• Dec 14, 10:40 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only What Amazon Could Learn From Google in New York City

    Not long after Google moved into the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan, its billionaire co-founder, Sergey Brin, went on a private tour of the old elevated freight line that would become the celebrated High Line. Mr. Brin looked over the barren landscape that would be filled with lush greenery and made a suggestion: How about a Frisbee golf course? That would not be a good idea, he was ...

  • Dec 14, 08:52 AM | The Advocate

    New Orleans Councilwoman's Plan for Short-Term Rentals Includes Stricter Rules, Higher Fees

    Dec. 14--City Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer on Thursday confirmed details of her proposal to tighten the rules governing short-term rentals in the city, laying out a plan that would limit the rentals to owner-occupied homes in residential areas and requiring that those in large commercial buildings be matched with affordable housing units. If ultimately approved by the council, the ...

  • Dec 14, 03:46 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only S.F., Other Cities Consider Suing to Avoid Water Cuts

    The cities and towns hit this week with stiff demands to reduce water use, including San Francisco, say they'll work with state regulators to meet the charge, but they're also looking at the possibility of lawsuits. The State Water Resources Control Board approved a far-reaching plan Wednesday to improve the health of California's rivers and fish by limiting the amount of water that dozens of ...

  • Dec 14, 06:53 AM | The Times-Picayune

    Members Only Short-term rentals may be tied to homestead exemption Short term

    New Orleans Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer on Thursday released a draft of short-term rental regulations that would sharply curtail whole-home rentals and expand a French Quarter ban to the Garden District. The proposal would also create a new regulatory framework for short-term rentals, with new categories for residential licenses, large and small-scale commercial licenses and single ...

  • Dec 14, 05:50 AM | The Huffington Post

    Members Only We Have 12 Years To Stop Climate Catastrophe. These Young Activists Have A Plan.

    On a clear and sunny morning in San Francisco’s downtown SoMa district, 40 people stand side by side with interlinked arms blocking the entrance to the San Francisco Federal Building. Just a couple of weeks ago this city was shrouded in a suffocating blanket of wildfire smoke that had traveled down from giant blazes in the north. But the haze has since cleared, and its absence has revealed a ...

  • Dec 14, 05:11 AM | The Texas Tribune

    Members Only Dallas-Houston bullet train critics want to boost Texas oversight of eminent domain use.

    To access, purchase, authenticate, or subscribe to the full-text of this article, please visit this link: https://tracking.feedpress.it/link/16799/10900906 A proposed high-speed rail would be built along existing power lines for much of its length between Dallas and Houston. But many project opponents say a state agency should be involved in a private company's use of eminent domain. Michael ...

  • Dec 14, 03:02 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Affordable housing plan on parking lot advances

    Millennium Partners and a team of developers it’s leading received a green light Thursday to turn a Chinatown parking lot into a high-rise full of affordable housing. The Boston Planning & Development Agency awarded the big developer, along with Asian Community Development Corporation, Corcoran Jennison Cos., and Tufts University, the rights to build on a city-owned lot on Tremont Street. They ...

  • Dec 14, 12:05 AM | Associated Press

    Apple upstages Amazon in selecting new tech hub locations

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — One tech giant strung dozens of North American cities through a circus-like contest that led mayors and governors to desperately pitch their regions — and offer huge sums of public money — in hopes of landing a gleaming new corporate campus. The other swept in quietly before making its big move. The outcome was largely the same: Amazon and Apple are running out of room in ...

  • Dec 13, 11:23 PM | Orange County Register

    Surfrider report: California coastal management gets high marks, still needs work to face rising sea-level threats

    Dec. 13--California has done a better job managing its coastline than most of the other beach states in the country -- but needs to improve at planning for the future as sea-level rise threatens homes and infrastructure. The "2018 State of the Beach Report Card" released Thursday by San Clemente-based Surfrider Foundation gave California an "A" grade, while other areas prone to extreme weather ...

  • Dec 13, 10:18 PM | Goshen News

    Long-term Goshen redevelopment plans include sidewalks, paths and road work

    Dec. 13--GOSHEN -- Goshen Redevelopment Commission members Tuesday approved updated five-year project funding plans for the city's Consolidated River Race and Southeast TIF districts. According to Mark Brinson, community development director for the city, the city's five-year project funding plans are updated annually utilizing a review committee made up of city redevelopment staff. "So we ...

  • Dec 13, 08:33 PM | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Members Only Atlanta loses $1 million federal grant for affordable housing

    Dec. 13--The city of Atlanta is losing about $1 million that could have been used affordable housing, according to a Channel 2 Action News Investigation. The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development notified the city last month in a letter that it had lost the money because it failed to spend it in time. The city could have used the money to help low-income residents with rent, buying ...

  • Dec 13, 10:46 AM | FARS News Agency

    Los Angeles Homeless Rate Rises by 47% in 6 Years

    Homelessness isn't new in Los Angeles, as Skid Row, a downtown area known as a center for poverty, has been occupied by the homeless for 150 years, Daily Sabah reported. The number of homeless people in the city has skyrocketed and the problem has spread, the latest statistics of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development indicated. The city is only preceded by New York City in the US ...

  • Dec 13, 03:47 PM | Associated Press

    Facebook hosts offline privacy 'pop-up' in New York City

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wrapping up a year of privacy scandals , congressional hearings and a host of other problems, Facebook hosted a one-day "pop-up" event in New York City's Bryant Park on Thursday, hoping to talk to users about their privacy settings, ad preferences and whatever else may be on their mind. Amid the park's holiday market, food stalls and a busy ice-skating rink, the company set up ...

