• Feb 23, 07:10 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only City Seeks Private Partner to Rebuild Public Housing Complex

    The roofs leak, the elevators malfunction, and the heating system is old. Tenants of the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments complain about people sleeping in the hallways or doing drugs, and sometimes they find used needles scattered about. But there is no federal money to repair or rebuild the Jamaica Plain housing development’s 804 units of federally subsidized public housing, Boston Housing ...

  • Feb 22, 11:48 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Omaha Entrepreneurs Present Ways to Improve the Community

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Local entrepreneurs have gathered to present ways to improve Omaha during a competition designed to be a "win-win" for those in the startup community and government or corporations. The Metro Area Planning Agency, the Mayor's office and Metropolitan Community College created the JumpStart Challenge to invite entrepreneurs to come up with solutions to persistent problems, the ...

  • Feb 22, 02:03 PM | Sacramento Bee

    Sacramento Mayor Lands Private Dollars Toward Housing Plan For Homeless

    Feb. 22--Bolstering his attempt to use federal affordable housing vouchers to shelter Sacramento's homeless, Mayor Darrell Steinberg announced a partnership with Sutter Health at Tuesday night's Sacramento City Council meeting that could provide $20 million in funding to strengthen his proposal -- and possibly double that if the city lands federal dollars. Steinberg said Monday night that ...

  • Feb 23, 05:31 AM | Tri-City Herald

    Richland residents split on $20 car tabs to pay for bridge, street work

    Feb. 23--Richland drew a standing-room-only crowd this week after the city announced plans to form a transportation district and pay for it with a $20 car tab fee. Dozens of citizens offered sharply divided views on the proposal during a public hearing and even challenged one reason for the new fee -- the proposed $38 million Duportail Bridge. Richland wasn't the only city to wade into the ...

  • Feb 23, 08:35 AM | Austin Monitor

    Planning Commission rejects waiver after conversation on racism

    Remarks on how institutional racism influences the city's historic preservation goals prompted the Planning Commission's indecision to approve or reject a compatibility waiver for a 5-foot setback on the western side of 2724 E 12th St. during its Feb. 14 meeting. The application, made to accommodate site improvements to the multifamily Lofts at 12th Street project, was originally heard on Dec. ...

  • Feb 23, 08:34 AM | Morning Call

    Opponents to Traditions of America housing plan try to have commissioner disqualified

    Feb. 23--BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP -- As the controversial age-restricted community near Green Pond nears its final hurdle toward approval, a group opposed to the plans sought to have the Bethlehem Township Board of Commissioners president disqualified from voting on the project. Public hearings before the township commissioners began Wednesday for Traditions of America, the developer looking to put ...

  • Feb 23, 08:19 AM | Lewiston Morning Tribune

    Lewiston planners get earful on homeless shelters

    Feb. 23--The Lewiston Planning and Zoning Commission scaled back allowances for homeless shelters in North Lewiston on Wednesday night after again hearing the concerns of residents there. But after a public hearing and some debate among the commissioners on that and a couple of other minor issues, the commission voted 5-2 to forward the matter to the city council for consideration. The ...

  • Feb 23, 06:27 AM | Press-Register

    Members Only Bike sharing program considered for downtown

    OCEAN SPRINGS — As part of an ongoing quest to alleviate parking issues, Ocean Springs officials are considering a bike sharing program for the downtown area. Under a bike sharing program, the city provides a small fleet of bicycles docked at two or more sharing stations within the designated area. Users register for the service, typically using a credit card, and are given a card, fob or code ...

  • Feb 23, 03:00 AM | The Spectator (University of Wisconsin - Eau Clair

    Members Only Plans for the Haymarket plaza design revealed to the city council

    The newest design plans for Haymarket plaza were revealed last Tuesday to city council members after a year and a half of planning.Haymarket plaza is set to be a focal point for community members to gather and will be located between the Confluence Arts Center and Haymarket Landing in downtown‘s South Barstow District. The space, which was a parking lot for years, is now becoming a place where ...

  • Feb 22, 11:00 PM | The Daily Cardinal (University of Wisconsin - Madi

    Members Only Potential buyer surfaces for Madison Oscar Mayer plant

    A company with nationwide experience disposing of the assets of shuttered factories confirmed Wednesday it is a “serious contender” for the possible purchase of Madison’s Oscar Mayer facilities.It’s believed to be the first solid lead on a potential buyer for the Oscar Mayer meat processing plant and former headquarters offices at 910 Mayer Ave.Reich Brothers Holdings, with offices in cities ...

  • Feb 22, 10:09 PM | Seattle Times

    Seattle delays release of homeless count

    Feb. 23--As the city works to drum up more money to fight homelessness, the results of the January count of the region's shelterless that could inform how that money would be spent are still months away from release. The reason for the delay? All Home, the agency that coordinates local efforts to combat homelessness, is conducting hundreds of surveys of people identified in the count. Mark ...

