• Feb 17, 08:08 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Louisiana Spending Plan for $438M in Flood Aid OK'd By HUD

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Federal officials have signed off on Louisiana's plans for spending $438 million in disaster aid allocated by Congress after the March and August floods. Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration released the approval letter late Thursday from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Most of the dollars are earmarked for homeowner repairs, with an estimated ...

  • Feb 17, 06:55 AM | Colorado Daily (University of Colorado at Boulder)

    Members Only Boulder Planning Board Recommends Extending Moratorium on Tall Buildings

    The Boulder Planning Board on Thursday voted unanimously to recommend that the City Council extend by 18 months the expiration date on a city ordinance that limits the areas of the city and circumstances under which a person can ask for an exemption on building heights against a staff recommendation that the date be done away with. The ordinance is expected to be first voted on by the City ...

  • Feb 17, 12:14 AM | Virginian-Pilot

    Protesters, Advocates Speak Out on Atlantic Coast Pipeline at Federal Hearing

    Feb. 17--SUFFOLK After reading off a litany of environmental concerns about a proposed natural gas pipeline set to run into Hampton Roads, Elizabeth Tumilty got choked up. "I have two children. I'd love to leave them something worth living in," she told a federal official. Tumilty was one of more than 100 people who turned out to the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center in downtown Suffolk on ...

  • Feb 17, 07:20 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only New Mexico reconsiders subsidies to high-risk insurance pool

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The administration of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is seeking to shift the state's financial obligations for a group of 2,700 people with serious and expensive medical conditions onto the private health insurance market. Legislation drafted by the administration in response to a state budget crisis would reduce tax credits and other subsidies that help underwrite New ...

  • Feb 17, 06:55 AM | Indiana Daily Student (Indiana University)

    Members Only Hamilton calls on Bloomington to be a “model city” in State of the City address

    Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton emphasized progress, potential and unity in his annual State of the City speech Thursday night.The address at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater focused on Bloomington’s successes in 2016, its potential in 2017, and how the city fits into the national and global political and cultural climate.Hamilton said his key policy areas in both 2016 and 2017 were jobs, the ...

  • Feb 17, 06:16 AM | Times

    In age of Trump, planners hope for stability in transportation funding

    Feb. 17--PORTAGE -- The establishment of a five-year federal transportation funding plan in December 2015 brought stability to U.S. infrastructure spending after a decade-long wait. Transportation planners don't want to wait that long again after the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act expires at the end of fiscal year 2020. The FAST Act authorized $305 billion in funding over its five ...

  • Feb 17, 02:24 AM | The Daily Sparks Tribune

    Talks Underway to Renovate Victorian Square Theater

    John Byrne/Tribune Silverwing Development is in talks to renovate and reopen the shuttered Sparks Century Theater in Victorian Square. As more people move to Sparks, one of the major goals of the city council has been to create a vibrant downtown area matching its motto "It's Happening Here". At the city's February 1 Arts and Culture Advisory Committee meeting, community members addressed ...

  • Feb 17, 01:42 AM | Gambit Weekly

    New Orleans to update inaccessible bus stops by 2031

    Nearly 94 percent of New Orleans bus stops fail to meet the needs of disabled riders, and the city has until 2031 to update them. On Feb. 10, the city, the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) and its owner Transdev Services settled a lawsuit filed by three wheelchair users arguing the city's transit stops are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), with stops ...

  • Feb 17, 12:37 AM | Herald Democrat

    Denison considers code update for nursing, resident housing programs

    Feb. 16--The Denison Planning and Zoning Commission started work Tuesday on updating the city's zoning ordinance for household care and community homes for the disabled and elderly. This update will bring the city's code more in line with state and federal guidelines regarding housing laws. The update would allow smaller home nursing, mental health, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation ...

  • Feb 16, 07:16 PM | American Banker

    Members Only How will CDFIs fare under Trump?

    Largely absent from recent discussions about financial policy has been the future of the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. It is unclear where the Trump administration stands on the fund, a Treasury Department program in which banks serving lower-income communities can apply for money. The uncertainty has some industry observers speculating on what to expect this year. Some ...

  • Feb 16, 03:29 PM | Star-Ledger

    Members Only MEGA MALL WILL BE DEATHTRAP FOR BIRDS, GROUP SAYS

    Birding activists say a design featured in the latest rendering of the multibillion-dollar American Dream megamall could kill thousands of birds. A glass facade over a large part of the project could kill migratory birds who pass through the Meadowlands, as well as those who call the area home, said Don Torino, president of the Bergen County Audubon Society. "They're sticking a potential ...

  • Feb 16, 03:07 PM | Gazette

    Colorado Springs cyclists applaud downtown plan that would affect drivers

    Feb. 16--In a few months, downtown Colorado Springs will become more walkable and bike-friendly. The prospect was cheered by many in the local biking community who attended an information session Wednesday at the Lon Chaney Theatre about upcoming downtown road projects, applauding whenever a new bike lane was mentioned. But drivers might not be as enthusiastic -- to create space for cyclists, ...

  • Feb 16, 02:41 PM | The Suburbanite

    North Canton no longer part of federal cell tower lawsuit

    NORTH CANTON The city is no longer part of a federal lawsuit over a controversial cell tower on property at First Friends Church. TowerCo filed a motion Jan. 26 to dismiss North Canton from the suit. The city and the North Carolina-based company have reached an "amicable settlement," according to the filing. The city of Canton remains a defendant in the suit, which was filed Dec. 29 against ...