  • Dec 13, 03:17 PM | Pantagraph

    Concern for historic neighborhoods delays zoning revamp

    Dec. 13--BLOOMINGTON -- Public fears that structures in historic neighborhoods may be demolished to make way for high-density housing have prompted a delay in overhauling the city's zoning ordinance. The Bloomington Planning Commission decided Wednesday to table the vote until next year. The postponement was prompted by testimony at a public hearing Wednesday and in emails sent to the ...

  • Dec 13, 03:02 PM | Nevada Journal

    Smart urban planning looks decades ahead

    To the editor: What will Nevada look like 10 years? 20 years? 30 years down the road? Just imagine Nevada, Iowa, in 2050! Urban planning anticipates. Smart urban planning does not limit its options. It looks for highest and best use of the finite resources (the land) at its avail for the purpose of current and future development. Many farm operations, family and otherwise, have excellent ...

  • Dec 13, 02:05 PM | Dallas Morning News

    Members Only Downtown' Dallas' East Quarter redevelopment lands fast-growing tech tenant

    Dec. 13--Downtown Dallas' newest development district has landed a major new tech tenant Dialexa -- a fast-growing tech product design and R&D firm that got its start on the east side of downtown -- is renting a row of three buildings in the new East Quarter project on Commerce Street. Dialexa will be the largest tenant in the neighborhood of converted historic buildings along Commerce, Main ...

  • Dec 13, 02:02 PM | Morning Call

    Easton officials will be searching for a new chief planner in the new year

    Dec. 13--Easton will be looking for a new chief planner in the new year. Tina Roseberry was hired as the city's director of planning in September 2015, but in June Mayor Sal Panto Jr. announced the city would no longer have separate departments for codes and planning and zoning. The change meant that Roseberry went from being the city's director of planning to chief planner. Stephen Nowroski, ...

  • Dec 13, 11:25 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Bend group hears suggestions to lower rents

    BEND, Ore. (AP) — A panel looking at ways to make Bend, Oregon, ore affordable has heard ideas ranging from encouraging the building of smaller homes, removing barriers for new construction and discouraging tourism. The Bulletin reports that the city's affordable housing advisory committee held a public hearing Wednesday for residents to discuss causes and solutions to rent burden, the term ...

  • Dec 13, 11:02 AM | The New Orleans Advocate

    Letters: Short-term rentals can help blight

    Access to housing and quality of life impact so many residents throughout the country every day. From vacancy and abandonment, access to healthy food, and well maintained recreational opportunities, a city's investment in its neighborhoods is a key driver in the health and vitality of the community. I began my career in neighborhood revitalization in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, where residents, ...

  • Dec 13, 11:01 AM | Minnesota Daily (University of Minnesota)

    Members Only University researchers, St. Paul officials work for greener stormwater infrastructure

    University of Minnesota researchers are working with the City of St. Paul to help improve environmental impact of stormwater infrastructure. The Institute for Urban and Regional Infrastructure Finance in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs conducted research last year on community-based green infrastructure for stormwater management. The City of St. Paul is implementing the research's ...

  • Dec 13, 11:01 AM | Minnesota Daily (University of Minnesota)

    Members Only City's latest affordable housing policy excludes student housing

    A new City of Minneapolis housing policy meant to bolster affordable housing is opening up discussion about where students fit into the issue. The Minneapolis City Council excluded student housing from the interim inclusionary zoning policy when it passed Friday, which mandates developers to set aside some affordable units in every large-scale project. The policy, set to go into effect Jan. 1, ...

  • Dec 13, 10:38 AM | The Daily Progress

    Charlottesville panel recommends against urban farm proposal

    A visibly frustrated and divided Charlottesville Planning Commission recommended denial of a proposed urban farm after being presented new information by the developer. The Planning Commission voted, 3-2, to recommend that City Council deny a rezoning and special-use permit for developer Justin Shimp's Hogwaller Farm on Tuesday. Commissioners Lisa Green, Taneia Dowell and Jody Lahendro voted ...

  • Dec 13, 05:00 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only Minneapolis, Tackling Housing Crisis and Inequity, Votes to End Single-Family Zoning

    In a bold move to address its affordable-housing crisis and confront a history of racist housing practices, Minneapolis has decided to eliminate single-family zoning, a classification that has long perpetuated segregation. The Minneapolis City Council voted last Friday to get rid of the category and instead allow residential structures with up to three dwelling units — like duplexes and ...

  • Dec 13, 03:46 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only Regional Panel’s Bold Strategy on Housing Crunch

    A panel of mayors, developers and transit officials has an aggressive plan to stanch the Bay Area's housing crisis by combining a regional rent cap, new property taxes, laws against arbitrary evictions and loose zoning near transit centers. The group, named the Committee to House the Bay Area but called CASA, also recommends creating a new agency with taxing authority to implement region-wide ...

  • Dec 13, 05:01 AM | Stamford Advocate

    Members Only Downtown Buildings Aim to Fill Street-Level Vacancies

    Dec. 13--Heading into 2019, central business districts in southwestern Connecticut face an ongoing challenge: Filling their empty spaces. In cities such as Stamford, the brick-and-mortar supply has grown as several apartment buildings, with large ground-floor storefronts, have opened in the past year. Retail and restaurant turnover complicates the recruitment of tenants, but a number of ...