  • Feb 22, 07:36 PM | Solid Waste Report

    Members Only Hilo landfill in Hawaii nears capacity.

    Closure of the Hilo landfill remains a moving target, but the East Hawaii rubbish dump could reach capacity in as little as a year. That's what Hawaii County Environmental Management Director Bill Kucharski said at meeting last week in Keaukaha. He clarified that the landfill's limit could take as long as three years to reach, depending on how much waste is produced. "One's probably very ...

  • Feb 22, 07:36 PM | Solid Waste Report

    Members Only Ontario County, NY zeroes in on solid waste plan.

    Ontario County residents and businesses, be warned. County government has a goal of diverting 60 percent of solid waste now going to the Ontario County Landfill or others like it over the next 10 years, as stated in the state-approved Solid Waste Management Plan. Individuals and businesses will be asked to do their part to meet that target. County Planning Department member Carla Jordan ...

  • Feb 22, 07:05 PM | Buffalo News

    Shovel-ready Bethlehem Steel parcel called a 'game changer'

    Feb. 22--Erie County is taking the first step toward turning a significant portion of the long-abandoned Bethlehem Steel site from an industrial wasteland into an industrial park. With a deal in place for the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to acquire nearly 148 acres of land along Route 5 from Dona Street to the south and just beyond Ridge Road to the north, county officials said ...

  • Feb 22, 06:24 PM | The Evening News and The Tribune

    Officials to discuss flooding project near Ohio River

    Feb. 22--JEFFERSONVILLE -- Jeffersonville City Council members will soon meet to discuss a financial contribution at Clarksville's request aimed at alleviating flooding issues near the Ohio River. A $1.5 million pledge from the city to replace a pump station at Cane Run Creek is all that's needed in the $5 million cost-sharing agreement with Clarksville and the Jeffersonville-Clarksville Flood ...

  • Feb 22, 03:22 PM | Associated Press

    Tulsa's former Black Wall Street tries to remake itself

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Not far from a gleaming $183 million arena and other signs of a midsize city striving to become something more, smooth pavement gives way to potholes, rusted fences and shuttered storefronts. They're the remnants of what was once known as Tulsa's Black Wall Street, before one of the worst race riots in U.S. history. Businesses that are still open in this north-side section ...

  • Feb 22, 02:10 PM | Chicago Tribune

    The latest amenity for attracting luxury rental tenants: live-in musicians

    Feb. 22--Magellan Development Corp. is planning to fill a fairly unorthodox position at its newly opened 36-story River North building: live-in musician. The new position is the latest salvo to be fired in the battle for renters in downtown Chicago, where a boom in a luxury residential construction has caused a rental housing glut, and where experts say landlords may soon have to lower monthly ...

  • Feb 22, 12:00 PM | The New Orleans Advocate

    Here's what planners say is stopping design changes to the proposed Canal Street Ferry terminal

    A lack of money and a two-year-old lawsuit are the major barriers blocking changes to the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority's controversial plans for a new Canal Street Ferry terminal, planners said at a public hearing on Monday. Those reasons didn't satisfy dozens of residents who showed up to denounce the terminal design presented at the Federal City Auditorium in Algiers, in what often ...

  • Feb 22, 12:00 PM | The New Orleans Advocate

    Seeking solution to affordable New Orleans housing issue, this plan might have the answer

    Under a proposal touted as a solution to New Orleans' shortage of affordable housing, developers seeking to build housing in many of the city's most desirable neighborhoods would need to reserve 12 percent of their units for low-income residents. Elsewhere in the city, developers could choose whether to include similar set-asides in their projects. And all New Orleans developers would get ...

  • Feb 22, 11:45 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Cities around state could get help with brownfield sites

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan municipalities are a step closer to getting incentives for developers to redevelop brownfield sites. The state Senate passed legislation on Wednesday that assists developers with the financial burden of cleaning up brownfield sites. The legislation would let developers keep a portion of taxes collected after the projects are completed to recuperate some costs of ...

  • Feb 22, 11:41 AM | Record

    WETLANDS RESTORATION

    TEANECK -- The westernmost stretch of Overpeck County Park is in line for a facelift that officials say will halt erosion, increase accessibility, and re-establish the wetlands destroyed by decades of neglect in an area once slated to become a landfill. The rehabilitation project will focus on the 46-acre Teaneck Creek Conservancy and a 75-acre swath of parkland just south of Degraw Avenue ...