  • Feb 16, 01:02 PM | Baltimore Sun

    Moving up -- city neighborhoods on the rise

    Feb. 16--Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods, many with their own distinct appeal and history. For homebuyers, the city offers a dizzying array of choices, but its overall appeal appears to be on the upswing. Last year, Baltimore saw 6,123 so-called standard sales, nearly 900 more than the year before, according to Live Baltimore, a nonprofit charged with promoting living -- and homebuying -- ...

  • Feb 16, 12:11 PM | Montgomery Herald

    Massachusetts green groups push ambitious energy plan

    BOSTON - Environmentalists want the state of Massachusetts to phase out fossil fuels by accelerating a shift to renewable energy sources such as hydropower, wind and solar over the next three decades. An ambitious proposal sets the state on a path to 100 percent renewable energy use by 2050, with aggressive targets for green power across all sectors of the economy and new rules to ensure the ...

  • Feb 16, 12:00 PM | The Truth

    'Game Changer': Elkhart leaders celebrate unveiling of largest project in city's history

    Feb. 16--ELKHART -- City leaders gathered at the Lerner Theatre's Crystal Ballroom on Wednesday morning to usher in what is considered to be the largest project in the city's history. Out of a partnership between Beacon Health System and the Community Foundation of Elkhart County was unveiled a $65 million, 170,000-square-foot Elkhart Health, Fitness, Aquatics and Community Center. Elkhart ...

  • Feb 16, 10:17 AM | NJBIZ

    Court rules 'gap years' in COAH obligations count

    The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled last week that towns must factor in the so-called "gap years" from 1999 through 2015 when calculating their affordable housing obligations. This ruling marks a victory for the Fair Share Housing Center, which had won the First trial over the obligations, but saw that ruling reversed in favor of the New Jersey League of Municipalities in an appellate court. ...

  • Feb 16, 10:16 AM | The Boston Banner

    Members Only City works to assist middle-income housing construction

    DND program sells city land at discount to developers building moderately-affordable homes With housing prices squeezing middle class renters and buyers in Boston, the rising cost of land remains a challenge to efforts to hold down the cost of new units. The administration of Mayor Martin Walsh is seeking to reduce that cost, offering land at a reduced price to developers for the construction ...

  • Feb 16, 07:09 AM | Daily Herald

    Members Only West Dundee mayor says TIF district an 'absolute necessity' for attracting investors.(News)

    Byline: Lauren Rohr lrohr@dailyherald.com West Dundee officials will consider establishing a special taxing district to serve as a financing tool for ongoing and future redevelopment projects. A tax increment financing district is one of several funding mechanisms the village has considered to help pay for the implementation of a downtown revitalization plan. Last year, trustees approved ...

  • Feb 16, 03:15 AM | Press of Atlantic City

    New Wildwood bayfront housing would add to storm risks, costs New Wildwood bayfront housing would add to storm risks, costs

    Wildwood has an idea for developing ratables to help offset the heavy property taxes of residents. Unfortunately, the plan for a major housing project on low land fronting the back bay is contrary to the direction barrier island communities must go. We sympathize with the tax-relief motivation of Mayor Ernie Troiano and the City Commission members who support this latest effort to develop the ...

  • Feb 16, 01:20 AM | Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

    Columbia County on road for speed limit changes

    Feb. 15--DAYTON -- Think the speeds on rural roads in Columbia County are too fast or too slow? Columbia County officials want to hear from you. County commissioners are considering two separate speed limit changes, and a public hearing at 7 p.m. March 20 will be the community's chance to get involved in that decision. The hearing will take place on the third floor of the Columbia County ...

  • Feb 16, 01:20 AM | The Highlands Ranch Herald

    Backcountry transmission line plan moves ahead

    The Douglas County Planning Commission unanimously approved a location and extent - a process used for the review of proposed public facilities or uses - for Xcel Energy's transmission line that would go through the Backcountry Wilderness Area. The Highlands Ranch Community Association Board of Directors and delegates - individuals who represent Highlands Ranch neighborhoods - will have a ...

  • Feb 15, 09:09 PM | Commercial Appeal

    Public art to light up Main Street underpass at I-40

    Feb. 15--Downtown officials believe art has the power to show that a planned wave of revitalization isn't just pie in the sky.. In one of the first steps in the city's proposed Bicentennial Gateway Project, a Downtown development board on Wednesday approved up to $200,000 for public art and lighting to spruce up Main Street where it passes beneath Interstate 40. It would transform a dark, ...

  • Feb 15, 08:33 PM | Carson Now

    New Nevada tourism report shows billion-dollar increase in visitor spending, new job creation

    Nevada Division of Tourism CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Nevada Division of Tourism, also known as TravelNevada, announced a preliminary 2016 report Wednesday showing increased revenue and employment powered by the travel sector. The report was announced during the industry's designated education day at the Nevada State Legislature. Hoteliers, visitor bureaus, and others from the travel industry ...

  • Feb 15, 07:55 PM | Houston Chronicle

    Members Only Council OKs housing projects as mayor continues to push back against HUD

    Feb. 16--Mayor Sylvester Turner drew attention to Houston City Council's approval Wednesday of 11 subsidized housing developments -- many in affluent areas -- as the city continues to fight a federal accusation that its housing policies perpetuate segregation. The city routinely signs off on such projects to little fanfare, but Turner pointed to Houston's role in backing proposed projects in ...

