August 2021

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Rochester Street Café, the parklet policy to review

Rochester City Council will discuss a potential policy outlining when and where patios can extend onto the street, for both private business and public use.

“I think the pandemic and the use of the streets for outdoor seating has helped us see what kind of atmosphere we can create if we work more in that direction,” said Molly Patterson-Lungren, coordinator of the preservation of the city’s heritage and urban development.

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city implemented a temporary program allowing bars and restaurants to expand outdoor seating to meet operating requirements established by the state. The program has been extended until October of this year.

The new proposal will ask city council if they want to expand the practice and establish more defined parameters, including requiring extended patios in parking lots to have floors built at sidewalk level to ensure a smooth transition.

While no fee is expected for Monday’s review, the report to council suggests setting a cost for businesses that wish to have dedicated patios that will occupy parking spaces.

Sidewalk decks are subject to permit fees, but Will Forsman, owner of Cafe Steam, said the costs of using parking spaces have been high in the past.

“They are very expensive to rent even for a month,” he said, acknowledging that the city had to recoup some of the lost parking fees.

Matt Monsoor, of La Crosse, performs on the downtown terrace of Cafe Steam on Saturday, July 24, 2021 in Rochester.  (Joe Ahlquist /

Matt Monsoor, of La Crosse, performs on the downtown terrace of Cafe Steam on Saturday, July 24, 2021 in Rochester. (Joe Ahlquist / [email protected])

At the same time, he said the past two months have shown the benefits of downtown spaces when businesses can set them up without heavy expense.

Raelynn Chase, chief executive of Potbelly, also said the price could determine whether additional outdoor seating goes to the First Avenue Southwest restaurant.

“It would depend on what kind of cost we are looking at,” she said.

The city’s proposal offers the possibility of creating public spaces on the street at no additional cost, but the site would have to be public, which means that the sponsoring company or organization would not have exclusive rights to the space.

Holly Masek, executive director of the Rochester Downtown Alliance, said the organization, along with Destination Medical Center, had already started adding new downtown seating options, Peace Plaza chairs and tables to the new benches. in the redevelopment of the heart of the city.

She said it was part of an ongoing effort to make the downtown area more attractive to residents, downtown workers and visiting patients.

“I just think it adds so much for the community,” she said.

The city council will discuss the proposed program at its meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the council chamber of the city-county government center, 151 Fourth St. SE. The in-person meeting will have a limited number of seats due to distance requirements, but it will also be webcast online at and will be available on the Spectrum 180 or 188 cable channel and the Metronet 80 channel.


Meetings scheduled for the week of August 30 include:


• Study session of the City Council, 3:30 p.m. on Monday. The meeting will be webcast live at and will be available on cable channel Spectrum 180 or 188 and Metronet channel 80.

• City Council, Monday at 6 pm in the City Council Chamber of the City-County Government Center. The meeting will be webcast live at and will be available on cable channel Spectrum 180 or 188 and Metronet channel 80.

• Régie des services publics, Tuesday 4 pm. The meeting will be webcast live on

• Council on Ethical Practices, Wednesday at 10 am. Login information is available at Video of the meeting will be posted the next day.

• Police Public Service Commission, Thursday at 3 pm. Access information for the online meeting is available at

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The historic Newburgh fireworks display will take place on September 4

Usually when we think of fireworks we think of July 4th, but the city of Newburgh has decided to do things a little differently. They recently made the decision to move the annual fireworks display from July 4 to Labor Day weekend. The town of Newburgh cited the unpredictable levels of the river in July as the reason they decided to stop participating in the 4th of July fireworks show and relocate it instead on the holiday weekend. work.

And if you haven’t kept the dates, Labor Day weekend is approaching! It will be here next weekend of September 3-6. If you are looking for something fun to do, the historic Newburgh fireworks display and a night out in the park are definitely an event you should not miss. Here’s what the Facebook event page says about the upcoming fireworks display:

Come and celebrate the end of summer with us on Labour Dar weekend. There will be plenty of food trucks, a beer garden and an Old Dam Band community concert.

The list of food trucks will be published in August.

If you’re coming from out of town, we want to make sure you get to the right place for this year’s festivities! The fireworks are located at the OLD Lock & Dam Park on the riverside in downtown Newburgh.

There will be NO shuttles departing from Newburgh Elementary School or Sharon Elementary School this year.

Park in town and take your time and enjoy the beautiful walk along the river!

Parking suggestions: Street parking, City of Newburgh public parking lots, Newburgh Elementary School, People’s Bank on State Street, Zion UCC (they accept donations to park there)

4:00 p.m. Evening in the park begins at Old Lock & Dam Park
6:00 p.m. Old Dam Band Concert at the Allen Family Amphitheater
7:00 p.m. Proclamations, flag raising and national anthem
8:00 p.m. Fireworks

If you missed watching the fireworks light up the night sky then you will definitely want to make a plan to watch the Newburgh fireworks, they still put on such a good show, and I know this year won’t be different !

WATCH: Here are the pets banned in every state

Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to the states, some organizations, including the Humane Society of the United States, advocate standardized federal legislation that would prohibit owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets. company.

Read on to see which animals are banned in your home country, as well as across the country.

WATCH: This is the richest city in every state

Just saying the names of these towns immediately conjures up images of grand mansions, fancy cars, and fancy restaurants. Read on to see which city in your home state received the title of richest location and which place had the highest median income in the country. Who knows, your hometown might even be on this list.

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Porsche Taycan EV will now park thanks to new updates

The Porsche Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo have undergone significant changes in terms of range, connectivity and colors. These upgrades include the integration of Android Auto into the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system and the availability of Remote Park Assist for the first time on the Taycan.

Porsche has now equipped its first fully electric Taycan model with a new optional assistance system whereby a user can control the parking of the electric vehicle using a smartphone, which can be done without the presence of the driver. driving. With this, the system will automatically detect parking spaces and measure them using the vehicle’s ultrasonic sensors and camera systems. If there is enough space, the user can start the parking process via the Porsche Connect app and then exit the electric vehicle. The driver can continuously monitor the parking process by pressing and holding a button on the smartphone app interface. The Remote Park Assist function will then take the wheel and also control the forward and reverse movements of the electric car. If the user releases the button, the Taycan EV will immediately stop the parking maneuver.

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The luxury automaker has also introduced the Paint to Sample and Paint to Sample Plus options where potential customers can paint their Taycan electric vehicles to their choice of color, making it more personalized. These colors can range from classic ’90s ruby ​​red to bright acid green, Porsche explains. The automaker also indicates that the new Taycan model year will not be homologated separately and therefore there will be no new WLTP range values. However, the actual reach of the latest versions will be greater in everyday use. The company has incorporated many technological developments to achieve this feat.

The popular EV will also now come with improved thermal management and charging functions. With the Turbo Charging Planner, the high-voltage battery can now be heated to a slightly higher temperature than before, informs Porsche. This means that one can charge the VE quickly and also at a higher charge level. In addition, the waste heat from the electrical components will be used more for regulating the temperature of the battery.

(Also read | Porsche Sells 19,822 Taycan Electric Vehicles Worldwide; Says Tied With Porsche 911 Sports Car)

Taycan Model Line Vice President Kevin Giek shares that these new updates will only make Taycan more popular among customers. “Our all-electric Taycan line is growing and thriving. The new Cross Turismo, which was added to the lineup in the spring, is proving extremely popular with our customers, as demonstrated by the excellent number of orders recorded for it, ”he adds.

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Letters to the Readers: Free Parking in Hospitals Too Often Abused

Raigmore Hospital is used as long-term free parking by vacationers, according to the reader (Photo: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images)

Often after more than two hours of driving to the hospital in the Highland Capital I could not find a parking space in the free parking lot and had to park in town and then take the bus. I spoke to one of my advisers, who told me that one day she saw people in the parking lot emptying luggage from their trunk and then putting their suitcases in a waiting car, which then had to go to Inverness airport or train station. Free parking for the duration of the holidays. I have also heard that the hospital parking lot is often used as a relay parking lot by people going to the city center.

There has to be a way to prioritize spaces for real patients, especially those who have walked long distances. Otherwise, report the parking fee, it would help to some extent.

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Douglas S Bruce, Penicuik, Midlothian

Yesterday Scotsman reports on the latest piece of our not-so-great education system, an attempt to push political views onto our most vulnerable, children, via a tired and overwhelmed teaching workforce.

The anti-racism education plan is another catch-all of incompetent nonsense. Presenting “white privilege” in classrooms as an undisputed fact has been rightly denounced by Kemi Badenoch, the UK government’s Equality Minister. Lindsay Paterson, professor of educational policy at the University of Edinburgh, said that if the courses were based on “surprisingly one-sided” guidelines, they would be “totally inadequate in a liberal society”.

One of the ridiculous questions of the “test” is “if my day is going badly, I wonder if the negative episodes had racial overtones”. It seems to me that someone has too much free time and is probably being paid a small fortune to invent this nonsense. Any government that begins to mess with our education system needs to be scrutinized.

Five years ago, the Supreme Court, in ruling on the empty can, kicked the way the “appointees” bill was, declared that “the first thing a Totalitarian regime is trying to do is prey on children, keep them away from the subversive, various influences of their families, and indoctrinate them into their leaders’ worldview.

With that in mind, when the document states that teachers should recognize that race is “a system that serves to enable capitalism and the current world order,” I think the alarm bells should ring loud and clear.

The EIS, led by Larry Flanagan, supported this garbage. What else can one expect from a union which is making policy with the Scottish Government without the consent of its members and would rather have children stay at home staring at a computer rather than find out what the Scottish government really is? education, daily interaction with fellow students and face to face-to-face learning with professional teachers.

Is there no end to what this government will do to shape the nation in its image?

David Millar, Lauder, Berwickshire

Conor Matchett (August 27) is right in his analysis of Nicola Sturgeon’s predicament – trying to keep fanatic members on board without scaring swing voters. For years, she has dangled the carrot of independence to hardened nationalists while declaring, to appease the less enthusiastic, that a vote for the SNP is not a vote for independence. This quickly changed to “the people have spoken and want an independence referendum” once the votes are counted.

There are only a limited number of times the Prime Minister can do this before one side, if not both, gets wise and sees them as fools. Joining the Green Party will make no difference no matter what she says.

Another referendum, especially now after the impact of Covid, would result in a taxi calling for her as it did for her predecessor seven years ago. I don’t care if it’s a hybrid or a fully electric vehicle, as long as it takes it away from Bute House forever.

I’m surely not the only one asking the president of Holyrood to make a quick and effective decision as president (not as a green MSP) to take away the right of the Green Party to ask questions of the prime minister at the FMQ.

By entering into a coalition with the SNP government – and a coalition, although denied it is most certainly the case – suppresses the Green Party as the official opposition party. It would be highly inappropriate for one of the two subordinate ministers to have the opportunity and the right to ask questions of a government in which they sit. Alison Johnstone, as president, must demonstrate her “independence” from the party she supports and act accordingly with immediate effect.

Richard Allison, Edinburgh

On the day Scotland recorded its highest number of Covid cases, the SNP Transport Minister announced seven more countries from which people could travel to Scotland without quarantine. This suggests that we are repeating the same mistakes over and over again. As we head towards 11,000 deaths, the Scottish government must act now.

David Watson, Leith, Edinburgh

I think Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater should be in charge of the SNP / Scottish Government Consulate in Beijing, China as part of her new portfolio of Deputy Minister responsibilities. Lorna’s policy is quite similar to that of the Chinese Communist Party, so she should fit well into the Chinese state.

I am confident that given that we are in a Code Red climate emergency, helping the Chinese to conduct a climate compatibility assessment on the impact of China’s planned construction of 43 new power plants in China. coal would be much more beneficial to the planet than carrying out a climate compatibility study on the modernization of the A96 in the Highlands of Scotland.

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Anti-racism education will be ‘mainstreamed’ into school life in Scotland

I was reprimanded by Clark Cross for not paying attention to the remarks he made in his previous letter (Letters, August 26). I should sit at the back of the class, but not before I appeal to those who are concerned about the future of planet Earth. Human sources of carbon dioxide emissions have grown steadily since the industrial revolution. The increasing rate of deforestation and the burning of oil, coal and gas are the main causes of this increase.

The only sure thing that will save our planet from our ineptitude and selfishness is our extinction. We have proven ourselves to be poor stewards of once pristine environments across the world, and our sense of superiority over all other species is likely to be our downfall. We cannot exist in splendid isolation – we are part of the cycle of life.

We are a very intelligent species, but we haven’t always used our cognitive abilities to good effect, humanly or even for our own benefit. If we were judged here, watched by a cynical supernatural being, I doubt we would get a pass on the demands that give us the right to stay.

How can we boast of our superior intelligence when we rob the only house we have to live on? If we continue on our current course, we will reach the point of no return – and no amount of wailing will change our destiny. It only remains for us to hope that we will heed the warnings that nature is sending us more and more.

To survive global warming, Professor Stuart Haszeldine lists several techniques (“Scotland can lead the way with carbon storage”, Perspective, 25 August). However, it fails to mention nuclear power, the only ingredient needed to provide reliable, greenhouse gas-free baseload electricity. Scotland will not lead the way without this ingredient, which the Scottish government will stupidly let go in a few years. Greater energy efficiency is not a guaranteed way to reduce demand either. Studies have shown that such a measure can lead to increased demand as users find energy cheaper. As for carbon capture and storage, we have not yet seen a demonstration. I don’t expect this to be a practical solution. Regardless of such attempts, global warming will continue unabated until the world realizes that drastic geoengineering is needed.

Steuart Campbell, Edinburgh

In any debate about Scotland’s future position, it is important that the facts are not ignored and that the propaganda is put in their place. A fable that is regularly recycled by many who desperately want to break up the UK is that Scotland, with an incredible stroke of luck, would start ‘with a clean slate’ and the UK would take all the debt and pay it off. pensions from a new Scottish state.