  • Feb 22, 11:31 AM | Seattle Times

    Seattle home too toxic to enter sparked a bidding frenzy -- now we know why

    Feb. 22--A crumbling, toxic home that was too dangerous to enter quickly became a symbol of Seattle's scorching housing market when it sold last year for $427,000 after what the listing agent called an "insane" bidding war. With five feet of standing water, air too hazardous to breathe, piles of rusty old appliances blocking doorways, and ceilings that could fall down at any moment, it was ...

  • Feb 22, 10:16 AM | Washington Informer

    Members Only Metro Seeks to Revitalize Rail Stations

    Metro could receive millions of dollars from housing and retail development in Prince George's and Montgomery counties, projects that wouldhopefully spruce up areas near train stations, officials said. The dollar amount Metro could receive in selling its parcel to develop the Grosvenor-Strathmore station in Bethesda depends on the number of units that could be built on the land approved by the ...

  • Feb 22, 10:05 AM | Daily Camera

    City will spend $8 million to renovate an ex-Boulder Community Hospital building

    Feb. 22--As an early step in the broad redevelopment of the former Boulder Community Hospital site on Broadway, Boulder plans to spend about $8 million to renovate one of the site's buildings and use it for city offices. When the city bought the hospital site from BCH, which is now located in east Boulder, in December 2015 for $40 million, it acquired roughly 355,000 square feet of facilities ...

  • Feb 22, 09:44 AM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only EDITORIAL: Vote yes on Measure P for San Pedro waterfront development

    Feb. 22--San Pedro and other communities near the Port of Los Angeles have longed for a more vibrant waterfront with restaurants, shops and parks that draw tourists and create an amenity for locals. Measure P on the March ballot would change the city charter to make it easier to attract developers to help make that dream a reality. After decades of talk, the city last year approved a ...

  • Feb 22, 08:21 AM | Erie Times-News

    Zoning changes for urban farming to be considered By Kevin Flowers

    City of Erie zoning laws do not specifically address a practice known nationwide as urban agriculture or urban farming. That soon could change. The Erie Planning Commission has made a series of recommendations to Erie City Council regarding amendments to city zoning ordinances that would permit or clarify the rules for small crop farming on residential properties and vacant lots, particularly ...

  • Feb 22, 06:53 AM | The Times-Picayune

    Members Only Study Urges Affordable Housing Requirements: Plan Would Apply to New Projects in N.O.

    Developers of condominiums and apartments in New Orleans’ most sought-after neighborhoods should be required to dedicate 12 percent of their units to lower-income residents, according to a City Planning Commission study. The “smart housing mix” study looks at how New Orleans could use what’s known as inclusionary zoning to require and incentivize multifamily residential developers to add ...

  • Feb 22, 06:42 AM | Mercer Island Reporter

    Mercer Islanders Debate 'Neighborhood Character' Versus Property Rights

    As the city of Mercer Island's Development Services Group and Planning Commission continue their work on the residential code update, property rights advocates feel like their voices are being lost in the discussion. Framed as a way to address "concerns regarding residential development and the rapidly changing character of Mercer Island's neighborhoods," the debate has centered on ways to ...

  • Feb 21, 03:18 PM | Pantagraph

    New Plan's Goal is Healthier McLean County

    Feb. 21--BLOOMINGTON -- A three-year path to a healthier McLean County has been designed and path architects want county residents to join them on the journey. McLean County's first Community Health Improvement Plan has been approved by the boards of the four organizations leading the collaborative effort -- McLean County Health Department, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, OSF St. Joseph ...

  • Feb 22, 09:47 AM | Times West Virginian

    Pleasant Valley adopts fair housing resolution

    Feb. 22--PLEASANT VALLEY -- Council members approved and adopted a fair housing resolution during Pleasant Valley's regular city council meeting Tuesday evening. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the federal fair housing law does not allow discrimination against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin ...

  • Feb 22, 06:53 AM | Bay City Times

    Members Only Steel huts in Detroit get accolades from national architecture group

    New and unique residential developments in Detroit are luring people from far and wide to live and work in the Motor City, and one particularly unconventional collection of homes is getting national attention. True North, a Core City neighborhood block of half-moon shaped steel structures known as Quonset huts, caught the eye of Architect Magazine. The magazine featured the development on the ...

  • Feb 22, 06:15 AM | Tampa Bay Times

    Members Only Mystery property buyer in downtown Clearwater brings questions about Scientology's involvement

    Feb. 21--CLEARWATER -- An Ybor City real estate broker has been snapping up downtown property on behalf of a buyer working very hard to remain secret. This month, a newly former LLC called 601 Cleveland registered to Fred Edmister, acting as the broker, paid $13 million for the city's largest office tower, the nine-story, all-glass Atrium building, in the center of downtown. On Jan. 13, a ...