  • Feb 15, 07:00 PM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Burlington votes to protect 250 acres from development

    Burlington Town Meeting recently approved a zoning initiative aimed at protecting the town’s landlocked forest from development. By a vote of 92-11, the meeting agreed to rezone the approximately 250-acre parcel from General Industrial to Open Space, according to Martha Simon, president of the Friends of the Burlington Landlocked Forest. “This is a long-lasting gift the town of Burlington has ...

  • Feb 15, 02:16 PM | Martinsville Bulletin

    Downtown Self-Storage Building Proposal Heads to Roanoke Council

    Downtown dwellers in need of space to store their kayaks, mountain bikes, or anything else that one fit in their apartment may soon have an option in the area's first "urban design self storage" business. The Roanoke Planning Commission voted 6-0 with one member absent Monday to recommend approval of a rezoning to allow a Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based developer to build a three-story ...

  • Feb 15, 05:44 PM | Orange County Register

    Orange County Sued Again Over Clearing Santa Ana River Homeless Encampment

    Feb. 15--Orange County has been sued for the second time in four days over allegations that it broke the law when it recently cleared out portions of a homeless encampment along the riverbed in Orange to make room to stockpile boulders and sand for flood control purposes. The federal lawsuit, filed Monday on behalf of several homeless people, alleges that during the county's actions last week ...

  • Feb 16, 07:33 AM | Gazette

    Southwest Colorado Springs Residents Keep Up Pressure to Reject Affordable Housing Project

    Feb. 16--Opposition to a planned affordable housing project in the Broadmoor Bluffs neighborhood remained at a fever pitch Wednesday amid concerns the complex would snarl traffic, drop surrounding property values and the lack of public transportation for low-income tenants. Hundreds of people packed the Piñon Valley Elementary School gym for the first meeting hosted by Colorado Springs ...

  • Feb 16, 02:55 AM | Michigan Daily (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)

    Members Only University alum creates escape room with an eye for urban engagement

    When University of Michigan alum Patton Doyle, co-founder of Decode Detroit, opened his first escape room in Ann Arbor last October, he knew it was one unlike the rest. Doyle took his passion and knowledge of puzzles to create escape rooms as a tool for urban planning in Ann Arbor and Detroit.“I started Decode Detroit because I was trying to come up with a way that we could take our knowledge ...

  • Feb 15, 10:36 PM | Gazette

    Colorado Springs cyclists applaud downtown plan that would impact drivers

    Feb. 15--In a few months, downtown Colorado Springs will become more walkable and bike-friendly. The prospect was cheered by many in the local biking community who attended an information session Wednesday at the Lon Chaney Theatre about an upcoming downtown road projects, applauding whenever a new bike lane was mentioned. But drivers might not be as enthusiastic -- to create space for ...

  • Feb 15, 09:14 PM | Chicago Tribune

    City Council advances Emanuel's Airbnb tweaks

    Feb. 15--Chicago aldermen on Wednesday recommended tweaking rules to limit access to lists of people renting homes through Airbnb and similar online platforms, a move to bring the city in line with U.S. Supreme Court precedent as it battles two lawsuits challenging its home rental regulations. Under Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed changes, people who rent out their homes would no longer have to ...

  • Feb 15, 09:11 PM | Dayton Daily News

    Rare Wright brothers artifact at center of controversy

    Feb. 16--WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE -- Tucked away at the National Aviation Hall of Fame, a century-old rare artifact out of public view is a hidden treasure and at the center of a fight between the organization and a local congressman. The eight-foot-and-a-half-foot-long wooden propeller has something Hall of Fame officials say no other airplane artifact is known to have: The signature ...

  • Feb 15, 08:12 PM | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

    Chopping 10 trees without permission could cost Penn Plaza developer big

    Feb. 15--Pittsburgh has fined a Downtown developer $42,000 for cutting down 10 trees without the city's permission on the site of former low-income apartment complex in East Liberty that's slated to become a Whole Foods grocery store. Pennley Park South Inc., which is developing a mixed residential and retail complex on the site of the former Penn Plaza apartments along Penn Avenue, recently ...

  • Feb 15, 07:49 PM | Kansas City Star

    Transfer of Kemper Arena to private developer edges closer in Kansas City Council action

    Feb. 16--The Kansas City Council votes Thursday on a measure that would authorize the transfer of Kemper Arena to Foutch Brothers for $1. That paves the way for a $30 million redevelopment project to renovate the moribund West Bottoms arena as a destination amateur sports hub. The council's Planning, Zoning and Economic Committee endorsed a measure Wednesday that authorizes the city manager to ...

  • Feb 15, 06:09 PM | News-Sentinel

    Hard work, risks, have made Fort Wayne a "destination city," mayor says

    Feb. 15--There were no new bold proposals in Mayor Tom Henry's annual "state of the city" address at the Grand Wayne Center Wednesday, but enough achievements and previously announced ambitions to inspire his theme of Fort Wayne being a "destination city." "We continue to be a city on the move and we're seeing the results," Henry said, noting that about 6 million people visited Fort Wayne and ...

  • Feb 15, 03:27 PM | Faribault Daily News

    Artspace says 'no' to Faribault citing lack of cohesive arts community

    The perceived lack of a cohesive arts community in Faribault ultimately led the Minneapolis-based Artspace to determine Faribault was not ready for the development of a live-work artist space. In November, representatives from Artspace visited Faribault for a two-day tour and discussion to see if the city was a feasible option for a live-work artist building. After the study was concluded, the ...