The truth is less attractive. If Scotland separated, she would not have the pound. There would be no Scottish contribution on interest rates and there would be no bank of last resort to help us as happened during the Covid crisis. The new state would also have to take on a very large debt. Scottish independence supporters like Leah Gunn Barrett (Letters, August 26) claim that if Scotland dismantled the UK it would bear no part of the UK national debt and that ‘the UK inherits all treaty obligations, including debt ”. The government’s correct position was stated unequivocally: “… the respective shares of the debt and the terms of repayment would be subject to negotiation.” “

Andrew HN Gray, Edinburgh

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BMW dealer parks plan to pave nearby forest

After months of retreating from the community, an Ottawa car dealership parked its expansion project in a nearby forest.

Otto’s BMW had requested to extend its parking lot to approximately 1.57 hectares of nearby forest at 400 Hunt Club Rd. Because the dealership was facing space issues and needed more space to store and park cars.

The concessionaire has now voluntarily withdrawn its zoning by-law change request, which was due to be presented to Ottawa city council on September 9, and the request is temporarily on hold while the company evaluates other options.

Com. Riley Brockington, whose neighborhood includes the dealership and the nearby Hunt Club Forest, says he’s grateful the plan has been cut short.

“I think you could have had a solution and not created this significant tension and conflict during a pandemic,” said Brockington, who has been in talks with Otto’s since their request was made public in June.

Locals protested, petitioned and posted signs opposing the paving of the Hunt Club Forest. (Christophe Elie / Facebook)

“Struck in people’s hearts”

He says other options have been on the table for a few months and are now being seriously considered.

“When I met them, I made it clear that there were city plots nearby. There are other private plots in the vicinity which would meet their needs and which would not require the cutting down trees for this purpose, ”he said. .

“I see public opposition all the time, but this time it was different. It really hit people’s hearts how offensive it would have been if it had happened.”

Community members organized protests, created online petitions and posted signs in the Hunt Club forest advocating for the saving of trees.

In an email, a spokesperson for the dealership says Otto’s is committed to taking appropriate action with respect to community and environmental processes, and that they are exploring all available options.

The original plan would have seen over a hectare of trees cut down for parking. (Carolyn Marie Evers / Facebook)

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Peterborough Civic Society comments on Northminster plans

Northminster’s potential new development is “dominant,” the Peterborough Civic Society said.

And the group, which seeks to safeguard Peterborough’s heritage, says removing the market would harm “vitally important aspects of downtown planning and regeneration.”

He said the plan should be refused on a number of grounds, including a lack of parking for potential residents and no mention of the future of the market, unlike LP6 in the local plan.

A town planning application was submitted to council last month by the Peterborough Investment Partnership (PIP), after consultation, to demolish the town’s market and build 335 residential units.

There will also be two commercial units on the ground floor and a one-story catering pavilion, parking space and, if approved, the amount of free and open public space would increase by 65%.

But the plan, which will be 12 stories tall at its highest point, is viewed as controversial by market traders, nearby residents and some readers of Peterborough Matters.

In a response submitted by the company to the plans, Peterborough Civic Society spokesperson Kem Mehmed said: “An above ground parking lot has been opened (100 spaces) but the overall loss of around 650 spaces and the units Retail sales have significantly reduced pedestrian activity here and damaged the vitality of the Northminster area.

“The permanent removal of the market would exacerbate this situation, and if the market were closed before a replacement site was operational, a significant blow to the viability and vitality of the city center would be likely to be suffered.”

Another concern was the “dominant scale” of the proposal compared to neighboring buildings, and “even Bayard Place and the ABC (embassy) cinema are overshadowed by it,” Mehmed said.

“The volume of the building is of particular concern. Not only is it taller than any other building nearby and seven stories taller than the recommended maximum, but it stretches 100 meters north to south and 60 meters east to Where is.”

The nearly 40m tall building is said to be 10 meters taller than the roof of the cathedral nave, although the response indicates that the council “chose to dismiss this concern when it decided to approve the block of eight floors of the Solstice, which is a real pushover compared to this one. “.

The company has calculated that the site could be about twice as dense as the four residential blocks at Fletton Quays.

And he said he envisions problems for those wishing to park to watch events at the New Theater if a show sells out, now that the 750-seat multi-story parking lot has been removed and temporarily replaced.

Mr Mehmed said: “The proposed 50-space parking lot is for development residents and their visitors. At an occupancy rate of, say, two people per apartment, which equates to 670 people, the vast majority of whom are will be adults.

“It is not credible that 50 places are enough, and we must assume that dozens, even a few hundred, will look for a place to park a car not too far away.

“All residential conversions near offices to apartments and the approved Solstice program include a generous on-site parking offer. The closest public parking lots to the site are at Brook Street and New Road, which together have 285 spaces. In a recent survey, the average number of vacancies turned out to be four. ”

Howard Bright, Senior Director of Development at PIP, said at the time: “We see the redevelopment of Northminster as a fantastic opportunity to bring a new identity to this part of the city. Our ambition is to provide high quality housing, as well as improved public space and more green space that the community can enjoy in this part of downtown.

“Following our public consultation, all comments provided were taken into account in finalizing our plans. We understand the concerns of the local community regarding the future of the City of Peterborough market and have forwarded any specific inquiries to Peterborough City Council for response.

“The other main point of feedback was about the height of the building. After careful consideration, we have reduced the proposed number of residential units from about 355 to about 330, reducing the east wing by two storeys from the 12 storeys originally proposed.

“We are delighted to have taken another step forward in the project, having submitted our planning application on Friday July 23, 2021. We look forward to continuing to work with Peterborough City Council and expect the proposal be submitted to the committee later this year.

Few people dispute the fact that the neighborhood is now quite run down and seen as a key part of downtown revitalization.

Last week the Solstice – which received the building permit for demolition – re-applied for its permit which will come into effect in September, while in addition Coyotes and 2020 World Buffet will soon be joined on New Road by a nightclub by the name of Rhythm Rooms.

But Peterborough MP Paul Bristow wants more progress and yesterday shared details of a letter he wrote to Deputy Local Government Minister Luke Hall to raise the issue of funding.

The letter says: “As you know, your department has taken a program-by-program approach to providing an affordable housing subsidy to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, following some concerns about the housing program.

“I am concerned about the proposed Northminster regeneration plan. This historic part of Peterborough is in urgent need of regeneration and investment. I have met with Peterborough City Council Chief Cllr Wayne Fitzgerald on this issue and he shares my impatience to get the ball rolling with this proposal.

“The development offers the opportunity to provide affordable housing on site for young professionals, key workers and low-income people. My constituents deserve this housing opportunity, which government funding can make possible. The CPCA has asked £ 14million for Arangez to make this happen.

“The Northminster redevelopment is being proposed by Peterborough City Council. The head of the council is also committed to securing a new future and a new location for the city’s market.

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$ 4 million land deal marks start of Sauer industrial center

A conceptual rendering of one of the industrial buildings planned for the first phase of the Sauer Industrial Center. (BizSense File Images)

A massive new industrial park near Richmond International Airport is one more step towards a seven-figure land deal.

Becknell Industrial has paid $ 4.26 million for 83 acres which make up the bulk of the planned first phase of the Sauer Industrial Center, a 450-acre site just south of the RIC that local developer Sauer Properties plans to eventually fill with. 3.3 million square feet of class A industrial buildings. Space.

Sauer Properties was the seller of the larger of the two parcels involved in the transaction: a 75-acre parcel that was sold on July 22. Although part of the same transaction, an adjacent 3-acre parcel owned by Gerald and Patricia Merridew was recorded as having sold August 2, according to Henrico County property records. The two plots occupy the northeast corner of the Airport Drive-Pocahontas Parkway interchange.

While these parcels are about 5 acres less than the total amount of land Becknell purchased, Ashley Peace, president of Sauer Properties, attributed the difference to the tax-free right of way that was ceded as part of the OK.

The online property records did not include recent appraisal data for the 75-acre parcel.

A map of the Sauer industrial center site, oriented with the right side to the north.

Becknell’s purchase does not include three additional plots that make up the remainder of the Phase 1 site. Peace said Sauer Properties, which still owns those plots, will develop them itself.

The purchase paves the way for Becknell to begin construction of two warehouses totaling approximately 726,000 square feet, according to the company. The Indiana-based developer has already filed plans with Henryrico that called for a larger footprint, with around 100,000 square feet more.

The largest building will now total nearly 446,700 square feet and will be a transshipment facility. The other building, a rear-loading configuration, will total approximately 279,300 square feet.

Becknell is targeting completion of the two buildings in May 2022. He is working with investment manager Ares Management on the project, which will include on-site car and trailer parking and construction features such as sprinkler systems. rapid response to early suppression and LED lighting with motion detectors. .

Peace said Becknell rented one of the buildings and sent it back to Becknell for user confirmation. A call to a spokeswoman for Becknell was not returned on Friday.

Elevation renderings of the proposed first phase of buildings.

The buildings are kicking off what is slated to be a multi-phased development, with Sauer Properties developing two subsequent phases that would fill the Sauer-controlled land on the west side of Airport Drive to Laburnum Avenue.

Peace said the company is finalizing a conceptual layout for the rest of the industrial center site. She said efforts to market these facilities to potential users could begin in a few weeks.

A regular in the area, Becknell developed the nearby airport distribution center just west of the Sauer industrial center site. Earlier this year, she sold four properties there, along with another at 8750 Park Central Drive, in northern Henrico, to New York-based Raith Capital Partners for $ 65 million.

Becknell has also signed on to develop a 1.1 million square foot distribution center for Lowe’s Home Improvement in Hanover County.

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The city center sees development migrate to its east; the Catalyst Campus plans major expansion | New

Started barely six years ago, the Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation is jam-packed, triggering an ambitious expansion plan that will cost $ 68 million for infrastructure and redesign of part of the downtown area.

While the American Olympic and Paralympic Museum and Weidner Field sprang up in the southwestern part of downtown, and bars and restaurants lined Tejon Street with apartments popping up all over the heart of the city , not much happened on the east side of the heart.

But this sector could soon take off with hundreds of apartments under construction or in the pipeline, a parking lot under construction and plans taking shape for vacant housing. Gazette building and the former Saint-François hospital.

Now, a proposal from the Catalyst Campus, located in the historic Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe rail depot and related buildings, will further strengthen the east and southeast sides of downtown, said its founder Kevin O’Neil.

Owner of The O’Neil Group Co., O’Neil is an entrepreneur with interests in residential and commercial real estate development and aerospace and cyberspace technology. He also says he is trying to integrate a community development component into his projects, and the Campus Catalyst expansion will do just that.

“We are a community builder instead of a developer,” O’Neil tells the India. “We are trying to improve and clean up the neighborhood. We see a lot of transient behavior there.

The city council was to be informed on August 23, the day the India went to press, but City Council Chairman Tom Strand is excited about the project, and Councilor Bill Murray says via email: “This proposal could help the city expand its technological footprint, which is still weak by compared to most cities.

Catalyst Campus features program areas, executive offices, research and development facilities and meeting spaces. These include the Catalyst Space Accelerator, sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directorate of Space Vehicles, which promotes commercially augmented technological progress. It has hosted nearly 50 companies around the world and secured more than $ 48 million in follow-up funding from government and private investors. Another is Space CAMP, a software factory focused on the development and deployment of Space Force mission applications for the fighter.

Nestled at the confluence of Pikes Peak and Colorado Avenues on the east side of downtown, the campus has gradually overtaken its facilities, leading O’Neil to propose the creation of two metropolitan districts and a business improvement district. totaling 15 acres.

If approved, the Catalyst BID would be one of the city’s 16 business improvement districts; two more are awaiting approval, according to city records. The city has about 46 metropolitan districts and approvals for 16 more are pending.

Catalyst Districts would tax up to 50 vintages on property tax bills to fund expansion and 10 mills for operations and administration. Districts could also adopt a public improvement charge, which is essentially a sales tax.

O’Neil plans to add executive office suites, research and development labs, residential units and, perhaps, a parking garage, increasing the footprint from 220,000 to 1 million square feet.

The work includes upgrading utilities and high-speed fiber to the east side of downtown, an initiative that would benefit surrounding properties, he said, as well as the continuation of the Legacy Loop public trail.

O’Neil said former President Donald Trump’s decision to locate the headquarters of the new space force at Peterson Air Force Base in Huntsville, Ala. – a decision contested by businessmen and local officials – did not will not hinder the development of the aerospace contingent in Colorado. Springs, and the Catalyst Campus plays a key role in this regard.

“We see new programs evolving every day,” he says. “You can’t all go to Huntsville when we’re the space capital. We have the industrial base. With the current workforce working under Space Force that would be redirected to Huntsville, we believe 75 percent of those employees will not be leaving Colorado Springs. We’re fine anyway.

It is because the demand is so great. “We are full and our request is to build something new for customers here and others who want to settle here. “

While the proposal asks for permission to issue up to $ 90 million in bonds to fund the project, it estimates the actual cost to be around $ 68 million. O’Neil says that, assuming Council approves the service plan and the creation of the districts in mid-September, he hopes to market the bonds in November and begin construction next year. (O’Neil admitted he would buy some, if not all of the bonds, although he expected other investors to step in.)

The districts would cut a strip through the old rail yard and stretch from Colorado and Pikes Peak Avenues in the north to Costilla Street in the south, and from Wahsatch Avenue in the west to Shooks Run in the east. It wouldn’t immediately integrate into the adjacent Transit Mix site, although O’Neil says he’s working on buying it. O’Neil’s project would lead to the old Gazette St. Francis Building and Hospital, which are located in the 23-acre GSF Business Improvement District and GSF Metropolitan Districts 1 and 2, controlled by Norwood Development Group.