  • Feb 22, 04:05 AM | Sacramento Bee

    Mayor sees millions for homelessness in public-private partnership

    Feb. 22--Bolstering his attempt to use federal affordable housing vouchers to shelter Sacramento's homeless, Mayor Darrell Steinberg was expected to announce a partnership with Sutter Health at Tuesday night's Sacramento City Council meeting that could provide up to $20 million in funding to strengthen his proposal. Steinberg said Monday night that Sutter Health has promised up to $5 million ...

  • Feb 22, 03:00 AM | Daily Trojan (University of Southern California)

    Members Only In Los Angeles, Measure S could increase rent rates

    Of all the elements that make or break student life and the lives of Angelenos at large, it is perhaps housing choice and availability which wields one of the largest impacts. On March 7, L.A. voters will have the power to make a substantial impact on the future of development and housing availability for the city and more importantly, student housing through Measure S, known as the ...

  • Feb 22, 12:21 AM | Journal Gazette

    Developer in 'love' with city, site Saw potential in GE project after 2015 tour of area

    Joshua Parker remembers the first time he visited Fort Wayne as an almost magical experience. It was 2015, two days after Christmas. "There was not a cloud in the sky, and it was snowing. However that works," he said. During his Summit City tour, Parker realized he was smitten. "I think falling in love is really the right term," he said during a recent interview. Parker's firm, Cross Street ...

  • Feb 21, 10:17 PM | Seattle Times

    Seattle council approves big U District upzone

    Feb. 22--The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an upzone that will pave the way for the University District to become Seattle's next high-rise neighborhood. In the works for years, the legislation raises maximum heights, allowing buildings to climb to 320 feet on some blocks near a light-rail station opening in 2021. Mayor Ed Murray and the council are seeking upzones for many ...

  • Feb 21, 08:33 PM | The Record-Eagle

    Court finds 'friend' in Save Our Downtown

    Feb. 22--TRAVERSE CITY -- A lawsuit over a new tall buildings regulation in Traverse City will move forward with legal participation from the group behind the controversial voter-approved charter amendment. Thirteenth Circuit Court Judge Thomas Power on Tuesday gave "friend of the court" status Save Our Downtown attorneys, who moved to intervene in a developer's complaint against the city. He ...

  • Feb 21, 08:32 PM | Los Angeles Business Journal

    Members Only Homeless hurdles: projects hoping to tap city bonds mull risk with Measure S looming.(THE REAL ISSUE ESTATE)

    The last few months have been a roller coaster for local affordable housing developer Robin Hughes. Hughes, chief executive of downtown's Abode Communities, was elated on Nov. 9 that L.A. voters overwhelmingly approved a $ 1.2 billion bond measure to build thousands of apartment units for homeless people. Abode has four projects with a homeless housing component in the pipeline that could ...

  • Feb 21, 07:53 PM | Houston Chronicle

    Members Only Texas lawmakers move to stymie high-speed rail project

    Feb. 22--Nearly a dozen Republican state lawmakers, mostly from rural and suburban districts, filed a flurry of bills Tuesday aiming to "derail" plans for a privately-funded high-speed rail line in Texas. The 18 bills, nine each in the Texas Senate and Texas House, aim to limit Texas Central Partners' ability to develop a Houston-to-Dallas line supported by both metro areas, but strongly ...

  • Feb 21, 06:36 PM | Hour

    A push for better sidewalks, crosswalks on Wall Street

    Feb. 22--NORWALK -- With new apartments going up and residents expected soon, the Wall Street neighborhood is in need of better sidewalks and crosswalks, according to one local developer. "We have 140 apartment units right in that immediate area, and well over 200 people," M.F. DiScala Chief Financial Officer Alan Webber told the Norwalk Planning Commission during a public hearing on the ...

  • Feb 21, 05:58 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Officials to seek funding to demolish unused railroad bridge

    PITTSTON, Pa. (AP) — Officials in northeastern Pennsylvania plan to seek funding to demolish a deteriorating railroad bridge across the Susquehanna River. The Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority on Tuesday approved a plan to take back ownership of the abandoned Coxton bridge in Exeter Township upstream of Pittston. The state Department of Environmental Protection has said the span is in ...

  • Feb 21, 05:49 PM | Dallas Morning News

    Members Only OPINION: As Dallas ISD's homeless student population reaches 'catastrophic' numbers, a plea and a proposal

    Feb. 21--The numbers, Mark Pierce says -- again and again, to anyone who will listen -- are "sort of catastrophic." And they are only getting worse. The lone full-timer assisting the Dallas Independent School District's homeless student population says some 3,700 homeless students are spread through almost every school -- many in the high schools, the last stops for some before the streets. ...