  • Dec 13, 04:15 AM | The Valley Breeze

    Owners of proposed massive solar farm lay out design details

    NORTH SMITHFIELD – Plans are taking shape for the Green Development solar farm, a proposed 40-plus-megawatt development that, if approved, would be the largest solar project in northern Rhode Island and possibly the state. The latest plans, presented to members of the Planning Board during a review of the company’s master plan application last week, continued to draw opposition from residents ...

  • Dec 13, 04:15 AM | Valley Breeze: Pawtucket Edition

    Council labels Apex ‘blight,’ says yes to new downtown zoning

    PAWTUCKET – Agreeing that the time has come to send a clear message on the future of the downtown, the City Council last week approved a “blight” designation for the centerpiece riverfront Apex property. Apex attorney Joe Whelan urged the council not to go that route, saying redevelopment plan changes for the property do nothing to “advance the ball in any way” on the future of the property. ...

  • Dec 13, 03:45 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only Delta plan approved; cities face water cuts

    Dozens of California communities dependent on the cool, clear water of the High Sierra, from Central Valley farm towns to San Francisco, will see cuts to their water supplies under a plan approved Wednesday by state water regulators. The reductions, which could force households in the Bay Area to curb water use by 20 percent or more, are the product of a decade-long effort to restore the ...

  • Dec 13, 03:03 AM | The New York Daily News

    Congestion pricing plan gaining ground as lawmakers seek ways to fund subway repairs

    Dec. 13--Congestion pricing is gaining traction in Albany, where lawmakers desperate to fund mass transit are inching toward cashing in on crowded streets. An idea that was once as unpopular as roadblocks during rush hour is gaining some momentum among elected officials. Faced with a public backlash over proposed fare hikes, lawmakers might have an easier time pushing pushing tolls on trips to ...

  • Dec 13, 03:02 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Here comes the (big) neighborhood

    Suffolk Downs won’t be home to Amazon’s second headquarters. But it will, if plans pan out, grow into an enormous new neighborhood, with room for tens of thousands of residents on the edge of East Boston. The debate over what that neighborhood might look like, and who might get to live there, is heating up. A master plan for the 161-acre horse track is grinding its way through City Hall, with ...

  • Dec 13, 03:00 AM | Colorado Daily (University of Colorado at Boulder)

    Members Only Longmont mobile home park tenants request $300K from city in pursuit of resident ownership

    Residents of a Longmont mobile home park on Wednesday requested $300,000 in city funds to keep living costs affordable for all tenants upon finalizing a deal to purchase the property as a co-op. The agreement, if completed, would make the Longmont Mobile Homes property at 525 15th Ave. the second resident-owned mobile home community in the state, and among a growing number across the country ...

  • Dec 13, 02:53 AM | Press of Atlantic City

    Casting farther afieldHow climate change is impacting fishermen across the Atlantic

    Flipping through his captain's log, Larry Colangelo looks at the water temperatures off Atlantic City's coast this past summer. Unusually warm 70- and 80-degree days are jotted down inside the record-keeping book he's had for nearly two decades. For $800 a day, he takes tourists and professional anglers alike onto his 31-foot ship, but in recent years, he said, certain fish have become more ...

  • Dec 13, 02:40 AM | Detroit Free Press

    Plan to level historic Detroit building for parking causes a stir

    Dec. 13--The old Detroit Saturday Night building -- 550 W. Fort St. -- has become the latest flashpoint in a battle over the future character of downtown Detroit. As owner Emmett Moten Jr. initiates plans to demolish the building and create a parking structure in order to pay back a loan from the Detroit pension fund, historic preservationists are pushing back, hoping for an eleventh-hour ...

  • Dec 13, 02:32 AM | New Albany Gazette

    Long-range plan can help but is hardly infallible

    T his past week aldermen approved work on the first phase of a long-range plan for New Albany, although not all officials see a need for such a new plan equally. We already have a comprehensive plan, parts of which has been accomplished over the years, but I don't object to a new one, just as long as it deals with needs appropriate to our community, is practical and city officials will ...

  • Dec 13, 12:13 AM | Telegraph-Herald

    Members Only Developers' $6.5 million plan would ease Darlington's affordable-housing crunch

    BY BENNET GOLDSTEINBennet.goldstein@thmedia.comDARLINGTON, Wis. - Developers plan to construct a more-than-$6.5 million housing development in Darlington to provide high-quality, affordable housing for the region's farmworkers.Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program is securing funding for a 24-unit complex, located on a 10-acre site along Spring Street on the east side of ...

  • Dec 12, 11:33 PM | The Wenatchee World

    Housing crisis | Wenatchee adds apartments; more on the way

    Dec. 13--WENATCHEE -- Building permits have been issued to 220 apartment units in the Wenatchee Valley this year, up from 28 last year, according to the November Real Estate Snapshot published Tuesday by Pacific Appraisal Associates. Housing officials are hoping the boom, which is largely due to a pair of multimillion-dollar projects, will help meet the area's increased housing demand. Beyond ...

  • Dec 12, 09:03 PM | Florida Times-Union

    Tear-down of courthouse leaves 'wide-open' options for city

    Dec. 13--The walls of the old Duval County courthouse are coming down, but the fate of the riverfront land beneath the building remains up in the air after the Downtown Investment Authority board on Wednesday unanimously rejected proposals from developers for a new convention center at the downtown site. Board members did not discuss what to do next with the city-owned land after demolition of ...