  • Feb 15, 03:25 PM | Austin American-Statesman

    City Council considers expanding Capitol view corridors in East Austin

    Feb. 15--A proposal from Austin City Council Member Ora Houston could dramatically affect the redevelopment of East Austin by imposing new height restrictions on future projects to protect certain views of the state Capitol. Houston's proposal for five new Capitol view corridors comes as developers increasingly eye East Austin for high-rise development, fueling fears about further change in ...

  • Feb 15, 02:58 PM | Sioux City Journal

    'No issues' found in additional tests in South Sioux City odor problem

    SOUTH SIOUX CITY | City officials said Tuesday the results of additional testing shows there are "no issues" for homes with the ongoing odor problems in South Sioux City. In a news release late Tuesday, the city also said any payments given to the dozens of homeowners who have sought legal counsel because of the dilemma have ended. In the release, the city said samples tested for 22 different ...

  • Feb 15, 02:47 PM | The Edwardsville Intelligencer

    Members Only Grant sought for 5th Avenue upgrade project

    Feb. 15--Following a public meeting on Monday, Feb. 6, the Community Development Block Grant Project for 5th Avenue proposal will move forward to City Council. The project will include constructing a sidewalk on one side, repaving the road and installing storm water improvements. City Planner Scott Hanson said these proposals come about every year. "We have these every year prior to our ...

  • Feb 15, 02:42 PM | Record

    DUMONT HOUSING SETTLEMENT AT STANDSTILL

    DUMONT - Further action on a court settlement between the borough and the state's leading advocate for affordable housing has been put off for two months because some officials want the newly appointed borough planner to review it, among other reasons. Borough Council President Carl Manna, who was not on the council in November when the settlement was reached, initially suggested at a council ...

  • Feb 15, 02:34 PM | The Current of Downbeach

    Longport reviewing real estate sign ordinance

    LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners has asked borough planners to review the municipal sign ordinance to determine the proper size for real estate and building contractor signs. "Contractor signs serve a purpose," Mayor Nicholas Russo said. "They inform the Building Department and the public that these are registered people working on a project." However, officials are concerned that real ...

  • Feb 15, 02:34 PM | The Record-Eagle

    Leelanau County wineries eye event expansions

    Feb. 15--TRAVERSE CITY -- Three Leelanau County wineries are moving to amend special use permits to increase offerings. Expansion requests from Black Star Farms, Shady Lane Cellars and L. Mawby Vineyards were on the agenda at the February meeting of the Bingham Township Planning Commission. Township planner Kathy Egan said a request from Black Star Farms to increase seating from 20 to 50 at ...

  • Feb 15, 02:33 PM | News Virginian

    Martin takes aim at 'gigantic trash dump'

    STAUNTON - Tim Martin was stunned by the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley when he moved to the area a few years ago to prosecute cases for the Staunton Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. But equally stunning to Martin is what he saw when he rode his bike and jogged across Augusta County. "There was litter everywhere,'' said Martin, who was elected Augusta County Commonwealth's Attorney in 2015. ...

  • Feb 15, 01:58 PM | The Grand Island Independent

    City Council approves blight studies at former ammunition plant site

    The Grand Island City Council voted to approve two blighted and substandard studies for portions of the former Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant at its meeting Tuesday night. The city council voted 9-0 to approve a blighted and substandard study for Pat O'Neill of O'Neill Wood Resources for 285 acres in the northwest corner of 70th Road and Old Potash Highway. They also voted 8-0 to approve a ...

  • Feb 15, 01:06 PM | The Record Herald

    Washington planners suggest conditional approval of plan

    Feb. 15--Washington Township's planning commission recommended conditional approval during a Monday night meeting to the phase three development of Spring Run Estates. The plan includes up to 126 duplexes -- a modification of the original plan of 63 single-family homes. The duplexes will sit on 7,500-square-foot lots, which is the size of a standard lot or 50 percent larger than the township's ...

  • Feb 15, 12:45 PM | Cleveland Daily Banner

    City surveys set to be accepted for 10 more days

    Cleveland municipal staff will continue to collect community surveys for another 1 1/2 weeks (through Feb. 24), and will then compile the data collected from city residents for documentation to City Council members and department heads. City Manager Joe Fivas, who initiated and is coordinating the survey collection and a series of district community meetings, provided Council members with a ...

  • Feb 15, 12:44 PM | The Sun Chronicle

    Land court judge rules asphalt plant might be allowed in Attleboro

    ATTLEBORO - If a land court judge eventually decides that Attleboro Sand & Gravel had a right to build an asphalt plant under city zoning ordinances in effect before the plants were banned, the right to build will be grandfathered. Land Court Chief Justice Judith Cutler released the 11-page ruling last week. A trial was held on the matter in July. The ruling stems from an ongoing dispute ...

  • Feb 15, 11:39 AM | Associated Press

    Maine legislators want review of Quebec cement subsidies

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's congressional delegation says federal officials should make sure reports of unfair subsidies involving a company in Quebec will not harm businesses in the state. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and Reps. Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin are asking acting U.S. Trade Representative Maria Pagan to look into their concerns regarding McInnis Cement. The ...

  • Feb 15, 11:35 AM | Apache Junction-Gold Canyon Independent

    ‘Mt. Trashmore' group decides not to appeal decision on petitions

    The Stop Mount Trashmore group that submitted petitions to force a public vote on the Apache Junction landfill and were told they are short of the number needed, decided not to appeal the Apache Junction city clerk's decision. Apache Junction City Clerk Kathy Connelly reviewed the petitions and found that only 294 of the 3,105 submitted signatures qualified for the county's signature ...