  • Feb 21, 05:41 PM | Erie Times-News

    Erie considers urban farming-related zoning changes By Kevin Flowers / kevin.flowers@timesnews.com

    WEB STORY City of Erie zoning laws do not specifically address a practice known nationwide as urban agriculture or urban farming. That soon could change. The Erie Planning Commission has made a series of recommendations to Erie City Council regarding amendments to city zoning ordinances that would permit or clarify the rules for small crop farming on residential properties and vacant lots, ...

  • Feb 21, 02:05 PM | Grand Haven Tribune

    A vision for the future

    Feb. 21--With the stage being set for a major remodeling of Grand Haven's Waterfront Stadium later this year, city leaders are investigating how to tie The Depot Museum into the new stadium design. Members of City Council and representatives from the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, the current occupants of the depot, recently conducted a visioning session with engineers from Progressive AE to ...

  • Feb 21, 01:54 PM | Post-Star

    First-time home buyer's program adds house inspection process

    Feb. 20--GLENS FALLS -- The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development now requires a home inspection as part of the application process for the Glens Falls first-time home buyer's program, said Edward Bartholomew, president of EDC Warren County. Municipal code enforcement officers inspect the home to make sure "it is in reliable" condition, he said. The inspection rule is in response ...

  • Feb 21, 01:31 PM | Perry County Tribune

    Brownfield grant funds provides enviromental assessments to properties around the county

    If Perry County looks a little greener these days, there is good reason. Thanks to a $400,000 U.S. EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant, the County has invested in the environmental assessments of multiple properties in New Lexington, Crooksville, Somerset and Roseville in order to facilitate the expansion of existing businesses or redevelopment of idle properties. "Brownfield properties often ...

  • Feb 21, 12:43 PM | Associated Press

    Showboat owner Blatstein buys land nearby in Atlantic City

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Bart Blatstein, the Philadelphia developer who's been buying up distressed Atlantic City properties and re-opening them, has added three more Boardwalk parcels for about $6 million. Blatstein, who last year reopened the former Showboat casino as a non-gambling hotel, has added land nearby as part of the future development of the site. He bought the Garden Pier across ...

  • Feb 21, 10:42 AM | Arkansas Times (Composite Blogs)

    Another city, another fight over a city-blighting freeway project

    Now the story of a city fighting the damaging impact of an urban freeway expansion project comes from Denver. Colorado is one of many states continuing to grapple with the legacy of the 1956 Federal Aid Highway Act, which laid the map for thousands of miles of interstates. It also sent many highways rolling through black, immigrant and low-income urban communities, saddling people from the ...

  • Feb 21, 10:16 AM | High Point Enterprise

    City takes on housing blight: Tightening of code could help with enforcement

    Feb. 18--HIGH POINT -- City Council members say they want to be more aggressive in tackling housing blight. But how far can they go without imposing financial hardships on homeowners who may be well-intentioned but lack the means to repair their properties? That question hovered over a recent discussion of proposed revisions to the city's minimum housing ordinance by the council's Community ...

  • Feb 21, 10:11 AM | Hamilton Journal News

    Butler County leader travels to D.C. to talk transportation funding

    Feb. 21--Butler County Commissioner T.C. Rogers was among a group of regional leaders who recently met with Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., about the Brent Spence Bridge replacement project. Rogers serves as board president of the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Goverments, the region's transportation planning organization. He and other OKI representatives met with McConnell, the ...

  • Feb 21, 01:17 AM | Midland Daily News

    Members Only Applicants explain how CDBG funds will help low-income Midlanders

    Feb. 20--Eleven applicants seeking federal funding have the same goal for Midland: help its low-income residents. They presented plans to the Midland City Housing Commission this week with the hope to be selected for Community Development Block Grants, afforded annually to communities by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help eliminate blight, bring homes to livable ...

  • Feb 20, 11:45 PM | Winnipeg Free Press

    Members Only Court hearing on city's growth fees rescheduled

    TODAY’S court hearing marking the start of a legal battle over the city’s growth fees will be rescheduled.A 10 a.m. hearing in motions court will be rescheduled to another date.Mike Moore, spokesman for the Manitoba Home Builders Association, confirmed the hearing has been cancelled.“With the consent of all parties, the matter between the MHBA/UDI and the City of Winnipeg has been adjourned to ...

  • Feb 20, 10:04 PM | Morning Call

    Catasauqua wants input on Iron Works plan

    Feb. 20--Council leaders want Catasauqua residents to feel a sense of ownership and investment in the borough's most ambitious development project in decades. Before they shop for a developer for the 12.5-acre Iron Works, officials want a better idea from residents about what should be built on the property. Working with Renew Lehigh Valley, a nonprofit promoting smart growth in the region, ...

  • Feb 20, 09:49 PM | Ledger

    Members Only Lakeland commissioners take step to reduce historic board's power

    Feb. 21--LAKELAND -- Commissioners went one step further than planned Monday as they streamlined building regulations in the Garden District. In addition to removing many of the district-specific building limitations as a way to make development easier in the 70-acre area, they also took a step toward reducing the Historic Preservation Board's influence there by removing a line that preserved ...