  • Dec 12, 08:11 PM | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

    Pittsburgh council ups URA budget for affordable housing

    Dec. 13--Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday tweaked Mayor Bill Peduto's proposed 2019 capital budget to give the Urban Redevelopment Authority an additional $2.5 million for economic development and low-income housing projects. Local activists accused the administration of cutting the housing budget and urged members to approve the added funds. They said development across the city has made ...

  • Dec 12, 06:35 PM | Hour

    Massachusetts transportation exec to head economic development in Norwalk

    Dec. 13--NORWALK -- Jessica Casey, an executive with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and an adviser at the Harvard Kennedy School, will start work as Norwalk's chief of economic and community development in January. The Norwalk Common Council on Tuesday evening approved Casey's appointment to the post. "I think that from a transportation/operations background over the last two ...

  • Dec 12, 06:31 PM | The Washington Post

    Members Only Redskins D.C. stadium idea runs into opposition from D.C. Council, Capitol Hill

    D.C. Council Member David Grosso (I-At Large) on Wednesday urged Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), the city's nonvoting congresswoman, to do all she could to block what he called a "backdoor attempt" to pave the way for the Washington Redskins to build their next stadium in the District. Grosso, who formerly served as Norton's chief counsel before being elected to the council in 2013, is the second ...

  • Dec 12, 04:30 PM | Times Union

    Members Only Bethlehem to study how to connect, save Slingerlands

    Dec. 13--BETHLEHEM -- The town of Bethlehem wants to undertake a $90,000 transportation study to review the best way to tackle transportation issues facing residents of the historic hamlet of Slingerlands. The study would look at the area bordered by the Cherry Avenue Extension, New Scotland Road and Kenwood Avenue, which is dissected by the Albany County Rail Trail. Bethlehem is seeking the ...

  • Dec 12, 03:34 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only California water board backs plan to increase river flows

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state board on Wednesday approved a contentious proposal to boost water flows through a Central California river, a move that would increase habitat for salmon but deliver less water to farmers and cities such as San Francisco. The plan under consideration by the Water Resources Control Board would alter management of the Lower San Joaquin River and three ...

  • Dec 12, 03:34 PM | Philly.com

    Help us test a new way to read and learn about Philly

    We’re testing a new way to read and learn about Philadelphia. Have you ever walked by some activity in the city and wondered what was going on? Was that building always there? What’s the story with that mural? Homes and apartments in this neighborhood are going for how much? A new app, called HERE, notifies you as you pass by places in Philadelphia that have been written about by The ...

  • Dec 12, 02:04 PM | Virginian-Pilot

    It's a done deal: Norfolk Southern Corp. confirms headquarters move to Atlanta

    Dec. 12--NORFOLK -- When Roanoke-based Norfolk & Western and Washington, D.C.-based Southern Railway merged in 1982, they created one of the largest railroads in the nation. A United Press International story written at the time stated that the decision to base the railroad in Norfolk was a surprise. Its departure from the city 36 years later is anything but. Norfolk Southern Corp. this ...

  • Dec 12, 12:08 PM | Ann Arbor News

    See latest plans for block-long redevelopment on Ann Arbor's Main Street

    Dec. 12--ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- New architectural renderings have been submitted to the city of Ann Arbor for a proposed block-long redevelopment on Main Street. The Standard, as the project is called, was recently proposed as 235 apartments and 11,315 square feet of retail space, stretching along the east side of Main from William to Packard where there's now a parking lot and a 1980s office ...

  • Dec 12, 10:36 AM | Daily News of Newburyport

    Seawall, evacuation site discussed in climate-change planning

    Dec. 12--SALISBURY -- Building a seawall and desalinating beach water were among suggestions made at a special municipal vulnerability planning session at Town Hall Monday night. The state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has set aside grant money to help municipalities plan for climate change resiliency and implement priority projects as part of its municipal vulnerability ...

  • Dec 12, 09:31 AM | Pueblo Chieftain

    Pueblo, region ready to capatalize as Congress moves to fully legalize hemp

    Dec. 12--The move comes a few years too late for one major jobs prospect but Congress' agreement to fully legalize industrial hemp will give a big boost to Pueblo's push to become a national leader in the industry, according to the Pueblo Economic Development Corp. The legalization measure is included in the 2018 farm bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday and is expected to also pass the ...

  • Dec 12, 09:19 AM | Inside-Booster

    City eyes 1.8-mile rail acquisition for proposed North Branch transitway

    Now that dramatic growth in density and congestion is set to overtake the North Branch of the Chicago River once City Hall, neighbors and developers settle on the fate of giant redevelopment proposals such as Lincoln Yards, the city is now moving to acquire a rail right-of-way running north and south along the river and Goose Island. And under the new legislation, City Hall would have the ...

  • Dec 12, 09:09 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Partnership to curb opioid crisis launches in Michigan

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A public-private effort has launched in Michigan that aims to curb opioid overdoses and deaths. Officials on Wednesday announced the creation of the Michigan Opioid Partnership. It plans to distribute $2.6 million in grants focusing on medication-assisted treatment, which experts say is an effective approach combining medication and behavioral therapy. The Michigan ...