  • Feb 15, 11:22 AM | Cronkite News: Arizona State University

    Report cites prevalence of faith-based groups in homeless fight

    WASHINGTON – Religion scholar Byron Johnson is one of those people who "always has their ear to the ground" for news of faith and society, but even he was surprised by his study on homelessness and faith-based organizations. Johnson's study of 11 cities, including Phoenix, found that faith-based groups had provided nearly 60 percent of emergency shelter beds in those cities over the past two ...

  • Feb 15, 10:36 AM | KPCC - 89.3 FM

    Lawsuits seek halt to homeless evictions along Santa Ana River

    Two lawsuits have been filed in the last week to try and stop evictions of homeless people from encampments along the Santa Ana River in Orange County. The county began removing camps last week in order to store boulders and sand for flood control on county land next to the river near the I-5 bridge. One of the lawsuits accuses the county of violating homeless people's due process rights by ...

  • Feb 15, 10:36 AM | KPCC - 89.3 FM

    Judge OKs LA County plan to dredge Devil's Gate Dam

    A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has issued a ruling in a long-running dispute between environmentalists and Los Angeles County over a plan to dig out decades of accumulated sediment behind a critical flood control dam. Judge James Chalfant ruled Tuesday afternoon that county officials could excavate 2.4 million cubic yards of dirt in the basin behind Devil's Gate Dam in Pasadena over the ...

  • Feb 15, 10:36 AM | KPCC - 89.3 FM

    Permit parking zones pit homeowners against renters for precious curb space

    As more people move to Southern California, there's a growing conflict between single-family homeowners looking to restrict parking in their neighborhoods and others nearby, many of them renters, who rely on street parking. Now, the issue has boiled over in Orange County's largest city, Anaheim. Suburban Orange County was built on the promise of spacious, single-family homes; quiet, ...

  • Feb 15, 10:18 AM | Michigan Chronicle

    Detroit awarded $4M grant to support neighborhood redevelopment in Fitzgerald community

    Detroit one of four cities nationally to be selected for "Re-imagining the Civic Commons" funding Grant will be used to boost neighborhood revitalization connecting Marygrove College and University of Detroit Mercy campuses Grant funds being matched with additional $4 million in local funds. Mayor Mike Duggan was in Philadelphia today where it was announced that the City of Detroit has been ...

  • Feb 15, 10:18 AM | Michigan Chronicle

    Back-to-basics approach to economic development

    When I took office in 2015, I cut the controversial EDGE economic development program as part of our efforts to fix Wayne County's budget. In its place, we are building a new economic development program that focuses on supporting existing businesses. We believe that the majority of the new jobs and new investment in Wayne County will come from existing Wayne County businesses. After our local ...

  • Feb 15, 10:13 AM | Columbus Dispatch

    Members Only Ohio Supreme Court sides with Powell over firing range project

    Feb. 15--Powell did not have to allow its residents to hold a second referendum vote in an attempt to block a housing plan in the city's downtown, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled. The unanimous decision, released Tuesday, could open the door for redevelopment of the former Powder Room shooting range site into a high-end housing complex along Powell Road (Route 750) near Beech Ridge Drive. ...

  • Feb 15, 09:40 AM | Citrus County Chronicle

    Kayak launch work gets the go-ahead

    The final green light has been given to Crystal River to proceed with repairing Hunter Springs Park's troublesome kayak launch. In letter Monday to City Manager Dave Burnell, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved the city's permit-modification request to fix up the launch during manatee season. City Public Works Director Beau Keene said Lecanto-based contractor Daly & Zilch Inc. will begin ...

  • Feb 15, 03:22 AM | The New York Times

    Members Only Seeking Cool, and Finding Growing Pains, in Austin

    AUSTIN, Tex. -- About five years ago, a young bartender in downtown Austin told Josh Delk that she was renting a house on the other side of nearby Interstate 35, in the lower part of a rambling East Austin neighborhood that stretches from the Colorado River north to 12th Street. The neighborhood was perceived to be a place to avoid after dark, so the fact that she rode her bike to and from ...

  • Feb 15, 07:19 AM | DesignMENA.com

    $22 Million in New Funding for Affordable Housing Announced

    The funding will create or preserve 602 units in Boston`s neighborhoods. The Walsh Administration has committed nearly $100 million to affordable housing. Building on his commitment to create more affordable housing in the City of Boston, Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced nearly $22 million in funding for ten affordable housing developments in neighborhoods across Boston. This funding will ...

  • Feb 14, 10:45 PM | Merced Sun-Star

    Bill Would Allow Self-driving Car Pilot Project at Castle Commerce Center

    Feb. 14--Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, has introduced a bill that would pave the road for autonomous car testing and research at Castle Commerce Center. Senate Bill 251, co-authored by Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, would allow the roads at Castle to be used for the testing of driverless vehicles by a remote operator. "California has been at the forefront of new technologies, and ...

  • Feb 14, 10:55 PM | The Daily Cardinal (University of Wisconsin - Madi

    Members Only Madison native returns to build stronger local economy

    A Madison native and UW-Madison graduate who spent the past nine years in Chicago has returned to his hometown to help strengthen the local economy.Tom Otto has been hired to be Madison's economic development specialist, according to a news release from the Mayor's Office on Tuesday.Otto, who has a degree from UW-Madison in real estate and urban economics, began his duties on Feb. 6.His ...