These three districts plan to issue up to $ 100 million in debt to fund utilities, two parking garages, improved drainage, parks, streetscapes, landscaping and public art. . The redevelopment would bring in townhouses, apartments, a hotel, retail and office space and other commercial uses. Districts have formed and an election is slated for this fall to exempt BID income caps imposed by the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

Chairman of the Strand Board says the formation of subways and business districts has been an effective tool across the state, in terms of funding, as they create a source of income that allows development to be self-financing.

He notes that the Catalyst campus is “exploding,” so an expansion makes sense and would provide space for defense contractors and create jobs for local college graduates with technical degrees.

UCCS and Pikes Peak Community College recently adopted programs to nurture graduates of the high-tech and aerospace industries, and on August 20, the US Space Force and the University of Colorado announced a new partnership program.

City Councilor Murray said that regardless of the location of the Space Force, O’Neil’s plans could help the city expand its technological profile while, combined with Norwood’s plans, “help anchor that side.” from the city “.

But the project won’t necessarily solve the city-wide lack of cheap broadband, which has made the city a “postal mail destination,” says Murray. That said, he is in favor of the creation of neighborhoods.

Strand says the project and other new developments will force the city to further study its ability to provide municipal services, from transit to police protection.

“In terms of public safety, I am concerned about the Colorado Springs Police Department as we are about 100 less sworn officers than we need,” he says, adding that 80 recruits will be starting an academy this month. this.

“It’s going to create more demand, more businesses, more people, more business, and I’m very worried about that,” he says. While the fire department is “well positioned” in the city center, Strand questions transportation, from the suitability of roads to public transit.

“That’s a good question,” he said. “We’ll have to look at this. ”

From the City of Champions The sightseeing package has started to take hold in recent years, bringing the Olympic and Paralympic Museum to the southwest side, along with Colorado College’s nearly completed football stadium and Robson Arena, the downtown area has seen a boom.

Several new tax districts have been created, particularly near the museum, to finance offices and apartments in height. The city renovated Vermijo Avenue to encourage pedestrian traffic, and the city recently won a $ 1.6 million grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation that is intended for Phase 1 of a project to beautify the street. Tejon Street from Colorado Avenue to Boulder Street. The first phase will focus on two blocks going from Colorado to Kiowa.

Despite the closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants have opened, bars are buzzing and apartments are growing like weed. Multi-story apartment buildings have been built or are underway throughout the city center, bringing thousands of units to what was once a housing shortage, despite the Citywalk built in 1962 at 417 E. Kiowa St .

333 ECO Apartments in Colorado and Wahsatch have opened in the past two years, while Pikes Peak Plaza Apartments are under construction on three acres at the northwest corner of Prospect Street and Pikes Peak Avenue, including a multi-story parking lot. .

Now, O’Neil’s plans will advance development in this neighborhood.

“We have been following the plans of the O’Neil Group company closely for a long time,” Downtown Partnership CEO Susan Edmondson said via email.

“With O’Neil Group, it’s a win-win because not only are existing properties going to be improved and new spaces built, but with it all comes a highly talented workforce – high paying jobs and growing businesses. growth. This is an incredible opportunity for Downtown, ”she said.

Edmondson adds that his agency planned the transformation a few years ago, thanks to O’Neil’s investment. She says some 1,500 apartments in the downtown southeast quadrant – all east of Nevada Avenue – have recently been completed, under construction, or about to open. She estimates that 3,000 units are completed, under construction or under construction next year across the city center.

Greg Dingrando, public information officer for the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, said at least 1,000 apartments have been built or licensed since 2016.

“What we see now is the east side of Colorado Springs [Downtown] becomes the cool place, ”says O’Neil. “The number of vertical apartments is more than anywhere else in the city center. The [Catalyst Campus] is doing its part to bring that economy, those jobs and the quality of the streets there. If you go there and see what we’ve been up to over the past five years, you would be amazed.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following information is gathered from the Marquette City Police Department dispatch logs recorded at the time the calls were received. The reported incidents may have turned out to be unfounded once the police investigated. Some log entries may be edited or omitted due to space constraints.

August 4

≤ 2:43 am, alarm, the building was secure, 1900 Industrial Parkway block

≤ 4:39 am, property inspection, block 2300, county road 550

≤ 7:14 a.m., public peace, harassment complaint, 900 blocks from rue Wilson

≤ 7:28 a.m., parking, parking complaint, 500 North Third Street block

8:55 a.m., assistance, block 500, boulevard North Lakeshore

≤ 9:08 a.m., parking, parking complaint, 400 block Oak Street

≤ 9:27 a.m., newspaper entry, 300 West Baraga Avenue block

≤ 9:35 a.m., animal control, animal complaint, block 2100, avenue Presque Isle

≤ 9:50 am, general, fingerprints, 300 block West Baraga Avenue

≤ 11:44 am, general, fingerprint, 300 block West Baraga Avenue

≤ 1:29 p.m., property inspection, Peter White Drive

1:52 p.m., traffic control, Seventh Street near Spring Street

≤ 2:36 p.m., property inspection, block 200, boulevard North Lakeshore

≤ 3 p.m., assistance, vehicle lock, 200 block West Washington Street

≤ 3:05 p.m., assistance, vehicle lock, 300 West Fair Avenue block

≤ 3:18 p.m. South Beach parking complaint 800 block South Lake Street

≤ 3:45 p.m., parking complaint at Sunset Point, Peter White Drive

5:05 p.m., animal control, dog welfare control in a vehicle, controlled area, departed on arrival, Peter White Drive

≤ 5:25 p.m., suspect, vehicle parked near skate park, questioned about orders banning camping in parks, 1400 Pine Street block

≤ 5:51 p.m., parking, parking complaint, Sheridan Street near Jefferson Street

≤ 5:54 p.m., property inspection, block 700, boulevard Lakeshore

≤ 6:05 p.m., mental, South Seventh Street near West Spring Street

≤ 6:39 p.m., theft complaint, 1000 block West Washington Street

≤ 6:55 p.m., unlawful removal of an automobile, 900 Garfield Avenue block

≤ 7:01 p.m., non-road accident, hit-and-run accident on private property, block 400 South Lakeshore Boulevard

≤ 7:08 p.m., Michigan Public Health Code violation, discovery of marijuana, turned over to agent for destruction, 1100 West Washington Street block

≤ 7:19 p.m., theft complaint, 900 Wright Street block

≤ 7:23 p.m., fire accident, firefighters assisted on a vehicle fire, 2200 block Fitch Avenue

≤ 8:10 p.m., non-road accident, private property accident, Peter White Drive

≤ 8:12 p.m., property inspection, block 2100, avenue du Pain de Sucre

≤ 8:15 p.m., parking complaint, 400 block West Spring Street

≤ 8:25 p.m., traffic control, 200 block South Seventh Street

≤ 8:31 p.m., suspect, subject in the bushes, moved, 2100 block Wilkinson Avenue

≤ 9:50 p.m., public peace, appellant reports subject walking down street screaming and swearing, subject upset while working on lawn mower, 500 block West Baraga Avenue

10 p.m. Property inspection, County Road 550 near Powder Mill Road

≤ 10:02 p.m., property inspection, 400 block Coast Guard Road

≤ 10:12 p.m., property inspection, 800 Hawley Street block

≤ 10:30 p.m., property inspection, block 2100, avenue du Pain de Sucre

≤ 11:18 p.m., Property Inspection, 800 Block South Lake Street

≤ 11:56 p.m., property inspection, block 2100, avenue du Pain de Sucre

≤ 11:57 p.m., property inspection, 800 Hawley Street block

≤ 11:58 p.m., property inspection, block 2300, county road 550

5 August

≤ 12:37 am, property inspection, 100 block West Baraga Avenue

≤ 12:38 am, property inspection, liquor inspection, 100 block West Baraga Avenue

12:59 am, disorderly driving, intoxicated subject, 1300 North Third Street block

≤ 2:42 am, property inspection, 200 block North Lakeshore Boulevard

≤ 3 hrs, property inspection, County Road 550 near Powder Mill Road

≤ 3:01 am, property inspection, 800 Hawley Street block

≤ 3h10, public peace, noisy subjects, contact established, waiting for a trip, advised to calm down, 200 block Rock Street

≤ 3:15 am, property inspection, US 41 South

≤ 3:51 am, property inspection, 1000 North Third Street block

≤ 4:41 am, property inspection, 100 block West Spring Street

≤ 5:09 am, property inspection, North Marquette schools

≤ 5:10 am, property inspection, South Marquette schools

≤ 8:32 am, traffic, traffic control, Seventh Street near Spring Street

≤ 10:34 am, general, fingerprint, 300 block West Baraga Avenue

≤ 10:57 a.m., assistance, vehicle lock, 200 West Bluff Street block

≤ 11:07 am, assistance, well-being check, contact with the subject, all is well, 200 Whetstone Road block

≤ 11:16 am, fingerprints, 300 block West Baraga Avenue

11:43 a.m., fingerprint, 300 block West Baraga Avenue

≤ 11:45 a.m., Parking Complaint, Block 900 South Lake Street

12:21 p.m., malicious destruction of property, 1100 Champion Street block

≤ 1:28 p.m., Theft Building, 1000 Grove Street Block

≤ 2:01 PM, Animal Control, Dog Welfare Control in Vehicle, Dog Control, Everything’s Alright, 100 Block West Washington Street

≤ 3:09 p.m., private property accident, 100 block West Bluff Street

≤ 3:22 p.m., vehicle lock, 3000 Island Beach Road block

≤ 4:01 p.m., two-car property damage accident, Washington Street near US 41 West

≤ 5:53 p.m., suspect, vehicle in drive-thru refusing to leave, moved, 1100 block West Washington Street

≤ 6:30 p.m., juvenile complaint, release to parents, 500 block East Ridge Street

≤ 6:57 p.m., assistance, vehicle lock, 100 block West Main Street

≤ 7 p.m., suspect, report of subject looking in garage windows, owner just wanted it noted, 900 block North Lakeshore Boulevard

≤ 7:28 p.m., property inspection, Peter White Drive

≤ 7:29 p.m., property inspection, block 2100, avenue du Pain de Sucre

≤ 7:35 p.m., domestic assault, domestic violence, separated parties, 400 block Fisher Street

≤ 7:37 p.m., hit-and-run accident and property damage, 1600 Kimber Avenue block

≤ 7:38 p.m., criminal harassment, harassment complaint, 700 block Pioneer Road

≤ 8:45 p.m., property inspection, block 2100, avenue du Pain de Sucre

≤ 9:07 p.m., disorderly conduct, subject report yelling at people in Harlow Park, subject had left upon arrival, 600 block West Washington Street

≤ 9:28 p.m., drunkenness, intoxicated subject report, moved, 200 block Whetstone Road

≤ 9:38 p.m., property inspection, County Road 550 near Powder Mill Road

≤ 9:55 p.m., property inspection, block 200, boulevard North Lakeshore

≤ 9:57 p.m., drunkenness, complaint from an intoxicated subject still in the area, controlled area, party on arrival, Village Pierre à Aiguiser

≤ 10:23 p.m., property inspection, 800 Hawley Street block

≤ 10:25 p.m., property inspection, 400 block Coast Guard Road

≤ 10:40 p.m., property inspection, block 200, boulevard North Lakeshore

≤ 10:55 p.m., property inspection, Peter White Drive

≤ 11:04 p.m., property inspection, block 200, boulevard North Lakeshore

≤ 11:06 p.m., non-road accident, private property accident, 200 block West Hewitt Street

≤ 11:18 p.m., property inspection, 800 Hawley Street block

≤ 11:22 p.m., property inspection, County Road 550 near Powder Mill Road

≤ 11:23 p.m., Property Inspection, 800 Block South Lake Street

≤ 11:25 p.m., property inspection, block 2400, boulevard North Lakeshore

≤ 11:31 p.m., property inspection, block 2100, avenue du Pain de Sucre

≤ 11:40 p.m., property inspection, block 1300, boulevard North Lakeshore

≤ 11:45 p.m., drunk driving, arrest, incarcerated, East Fair Avenue near High Street

≤ 11:45 p.m., property inspection, 100 block Coles Drive

≤ 11:53 p.m., property inspection, 1000 Harbor Hills Drive block

August 6

≤ 12:23 am, animal control, dog found, turned over to UPAWS, 400 block North Fourth Street

≤ 1:06 am, disorderly driving, report of disorderly subject in parking lot, arrested on warrant from another agency, dropped off, 100 block West Baraga Avenue

≤ 5 hrs, property inspection, 700 Chippewa Square block

≤ 6:24 am, property inspection, South Marquette schools

≤ 6:40 a.m., parking, parking complaint, 500 North Third Street block

≤ 8:43 am, broken down vehicle, owner has help en route, Peter White Drive

≤ 10:44 am, parking complaint, 100 block West Bluff Street

≤ 10:58 am, two subjects appeared to be watching in vehicles, checked area, departed on arrival, 100 block Jackson Cut alley

≤ 11:03 am, fingerprint, 300 block West Baraga Avenue

≤ 11:17 a.m., locate attempt issued for a person on a mission outside of Chocolay Township, subject located, taken to family, 200 block North Front Street

≤ 12:21 p.m., animal complaint, Peter White Drive

≤ 12:23 p.m., Property Inspection, 800 Block South Lake Street

≤ 1:42 p.m., property inspection, block 200, boulevard North Lakeshore

≤ 1:44 p.m., malicious destruction of vehicle property, 200 block West Michigan Street

≤ 1:55 p.m., theft complaint, 200 block West Washington Street

≤ 2:18 p.m., property inspection, Peter White Drive

≤ 2:32 p.m., followed by a complaint received regarding a marijuana plant, contact established with the owner, had to relocate the plant, 1700 block Longyear Avenue

2:34 p.m., property inspection, block 2400, boulevard North Lakeshore

≤ 2:53 p.m., property inspection, 800 Hawley Street block

≤ 3:40 p.m., Property Inspection, 800 Block South Lake Street

≤ 3:52 p.m., traffic control, Seventh Street near Spring Street

≤ 4:30 p.m., property inspection, block 500, boulevard North Lakeshore

4:45 p.m., watch issued for vehicle in the lot, elderly couple, all is well, block 1900, boulevard Lakeshore

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Plans to demolish a car dealership to create rooms for students convicted of refusal

Plans to demolish a car dealership to create rooms for students convicted of refusal

Plans to demolish a car dealership in Bath to build housing for 335 students and 316 apartments for rent were rejected despite warnings of a costly challenge.