  • Dec 11, 05:35 AM | Baltimore Sun

    Baltimore County to hold hearing on $78M for Tradepoint Atlantic

    Dec. 11--The Baltimore County Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a $78 million financial assistance deal for Tradepoint Atlantic. If approved, the complex deal will help Tradepoint Atlantic pay for roads, water lines and sewer pipes at the five-square-mile former steel mill property in Sparrows Point that the company is redeveloping into an industrial and logistics hub. Tradepoint ...

  • Dec 12, 05:22 AM | Whitefish Pilot

    County proposes softening sign regulations in scenic corridor

    The Flathead County Commissioners will hold a public hearing Thursday regarding proposed zoning text amendments, including one that would allow advertising signs to be erected in various parts of the county's extensive scenic corridor overlay, so long as they remain under 250 square feet in surface area. The current zoning regulation states that all signs are permitted in the scenic corridor ...

  • Dec 12, 03:40 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only Federal Grant Boosts Market Street Project

    The long-anticipated overhaul of San Francisco's Market Street has received a push forward in the form of a $15 million grant from the federal government. On Tuesday, the Department of Transportation announced the city would receive $15 million for the first phase of Better Market Street, a $604 million project that will bring pedestrian, bicycle and public transportation improvements to 2.2 ...

  • Dec 11, 11:39 PM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only Metropolitan Water District Approves Colorado River Shortage Plan

    Dec. 12--The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California on Tuesday approved a plan for sharing Colorado River delivery cuts if a shortage is declared on the drought-depleted river. The vote by the district, which imports water to the Southland, represents another step in a years-long attempt to forge a shortage agreement among the seven states that depend on the Colorado for drinking ...

  • Dec 11, 06:06 PM | Associated Press

    Communities Sue Over Michigan's Tough Lead Rules for Water

    DETROIT (AP) — Local governments and utilities sued the state of Michigan Tuesday over its implementation of the nation's toughest drinking water rules for lead, saying they support strong action against public exposure to the toxin but find the new rules arbitrary and too costly for the communities left to foot the bill for the work to be done. The Detroit-area coalition filed the suit ...

  • Dec 12, 09:12 AM | The Daily Press

    Superfund completion a boon to shoreline business

    Marina plans to expand, charters expect return of customers Ashland Marina manager Scott Stegmann has spent the last several years looking out the window of his office at - and trying to explain to boating visitors - the shoreline blight that was the city's Superfund site. While other lakeshore communities have turned their waterfronts into recreational hubs teaming with nightlife, Stegmann's ...

  • Dec 12, 06:20 AM | Chicago Sun-Times

    Showdown vote on TIF reform averted as progressive aldermen seek compromise

    A showdown vote over a proposal to rein in tax-increment-financing was averted Tuesday after progressive aldermen agreed to try to forge a compromise with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. On Monday, progressive aldermen appeared to have the votes to push through a TIF reform ordinance that could thwart Emanuel's plan for $1.5 billion in TIF subsidies to unlock the development potential of four massive ...

  • Dec 12, 05:40 AM | The Washington Post

    Members Only More than 250 housing units coming to high school site in Fairfax City, Va.

    A mixed-use development that will bring 266 new housing units to Fairfax City, Va., is planned for the site of Paul VI High School once it relocates to its new site in Loudoun County. The IDI Group Companies of Arlington has been selected as master developer for the Fairfax City site, which sits in a prime location along Fairfax Boulevard. The original section of the high school, built in ...

  • Dec 12, 05:34 AM | Baltimore Sun

    In an East Baltimore 'opportunity zone' where President Donald Trump canceled visit, residents seek investment

    Dec. 12--Jose Portillo once saw an opportunity in the Baltimore neighborhood of Broadway East: a corner rowhouse for sale at a discounted price. The 40-year-old father of two and immigrant from El Salvador said he mulled the deal over, compared it to more costly homes in Anne Arundel County, where most of his construction jobs are located, and made a leap of faith. "I went for it," he said. ...

  • Dec 12, 03:02 AM | Augusta Chronicle

    Augusta officials oppose corps' plan for lock and dam

    Dec. 12--Augusta officials spoke out Tuesday against the Army Corps of Engineers' plan to remove the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, build a fixed rock weir and excavate a floodplain at Augusta's Lock and Dam Park. The plan, revealed last month, is the corps' top-ranked alternative for dealing with the decommissioned 80-year-old lock and dam while also meeting a federal requirement to ensure ...

  • Dec 11, 08:35 PM | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Members Only In Georgia, water rollback divides on property rights vs. environment

    Dec. 12--WASHINGTON -- Some of Georgia's top Republican elected officials, agricultural organizations and business development groups cheered the Trump administration's move Tuesday to roll back a sweeping Obama-era clean water regulation aimed at protecting tributaries to navigable waterways. Georgia has helped lead opposition to the 2015 rule, known as Waters of the U.S., in federal court, ...

  • Dec 11, 08:32 PM | Grand Forks Herald

    Grand Forks City Council gets update on growth, downtown development

    Dec. 11--During an informational meeting on Monday, the Grand Forks City Council heard some good news--their constituents are younger, they're increasingly diverse and they have more access to higher-paying jobs than ever. Yet, a younger and larger population doesn't necessarily mean all is well, said Mark Schill, vice president for research at Praxis Strategy Group in Grand Forks, who also ...

  • Dec 11, 08:23 PM | Associated Press

    Southern California officials OK Colorado River drought plan

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California's largest water wholesaler has approved a drought contingency plan that it hopes will help ensure the drought-stressed Colorado River will supply the Southwest for a decade. General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger says Tuesday's approval adds the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to water agencies in Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and ...