  • Feb 20, 09:31 PM | Greeley Tribune

    EDITORIAL: Now is the time to register your opinion with Greeley-Evans Transit about a regional bus route

    Feb. 20--We'd like to add our voice to those asking you to register your thoughts about a regional bus route. Greeley-Evans Transit officials are asking residents what they think about the idea. The potential service area would include Greeley, Evans, Garden City, Windsor and Fort Collins, where need has been identified through several planning studies. There are, of course, plenty of ...

  • Feb 20, 02:34 PM | The Pilot

    Another Bad Plan From the DOT

    Who in his right mind wants to chance a "suicide lane," right? Conversely, what driver wouldn't want to tool along a "superstreet"? But the devils always lie in the details, and the "improvements" the state Department of Transportation has initially proposed for two of Moore County's busiest roads fall far short of "super." Remember, DOT thought U.S. 1 would be better improved a few years ago ...

  • Feb 21, 07:21 AM | Niagara Gazette

    Members of Group Fighting Wind Turbines Speak at State Conference

    Feb. 21--Representatives of Save Ontario Shores met with town leaders from across New York state on Monday to continue their fight against industrial wind turbines. During a presentation Monday afternoon at the Association of Towns of New York meeting in mid-town Manhattan, Pam Atwater, SOS president, spoke to attendees about a statement made by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo during a recent State of ...

  • Feb 20, 05:52 PM | Dallas Morning News

    Members Only Nonprofit Sues Texas Over Fair Housing Act

    Feb. 20--In late October, the Dallas City Council debated an ordinance that would have forced landlords citywide to accept federal housing vouchers. But the discussion could never get beyond one insurmountable hurdle: a Texas law that prohibits cities from passing the very law Dallas was considering. As council member Jennifer Staubach Gates said at the time, if the council voted in favor of ...

  • Feb 20, 02:02 PM | Wilson Daily Times

    Hurricane Matthew Redevelopment Meeting Set

    Feb. 20--Want to Go? The Hurricane Matthew Resilient Redevelopment public planning meeting will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wilson County Agricultural Center, 1806 Goldsboro St. SW. Officials encourage members of the public to attend. State emergency management officials are working with communities affected by Hurricane Matthew including Wilson County for redevelopment plans to ...

  • Feb 20, 08:49 PM | Courier-Tribune

    Asheboro doubles down on code enforcement

    Feb. 21--ASHEBORO -- With the addition of a new staffer, the city's code enforcement staff has doubled. Chuck Garner started work Monday as a city code enforcement officer. Ed Brown, who has been the city's lone code enforcement officer for 10 years, welcomes the help. "When I drive up any street in town," Brown said in a recent interview, "I have no difficulty seeing code violations -- ...

  • Feb 20, 07:21 PM | Grand Rapids Press

    Members Only ‘Transformational’ development bills clear Senate panel

    LANSING — A package of bills that would allow large-scale brownfield redevelopment projects to capture taxes cleared the Senate Economic Development and International Investment Committee on Thursday. The incentive is designed to help really big, or “transformational,” projects all over the state. “When you do projects like this, you watch the level of service inside of the businesses, these ...

  • Feb 20, 01:02 PM | Macon Telegraph

    New downtown parking decks could stimulate development

    Feb. 20--A large-scale downtown Macon development could gain some momentum Tuesday. A Macon-Bibb County Commission resolution would allow the Urban Development Authority to possibly issue up to $20 million in bonds for parking decks that would tie into a proposed $50 million development. Along with the parking decks, the Exchange Block Project calls for a brand name hotel, boutique hotel, ...

  • Feb 20, 05:26 PM | Erie Times-News

    First fruits of Erie's plan for the future to be revealed

    WEB STORY This is an exciting week for Erie because the first concrete results are about to be unveiled since urban planning consultant Charles Buki released his Erie Refocused comprehensive plan in 2016. As Erie Times-News reports described it, Erie City Council will receive and discuss the $15 million first phase of a plan that includes streetscape improvements in the downtown and bayfront, ...

  • Feb 20, 04:07 PM | Saint Paul Pioneer Press

    What can Washington County do about its homeless? A group is convening to find out

    Feb. 20--On the night of Jan. 26, when the temperature dipped to 23 degrees, officials and volunteers fanned out in Washington County to count the number of people who were homeless. The annual event, known as the Point in Time homeless count, takes place nationwide during the last 10 days of January. Once the numbers are tallied, the Washington County Community Development Agency will submit ...