What Student Housing and Rental Apartments Could Look Like | Image © Watkin Jones Group

Planning chiefs said the lack of 254 parking spaces was enough to dismiss the Lower Bristol Road project, but plaintiff Watkin Jones Group threatened to appeal.

Car dealership Dick Lovett is moving from Bath to a new showroom in Melksham, freeing up its BMW and Mini showrooms for redevelopment.

The company is currently challenging the Bath and North East Somerset Council’s decision to decline its offer to redevelop the Mini concession with 290 student rooms. The appeal has not yet been heard.

More than 70 people opposed the Watkin Jones group’s proposals, many of whom said Bath did not need more student accommodation.

Objector Rebecca Marsh said: “No more PBSA [purpose-built student accommodation] at the expense of decent housing for a range of people. Low-income people, singles, couples, families, etc.

“Meet Bath’s housing needs and STOP the ever-hungry developers trying to flush out the student community.”

She added: ‘We have a housing crisis in Bath, until this is resolved and the city’s non-transient residents are given priority, then all PBSAs should be stopped. We have had enough.

Michael Jones said: “The Lower Bristol Road is quickly eroded into a mass of apartments with totally contrasting styles which over-develop and completely ruin the neighborhood, there is absolutely no need for student housing anymore.”

Peter Lewis said the program “would contribute to another modern ghetto,” adding: “This proposal does not directly contribute to the stock of affordable housing, to help with the purchase of housing or to social housing. Where workers in the minimum wage, with or without family, can they live elsewhere than far from Bath? ”

Three out of 10 rentable apartments would be affordable. Half of these would be available at 60 percent of the free market rate and the rest at 80 percent. Council officials said it was reasonable due to viability issues.

The design of the four blocks, which could reach six floors, has also been criticized.

Westmoreland Ward Councilor June Player said the buildings were “far too large, far too tall and placed far too close to the sidewalk.”

She said the development would harm the Bath World Heritage site and, combined with the approved plans for the Bath Press site, create a “roofless tunnel” that traps noise and pollution.

The Bath Preservation Trust echoed Cllr Player’s concerns about over-development and the impact on the World Heritage site.

There were 17 supporting comments, with some saying the concentration of students along Lower Bristol Road made sense.

Others said creating more specially designed housing would help free up homes for families, although planning officials said there was no evidence yet to support this.

They said the development design responds well to the context and constraints of the site and would positively contribute to local character and uniqueness, and that the public benefits outweigh the damage to the World Heritage site.

However, planning officials recommended denial due to failure to provide an adequate level of off-street parking.

The proposals include 120 parking spaces, enough for less than a third of the rental apartments and none of the students – a shortage of up to 254 spaces that is expected to increase the demand for on-street parking.

In published correspondence, Dan Weaver of urban planning consultancy Pegasus Group said the council’s parking standards do not apply directly to rental construction programs.

He indicated that Dick Lovett was prepared to appeal – a “waste of the costs, time and resources of our client and, frankly, of the advice.”

The planning committee will review the request on August 25.

Stephen Sumner, local democracy journalist

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Changing spaces in familiar dining venues

By Caleb Lunetta

Senior Signal Editor

When COVID restrictions forced restaurants to rotate, many made the outdoor food court – whether on a sidewalk or part of a newly walled parking lot – part of their new normal.

As vaccine distribution increases daily and the city of Santa Clarita seeks to revert to pre-pandemic rules, it will be interesting to see how the dining experience adjusts as restaurants return to their usual space.

Local restaurateurs noted that many preferred the change of atmosphere, and although some were able to expand their space thanks to the new regulations, everyone is no doubt looking forward to a day when such dining choices can be completely. optional.

In June, the state of California announced that restaurants would be allowed to return to 100% of their indoor capacity. And while restaurants have reportedly been pleased with the development, after spending the past year at a fraction of their staff and seats, Jason Crawford, economic development manager for the City of Santa Clarita, said the city and the restaurants wanted a transition period for restaurants that would need to demolish their temporary outdoor dining experience.

After August 17, about two months after the state cleared the new capacity rules, tables in parking spaces, tents blocking traffic, and all other temporary devices allowed in recent months due to COVID and the need for social distancing must be lifted.

“After the expiration of August 16, you will still be able to sit on the patio of one of the restaurants, for example, Main Street, but you just won’t be able to go out and sit in a parking space,” he said. Crawford said. “During COVID, we allowed restaurants to expand even further into sidewalks and parking lots. And that was on a temporary basis when they couldn’t be fully occupied indoors.”

“We spoke to some of our restaurants and suggested a two-month transition rather than just ending it abruptly,” Crawford added, saying about 100 local restaurants have been granted the free permit to extend their meals in the open. air. “The restaurants have had a very difficult time over the past year and a half, so it was important for us to work with them. “

But just because the expansion of outdoor dining will be reduced slightly, Crawford said the city continues to support outdoor dining. From Main Street to downtown Valencia, Stevenson Ranch to Canyon Country, from family experiences to intimate experiences, Crawford said a number of local establishments have permanent outdoor dining facilities that will be available even after. that the tents were taken down this past week.

Why dine outdoors?

Of course, the weather plays a role, an official said.

“I think larger groups are more interested,” said Ryan Wilkonn, manager of Rattler’s BBQ, when he explained why he thinks people like the al fresco dining option so much. “It gives you more space for yourself and depending on the weather people will appreciate it when it’s 75-80 degrees.”

Rattler’s barbecue had a COVID-19 front patio that could seat around 35 people and when COVID hit they were allowed to expand that outdoor capacity, they doubled that number.

“They’re in no real rush,” Wilkonn said when asked why anyone would choose, when it’s an option, to choose to eat outside rather than inside. “People who sit outside take their time to enjoy their meal. “

Caroline Law, co-owner of Draconum Brewery, said the outdoor dining experience at Draconum, from its original design, has been designed in such a way that the beer garden makes you feel like you are in. Europe or somewhere that looks like a tavern.

“Even back to the original design and concept, we wanted picnic tables because that also opens up an additional social experience; it allows people to have bigger parties that allow a whole group to get together and spend time or just a family.

“People who want to hang themselves, they know all the games are out,” Law added.

What is a part of the outdoor dining experience?

“We find that customers want to be able to connect for a dining experience in a safe but comfortable space,” said Jeffrey Compton, general manager of Lazy Dog restaurant in Valencia. “Our guests really appreciate our spacious outdoor terrace with comfortable tables which are shaded by umbrellas during the day and warmed with additional heaters at night.

“Our relaxed atmosphere and dog-friendly terraces also make the setting very accessible and make our customers want to come back,” he added.

Law agreed with Compton that the experience of an outdoor meal is different from an indoor meal because the activities that are part of the experience differ from place to place. ‘other.

“It allows the bocci ball, it allows the cornhole, the Giant Jenga,” Law said. “There is a lot of entertainment value. “

And for those with kids, eating outdoors can be fun for people of all ages, and there’s something for everyone, experts said.

“They come in and know this is where they can come and sit and really just enjoy the craft beer and great pub style food,” Law said. “So I think that’s what (the outdoor diners) have come to know, love and expect… it’s that kind of unique feeling” It’s your backyard, but not your backyard -court “.”

In the wake of COVID-19, and the lessons learned as well as the positive feedback they’ve received from first-time al fresco diners, Rattler’s, for example, is considering changing its previous style, despite the changes it made. to laws.

“We’re thinking of doing a bigger part of it, because a lot of the outside tables that we didn’t have before have worked really well, people seemed to really like that,” Wilkonn said. “So we keep five of the tables that we put there. “

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NHK shooting 911 calls broadcast to I-Team 8 – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana weather

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WISH) – Calls from coworkers at the 911 center were frantic. Many of them had witnessed an evil act that was difficult to describe.

The names of 911 callers have been redacted by the Clinton County Dispatch Center.

WARNING: Some of these calls may be difficult to listen to.

Auditor: Someone send the police to the NHK.

Operator 911: Are you at NHK on I-65?

Caller: They shoot. Someone got shot.

Operator 911: OK.

Shortly after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Promise Mays and her grandmother Pamela Sledd were shot and killed in the NHK parking lot. I-Team 8 got the calls made just seconds after the suspect left the parking lot.

Operator 911: Can you see if they are breathing? Are they breathing?

Listener: No, they are not breathing, sir.

911 operator: They’re not breathing?

Caller: No sir.

According to court documents, Gary Ferrell attempted to force Mays into his car and she struggled to escape. When Sledd attempted to intervene, the suspect shot him, then turned the gun at Mays.

Appellant: The person who drove him is currently driving a blue Ford eastbound on (IN-28).

911 operator: Blue Ford eastbound on 28?

Auditor: Yes, a light blue Ford and it drives at high speed. We know his name; he is salaried. Wait, there are two shot people here sir, I need EMS right away.

Operator 911: Can you see if they are breathing?

Listener: No, they are not breathing, sir.

Mays and Sledd often rode to work together, and their family said on Wednesday they did. They had arrived just in time for their shift. At the time, the parking lot was quite full.

They were shot in the sight of their colleagues.

Operator 911: Are you at the factory?

Listener: Yes, I heard gunshots. I was sitting in my car waiting to enter.

From other calls, I-Team 8 knows that at least one colleague attempted to provide first aid. When the police arrived, both women were dead.

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Station requesting authorization to develop an ATV park

A farming family from Alexandra has requested resource consent to establish a commercial mountain bike park on their property.

In a request to the Central Otago District Council, John Sanders, of Matangi MTB Park Ltd and Matangi Station at Little Valley Rd, proposed activities where the public would be charged for access. These include mountain biking, hiking, walking, orienteering, quail shooting (seasonal), possibly horseback riding, competitions organized by the applicant and third party operators, filmmaking, military training and non-profit recreational events.

Mr Sanders said he wanted the residents of Alexandra to enjoy the recreation of the family farm and for the district to benefit economically “but in a way that does not interfere with farming operations.”

He also said he wanted to mitigate the adverse effects of public access in “a structured public recreation proposal for Matangi station.”

In support, the application indicated that the Sanders family had exclusive possession of the property, which is on pastoral Crown leaseholds, and trespassing rights against the public.

Matangi station already had trails, fences and posts as well as routes established by a mountain biking group and these attributes had resulted in increasing public recreational use of the station.

Out-of-town commercial operators were using the station without permission, and dogs had been taken to the station without consent, posing a serious risk of sheep measles.

Members of the public also damaged doors, locks and fences.

The tracks had been damaged by the unauthorized use of motorcycles and “the situation has gotten somewhat out of hand”, the applicants said.

In background information, the Sanders family said the project would require significant work and oversight on their part and should be undertaken on a commercial basis.

It was proposed to build new tracks and improve the existing ones. Signs would be installed, ongoing maintenance of the lanes would be established, a parking lot constructed, toilets and drinking water provided and three other posts already constructed would be installed.

Electronic amounts may also be required in the future “to induce users to pay”.

An additional amount may be required in Graveyard Gully Rd as well as an additional five amounts at high traffic crossings in conjunction with new lanes.

Some aspects of the activity would require consent to use the land, for example, commercial activity; sight distances of intersections; anticipated circulation of more than 15 vehicles per day; the establishment of parking for events (capped at 25 per year); and the fact that one of the proposed studs would be in Graveyard Gully Road, an exceptional natural area.

A riverside area of ​​Matangi Station on Tuckers Hill Road would be available free to hikers and mountain bikers.

The Sanders family requested that the request be publicly notified under the Resource Management Act 1991.

People had until Thursday, September 9, to provide comments to Matangi MTB Park Ltd, 1054 Little Valley Rd, Alexandra or the Central Otago District Council.

A council spokesperson said that although the request was publicly notified before the lockdown, the deadline could potentially be extended and the council would consider any late submission request provided there are valid reasons.

A notified consent normally took three months to promptly process requests for additional information and / or the requestor putting the request on hold.

– Mary-Jo Tohill

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Phase 3 of Tempe’s Novus Innovation Corridor Nearly Completed

The Novus Innovation Corridor, a 355-acre planned mixed-use development located on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University, is nearing completion of its third phase. At the time of construction, Novus will include more than 10 million square feet of retail, restaurant, urban residential housing, hotels and offices.

According to ASU’s Seidman Research Institute, the economic impact of developing completed and active projects is estimated at $ 1.86 billion. It is also forecast that 33,734 will be created by 2035 through operations at Novus, with an additional 20,000 temporary construction jobs.

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The land that is being built is owned by ASU in what is called a sports facilities district. Developers within Novus pay fees to ASU instead of property taxes, and these funds must be invested in the university’s sports facilities.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity where a university has all of this underutilized land and market demand to create something that will successfully generate income,” said Brian Kearney, senior vice president of development for Catellus – the main developer of Novus – at a lunch hosted by AZCREW.

A new urban center

Development at Novus is planned in four phases. Marina Heights, a 20-acre, 2.1 million-square-foot campus for State Farm, anchored the first phase. Transwestern Investment Group and JDM Parners acquired Marina Heights in 2018 for $ 928 million. The second phase gave the Sun Devil Stadium a $ 375 million renovation, which was completed in 2019. An office park is planned for phase four, on the south side of Rio Salado Parkway and east of Rural Road .

