50 years makes its debut

    The Asbury is the first hotel to open in Asbury Park, N.J., in 50 years. The Asbury is the first new hotel to open in Asbury Park, N.J., in 50 years. ASBURY PARK, N.J.—The new Asbury hotel has an outdoor movie theater, rooftop bar, beer garden, and swimming pool with cabanas made with New York City sidewalk scaffolding.It’s the type of hotel this once floundering seaside town hasn’t seen in 50 ...

  • Jul 18, 07:10 PM | USAToday.com

    Members Only Governors Island Reopens After Massive Redevelopment Project

    Rachel Whiteread's sculpture "Cabin" is seen perched on Discovery Hill on Governors Island in New York's harbor. Set to open July 19, the 10-acre park is the newest piece of redevelopment of the once off-limits former military base just off the tip of lower Manhattan. Two of the new mounds are visible on Governors Island in New York Harbor. Four new hills built on New York City’s Governors ...

  • Jul 18, 06:52 PM | Palm Beach Post (FL)

    Boynton Beach Wants Ideas From Developers on its New Downtown

    July 19--BOYNTON BEACH -- Boynton Beach in the coming months will ask design teams to be part of a public-private partnership and submit ideas on how to redevelop the four-block Town Square area, 17 acres adjacent to Boynton Beach Boulevard east of Interstate 95, to be developed as the city's downtown. Those proposals must have the historic 1927 high school included in some way. Also, a new ...

  • Jul 18, 02:39 PM | Associated Press

    Lawsuit Over Nation's First Offshore Wind Farm Dismissed

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought over the nation's first offshore wind farm. The lawsuit was filed in 2015 by plaintiffs including the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association and others. They argued that utility National Grid's deal to purchase power from the wind farm violated federal law and would result in a significant increase to their electric bills. ...

  • Jul 19, 07:48 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Talking is over: Hilton Head moving on $16M redevelopment

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — After years of debate the Town of Hilton Head Island is moving forward on one of the most expensive municipal project in town history - a $16 million redevelopment of the Coligny area near Sea Pines Plantation. The area is the posh resort's most popular tourist destination and The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports (http://bit.ly/2aq4WsKs ) that town officials ...

  • Jul 18, 09:16 PM | Chicago Tribune (IL)

    City, county set aside money to help pay for environmental cleanup in industry zones

    July 19--City and county officials will set aside tens of millions of dollars to try to help jump-start industrial investment in struggling neighborhoods, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced Monday. The "Industrial Growth Zones" program is targeted at seven specific areas, with the money going to help companies pay for the costly environmental cleanup ...

  • Jul 18, 04:04 PM | Yakima Herald-Republic (WA)

    Yakima City Council to consider paying consultant for economic growth assesment

    July 18--YAKIMA, Wash. -- The city of Yakima is exploring ways to bridge gaps between local economic development efforts to provide a comprehensive plan with specific goals for the future. On Tuesday the City Council will look at a proposal from a consultant to assess Yakima's current potential, who's working on what economic development plans locally, and how these interests could work ...

  • Jul 18, 02:49 PM | Bay City Times (MI)

    Members Only ‘Horrific’ chemical revelation

    OSCODA—Traci Kroushour is 39 and will never have children. That’s not by choice. Kroushour’s uterus was removed when she was 28, after two miscarriages and a lifetime of chronic ailments such as bone death, fibromyalgia, irregular heartbeat, gastrointestinal problems and underdeveloped reproductive organs. Kroushour lived on Montana Street in the Iosco County town of Oscoda until she was 12, ...

  • Jul 18, 02:25 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Officials plan meeting on low water levels at Detroit lake

    DETROIT, Ore. (AP) — Officials are looking for solutions as low water levels at Detroit Lake threaten to affect recreation and tourism in the surrounding area. The Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/29VwpUV ) that the reservoir east of Salem is projected to drop to 1,544 feet above sea level by July 23, marking the lake's third-lowest level on that date since 2000. Officials say docks ...

  • Jul 18, 01:47 PM | Star-News (Wilmington, NC)

    EDITORIAL: Can county stick to its grand plan?

    July 17--The New Hanover County commissioners voted unanimously on Monday to adopt Plan NHC, a long-awaited comprehensive blueprint to guide growth in the county in coming decades. It looks like a good step forward. The county projects the population -- currently around 214,000 people -- will likely grow to 337,000 by 2040. The plan is aimed at promoting economic development, setting aside ...

  • Jul 18, 01:47 PM | Tampa Bay Times (FL)

    Members Only Public will get its say in Tropicana Field redevelopment

    July 18--ST. PETERSBURG -- What should the city do with Tropicana Field's 85 acres of asphalt? And how can it keep the Tampa Bay Rays in town? The public will get the chance to learn more about that effort and offer its input at two meetings this week. The first meeting is set to take place Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Coliseum, 535 4th Ave N. The second meeting will take place Tuesday at 6:30 ...

  • Jul 18, 12:35 PM | USAToday.com

    Members Only Chicago O'Hare expansion plan: More flights, fewer delays?

    But the timeline for some of the plane's most-ambitious plans are uncertain. In this file photo from Dec. 1, 2013, travelers walk through Terminal 3 at O'Hare International airport in Chicago. Airlines could more easily add new flights and delays might lessen under an ambitious multi-billion dollar plan to expand and update O’Hare International Airport.Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel revealed the ...