  • Feb 15, 09:32 AM | Times Union

    Members Only Safety of Geyser trail worries resident

    Feb. 15--SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Jack Pompay has been living on Geyser Road since 1962. When he moved there with his new bride Marie, there were few homes. "It was us, the Whitneys -- that's when CV was still alive -- and Vichy Water," said Pompay, who is 81. Now the road is busy with big trucks from the Grande Industrial Park, buses from the Geyser Road elementary school and cars from the more ...

  • Feb 15, 08:33 AM | Morning Call

    Hearing on Slate Belt sludge treatment plant postponed

    Feb. 15--PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP -- A hearing scheduled for Tuesday to discuss a proposed sludge-drying facility in the Slate Belt has been postponed until April. A change in land-use rulings in December by John Lezoche, Plainfield Township's zoning officer, has prompted the postponement, according to Jim Hecht, project developer of the Slate Belt Heat Recovery Center. Synagro Technologies Inc. of ...

  • Feb 15, 06:50 AM | Times-News

    Downtown sculpture will be tribute to unsung Twin Falls hero John Hayes

    Feb. 15--TWIN FALLS -- John E. Hayes, perhaps the most unappreciated pioneer in the history of Twin Falls, is finally getting his due. Local artist Dave LaMure Jr. will soon create a larger-than-life bronze sculpture of Hayes, the surveyor who chose the location for the city. LaMure based his design on a 1903 photograph of Hayes taken at what would become the intersection of Main Avenue and ...

  • Feb 15, 05:19 AM | Brunswick News

    Long-term disaster recovery plan coming together

    Feb. 15--Glynn County's Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Natural Resources are working on a comprehensive plan for recovery and redevelopment in the event of a disaster. The plan, which is being put together using a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will look far beyond the immediate aftermath of a disaster, according to Jay Wiggins, director of ...

  • Feb 15, 05:09 AM | Daily Hampshire Gazette

    Amherst planners eye new mixed-use project

    Staff Writer AMHERST — Developers who are changing the downtown streetscape with combined residential and commercial projects intend to bring another mixed-use building to Amherst center. Archipelago Investments LLC will come before the Planning Board at 7 p.m. March 1 with a proposal to construct a 38-apartment building, with 1,000 square feet of retail space and 17 parking spaces, at 26 ...

  • Feb 15, 03:01 AM | Augusta Chronicle

    Augusta committee OKs amending waste plan to allow new landfill

    Feb. 15--There's a new landfill in town. An Augusta Commission committee agreed Tuesday to amend the city waste management plan to allow a second landfill -- for construction and demolition debris -- to move forward with plans to open on Dixon Airline Road. Attorney Wright McLeod pitched the plan on behalf of Dixon Airline Recycling and Disposal, a new company owned by KSS Properties. KSS, ...

  • Feb 15, 01:13 AM | Telegraph-Herald

    Members Only Dyersville ag co-op sues city

    DYERSVILLE, Iowa - A local agriculture cooperative filed suit against a City of Dyersville commission, arguing zoning officials unfairly made approval of a plat for a 10-acre property contingent on the installation of roads and utilities.Three Rivers FS filed the lawsuit against the Dyersville Planning and Zoning Commission. The petition alleges commission members illegally subjected an ...

  • Feb 15, 01:13 AM | Telegraph-Herald

    Members Only Thousands march against sheriff's immigration plan

    MILWAUKEE - A sea of demonstrators on Monday marched from Milwaukee's predominantly Hispanic south side to the downtown courthouse to protest a plan that would deputize local law enforcement officers as federal immigration agents.Busloads of demonstrators from about a dozen communities around Wisconsin arrived to join local protesters in the mile-long march. Parents with children in strollers, ...

  • Feb 14, 11:30 PM | The Santa Fe New Mexican

    EDITORIAL: Land office, city must work together

    Feb. 15--A prime opportunity for downtown Santa Fe -- redevelopment of an aging hotel property -- must not turn into a battle of historic proportions. The State Land Office now is proud owner of Garrett's Desert Inn, at the corner of Alameda Street and Old Santa Fe Trail. The ownership came through a complicated exchange that returned ancestral land back to Cochiti Pueblo, with the tribe ...

  • Feb 14, 10:16 PM | Burbank Leader

    Burbank's 'homeless plan' will be a group effort

    Feb. 15--Several city of Burbank departments as well as local residents are banding together to start developing ways to address homelessness in the city. Officials from the Community Development, Library Services, Parks and Recreation Department as well as the Burbank Police Department said they recognize that it is going to take more than one group to come up with a solution to the homeless ...

  • Feb 14, 10:12 PM | Seattle Times

    Sound Transit threatens legal action if Mercer Island sues over HOV-lane access

    Feb. 15--Sound Transit's CEO Tuesday vowed to take "all legal actions necessary" to block Mercer Island's threatened lawsuit over the planned closure of Interstate 90's center lanes when light-rail construction to the Eastside begins in June. Peter Rogoff said the agency will continue to negotiate with the city over potential traffic mitigation but warned that delays to the East Link project ...

  • Feb 14, 09:50 PM | Salem News

    Sanctuary city proposal, housing plan on tap for City Council

    Feb. 15--SALEM -- A move to make Salem a sanctuary city and a proposal to encourage housing development downtown will dominate two nights of action-packed meetings for city councilors this week. Five meetings, involving either the full City Council or its committees, are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The work begins Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., when a public hearing will dig into a ...

  • Feb 14, 09:17 PM | The Homer Index

    Council supports county transportation study

    The Homer Village Council last week threw their support behind an effort by Calhoun County officials to fund a study to determine the needs and feasibility of a county-wide transportation system. The council approved adopting a letter of support for the study project. County officials are applying to MDOT's Service Development and New Technology Program for a $175,000 grant. The county would ...