  • Feb 20, 02:49 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Resolution would shift light rail funds to roads, bridges

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Minnesota said Monday they would try to shift federal funding away from a planned light-rail route between Minneapolis and its southwestern suburbs and spend it instead on general road and bridge repair. GOP legislators have long sought to block planning and funding for light-rail projects, saying they put metro-area priorities above rural ...

  • Feb 20, 02:31 PM | Dayton Daily News

    Tax abatements to help fund 1,400-acre Warren County development

    Feb. 20--TURTLECREEK TWP -- The Turtlecreek Twp. Board of Trustees plans to use property taxes from residential and commercial development in the 1,400-acre Union Village development to pay for roads and other infrastructure for the $445 million development. The township sent out letters last week advising the Lebanon City Schools, Warren County and the Warren County Career Center of plans to ...

  • Feb 20, 02:24 PM | Record

    WOOD-RIDGE SET TO APPROVE TAX INCENTIVES FOR HOUSING

    WOOD-RIDGE -- The next phase of Wesmont Station construction, 64 town houses and 15 single-family detached homes, is almost ready to break ground now that the mayor and council are set to approve a redevelopment amendment and tax agreement with Fleet Wood-Ridge, LLC. Wesmont Station is a regional rail station on the NJ Transit Bergen Line, surrounded by a network of town houses and apartments ...

  • Feb 20, 01:38 PM | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Members Only A new art project charts HIV growth in metro Atlanta

    Feb. 20--A new piece of public art in downtown Atlanta is a sign with simple text standing over 7 feet. Its pyramid shape allows cars and pedestrians from every direction to see the same staggering statistic: ATL'S HIV+ 30,162 population The sculpture features marquee-style digits that will be updated weekly to reflect the ever-growing number of HIV-positive people living in metro Atlanta. It ...

  • Feb 20, 11:31 AM | Seattle Times

    U District upzone: Handful of landowners have most to gain

    Feb. 20--By raising maximum building heights across much of the University District, Seattle's proposed upzone of the neighborhood would drive up property values -- making selling and developing land more lucrative. And while there are hundreds of different property owners in the area where the changes would occur, a handful of leading landholders are positioned to benefit the most. ...

  • Feb 20, 11:14 AM | The Examiner

    Members Only Sen. Deb Fischer has a plan to fast-track infrastructure funding

    Legislation mixing infrastructure funding with reform to the regulatory processes needed to approve massive highway projects could be part of the solution to the nation's road improvement needs. Sen. Deb Fischer , R- Neb. , is pushing her Build USA Infrastructure bill, a revamped ...

  • Feb 20, 09:19 AM | Observer-Dispatch

    Utica councilman calls for infrastructure plan

    Feb. 20--UTICA -- It's no secret that some of the city's infrastructure is in need of repair. To address needs such as roads, sewers and parking garages now and into the future, a plan needs to be put in place, said Councilman Mark Williamson, R-at-large. "I've been thinking about everything we've been doing with the budgets over the last three or four years and there's one thing I noticed ...

  • Feb 20, 09:15 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Currituck County considers ban on solar farms

    CURRITUCK, N.C. (AP) — Currituck County officials are considering a ban on solar farms, citing the loss of agricultural land, jobs and wildlife habitat as among the reasons. The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reports (http://bit.ly/2lr5aYD) county commissioners will hold a public hearing Monday on the proposed ban, which the county planning board has recommended. Currituck's planning ...

  • Feb 20, 07:44 AM | Johnson City Press

    Would you like a solar farm in your backyard?

    The Washington Regional County Planning Commission has given the green light to the development of the first solar farm in the area. The 40-acre facility will be built in Jonesborough by the Silicon Ranch Corp. Earlier this month, county planners unanimously approved the rezoning of a tract along Old State Route 34 and Miller Road from a general agriculture district (A-1) to an agriculture ...

  • Feb 20, 07:28 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Efforts underway to hold summer historic Gary walking tours

    GARY, Ind. (AP) — Efforts are underway in Gary to explore the northwest Indiana city's history. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports (http://bit.ly/2lXc98e ) interns with Gary's Department of Redevelopment and Planning are leading fundraising efforts to start walking tours with guides during the summer. They also would like to have an open house when people can take self-guided tours. The ...

  • Feb 20, 04:15 AM | Providence Journal

    I-195 Redevelopment panel calls for plans for temporary food concession

    Feb. 20--PROVIDENCE -- The I-195 Redevelopment District Commission has issued a public call for food operators or others to submit plans for a temporary concession on Parcel 42, the 1-acre plot where New York developer Jason Fane wants to build high-rise towers. Meanwhile, documents the commission has released to The Providence Journal in response to a public-records request show that even ...