  • Jul 18, 10:34 AM | Associated Press

    Oregon leans toward putting off high-speed rail plans

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — After spending four years considering what to do with the Willamette Valley passenger rail line, Oregon officials are leaning toward maintaining the status quo. The Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/29OGlly ) that the Oregon Department of Transportation is planning to keep the passenger rail line in its current location on the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. The railroad ...

  • Jul 18, 10:03 AM | San Diego Business Journal (CA)

    Members Only YIMBYs Change Lay of the Land For Development

    Fed up with a lack of solutions to housing challenges in many desirable metro areas, some millennials have become proactive for smart growth and in exposing inefficient government policies. Welcome to the YIMBY (Yes in My Backyard) movement. Samantha Ollinger, the executive director of Bike San Diego, attended the first national YIMBY conference last month in Boulder, Colo. Her primary ...

  • Jul 18, 10:02 AM | Westchester County Business Journal (NY)

    Southport developer repurposes commercial property in strong market

    The commercial construction market in Fairfield County "has always been extremely strong," according to Felix T. Charney, founding president and CEO of Summit Development LLC in Southport. In fact, Charney said, it's so strong that "it can be impossible to find sites" for new development. Summit is a privately held, diversified real estate investment, development and management company that ...

  • Jul 18, 09:58 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Oregon city wants feedback on climate change measure

    BEND, Ore. (AP) — A city in central Oregon is asking residents to weigh in on its plan to combat climate change. The Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/2a4CVLs ) that the Bend City Council is holding a special meeting Thursday to get public feedback on a resolution that sets goals to reduce carbon emissions. The draft plan calls for making all city facilities carbon neutral, meaning city ...

  • Jul 18, 08:10 AM | Boston Globe, The (MA)

    Members Only Boston May Finally Enforce "No-More-Than-Four-Rule"

    Boston officials are making a series of regulatory changes intended to help them crack down on landlords who pack off-campus apartments with too many students. The changes could allow the city for the first time to enforce an eight-year-old rule barring more than four undergraduates from living together, officials said. But neighborhood activists said they doubted the city’s commitment to the ...

  • Jul 18, 04:01 AM | Portland Press Herald (ME)

    Members Only Want to Play Urban Planner? Portland has the Table Game For You

    July 18--Officials in Portland are hoping that a piece of interactive art will bring people to the table so they can share their ideas for the city's future. In this case, it's literally a table -- one in the shape of the city that nearly 67,000 people call home and where tens of thousands of others work and visit. The owner of a community workshop for do-it-yourselfers is creating a ...

  • Jul 16, 08:01 PM | Baltimore Sun (MD)

    Fixing Baltimore's Aging Infrastructure Goes $105 Million Over Budget Since 2012

    July 16--Private contractors fixing Baltimore's water mains, repaving roads and rehabbing buildings routinely go over budget -- at a cost to taxpayers of more than $105 million over the past four years, a Baltimore Sun review has found. Construction jobs done for Baltimore's government ran over budget 375 times since 2012 -- sometimes ballooning to two, three or even four times their original ...

  • Jul 18, 01:06 AM | Associated Press

    New, man-made hills on NYC island offer spectacular views

    NEW YORK (AP) — Four new hills built on New York City's Governors Island offer sweeping views of the Statute of Liberty and lower Manhattan, unique places to hike and climb, and massive slides that dwarf those found on any playground. Set to open Tuesday, the 10-acre park called The Hills at Governors Island is the newest piece of the redevelopment of the once off-limits former Army and Coasts ...

  • Jul 18, 08:12 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Timber! Logging underway on posh Hilton Head Island

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Residents on Hilton Head Island are witnessing something not seen at the posh resort in almost 30 years, tracts of land are being harvested for timber. The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports (http://bit.ly/29SADO2 ) about 60 acres of long leaf pine on the north end of the island are being harvested. Some local residents worry that losing the trees will lower ...

  • Jul 18, 07:20 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Mayor: Downtown Natchez needs planning, organization

    NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Natchez's downtown has attracted new businesses in recent years, but some are making moves to make the redevelopment of the historic business district a little more even and focused. Mayor Darryl Grennell tells The Natchez Democrat (http://bit.ly/29HMGdN ) the city's downtown area is very important, because it is one of the major magnets that can drive people into the ...

  • Jul 17, 11:31 PM | Boston Globe, The (MA)

    Members Only MBTA marches forward with privatization

    The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s warehouse operations could be run by a private company by October, as T officials take a major step toward outsourcing a part of the agency. MBTA officials on Thursday released a request for proposals from outside firms for the operations of its warehouse, which T executives have blasted for being inefficient and dysfunctional. The move is ...

  • Jul 17, 10:33 PM | New Haven Register (CT)

    New Haven plan for food truck ordinances keeps site license fees, adds details

    July 18--NEW HAVEN -- City Deputy Economic Development Director Steve Fontana found some curious information during his research on city zoning regulations. While looking for information to help create potential ordinance revisions for the city's mobile food vendors first introduced in January, Fontana and his team found that current zoning laws do not allow food vending in all four of the ...

  • Jul 17, 10:30 PM | Boston Globe, The (MA)

    Members Only Project seeks to put arts at center of redevelopment

    First came Boston Creates, now comes Futurecity Massachusetts, a joint project of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Boston Foundation that seeks to place arts and culture at the heart of redevelopment and revitalization efforts in the state’s three largest cities. The partnership, which is working with consultant Mark Davy’s London-based Futurecity, will focus on real estate projects ...