  • Feb 14, 09:11 PM | Dayton Daily News

    Miami Twp. Trustees vote to extend medical marijuana ban

    Feb. 15--A nine-month extension of a medical marijuana ban has been approved in Miami Twp. A resolution to continue a moratorium on issuing and processing permits to allow cultivators, processors and retail dispensaries was approved by township trustees Tuesday night. "This will provide time for the state to issue regulations and allow staff to review said regulations prior to adoption of ...

  • Feb 14, 09:05 PM | Rockford Register Star

    Good-bye, old factory, make way for Essex On Main

    Feb. 15--ROCKFORD -- Bill Marino says he is getting in on the ground floor of a northwest Rockford revival that will bring market-rate apartments and commercial development to North Main Street, fueled by ongoing expansions at the city's airport and its three hospitals. The president of Chicago-based Marino Development is negotiating with Rockford City Hall for a development agreement even as ...

  • Feb 14, 08:43 PM | Associated Press

    Exelon rivals sue to block billions of dollars in subsidies

    CHICAGO (AP) — Competitors of Chicago-based Exelon Corp. filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday opposing legislation that provides billions of dollars in subsidies to the power giant. The legislation approved in December provides as much as $235 million per year to Exelon to keep unprofitable nuclear plants running in Clinton and the Quad Cities. More than 4 million customers of power-distributing ...

  • Feb 14, 08:33 PM | News Graphic

    Ott plans bill to regulate cell towers

    MEQUON - State Rep. Jim Ott will introduce a bill in the state Assembly this week to allow municipalities to adopt rules that would keep cell phone towers from being built on residential lots. The bill would allow local governments to adopt rules with a setback requirement for cell phone towers on residential lots or areas zoned residential. For instance, a 100-foot cell tower would have to be ...

  • Feb 14, 07:08 PM | Buffalo News

    Work on One Seneca could start as soon as April

    Feb. 14--Douglas Jemal wasn't kidding when he said he's serious about redeveloping Buffalo's tallest building. Less than three weeks after Jemal first submitted his proposal, the Buffalo Planning Board on Monday night gave the green light to his initial remake of One Seneca Tower, designed to reignite the plaza and lower levels with 183 residential apartments and a host of retailers and ...

  • Feb 14, 07:07 PM | Bond Buyer

    Members Only Port Authority Announces RFP for LaGuardia AirTrain

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has begun a request for proposals process for a train connection to LaGuardia Airport. The bi-state agency issued an RFP Monday to conduct preliminary engineering and planning work for the elevated train that would connect the New York City airport from a new station complex in nearby Willets Point, Queens. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the firm ...

  • Feb 14, 06:09 PM | San Antonio Express-News

    Members Only EDITORIAL: Toll roads are necessary -- deal with it

    Feb. 14--There is some magical thinking out there that somehow this region can continue to grow without the use of toll roads. Our roads on the fast-growing North Side are pure gridlock, which will only be exacerbated with the addition of 1.1 million more people in Bexar County over the next 25 years. Tolls are simply one more tool to help address that gridlock and growth. Other alternatives ...

  • Feb 14, 05:00 PM | Chattanooga Times Free Press

    New homes, apartments, retail coming to neglected Ridgedale neighborhood

    Feb. 14--No one has played tennis for a while on trash-strewn tennis courts built years ago by Tennessee Temple University on Union Avenue in a blighted part of Chattanooga's Ridgedale neighborhood. But a handful of new single-family homes could sprout up on the old tennis courts just east of S. Willow St., under a development planned by Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprises (CNE). The ...

  • Feb 14, 03:34 PM | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Free testing for lead is offered for garden projects

    Feb. 14--For gardeners, planning for spring planting starts now. There are some extra steps for those who want to plant on a vacant lot in the city. On a recent sunny but cold afternoon, urban agricultural specialists and experienced urban gardeners were digging up soil samples for a prospective garden on Monticello Street in Homewood. Raqueeb Bey and other members of the Black Urban Gardeners ...

  • Feb 14, 03:01 PM | Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

    Partnership proposed to help Tupelo's homeless population

    Feb. 14--TUPELO -- City officials are discussing a potential partnership that could help aid the city's homeless population. Mississippi United to End Homelessness is the lead agency in the state receiving funds from the federal Housing and Urban Development Department. In addition to its housing assistance programs, MUTEH conducts an annual count of homeless persons throughout much of the ...

  • Feb 14, 02:32 PM | Tulsa World

    Is a massive makeover in store for downtown Oklahoma City's First National Center?

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Gary Brooks isn't wasting any time getting started in his effort to redevelop downtown's First National Center. Brooks and partner Charlie Nicholas closed on their $23 million purchase of the landmark at Robinson and Park avenues in the heart of downtown on Jan. 11 and in the days since he has provided updates via his Twitter account to provide hints at what is to come. We now ...

  • Feb 14, 02:00 PM | Valley Morning Star

    El Jardin Redux? Developer eyes historic hotel for affordable housing

    BROWNSVILLE - Early indicators are promising, but a proposal for renovating the derelict Hotel El Jardin in downtown Brownsville has many obstacles to overcome before it can become a reality. MRE Capital LLC, based in Kansas City, Mo., has a plan to redevelop the long-abandoned property into an affordable-housing complex that would be called "El Jardin Lofts." Seeing the project through ...