The third phase, currently under construction, focuses on the creation of an urban district at the crossroads of University Drive and Rural Road. Tower 777, developed by Ryan Companies and opened in July 2020, is a six-story building with 160,907 square feet of office space and 8,316 square feet of retail. Mortenson Development built the eight-story, 259-room Hyatt Place / Hyatt House, which began taking reservations in August 2020.

Novus Innovation Corridor Tower 777 won the 2021 RED award for best office project over 150,000 square feet.

In support of the surrounding neighborhood and ASU events, the Novus Place parking garage was completed in June 2020, adding approximately 1,800 parking spaces. “It was a better use of the land to create a centralized parking structure, rather than creating three or four smaller ones for individual uses,” says Kearney.

Projects to be completed in the third phase include the Piedmont, a multi-family structure that will add 318 units to the market when completed in December 2021. Opening in the third quarter of 2023 will be 700 Novus Place, which will be approximately 147,800 feet tall. office squares. and 11,500 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. A new apartment complex developed by Transwestern and slated for completion in the second quarter of 2024 will contain 200 micro-units, with 80% of the studios averaging 450 square feet.

“Most of the units are studio apartments fully furnished with furniture that can convert the space from a bedroom to a living room when there is no sleep,” notes Kearney. “This complex is not intended to accommodate large concentrations of students. Nothing prevents students from renting accommodation and there will be students living in these places, but the idea for Novus in general is not to be student-oriented. It is truly a mixed-use commercial district.

“Development within the Novus Innovation Corridor aligns with our vision to be America’s premier hub for innovation and entrepreneurship at all levels,” said Michael Crow, president of ASU, in a statement. “The benefits to our students, faculty, the university, the city of Tempe and the business community are already being felt – and they will only increase as other visionaries construct new buildings and facilities to deliver. opportunities under Novus. “

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Concerns about public toilets in Mold

Concerns have been expressed that a town’s public toilets are about to be demolished, which has been called a “mistake”.

It was previously reported that plans to demolish a block of public toilets on New Street in Mold had been backed to make way for more parking.

Last year, the Chief reported that Flintshire Cabinet had agreed that the New Street Public Convenience would shut down – if City Council did not wish to take over management of the facility, which City Council chose to do. do not do.

City and county councils worked closely on the project and devised a plan to improve the facilities at the King Street bus station and expand parking availability at the New Street parking lot, facilitated by the demolition of the facility. existing public convenience.

However, a local worker, who declined to be named, said the toilet is expected to be demolished this year.

He told the chief that this was an “error” and that it would likely affect the town’s commerce.

He added: “I see the number of people using the toilet on a daily basis. Coaches park there during the summer months to visit the market and the first place they go is the toilets.

“I think the public will be disappointed to lose them because the toilets near the bus station are a bit out of the way.

“With all the new businesses opening in the city and the coaches coming back to the market, I personally think the board is making a mistake.”

Katie Wilby, Flintshire Managing Director for Streetscene and Transportation, added: “In keeping with our local toilet strategy, isolated facilities such as the New Street facilities regularly attract antisocial behavior, which deters people from using them. As a result, we have taken a more empowering approach by encouraging the use of existing toilets in municipal buildings such as libraries and Connects centers, which people feel more comfortable and comfortable using.

“Following a review of the sanitation facilities in Mold, the costs identified for reconditioning and improving the quality of the New Street parking facilities were not economically viable.

“Therefore, improved facilities have been developed in the bus station complex, which is the same distance from the city center as the facilities on New Street. The improved facilities at Mold Bus Station will provide an alternative improved site within the city’s transport hub.

“Additional washrooms are also available for the public to use in the Mussel Library and the Daniel Owen Center.”

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Global research on automated parking systems market business strategy and demand by 2027.

Recent exploration on “Global Automated Parking Systems Market report 2021 by key players, types, applications, countries, market size, forecast to 2027Brought to you by Credible Markets, Industry is a comprehensive report providing selected insights on the Automated Parking Systems business for new market players and set-up players. The report carefully examines each of the market fundamentals Automated Parking Systems and gives a detailed overview of the development possibilities of the company.Along with this, the report further offers comprehensive data by user on the most recent market models, elements of the industry as a whole and long-term income development designs. Analysts use charts, outlines, pie charts, etc. to clarify information pictorially. Despite this, to account for the market number, different tables are added for display the information in a uniform structure. This helps users to understand the information s all the more effectively and unequivocally.

The study also involves significant market achievements, research and development, new product launches, product responses, and regional growth of the most significant competitors operating in the market on a universal and local scale. The Automated Parking Systems market is segmented by Type and by Applications. For the period 2021-2027, the growth among the segments provides accurate sales calculations and forecasts by type and by application in terms of volume and value. This analysis can help you grow your business by targeting qualified niche markets.

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Robotic parking systems
Klaus Multiparking
Boomerang Systems
FATA automation

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Rotary carousel
Quick parking
Multiple parking
Optima parking

In Chapter 7, on the basis of application, the Automated Parking Systems Market from 2015 to 2025 covers:

Office building

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  • North America (United States, Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe (Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Others)
  • Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Southeast Asia, others)
  • The Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, others)
  • South America (Brazil, others)

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Chapter 1 Global Automated Parking Systems Market – Research Scope

Chapter 2 Global Automated Parking Systems Market – Research Methodology

chapter 3 Global Automated Parking Systems Market Forces

Chapter 4 Global Automated Parking Systems Market – By Geography

Chapter 5 Global Automated Parking Systems Market – By Business Statistics

Chapter 6 Global Automated Parking Systems Market – By Type

Chapter 7 Global Automated Parking Systems Market – By Application

Chapter 8 North America Automated Parking Systems Market

Chapter 9 Europe Automated Parking Systems Market Analysis

Chapter 10 Asia-Pacific Automated Parking Systems Market Analysis

Chapter 11 Middle East & Africa Automated Parking Systems Market Analysis

Chapter 12 South America Automated Parking Systems Market Analysis

Chapter 13 Company Profiles

Chapter 14 Market forecasts – by regions

Chapter 15 Market Forecast – By Type and Applications

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Small Businesses Embrace Electric Vehicle Charging as Blink Deploys IQ 200 Chargers in Massachusetts as Part of MassEVIP Workplace and Fleet Charging Program

Workplace chargers have also been deployed with the Eversource Make-Ready Program incentive funds.

Miami Beach, Florida, August 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Blink Charging Co. (Nasdaq: BLNK, BLNKW) (“Blink” or the “Company”), a major owner, operator and supplier of electric vehicles ( EV) charging equipment and services, today announced the deployment of five IQ 200 level 2 AC EV fast-charging stations at Holiday Manufacturing Inc.’s facilities in Framingham, Massachusetts.

The purchase and installation of the host-owned Blink IQ 200 chargers was made possible by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Eversource (New England’s largest energy supplier), which provided funding to support this deployment through the MassEVIP Workplace and Fleet Charging program, as well as the Eversource Make-Ready program.

“As we continue to grow our market share in the Northeast, we are delighted that small businesses like Holiday Manufacturing understand that the future of transportation is all-electric and have the foresight to roll out our IQ 200 charging stations. EV knowing that they will not fall victim to the planned obsolescence of other Level 2 chargers, ”noted Blink President Brendan Jones. “This agreement demonstrates Holiday Manufacturing’s forward-looking vision and its desire to lead by example by offering its employees and the general public accessible charging for electric vehicles. As one of only three EV charging station locations in Framingham, we commend Holiday Manufacturing for its role in expanding EV charging in the region.

Holiday Manufacturing is a family owned bows and ribbons wholesaler headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts. She makes handmade bows and ribbons for various occasions and sells them online direct to customers. Like Blink, Holiday Manufacturing is a flexible and agile company that can handle both in-stock and custom orders.

Erik Simon, President of Holiday Manufacturing, commented on the deployment as follows: “We are delighted to offer the public and our staff access to electric vehicle charging with Blink’s IQ 200 chargers. We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and the deployment of these state-of-the-art electric vehicle chargers in our facilities is an important step towards achieving this goal. “

For the installation of the charging stations, Holiday Manufacturing has upgraded its electrical infrastructure to 100 amp circuits for each charger, allowing it to provide up to 65 miles of range per 1 hour of charge, charging fastest level 2 on the market.



Blink Charging Co. (Nasdaq: BLNK, BLNKW) is a leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment and has deployed more than 30,000 charging ports in 13 countries, many of which are networked EV charging stations, allowing EV drivers to easily charge at any of the Company’s charging points around the world. Blink Charging’s main product and service line includes its Blink EV (“Blink Network”) charging network, EV charging equipment and EV charging services. The Blink Network uses proprietary, cloud-based software that operates, maintains and tracks grid-connected EV charging stations and associated charging data. With global electric vehicle purchases expected to reach 10 million by 2025, up from around 2 million in 2019, the company has established key strategic partnerships to roll out adoption in many types of locations, including parking lots, multi-family residences and condos, workplaces, healthcare / medical facilities, schools and universities, airports, car dealerships, hotels, municipal mixed-use sites, parks and recreation areas, religious institutions, restaurants, retailers, stadiums, supermarkets and transport centers. For more information, please visit

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Stone Temple Baptist Church pastor on mission to bring beauty, peace and restoration to North Lawndale – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) – We talk a lot about the crime happening in the South and West neighborhoods of Chicago, but there are also so many stories of ordinary people doing amazing things.

One of them is the woman you are going to meet. CBS 2’s Audrina Bigos spent time with a pastor in North Lawndale, a neighborhood she serves and works hard to revive.

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“I want people to look at the assets that are here, like the beautiful gray and brown stones,” said Reshorna Fitpatrick, executive pastor of historic Stone Temple Baptist Church. “I want them to see the beauty. I want them to see peace.

Her mission is to bring beauty, peace and restoration to North Lawndale, the West Side neighborhood where she grew up and now works.

“If I wake up and don’t do anything for someone else, oh my God, I’m like, ‘Did you really serve your purpose today?’ She said.

A garden next to the church is an image of purpose; a labor of love planted and pruned by many, including volunteers from the Sinai Congregation of Chicago, a synagogue located nearly 10 miles in the Gold Coast neighborhood.

Volunteer and Susan Stone from Sinai said if anyone can make a difference in North Lawndale, it’s Fitzpatrick.

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“Reshorna is just a remarkable force in the community and has been a wonderful partner,” said Stone.

And this garden partnership has produced an abundance of kale, Swiss chard, cabbage, greens, squash, and more. Everything is available for anyone who needs it.

“We’re in a space where it’s a food desert, aren’t we? So we grow food, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables. People can come in and grab them and eat them, and I think that’s adorable, ”Fitzpatrick said.

The pastor took Bigos through busy Douglas Boulevard to a plaza full of flowers and plants, and plans to turn a cluster of shipping crates into cafes and flower shops to create training and jobs for the inhabitants of the neighborhood; a haven of peace in North Lawndale.

“Every space may not be peaceful, but this one is. The one opposite is. The ones we create are, ”said Fitzpatrick. “Imagine if we create a space on each block. We will have peace on every block. This is what I strive for.

The Stone Temple Baptist Church opened in 1926 as a synagogue. In the 1960s, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the church on several occasions.

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We will continue to follow Fitzpatrick on his mission to North Lawndale. She said she was way ahead.

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Parking Management Market To Reach US $ 45,125.82 Million, Globally, By 2028 At 4.93% CAGR – Exclusive Report From The Insight Partners

NEW YORK, August 18, 2021 / PRNewswire / – According to the latest research report from The Insight Partners “Parking Management Market Forecast to 2028 – COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis – by Parking Site, Solution, Services and Deployment “, the market is expected to reach US $ 45,125.82 million by 2028 onwards US $ 31,723.67 million in 2020; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.93% during the forecast period of 2021 to 2028.

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Intelligent parking systems require compatibility between their major hardware devices and software applications. At present, there are hundreds of companies providing equipment or services to the smart parking industry, making it uncertain the extent to which software and hardware standards are shared among different equipment suppliers, as well as the mix of years of equipment that make the existing facility quite unpredictable. often. All hardware devices must be compatible with all software services. Thus, organizations working on intelligent parking systems need to combine and develop a standard to eliminate compatibility issues, thereby largely removing a barrier to the development of the intelligent parking systems market.

In addition to technological complexities, higher prices for systems and services also limit many cities and municipalities in developing countries from adopting the systems. Attributing to the fact that the adoption of various parking management systems is still a niche, developers and service providers are integrating different technologies to attract customers. The integration of advanced technologies and software increases the initial cost of the systems. The future of parking management systems is expected to be important with the prices of end products coming down. This factor is expected to significantly increase the purchase of these technologies, which would help cities and municipalities in developing countries to optimize their parking spaces in the years to come.

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Europe dominated the global parking management market in 2020. The strong economic context of European countries, especially in the western region, along with the high disposable income, resulted in a large number of registered vehicles per household and per capita among the European countries. Thus, the increase in the number of registered vehicles, coupled with the limited availability of parking spaces, has led to the adoption of effective parking management policies in the European Union and in other European countries. In addition, the continuous increase in the number of registered vehicles has also stimulated the demand for efficient parking management practices, especially in urban areas and metropolitan cities of Germany, Russia, France, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands, among other European countries. However, the lockdown imposed due to the COVID-19 outbreak has had a severe impact on the parking management market in Europe. The reduced demand for parking management solutions can be attributed to a sharp reduction in traffic congestion and lower car sales, among other factors. However, once the lockdown is gradually lifted, the parking management market is expected to rebound and the sale of personal vehicles may also increase, due to concerns about the safety of public transportation. With an increasing emphasis on physical security, information security, and the perceived well-being of all, the parking management market is likely to rise after the pandemic.

Growing adoption of smart technologies to propel the growth of the parking management market

Smart technologies optimize vacant spaces and provide information on parking spaces in real time; therefore, they are increasingly adopted in parking management. This allows drivers to easily park vehicles on and off the street. For example, the German telecom operator Deutsche Telekom has launched a program to install sensors in city-center car parks. Hamburg, germany. The sensors deployed by the company inform drivers about parking spaces using smartphones. The service is mainly available on Joy application and the park of Deutsche Telekom. Similarly, Deutsche Telekom is also mounting parking sensors, which provide information about the parking space via narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology.