  • Dec 11, 06:34 PM | Winona Daily News

    Winona Planning Commission unanimously recommends comprehensive parks plan for approval

    Dec. 11--The Winona Park and Recreation Department's comprehensive parks plan -- the city's first in nearly 40 years -- has just one hurdle left to clear after the Winona Planning Commission issued a unanimous recommendation for approval Monday night. The plan -- which lays out a 15-year roadmap for parks improvements, developments, programming and spending -- is set to go before the Winona ...

  • Dec 11, 02:31 PM | Daily Oklahoman

    OKC transportation to expand with bus route

    Dec. 11--The announcement of Oklahoma City winning a $14.3 million federal grant for bus rapid transit (BRT) was the major topic of discussion as the Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in Friday's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&As on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Q: How big a deal is ...

  • Dec 11, 02:11 PM | Associated Press

    Los Angeles-area development approved in fire-prone zone

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The conflict between the need for more housing in California and the danger of building in fire-prone mountains was decided in favor of homes Tuesday as Los Angeles County supervisors approved a massive rural housing development. The supervisors voted 4-1 to approve a 19,000 home project amid a statewide housing shortage, high rents and a very visible homelessness crisis ...

  • Dec 11, 11:36 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Advocates sue DNR over water records for Foxconn diversion

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An environmental law center is suing the state Department of Natural Resources over the agency's refusal to hand over records related to diverting Lake Michigan water for a new Foxconn Technology Group plant. Midwest Environmental Advocates in May challenged DNR approval of a city of Racine request to pull millions of gallons from the lake daily for the plant. MEA filed a ...

  • Dec 11, 10:33 AM | Westchester County Business Journal

    Governments must focus on sustainable development, fair housing

    When we started the Land Use Law Center at Pace Law School 25 years ago, we dedicated our efforts to promote sustainable development. We quickly learned that this meant working at the local level and reviewing comprehensive land use plans, zoning and other land use regulations. New York, like all states, has delegated the power to control land use and land development to its municipal ...

  • Dec 11, 10:33 AM | Westchester County Business Journal

    Tracking the apartments popping up along the Yonkers riverfront

    Take a walk along the Hudson River near downtown Yonkers and you're sure to run into a construction site, or three. The city's riverfront is booming with rising apartment towers as developers race to build millennial and empty nester-ff iendly units that take advantage of the water views and easy walk to the train station.The Yonkers Industrial Development Agency said recent projects mark the ...

  • Dec 11, 10:19 AM | The Journal-Standard

    City Council mulls contract for comprehensive plan

    Dec. 11--FREEPORT -- The Freeport City Council on Monday discussed potentially contracting a firm to develop a comprehensive plan to move the city forward. A comprehensive plan presents long-range goals for development in the city. It will help guide future decisions on public and private land development proposals and the expenditure of public funds. The city's contract with RATIO Architects ...

  • Dec 11, 10:18 AM | Associated Press

    Lawsuit filed over Trump plans for offshore drilling tests

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Environmental groups on Tuesday sued the Trump administration over offshore drilling tests, launching a legal fight against a proposal that has drawn bipartisan opposition along the Atlantic Coast. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina, claims the National Marine Fisheries Service violated the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species ...

  • Dec 11, 10:02 AM | Skagit Valley Herald

    County plan gives rural residents well water access

    Dec. 11--MOUNT VERNON -- Skagit County debuted a process Monday that makes it possible for all rural residents to have access to well water. In a presentation to the state water availability task force, Skagit County Commissioner Lisa Janicki said the county will issue building permits to residential well users who are willing to install a tank that stores rainwater, then put the water back ...

  • Dec 11, 09:57 AM | Associated Press

    CBS sells Television City for $750M to LA developer

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — CBS says it has sold Television City, its Los Angeles headquarters and production facility, to a real estate developer for $750 million. Shows on Television City sound stages — including "The Late Late Show with James Corden" and "The Price is Right" — will continue to be based there for at least five more years. CBS said Monday that the buyer, Hackman Capital Partners, will ...

  • Dec 11, 09:23 AM | Delaware Business Daily

    Md. gets $20 million for new I-95 interchange for Amazon, other companies

    Maryland's congressional delegation was successful in efforts to obtain $20 million in funding for Interstate 95 interchange that will improve access to a growing distribution center in the Perryville area. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a $20 million grant to Cecil County. The Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant provides funding for a new ...

  • Dec 11, 07:32 AM | South Bend Tribune

    South Bend council urges earlier start next year for winter homeless shelter

    Dec. 11--SOUTH BEND -- The city's common council, frustrated with recent delays in the opening of a Weather Amnesty homeless shelter, passed a resolution Monday night urging the city administration and community to do better next winter. Namely, the resolution, which passed unanimously, asks the administration and homeless service providers to start in July on working to ensure some kind of ...

  • Dec 11, 04:47 AM | Providence Journal

    Exeter puts emergency freeze on solar-energy projects

    Dec. 11--EXETER -- Saying 12 proposals for utility-scale solar projects have overwhelmed the ability of the planning board and the two-day-a-week planner, the Town Council on Monday night passed an emergency, temporary moratorium on all but rooftop solar development. In its first full meeting since voters chose several new members, the council voted 3-to-1 to pass the emergency ordinance ...