  • Feb 20, 04:02 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Legislation aims to help cities clean up brownfield sites

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate is poised to pass legislation that would ease some of the financial burden of cleaning up brownfield sites for redevelopment. Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, introduced the package of bills that he said would help redevelop sites that have sat dormant for many years into mixed-use projects. Brownfield sites cannot be used until environmental ...

  • Feb 20, 02:14 AM | China Daily: US Edition

    Subway lines to link Beijing with cities in Hebei

    Four new subway lines will be built to link Beijing and neighboring Hebei province by 2021, as part of the region's integrated development, Hebei's top economic planner said. The subway lines, together with other means of transportation, will cut the transfer time between the capital and cities in Hebei to less than 1 hour, according to a transportation plan released by the Hebei Development ...

  • Feb 19, 11:37 PM | Houston Chronicle

    Members Only Texas disaster housing idea may get done in Louisiana first

    Feb. 20--GALVESTON -- An idea for quickly rebuilding housing after disasters like Hurricane Ike was born in Texas, but it could be used for the first time in neighboring Louisiana, still reeling from catastrophic flooding last year. Louisiana officials briefed at a recent meeting are enthusiastic about the housing concept, the subject of a 2014 pilot project in the Brownsville area dubbed ...

  • Feb 19, 11:37 PM | Houston Chronicle

    Members Only Metro drawing up long-term Houston regional transit plan

    Feb. 20--A train going from downtown Houston to Galveston. Buses or trains running along Richmond Avenue. Light rail connecting the downtown to either of Houston's two major airports. Choose any Houston freeway, and someone living somewhere along it thinks it is the place where Metropolitan Transit Authority needs to put its next big project. A pending long-term regional transit plan, and ...

  • Feb 19, 04:19 PM | The Press-Sentinel

    State bills offer more coal-ash guidelines

    After a delay to work on the language, three bills in regard to coal ash were presented for consideration in Atlanta this week. Two of those bills were written by State Rep. Jeff Jones, and one was written by State Sen. Bill Ligon, both of Brunswick. Both House bills were cosigned by Rep. Chad Nimmer and Bill Werkheiser, and the Senate bill was co-sponsored by Sen. Blake Tillery. After not ...

  • Feb 19, 09:53 AM | Naples Daily News

    Mining company files lawsuit vs. Bonita over zoning, potential new homes

    Feb. 19--Bonita Grande Mine has filed a lawsuit against Bonita Springs, asking a judge to determine whether the city is living up to its growth plan and an annexation agreement that applies to the mine. The question has ramifications for a proposed subdivision on 1,268 acres that include the mine and could determine whether the mine stays in the city or is annexed back by Lee County. The ...

  • Feb 19, 08:08 AM | The Charleston Gazette

    Members Only Bills aim to increase tax credits for rehabbing historic structures

    Feb. 19--A bill under consideration during this year's Legislative session would take a meaningful step in spurring millions of dollars in private investment among West Virginia's towns, proponents say. The one-page bill makes a small, but meaningful change to the state's Historic Tax Rehabilitation Credit by raising it from 10 percent to 25 percent. The result? A greater incentive for ...

  • Feb 19, 07:11 AM | Blade

    Cities reap benefits of bus hubs

    Feb. 19--Making bus transfers safer and more pleasant for passengers is the main benefit regional cities cite when building new central transit stations in their downtowns, but they are not the only ones. Transit agencies in Akron, Dayton, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, and several other cities said their downtown bus hubs also offer passenger amenities previously unavailable, particularly ...

  • Feb 19, 05:01 AM | Detroit Free Press

    Could Detroit soon have too many new apartments?

    Feb. 19--After several years of apartment scarcity in and around downtown Detroit, supply is starting to catch up with demand, prompting some building owners to offer rent deals and to shorten waiting lists. Hundreds of new market-rate rentals have opened in the city's downtown and Midtown since last fall with hundreds more planned to open this spring. Until recently, hunting for apartments in ...

  • Feb 19, 04:18 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only Developers lament slog for approval

    Rarely does a San Francisco housing development receive the kind of love that 1028 Market St. got when it breezed through the Planning Commission with unanimous approval late last month. Artists spoke in favor of it. So did leaders of the Tenderloin's transgender community, affordable housing builders, environmentalists and youth workers. Even Zach Sharpe, a stand-up bass player with the ...

  • Feb 19, 02:44 AM | Press of Atlantic City

    How much are homes selling for near you? How much are homes selling for near you?

    Real estate transactions Transactions are from county property records. Settlement dates are listed; deed filings may be delayed. Location may reflect address of seller rather than property sold. If your property is incorrectly listed, call 609-272-7253. Atlantic County ABSECON 818 Seaside Ave, Fannie Mae to Reynosa Jeison; 12/12/16. $143,900 205 Keefer Ave, Munyeneh Alonzo N Sr to Murillo ...

  • 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 ...