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Parking Management Market: Deployment Overview

In terms of deployment, the global parking management market is categorized into on-premise and cloud. Global parking management is experiencing a paradigm shift from traditional on-premise servers to cloud servers in the current scenario. However, in developing countries, the adoption of on-premise servers for parking site management is still significant, which is driving the on-site segment of the parking management market. The emergence of IoT and cloud services is leading parking management companies to adopt technologically advanced solutions. Additionally, the benefits offered by cloud-based services to facilitate parking reservation capacity make the segment thrive to grow in the current year, and the same is expected to attract a decent share of drivers and owners alike. vehicles in the years to come. The growing number of attractive cloud solutions related to parking management is also a revenue driving factor prevalent in the current market scenario. Partnerships and collaborations between parking management companies and technology companies are driving the parking management market for cloud-based services.

Parking Management Market: Competitive Landscape and Key Developments

Key players featured in this market research are Indigo Parking Service, Streetline, Flowbird Group, Parkmobile, TIBA Parking, Smart Parking Limited, T2 Systems, Swarco, Passport Inc., and Siemens AG. In addition to these players, several other key market players have also been studied and analyzed to get a holistic view of the global Parking Management System market and its ecosystem.

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Blackpool Airport sports facility receives green light from council planning team

This is the second phase of the development of new sports facilities in the corporate area of ​​Blackpool Airport, part of which is located in the district of Fylde. Fylde planning officers approved the development last month.

This means that the area to the east of the airport will have new changing rooms, a 3G sports field, a rugby pitch and a rugby training area as well as a car park. 194 berths off Common Edge Road in Marton.

Work will be carried out to improve access to the site and the nearby road will be widened and a pedestrian path and a bicycle path will be installed to improve safety.

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The new Cassidy and Ashton sports facilities in the corporate area of ​​Blackpool Airport

It follows that the development would result in increased traffic on an already busy road, but Lancashire County Council has said it is happy with the continuation of the project.

Phil Durnell, director of the county’s highways and transportation team, said: “I consider the principle of the proposal to be acceptable, subject to agreement and delivery of a road improvement program. motorway, including site access with Queensway and Common Edge Road, as well as necessary traffic regulations.

“In addition, the proposal will require an overall parking management strategy (to be developed and agreed with the planning authority in consultation with the road authority) which includes the provision of a trail to provide a direct connection between the parking lot north, off Jepson Way, and the sports grounds on offer.

“I consider that these issues and a number of others can be adequately addressed and secured by conditions and therefore would have no objection to the proposed development.”

A map showing the corporate area, with the sports venue to the right

The new facilities will replace existing sports fields and free up land for development as employment grounds as part of future phases of the Blackpool Airport Corporate Zone.

The new sports facilities on offer, designed by architects Preston Cassidy + Ashton, also include a new pavilion for changing rooms and spectators and a reconfigured parking lot to accommodate 194 cars.

The second phase of planned sports facility improvements comes after approval in 2020 for the creation of 12 grass pitches south of Division Lane.

The entire sports development will cover 14 hectares and is part of the first stage of the £ 28.8million investment for the redevelopment of the 144 hectare Blackpool Airport corporate area.

The third and final application will seek a building permit for employment, residential and ancillary uses, as well as the associated new road infrastructure, on the site of the existing sports fields north of the current site.

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Zoning relief requested for 3 projects at St. Paul’s Highland Bridge – Twin Cities

Three new real estate projects could soon advance at Highland Bridge, the 135-acre property commonly known as “the Ford Site.” And everyone is looking for zoning relief.

On Tuesday, the St. Paul Zoning Appeals Board will meet to consider three zoning waiver requests – two related to an affordable housing project, one related to a medical office building – at the former Ford Motor Cos location. . Twin Cities Assembly Plant in Highland Park.

The factory that operated there from 1925 to 2011 was demolished and the land cleaned to residential standards. The Ryan Cos., The site’s lead developer, worked hand-in-hand with the city to find new real estate opportunities, from residences and office buildings to grocery stores.


Project for Pride in Living, a Minneapolis-based affordable housing provider, proposed the Emma Norton Residence, a five-story community at 801 Mt. Curve Boulevard.

The building will include 60 units of “supportive housing” attached to 6,700 square feet of administrative and social services offices, as well as off-street parking and bicycle parking. The proposed development seeks three deviations for the required floor area ratio (3.45 instead of a maximum of 3), maximum land coverage (77.9 percent instead of a maximum of 70 percent ) and a greater number of facility residents in a supportive housing complex than is zoned (64 residents instead of 16).


Project for Pride in Living’s Nellie Francis Court would be a five-story multi-family building covering 75 residential units geared towards working low to moderate incomes at 2285 Hillcrest Ave.

The structure would include 38 off-street parking spaces and bicycle parking. The developer is looking for five variants, including floor area ratio (3.04 instead of a maximum of 3), open space (22.1 percent instead of the required 25 percent), building height (60 ′ 9 ″ instead of a maximum of 48 feet ‘River Town and Crossings Overlay District of the Mississippi River Critical Corridor area).

In addition, the Nellie Francis Court project would install 38 off-street parking spaces, instead of the required minimum of 56. The promoter did not offer any carpool space, instead of the one required for every 50 to 200 housing units. . .


The Ryan Companies have proposed a two-story multi-tenant medical office building at 2270 Ford Parkway. The building, with a leasable area of ​​62,500 square feet, would provide 16 surface parking spaces, 266 structured parking spaces and bicycle parking.

The Ryan Cos are looking for three variations. The first variance concerns a proposed floor area ratio of 0.94, which would be lower than the required minimum floor area ratio of 1. The developer has not provided any carpool space, instead of the eight that would be required in the Ford website framework. Zoning and Real Public Master Plan.

Finally, the master plan requires that a building setback facing Gateway Park extends a maximum of 10 feet. Parts of the proposed medical office building are expected to be set back between 10.7 feet and 64.6 feet from the park.

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Dozens of motorists surprised when Kettering parking fees are reinstated

Dozens of motorists using municipality-owned parking lots in Kettering were fined after charges were reinstated today (August 9).

Parking in the North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) town center car parks has been free since March last year, to help key workers in the pandemic and increase traffic in the town center.

But the parking fee is now back in place and those who haven’t paid the £ 2 minimum for two hours will receive a nasty surprise when they get back in their car.

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Some of the cars that received parking tickets

Signs warning motorists that charges had been reinstated were posted and parking meter covers were removed.

Niall Bacon, a resident of Kettering, said: “More should have been done to show the charges were restored, maybe a host to tell people.

“I read about it in the Northants Telegraph so I was aware of it. I think the lesson to be learned is that you can’t assume anything.”

The decision to charge again – with Kettering’s parking fees being by far the highest in northern Northamptonshire – came just days after NNC agreed to consider free parking for all north county town centers .

Parking fees were reinstated on Monday August 9 after a 19-month hiatus

Visiting from London, Jenny Warren had used the car park before and was unaware that the car park was free.

She said: “We’ve been here before so obviously we had to pay so we paid today.”

Emelia Semineria was running an errand in town and her mother had told her that the parking was free.

She said: “I parked next to the meter and saw a man paying. My mom said it was free so I asked him and he said I had to pay.

Three in a row

“I’m glad I parked where I did, otherwise I would have just walked away.

“Everyone is going to be very bored [with the parking tickets]. “

Parking charges at NNC owned car parks in Kettering are priced at £ 2 for two hours, increasing by £ 1 per hour up to five hours – more than five hours are charged at a flat rate of £ 6. Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays and public holidays are free.

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Winvic completes its construction program for lease in Milton Keynes

Winvic has completed on Aubrey Place, a 294 rental unit construction program in the heart of Milton Keynes

In January 2020, Packaged Living and Fiera Real Estate, the original owners of the site, signed a financing agreement with Invesco for this purpose-built rental building program.

When completed, the development will include 294 one, two and three bedroom apartments for rent spread over 18 floors.

The development will also benefit from 83 parking spaces, 294 bicycle storage facilities, 2,500 square foot commercial space and 17,324 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenity space, ranging from a reception and from a living room on the ground floor, to the terraces on the roof, to the storage of parcels and to two landscaped courtyards.

An important step for the Almere

Mark Woodrow, Deputy Managing Director of Packaged Living, said: “We are delighted to be a part of The Almere’s closing ceremony – an extremely important program for Packaged Living as the first of our more than 2,000 homes. .

“We thank Winvic for doing a great job under the difficult circumstances of the past year.”

Mark Jones, Multi-Room Director, added: “We are delighted to have reached this milestone despite the unprecedented challenges of the past year.

“I want to commend the team for their hard work and dedication in bringing the project to this point. It’s great to be able to welcome the Packaged Living and Invesco team to the site to enjoy the view from the top of the 18-story building.

Construction of the Almere is expected to be completed in early 2022.

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Sydney residents blinded by medi-hotel

Jay Gillieatt says he was “shocked” after receiving an email informing him that the hotel adjacent to his apartment building would become special accommodation for COVID-19 patients for the next six months.

“This was the first time we had heard of it and there was no word from NSW Health,” the Meriton Waterloo Suites tenant told AAP. “We weren’t consulted at all.

On Friday, the owners received an email from an attorney for the Meriton Group informing them that NSW Health had taken over the Meriton Suites building.

Emergency exits shared between the hotel and apartments would be guarded and activated with alarms, and there would be high pressure fences in the parking lot to separate the residential parking lot and the hotel area, according to the email.

The next day, the third-party property manager informed the rest of the residents like Mr Gillieatt of the medi-hotel and advised them to contact NSW Health or Meriton directly with any questions.

Mr Gillieatt said the lack of details provided to residents was “concerning”.

“I understand we need to put special accommodation somewhere and it’s a very good thing that NSW Health is taking people out of contexts where they might be spreading (the virus) but I question the wisdom of using a building which is attached to residential apartments through several common areas, ”he said.

Tenants have a habit of taking precautions after the complex was identified as a massively-used exhibition site following a party on the first day of the closure of Greater Sydney.

“There was a lot of anxiety in that building when there was this outbreak and a lot of us thought there was a real risk that we could have been infected,” Mr Gillieatt said. “My partner and I went to get tested at the time because we knew they shared the garbage and the parking lot.”

A spokesperson for NSW Health said the recent significant increase in COVID-19 cases and their close contacts in Sydney have resulted in an urgent need for more quarantine accommodation.

“NSW Health has undertaken a site risk assessment and is working with Meriton to ensure that safety boundaries will be in place between Special Health Accommodation and areas adjacent to the site,” the spokesperson told AAP.

“Detailed information regarding the use of the hotel and the strict security measures in place will be provided to the management of the strata for distribution to the occupants of the building.”

The spokesperson said “strict safeguards,” including CCTV on every floor and 24/7 security personnel, would be in place to ensure that those isolated do not gain access to any area. shared with the other occupants of the building.

Another resident, who asked not to be named, expressed concern about “holes” in the proposed measures.

“There is security and fencing and that’s about it, but they gave no indication of deep cleaning and no indication of the vaccination of security guards,” he told AAP.

The resident said he called building management to express his concerns and was told the patient’s accommodation would be guarded by “private security”.

“There is concern that if you have one or two drongos upstairs and they decide to go through the fire escape stairs, private security does not have the capacity to prevent them from leaving as you need the police to stop the movements, ”he said.

He is concerned about which parking lot entrances or exits would be shared with COVID-19 patients and whether air conditioning would be separate or improved with filters to prevent the spread of the virus.

Meriton did not respond to a request for comment.

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Besides wines and vines, the ‘other’ Healdsburg is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.

Editor’s Note: This summer we’re posting a series of stories with ideas for local outdoor recreation, from easy walks and biking trips to the zipline and hearty hikes. Enjoy the variety of activities in our own backyard and get out there!

A popular marketing story in the Healdsburg wine industry is that winemakers and vineyard managers are farm laborers of the land. “We’re just farmers,” they like to say. As a bunch of “salt of the earth” who only work the land, they sweep away all aristocratic airs and golden stereotypes.

But what could use a good marketing campaign, and is often lost amid the endless rows of vineyards, is the idea that the same land these farmers cultivate is also home to a plethora of hiking, biking trails. and kayaks.

“You can only eat and drink that much. At some point you want to get out there and go on an adventure, ”says Randy Johnson, owner of Getaway Adventures and Wine Country Bike Tours.

Welcome to the best excuse to burn off a prix fixe marathon meal at the three-star Michelin restaurant – the other Healdsburg, an outdoor lover’s paradise that spills over into the Dry Creek and Alexander valleys.

“Hotel concierges tell us all the time that they’re always looking for something to say to their customers when they ask: What can we do outside in Healdsburg? ”, Explains Rochelle Collier, General Manager of River’s Edge Kayak and Canoe Trips.

And it’s not just for wide-eyed tourists. Many locals forget that adventure awaits them in their own backyards. Just in time for the last hurray in August, here’s a quick rundown of the outdoor activities in and around Healdsburg.


Located near Veterans Memorial Beach, River’s Edge Kayak and Canoe Trips was recently purchased by Southern California transplant recipients David and Kim Lockhart. She works in marketing for Sony Pictures and is a freelance actor-filmmaker and martial arts guru who occasionally sings in a Doors tribute band.

They have so much faith in the Russian River boat rental business that they bought it during the pandemic and have been renovating ever since, hauling nine tons of sand by truck to create a bigger beach, where they also have concerts on weekends. -end.

As drought causes historically low flows in the Russian River – typically they will see between 75 and 125 cfs (cubic feet per second) of water, and lately it’s around 25 to 40 cfs – that hasn’t prevented customers from renting canoes. and kayaks and enjoy the river all summer long, says Collier.