  • Feb 14, 01:36 PM | Rushville Republican

    Residential, commercial sprawl threatens farmland

    INDIANAPOLIS - A new housing development, strip mall or business park can be a boon to any Hoosier community. With an increase in property tax revenue, new residents and workers spending money at local businesses and the opportunity to promote the city or town throughout the development, there's seemingly little downside. But as rural communities across the state lay concrete foundations and ...

  • Feb 14, 01:20 PM | The Explorer

    Oro Valley turns out in crowds to walk the block

    Last Saturday, hundreds of Oro Valley residents turned out to the corner of North La Ca- ñada Drive and West Lambert Lane to let town officials know about their interest in developing a 21st-century downtown feel in the growing surburban community. Setting off from in front of Noble Hops gastropub, participants took a stroll around one of the two intersections identified in the concept, the ...

  • Feb 14, 11:44 AM | The Herald-Tribune

    Members Only 'The Vue: Model or Mistake?' | Tension at workshop over process used in the tower's approval

    DOWNTOWN SARASOTASARASOTA -- A panel debating the criticism of the Vue Sarasota Bay condominium and hotel on Saturday highlighted the growing tensions over downtown development booms, and changes that critics want made to expand citizen input on major projects.Towering over the corner of Gulfstream Avenue and U.S. 41, the Vue has, fairly or not, become the object of intense scorn among city ...

  • Feb 14, 11:26 AM | Montgomery Herald

    Massachusetts green groups push ambitious energy plan

    BOSTON - Environmentalists want the state of Massachusetts to phase out fossil fuels by accelerating a shift to renewable energy sources such as hydropower, wind and solar over the next three decades. An ambitious proposal sets the state on a path to 100 percent renewable energy use by 2050, with aggressive targets for green power across all sectors of the economy and new rules to ensure the ...

  • Feb 14, 10:57 AM | KPCC - 89.3 FM

    Ruling expected in 'Big Dig' plan for Devil's Gate Dam

    A long-running dispute between environmentalists and Los Angeles County over a plan to dig out decades of accumulated sediment behind a critical flood control dam comes to a head on Tuesday. That's when a judge is expected to issue a preliminary ruling. Devil's Gate Dam, dedicated in 1920, is the oldest of Los Angeles County's 14 flood control dams. It is so full of sediment that engineers ...

  • Feb 14, 10:36 AM | Daily Times-Call

    Boulder County planning panel to resume consideration of Twin Lakes land uses

    Feb. 14--Boulder County's Planning Commission may decide Wednesday whether to support any changes to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan's current lane-use designations for 20 acres of now-vacant land alongside Twin Lakes Road in unincorporated Gunbarrel. On Jan. 18, the county planning panel conducted its latest public hearing on whether to change the low-density residential category now ...

  • Feb 14, 10:05 AM | Orlando Sentinel

    Aloma Bowl could be torn down for chain hardware store

    Feb. 14--A group wants to tear down Winter Park's Aloma Bowl bowling alley to make way for a new chain home improvement store. Orchard Supply Hardware, a subsidiary of Lowe's, has made an offer for the bowling alley property at 2530 Aloma Ave. and has applied with the City of Winter Park to redevelop it. "Recently, the owners of Aloma Bowling Centers received an unsolicited offer to purchase ...

  • Feb 14, 09:52 AM | National Real Estate Investor

    ‘Surban’ Investment Suffers from Short Supply

    “Surban” may become an important word for real estate investors this year. It’s short for “close-in” suburbs next to major cities, and surban locations are where much of the 25- to-34-year-old cohort is looking to live. According to statistics from realtor.com, Situs RERC and others, America’s most expensive cities are often too pricey for these young residents that are saddled with ...

  • Feb 14, 07:32 AM | South Bend Tribune

    South Bend Council Allows Zoning Changes Despite Opposition

    Feb. 14--SOUTH BEND -- South Bend Common Council Monday night approved rezoning requests needed to build a new industrial facility at Adams and Mayflower roads and a Dollar General store on Lincoln Way West, despite opposition to both projects from neighbors. The council had postponed a final vote on both projects at its last meeting Jan. 23 to give the developers more time to address critics' ...

  • Feb 14, 03:32 AM | St. Cloud Times

    Wider Sidewalks, Parallel Parking in Plans for Downtown

    Feb. 14--Wider sidewalks and parallel parking are now part of the plans for downtown St. Cloud. The St. Cloud City Council unanimously approved Monday adopting the 2016 downtown streetscape and urban design plan. The plan doesn't allocate money for the updates, but will be a guiding document for public and private improvements on St. Germain Street, Fifth Avenue and Seventh Avenue North, ...

  • Feb 13, 10:07 PM | Miami Herald

    Planning Group Withdraws Support for Everglades Bike Path

    Feb. 14--A bike path and hiking trail that would have connected Miami to Naples along the Tamiami Trail hit a major roadblock Friday after opponents convinced a Collier County planning organization to withdraw support. The 12- to 14-foot wide River of Grass Greenway was expected to cost about $100 million with as many as 77 bridges on a 76-mile course that took it through the heart of the ...

  • Feb 14, 08:01 AM | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Trump policies could threaten Pittsburgh's low-income housing efforts

    Feb. 14--As the city battles to increase affordable housing in Pittsburgh, it fears that Trump administration policies could jeopardize a decades-old tax credit program crucial to that ambitious effort. Kevin Acklin, Mayor Bill Peduto's chief of staff and Urban Redevelopment Authority board chairman, said reductions in the low-income housing tax credit market could undermine plans to create ...