  • Dec 11, 03:46 AM | Frederick News-Post

    City Planning Commission approves site plan for affordable housing at Goodwill building

    Dec. 11--A plan to transform a historic city building into affordable rental apartments is moving forward quicker than expected with a unanimous site plan approval with a condition that requires project completion in less than two years. The old Ox Fibre Brush Co. building at 400 E. Church St., which today houses operations for Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley, is not in the greatest ...

  • Dec 10, 11:21 PM | Marin Independent Journal

    Developer seeks to build 80 townhomes in Novato

    Dec. 11--The city of Novato is hosting a neighborhood meeting Thursday to hear feedback on a Newport Beach-based housing company's proposed 80-unit development on Redwood Boulevard. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Ave. Landsea Homes has plans to build 80 for-sale townhomes within 14 buildings at 7711 Redwood Blvd. The 4-acre site is nestled along the western edge ...

  • Dec 11, 02:15 AM | City & State

    Congestion Pricing, Take Two

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appealed to divine intervention in two notable ways in recent months. One was when he promised during his re-election campaign that he would serve out a third term as governor rather than run for president in 2020. "The only caveat is if God strikes me dead," he said. The second instance came in October when the governor said one way to secure billions of dollars in new ...

  • Dec 10, 10:45 PM | Post & Courier

    Environmental Groups Will Join South Carolina Cities to Sue Over Offshore Drilling Tests

    Nine conservation groups and 16 South Carolina coastal communities are expected to sue the Trump administration Tuesday to stop leases to explore for natural gas and oil offshore. Tracts off South Carolina are among the waters up for grabs. The groups said they will file two separate lawsuits, both in U.S. District Court in Charleston. The lawsuits will claim the leases violate the federal ...

  • Dec 10, 06:56 PM | Independent, The (Online)

    Members Only Google Plans to Rebuild California Hometown to 'Prioritize People Over Cars'

    Google has revealed ambitious plans to redevelop its hometown of Mountain View following a major land grab in California. The technology giant submitted a development proposal to the city on Friday, titled'A Shared Vision for North Bayshore', which describes Google's vision to transform the neighbourhood "from a place for cars to a place for people." The plans include new office space, ...

  • Dec 11, 03:47 AM | Frederick News-Post

    Panel discusses affordable housing needs

    Dec. 11--Local leaders emphasized the threat posed by the lack of affordable housing, and possible opportunities, in Frederick County at a panel luncheon Monday. Milton Bailey, Frederick County Department of Housing and Community Development director, Ken Oldham, United Way of Frederick County president and CEO, and Bruce Zavos, Frederick County Affordable Housing Council chair, discussed how ...

  • Dec 10, 11:00 PM | The Plainsman (Auburn University)

    Members Only 'I don't want to leave. I built this house': What happens when student housing forces African-Americans from their homes

    I. ‘I don’t want to leave’ Veira Collins was born and raised in Auburn — across the tracks. The latter distinction is made, she says, because there is, and has always been, a disparity between these worlds. One side had paved roads in the ‘60s, air-conditioned buildings, a stadium; the other a red dirt road that led to the area’s sole, dilapidated high school and few struggling businesses — ...

  • Dec 10, 09:12 PM | Virginian-Pilot

    Virginia Beach proposed light rail extension if Amazon picked Town Center for its 2nd location

    Dec. 11--VIRGINIA BEACH -- In its quest to court Amazon, Virginia Beach was willing to go the distance. So much so that city leaders proposed expanding light rail if the online retailer chose the city for its second headquarters. Not mentioned in a recently released report? That voters rejected the project in a 2016 referendum. City leaders offered up Town Center and the Pembroke Mall area. It ...

  • Dec 10, 05:31 PM | News Herald

    Panama City has affordable housing plan in works

    Dec. 10--PANAMA CITY -- Stopping just short of building homes themselves, Panama City is taking steps to address the burgeoning housing crisis at their regular meeting Tuesday. The commission will be considering a proposal to buy 27 vacant lots in Millville, with plans to hire a developer to build affordable homes on them within the next year. The lots would cost $250,000, which the city would ...

  • Dec 10, 05:08 PM | Tampa Bay Times

    Members Only St. Pete panel approves $69-million tower that would replace affordable apartments

    Dec. 07--ST. PETERSBURG -- Unable to afford life in California any longer, Susan Olsen moved to St. Petersburg and found an apartment in a building downtown for $750 a month. She might not be there much longer. On Wednesday, the city's Development Review Commission unanimously approved a $69-million, 20-story tower that would replace several quaint old apartment buildings that are home to ...

  • Dec 10, 05:01 PM | Bond Buyer Online

    Members Only Detroit tender offer lands $200 million of debt

    A tender offer Detroit financed through a bond refunding that priced Friday will reduce a spike in debt service payments by nearly $155 million between fiscal 2025 and 2030, according to the city.In the tender offer that expired Dec. 3, investors returned about $200 million of the nearly $632 million of series 2014B financial recovery bonds that mature in 2044. The bonds were repurchased at ...

  • Dec 10, 03:35 PM | San Jose Mercury News

    'I don't want to leave:' South Bay renters displaced to make way for buyers

    Dec. 10--MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Carrillo didn't want to tell her son the truth about the placard bearing the official-looking title: "notice of development proposal." But since she hadn't prepared a story, she didn't know what else to do. "I did end up telling him that someone wanted to take our house away," she said. The result was heartbreaking. Johnatan, whom his family affectionately calls ...