“If you hit a gravel bar, you have to get out of the boat and bring it back into the channel,” she said. “But we put leashes on each boat, so it’s not that difficult.”

The Lockharts didn’t open the Alexander Valley trip this summer, but the popular 5-mile self-guided Rio Trip is doing well. Lately, kayakers have seen river otters “more than ever,” says Collier, as well as ospreys, herons and turtles.

Rates from $ 75 to $ 150 for the 3-6 hour trip to Rio. 4 years and over. 13940 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg. 707-433-7247.

By two wheels

“There is a really pent-up demand to go out,” says Randy Johnson, owner of Getaway Adventures. “I can’t tell you how many people called us up and said, ‘We just wanna do something, anything, just put us on a bike, put us on a kayak, take us out somewhere. . “

Her biggest problem right now is finding enough guides to cover demand, as business is three times higher than before the pandemic.

“It was crazy,” he said. “We get a lot of last minute bookings and our rental business has grown significantly. “

Guided tours range from 10 to 15 miles, with a gourmet lunch and plenty of stops in between. Packages range from full-day bike rentals and private guided tours to self-guided multi-day trips from the coast to redwood forests to winding valley roads that take guests from winery to winery. and in guest rooms, with luggage delivered every step of the way.

Healdsburg Bike & Wine Tour $ 250. Daily self-guided bike rental (hybrid, electric and road) from $ 39 to $ 99. Pedal and paddle day trip starting at $ 144. 61 Front Street, Healdsburg. 800-499-2453.


For a great hike to the top of Dry Creek Valley, take Dry Creek Road through Sbragia Winery to Lake Sonoma. On the other side of the bridge, park in the Little Flat parking lot and cross Rockpile Road, where you will find access to the trailhead. The 4.7 mile round trip Little Flat to Bummer Peak trail winds through madrone, scrub oak, and manzanita, climbing 974 feet and the reward of breathtaking views of the valley.

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Real Estate Market Reports Show Slow, Positive Gains

Speculative industrial construction is on the horizon in western Michigan. Meanwhile, retailers are struggling to fill vacancies in the wake of the 2020 pandemic, and many large national businesses are still reluctant to send people back to the office.

The western Michigan industrial market continued to perform well despite the challenges of the past year. According to second quarter reports from NAI Wisinski of West Michigan, the overall vacancy rate stands at 3.3%, which has increased slightly since the end of 2020, which ended at 2.7%.

NAIWWM industry specialist Andrew Kapanowski said the slight increase in the vacancy rate appears to be coming from the southeast Grand Rapids and lake shores submarkets and is most likely due to available speculative construction.

Average rental rates for the second quarter are $ 4.76 per square foot, which is up from the average triple net rental rates of $ 4.28 in the first quarter.

“These numbers are signs of the record demand we are seeing in the western Michigan industrial market and testify to the lack of inventory available for lease,” said Kapanowski. “We expect these rates to remain high until 2021, but should start to stabilize as new construction becomes available and helps meet demand.”

New construction is expected to persist until 2021, as the continued shortage of inventory has kept demand at an all-time high. That said, skyrocketing construction costs are forcing some developers to wait for costs to drop again before launching new projects.

Kapanowski added that many transactions continue to take place off-market, and many of those off-market transactions occur before the signs are released and are based on relationships within the brokerage community. The quality buildings that find their way onto the market tend to disappear quickly, he said.

Notable market activity in the second quarter included the near completion by Mission Design & Automation of a new 50,000 square foot facility at 9898 Black River Court in Holland.

The industrial automation and robotics company has invested more than $ 5 million in the expansion and plans to add at least 109 high-tech jobs in western Michigan. The company receives financial support for vocational training from the Michigan Strategic Fund of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and West Michigan Works !, as well as a 12-year tax exemption for industrial facilities from Holland Charter Township.

Additionally, Autocam Medical, a Kentwood-based global manufacturer of precision surgical and medical devices and components, is investing $ 60 million through 2024 to build a new headquarters and manufacturing facility in Kentwood. The new facility will be 100,000 square feet, located at Broadmoor Avenue and 36th Street, and will be ready for occupancy in January.

After much uncertainty, the second quarter of 2021 is starting to see how the effects of the pandemic and work restrictions have impacted the Grand Rapids office market. More immediate was the concern over the reaction of the office market to the lifting of said work restrictions, which took place during this quarter.

“The parking lots have seen more cars than in the last 15 months, but they are still not ‘full’. Some businesses are back to pre-COVID normalcy, while some are cautiously returning to work in person, and others are still working remotely, ”said Mary Anne Wisinski-Rosely, NAIWWM partner and office specialist. “The trend we’re seeing is that small local businesses are back to the new normal, while many large national / global businesses are still working remotely with limited in-person work.

“Some companies are committed to getting back to the office 100% while others find remote working is possible full time or on a hybrid model.”

Vacancy rates edged up as businesses decided how to proceed. Some gave up their space altogether and others reduced their current location or moved to a smaller space if their lease allowed. There are a few companies that have actually increased their space requirements to better distribute their employees.

In the second quarter, the overall vacancy rate was 6%, up from 5.5% in the first quarter, and the total average rate per square foot was $ 15.58, down slightly from 15.60 $ in the first trimester.

The only market segment that saw a slight decline in vacancy rates was the Southeastern Grand Rapids B&C class market – 6.3% vs. 6% in the first quarter. The suburban markets seem to be doing better than the downtown market in general. In addition, rental rates increased slightly in all sectors except the NW office market which saw rental rates decline slightly.

Vitreo-Retinal Associates, an ophthalmology practice providing eye care services in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Muskegon and Ionia, in June announced plans to double its Kalamazoo space in 2022. Currently located in 4,800 square feet of space at 1080 N. 10th St., the new location will be a new single-tenant building at 1060 N. 10th St. in the West Pointe office park.

MCPc will also move to 1601 Madison Ave. SE in 2022. The Cleveland-based technology logistics and data security company will replace the building that has been vacant for decades and opened the new project in July. This move to the heart of Madison Square is expected to create around 100 new jobs in the local community.

By far the hardest hit industry during the 2020 pandemic, retail is now gaining momentum in the second quarter, but that momentum is hampered by a lack of employees. Retail businesses, in many cases, offer more than minimum wage and signing bonuses to attract much-needed help. Some restaurants still offer take-out or have very limited hours because they don’t have the staff to meet consumer demand.

“The good news is that rental activity in our market is on the rise,” said Bob Lotzar, senior vice president and retail specialist for NAIWWM. “The demand for smaller retail spaces has increased dramatically over the past month. Western Michigan is also seeing national retailers entering our market for the first time. “

The overall vacancy rate is 7.4% and the average demand rate is $ 10.52 per square foot. These numbers are virtually unchanged from the first quarter, when the overall vacancy rate was the same and the average demand rate was $ 10.46 per square foot.

Whole Foods is under construction on 28th Street SE across from Woodland Mall. Ross Dress for Less is currently reviewing sites in Grand Rapids for the first time. Other retailers, such as Tropical Smoothie Café and B2 Outlet Stores, are looking to expand into the local market.

Quality Class A space is hard to find in the most important retail corridors, Lotzar said. The spaces available are still at pre-COVID rental rates. Momentum in the western Michigan retail sector is likely to continue to build up through the end of the year, but will depend somewhat on the ability of business owners to fill vacancies. .

Grove, the gourmet farm-to-table restaurant of the Essence Restaurant group, will reopen this fall. Located at 919 Cherry St. SE, Grove has been closed due to COVID-19. During the closure it was converted to a temporary take-out chicken outlet and later a private food court. When it reopens, Grove will have a refreshed interior and a new menu with 13 to 15 daily seasonal dishes.

Sparrows Coffee, a Grand Rapids-based coffee shop, is opening a new location at Kingma’s Market in the Creston / Cheshire Village neighborhood (2225 Plainfield Ave. NE). The new store measures approximately 600 square feet and offers a large outdoor patio. Sparrows is open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Sparrows will also partner with local suppliers such as Rise Bakery, Lively Up Kombucha and Atucún Chocolate.

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Ash and smoke fall on the Tahoe Basin

Winds pushed smoke from Dixie Fire in northern California south on Friday, choking the Lake Tahoe Basin with toxic air.

The mountains surrounding the lake that straddles the California-Nevada border were hidden behind a smoke curtain, and ash was reported to be falling from the sky throughout the Truckee-Tahoe area.

“I certainly can’t see across the lake when I normally could see the mountains,” said Andy Plascencia, who spoke to SFGATE from Tahoe Park Beach on the west coast. Plascencia, 19, grew up in Tahoe and has worked at the beach for the past four summers. “At the moment, it looks completely white, much like the ocean.”

At midday on Friday, the air quality forecast for North Lake Tahoe was “unhealthy”, but earlier in the morning air quality in the Lake Tahoe Basin had hit the worst indicator, ” dangerous, “according to AirNow, a government website. which tracks air quality.

“You can smell the smoke, and this morning there was also ash on my car,” Plascencia said.

Smoke from wildfires in northern California impacted air quality in the Lake Tahoe Basin on Friday, August 6, 2021.

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The first smoke arrived Thursday evening as a low pressure system swept through northern California and southern Oregon, shifting winds from the southwest to the northeast, the National Weather Service meteorologist said, Marvin Boyd.

The winds changed direction as the Dixie Fire exploded and pumped immense clouds of smoke, pushing the sooty air south.

Smoke from wildfires in northern California impacted air quality in the Lake Tahoe Basin on Friday, August 6, 2021.

Smoke from wildfires in northern California impacted air quality in the Lake Tahoe Basin on Friday, August 6, 2021.

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“With the strong winds on Thursday, extreme fire conditions were created and the Dixie Fire emitted a lot of smoke… then the winds shifted and everything is being pushed southeast,” Boyd said.

Boyd said visibility had been affected in Reno where he works. In the Reno area, smoke seemed to put an orange filter on light and visibility and erased the mountains on the horizon.

“This morning the sun was just a very dull red circle in the sky,” he said.

When smoke affects air quality to such extreme levels, Lake Tahoe authorities receive an influx of calls from visitors and residents, said Lisa Herron, spokesperson for the Basin Management Unit. Lake Tahoe from the US Forest Service.

“[The smoke] is a direct impact of the conditions we see, ”Herron said. “We are back in a severe drought. The conditions are really dry. The fuels are really dry. Yesterday we received a red flag warning. “

Herron said the smoke from today’s wildfires is bad, but she recalls the air quality in Tahoe during the 2013 Yosemite Rim Fire was much worse. “During the Rim Fire, it was terrible,” Herron said. “It was probably the worst I have seen. I remember it distinctly because it was so bad. We had about three weeks of solid smoke in the basin from that.”

Boyd said it is difficult to determine exactly when the smoke will clear. “I expect we will start to see a relative improvement today, but honestly it won’t be until tomorrow and Sunday and especially Sunday when the westerly and southwest winds pick up and push back the smoke towards the fire. “

Smoke from wildfires in northern California impacted air quality in the Lake Tahoe Basin on Friday, August 6, 2021.

Smoke from wildfires in northern California impacted air quality in the Lake Tahoe Basin on Friday, August 6, 2021.

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A Twitter user shared a screenshot from the Purple Air website at 7:42 a.m. on Friday showing some places with air quality readings in the 300, 400 and 500 and above.

The air quality index generally works on a scale of 0 to 500. The higher the value of the AQI, the higher the level of air pollution and the greater the health problem. An AQI value of 50 or less represents good air quality, while an AQI value greater than 300 indicates hazardous conditions.

PurpleAir figures are measured in real time (average over the previous 10 minutes). AirNow’s figures – which are based on Environmental Protection Agency standards – are calculated using a complex algorithm that “uses longer averages during periods of stable air quality and averages shorter when air quality changes rapidly “. Results are updated hourly but lagging behind PurpleAir.

The Dixie fire grew by more than 100,000 acres in 24 hours, with its total area burned increasing from 322,502 acres on Thursday to 432,813 acres on Friday morning, making it the third largest fire in the history of the State. Started near the Cresta Dam in the Feather River Canyon on July 14, the blaze burns about 280 miles northeast of San Francisco and spans four counties: Plumas, Butte, Lassen, and Tehama.

The fire has pumped out several massive pyrocumulonimbus clouds since its first outbreak in July.

“I can tell you that the conditions are right now for the development of the pyrocumulonimbus cloud,” said Mitch Matlow, spokesperson for the multi-agency team managing the fire. “I’m looking out of my window right now, which is very large.”

These massive mushroom-shaped clouds of hot, smoky air rising thousands of feet into the sky are caused by a natural source of heat such as forest fires, according to NASA. The hot air rising from the fire carries water vapor, ash and smoke into the atmosphere, forming clouds.

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Car review: Road trip! Turn heads, chase chargers north at Mustang Mach-E | New

CHARLEVOIX, Michigan – While I waited for my 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E tester to charge at an Electrify America station in a Meijer parking lot in Gaylord, a couple waiting for their Model S to charge at the adjacent Tesla station asked. they could look at my filly.

“I really like it,” Raj said after I gave him the full tour. “It looks better than a Model Y and it’s really tough.”

My encounter captures the promise and limitations of Ford’s first electric vehicle.

The beautiful Mustang is garnering a lot of interest in a hungry Midwestern market dominated by sexy Silicon Valley brand Tesla. But it’s a niche market of people willing to spend their road trips hanging out in discount store parking lots for long periods of time.

I spent a week with Ford’s first electric vehicle in the north. Like renting a convertible Mustang on a vacation trip, it’s a refreshing and different experience: high tech, high torque, premium styling. And, like my Tesla Model 3 (in which I have made the same trip several times), it requires patience when it comes out of its subway comfort zone.

“Training a wild mustang (horse),” Sunset Magazine wrote, “can be, unsurprisingly, a daunting task.” The same goes for driving an electric Mustang Mach-E on a road trip.