  • Dec 10, 02:40 PM | The Washington Post

    Members Only Trump’s city-revitalization event in Baltimore to take place at White House instead

    President Trump was supposed to travel to Baltimore on Wednesday for an event focused on redevelopment of urban areas. But an administration spokesman said Monday that the event will take place at the White House instead. The Rev. Donté L. Hickman Sr., the pastor who invited the president to Baltimore, said he received a call Monday morning from Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, informing him ...

  • Dec 10, 02:37 PM | Macon Telegraph

    Ocmulgee River flooding closes Macon-Bibb landfill, parks and trails

    Dec. 10--MACON, Ga. -- The sun is expected to return Tuesday but recent rains have left a muddy mess in parts of Macon. The Walker Road landfill is closed to commercial vendors until operating conditions improve, according to a news release from Macon-Bibb County. Residents can still bring solid waste and leave it at the transfer station, but the landfill will be closed until roads dry out. As ...

  • Dec 10, 01:14 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Judge: Arkansas hog farm's lawsuit against state to continue

    VENDOR, Ark. (AP) — A recent ruling has upheld an Arkansas hog farm's lawsuit against the state's environmental policy-making body over its permit application to operate near the Buffalo River. The Baxter Bulletin reports that Newton County Circuit Judge John Putman on Friday denied the Arkansas Pollution and Ecology Commission's motion seeking to dismiss the lawsuit filed by C&H Hog Farms in ...

  • Dec 10, 11:10 AM | Coldwater Daily Reporter

    Questions raised on county zoning

    BRANCH COUNTY — Branch County Administrator Bud Norman said he will bring in experts to discuss a proposed wind turbine ordinance which will go before the rarely used Branch County Planning Commission when it meets at 9 a.m. Dec. 12. After losing the election to force Union Township to adopt a zoning code, Concerned Citizens of Branch County asked County Commissioners to create a county wide ...

  • Dec 10, 03:01 AM | The New York Daily News

    Schumer slams MTA plan to delay train safety system installation by two more years

    Dec. 10--The MTA wants to wait two more years to install life-saving train technology that could prevent deadly commuter train crashes and derailments, Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday. The Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad have struggled to install positive train control, by a federal deadline of Dec. 31. Schumer said the MTA will announce on Monday that it wants two more years to ...

  • Dec 10, 02:45 AM | High Point Enterprise

    Changes coming for Montlieu?

    Dec. 10--HIGH POINT -- City-commissioned consultants have worked up several options for upgrading Montlieu Avenue that could transform the road between N. Main and N. Centennial streets. Designs for streetscape improvements, such as burial of overhead utility lines, wider sidewalks and other types of beautification and infrastructure upgrades, are under review and should be rolled out to the ...

  • Dec 09, 05:19 PM | Palm Beach Daily News

    Members Only Talks shape what makes for highest, best use of West Palm 'tent site'.(A Section)

    Byline: Tony Doris, Daily News Staff Writer West Palm Beach officials hope a world-class architect will turn the dusty tent site into a defining structure, a tower that provides much-needed top-flight offices, while serving as a landmark entry to city's downtown. Developer Charles Cohen hopes to fit that bill by assigning to it architect Cesar Pelli, whose firm has designed some of the world's ...

  • Dec 09, 02:17 PM | The Daily Globe

    City takes steps to reshape area near lake

    Dec. 08--WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Planning Commission, acting to keep an area near Lake Okabena from becoming heavily industrialized, recommended zoning changes to four properties surrounding Lake Street and the railroad during a Tuesday evening meeting. The recommendations will go to the Worthington City Council for consideration. "This all really goes back to when it was Campbell's ...

  • Dec 10, 07:45 AM | Oregonian

    Members Only Revamped Plan Would Add More Multi-Family Homes to Portland

    An overhaul of a plan to allow more duplexes, triplexes and four-plexes in Portland's residential neighborhoods would result in more new homes than the old version, a new report found. The Residential Infill Project is an initiative launched under former Mayor Charlie Hales to increase density in neighborhoods mostly filled with single-family houses in an effort to reduce the cost of housing. ...

  • Dec 09, 11:00 AM | The Carteret County News-Times

    With Vouchers to Expire, Residents Left in Limbo

    MOREHEAD CITY - Nearly three months after Hurricane Florence, many county residents remain displaced from their homes with little idea of when they can return. For some, that could mean losing out on critical rental assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Edenbridge Apartments, at 501 Brooks St. in Morehead City, was vacated in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence due ...

  • Dec 08, 04:37 PM | Associated Press

    South Carolina Ups Its Relief Request for Hurricane Florence

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's congressional delegation will be able to ask for more funds to provide relief following Hurricane Florence, thanks to a move by the state's governor. In a letter obtained Saturday by The Associated Press, Gov. Henry McMaster told U.S. Rep. Tom Rice that he was increasing the estimate for community development block grant relief from $108 million to $435 ...

  • Dec 10, 06:17 AM | Philly.com

    How saving Philly’s historic sacred spaces can make the city stronger | Opinion

    Dec. 10--Wharton-Wesley United Methodist Church has been part of the residential fabric of the Cobbs Creek community since it was built in 1905. Its gray stone walls rise high above the neighborhood, its majestic stained-glass windows stir the soul. Over the years, though, the world has changed dramatically, impacting the church’s size and resources. Once a congregation of 700, Wharton-Wesley ...