With 197 miles on the Mach E battery, I left Oakland County for our summer cottage in Charlevoix. “Sail to Charlevoix, Michigan,” I barked at the navigation system. I might have heard navi’s voice sigh as she prepared for my trip. It would be a double stop.

I didn’t have enough juice to cover the 255 mile distance – a distance easily covered, for example, with a gasoline Ford Explorer. I should stop at an Electrify America fast charger at a Bay City Meijer on the way first.

With a pleasant 72 degree outside temperature, Mach-E and I trotted with traffic at 80 mph. But speed (and temperature) drinks electrons. Above 75mph I start to lose 20% of range (i.e. for every 10 miles on the odometer, I take 12 off the battery). I backed up to 70mph to conserve electrons, swallowing my pride as the explorers blew my ‘Stang at 80mph. While the outside temperature dropped to 50 degrees at night (in, uh, July. What do I hear about global warming?), I even suffered a loss of range at 70 mph.

My standard battery Mach-E tester was sticker for $ 47,235 – a significant amount of 10,000 under the price of a 326 mile long range Model Y, which is the only Tesla currently available (standard range model not available). ). Mach-E wore a striking shade of Rapid Red (I like) which, at $ 400, is also cheaper than the Model Y’s $ 2,000 red coat option. Factor in the $ 7,500 federal tax subsidy. $ (which is no longer available on Teslas), and the $ 39,000 is a no-brainer for budget-conscious electric vehicle buyers (though it’s still much more than a comparable gasoline Ford Bronco Sport) .

Ford wisely chose its muscle car sub-brand to take on Tesla’s performance brand. My son Henry, 30, said he would prefer the Mustang over the Tesla – and not just because of the price.

“I want to drive up to my friends’ house in a Mustang,” smiles the Detroit-raised motorist.

The appeal of the brand was not lost on others during my trip. “Is this the new Mustang EV ?!” delighted a middle-aged couple from Charlevoix. “This is so cool.”

Convincing them (and my son) to buy one, however, is the challenge. “Good luck with the electric vehicle beta test for Ford,” they said as they walked away. At the local Ford dealership here, customers had placed 11 orders for the new gasoline Ford Bronco – none for the Mach-E. Bronco Sports outperform the Mach-E by 6: 1.

Owning an EV requires a lot of math. After half an hour in the Bay City Meijer charger, I stopped at 80% charge. Why 80%, you ask? Because the charge rate drops sharply after 80% (charging an EV, by analogy, is like filling a beer glass – the last bit is slow). Charging to 100% would take another two hours. I need to know these things by owning an EV.

Also note: it costs more to fill your electric vehicle (14.5 cents per mile) at the rate of 43 cents per kWh of EA than your gasoline-powered car (13 cents per mile) at the price of gasoline. $ 3.20 per gallon. For now, however, automakers are offering free fees.

Mach-E told me I had 160 miles left, enough to get to Charlevoix, but with 0% battery remaining. I needed to recharge at Gaylord to accumulate enough kilometers to move around Charlevoix, poor in chargers. But Mach-E couldn’t find the Electrify America fast charger. I called EA’s 800 number to confirm it was working. Phew! After my Meijer stop (and conversation with Tesla-philes), I arrived in Charlevoix at 1:25 am

Mach-E aroused a lot of interest from my neighbors in Charlevoix. I did a lot of testing.

The SUV’s Mustang styling cues – muscular shoulders, three-bar taillights, moody headlights – drew them in. Inside, it’s a Tesla clone with a large, 15.5-inch center display that runs the show (and a useful LCD screen behind the steering wheel roll key for data like range and mph). It’s roomy and fun to drive (for a while) with instant electric torque and a low center of gravity.

Susie, a 76-year-old grandmother in tennis shoes and owner of an Audi Q5, fell in love. It completed an extended test drive enjoying Mach-E’s single-pedal driving, hands-free driving assistance, and artificial engine sound in unbridled mode. We did a lot of unbridled sucking mode.

With only 76 miles of range on the Mach-E (I needed 50 to get back to Gaylord’s EA charger to recharge for the return trip), I went to charge overnight at Charlevoix’s only 240 volt charger. He was blocked by a summer carnival in town. What has to be done?

Mach E Navigation said a dealership three miles out of town had a 240-volt charger. The Jeep dealer was kind enough to let me use the charger, but it was slow. A Ford dealership charger that was just installed across the road (which was not showing up in Mach E’s charger locator) performed better. I plugged in and walked back to my chalet for 20 minutes on a bike that I had hidden in the hatch of the Mach E.

Maybe electric vehicles should be sold with bicycles.

The lesson: if you want to travel north in your EV, install a charger (cost: around $ 2,000) in your second home (indeed, that’s what a Model S owner I met with. in another Meijer had done in Traverse City). Or keep your EV in Detroit for local trips, then buy a gas-powered Explorer for trips anywhere else.


Ford Mustang Mach-E 2021

Vehicle type: Battery-powered, rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive five-seat SUV

Price: $ 43,995 including destination charge of $ 1,100 ($ 47,235 RWD Select with standard battery tested)

Powertrain: 68 to 88 kWh lithium-ion battery driving single or double electric motors

Horsepower: 266 hp, 317 lb-ft of torque (as tested)

Transmission: single speed automatic

Performance: 0-60 mph, 5.8 seconds (manufacturing); top speed, 134 mph

Weight: 4,394 pounds (as tested)

Fuel economy: EPA MPGe 101 combined city / highway; range, 211 miles

Report card

Treble: attracts people’s attention; tailgate useful for transporting things

Weak points: Inferior supply network; expensive compared to gas peers

Overall: 3 stars

Henry Payne is an auto critic for The Detroit News. Find him at [email protected] or Twitter @HenryEPayne.

© 2021 Visit Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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Connect the dots to charge EVs in apartments

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has launched a long-awaited consultation process on how best to deploy electric vehicle (EV) charging points for people living in apartments or other high-density housing.

One might reasonably wonder why, as we approach the 10th anniversary of electric vehicle sales in Ireland, we are only at the consultative stage of such things. There are, without a doubt, complications however. In particular the delicate question of knowing who exactly will pay for chargers and recharging, and how this cost will be passed on to the end user.

“Some residents might say it’s not directly benefiting them right now, although it might in the future. This could therefore create difficulties, ”said Robert Cazaciuc, program manager for electric vehicle charging infrastructure at SEAI. “Cabling can cost anywhere from $ 12,000 to $ 120,000, or even more, depending on the size of the property. You may need some civil engineering work.

“Then there is the question of who will pay for the electricity? Who will pay for the maintenance? Are you just building by looking at what load you need right now, or are you building for the growth in terms of the infrastructure you’re putting in place? So those are some of the challenges. “

SEAI’s current proposals – on which it seeks public input – are to provide grants and incentives at two levels. At the basic Tier Two level, the idea is to subsidize the installation of a charging point for a person or a household, subject to the authorization of its owner or the building management company. This would be granted at the same rate of € 600 as that which currently applies to those who install a charger in a residence with off-street parking.

The Tier 1 grant is a bit more complex and aims to offset the costs of installing large amounts of cables and charging points for owners of entire buildings or housing complexes where there is no parking. off-road for individual residents.

Installation cost

In this case, SEAI estimates that it will offer grants ranging from 50 to 80% of the installation cost, although this is more focused on the wiring and conduit requirements – the subsidy for outlet points. actual physical load will always be capped at € 600 per point. How the amount of the grant – whether 50% or 80% or something in between – is to be discussed in the consultation, but will also be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Grants, for now anyway, will only be available for existing apartment complexes or other “multi-unit developments” without the availability of off-street parking. They will not be awarded to new constructions or to complexes or buildings under renovation, as there is already legislation requiring that such projects provide for a minimum number of charging points for electric vehicles. There will also be no subsidy available for upstream work needed to improve or expand the building’s electricity supply – the owner, owner or management company will have to bear these costs.

This immediately raises the question of how these facilities will be financed. For large business owners, raising funds may not be too big of a hurdle, but it will be much more difficult for smaller or individual owners, or for management companies by their owners.

Management companies

Management companies will also argue that their funds are better spent on maintenance and other improvements. Then again, individual EV owners might well argue that there is a societal good to all of this, and that owners – having benefited from soaring property values ​​and rents – might be doing by giving something back.

Paying for recharging will be another issue – in some cases the ESB has specific rules on how much you can charge for electricity supplied to common areas of apartment complexes, and this could interfere with the analysis. cost-benefit for those who install the charging infrastructure, even as such infrastructure will be increasingly required by law.

While an owner or management company may be persuaded to apply for the SEAI grants and do the necessary work, there are also serious questions about transparency and accountability – there are already legions of complaints of overcharging of customers. services by the management of the apartments companies, so how to ensure that only the appropriate and correct charging costs are passed on?

“That’s what we want to see in terms of how they propose to actually bill, and the cost passed on when the infrastructure is installed, and how it’s all going to be managed. So we have to understand this as part of any grant application, ”said Declan Meally of SEAI.

“We spoke with equivalent bodies in the UK, and they did research on this,” Cazaciuc said. “They were asking the same questions. They found that while they had not explicitly stated what fees everyone should be charged to get things right, residents had to pay a fair price. There have been a few very exceptional cases where there was not a fair price. So there can be advantages and disadvantages to being too prescriptive about what management companies should and cannot do. But if there are any problems, we will of course intervene.

Electrical network

There is another problem, and that is the demand on the electricity grid. Although the major energy suppliers have all consistently stated that Ireland has sufficient power generation capacity to cope with the increase in the number of electric vehicles, this is usually accompanied by the caution that the management of this request will be necessary. “We recognize that smart charging of apartment buildings is essential, especially given the increased demand that may be placed on the grid system by apartment buildings and their parking lots,” said Gerry Cash. from private top-up provider EasyGo to The Irish Times.

“We believe that all subsidies should be directed towards smart chargers capable of meeting the needs of the grid. Currently, any type of charger, mute or otherwise, can be installed by any electrician and grant applications can be submitted to SEAI. This will be a significant missed opportunity and create problems in the future if not addressed now and could undermine “smart cities” initiatives. The switch to a smart grid must happen before the rapid increase in demand, not after. “

On the question of how it took so long to get this far in terms of apartment pricing, Cash states that “the government wants to be involved in this sector and therefore the quirks of the Irish public sector, the related policies and the associated restrictions. then come into play. More charging points in a competitive free market would be possible if the private sector were empowered. “

The question then arises, of course, of knowing how much all these subsidies and investments cost the State. On this point, the answer is perhaps a little easier – SEAI says it has so far paid out € 74 million in subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles and chargers for these vehicles.

To put this into context, last year, according to Green News, the government had to buy around 150 million euros in carbon credits and pay an additional 125 million euros in fines to the EU for exceeding agreed CO2 limits. In addition, the Green Party has calculated that air quality problems cost 2 billion euros each year in health-related costs and decreased productivity due to lost working days.

There is also a question of percentage to consider. According to SEAI figures, the Irish housing stock is divided into 88 percent houses and only 12 percent apartments. The occupants of these apartments are divided into 20 percent owners, 20 percent tenants with a local housing agency and 60 percent tenants with a private landlord.

It would be unfair to dismiss apartment dwellers as undeserving of special attention when it comes to electric car charging systems – after all, what’s right for one is right for the other, and we must encourage as many people as possible to use electric vehicles.

It is possible, however, that a certain balance needs to be struck between the fact that people living in apartments are likely to have easier access to public transport, and the fact that when they drive they are driving in urban areas, where localized emission reduction is as important as carbon reduction.

As always when it comes to electric cars and their infrastructure, the answer seems straightforward enough – having more EVs on the road and more chargers for them are two good things – but there is a lack of simplicity in the routes that we have to borrow to get there.

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Prologis buys land near Philadelphia airport

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PHILADELPHIA – Popular parking lot near Philadelphia International Airport bought for $ 45 million by Prologis, a real estate giant specializing in leasing space to retail, e-commerce and logistics businesses , according to the company that negotiated the agreement.

What caught the attention of the San Francisco-based company is the nearly 19-acre property, long used by travelers who have parked their cars on the PreFlight lot. Owned by a subsidiary of InterPark – a Chicago-based company that operates nearly a dozen parking lots in Philadelphia – the PreFlight lot was closed to the public last month.

“The pandemic has really accelerated this trend of last mile, logistics-driven industrial real estate,” said Ryan Guittare, with commercial real estate firm Newmark, who represented InterPark in the sale. “Everyone is working to shorten the time it takes to get products to consumers. “

Entrance to the PreFlight long-term parking lot on Island Avenue near the Philadelphia International Airport. The lot closed last month and the property was acquired by Prologis. (Tom Gralish / Philadelphia Enquirer / Tribune News Service)

Prologis acquired Philadelphia developer Liberty Property Trust, and with it more than 500 industrial sites, in a $ 13 billion transaction that closed last year. As of June, Prologis owned or had invested in nearly one billion square feet of real estate in 19 countries. The company said its main customers are Amazon, Home Depot, FedEx, UPS, and DHL.

Prologis did not immediately comment. InterPark did not return a request for comment.

A 271,000 square foot facility is located on the plot. In marketing materials, Newmark highlighted the property’s proximity to the airport, downtown and PhilaPort, its easy access to freeways, and the 49 million people within a 200 mile radius.

In June, the airport announced a major initiative to expand cargo facilities over the next five to ten years. News of these plans “tied very well to our sales process,” Guittare said.

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Walton County Approves Commercial Project on County Road 30A

FREEPORT – A unanimous vote by the Walton County Technical Review Committee on Wednesday paved the way for commercial development on County Road 30A at Tanglewood Drive.

Panama City Beach-based developer Nissim Afuta’s plan calls for the construction of a 6,233 square foot one-story structure on 0.80 acre land on the west side of CR 30A, about a mile south from its western intersection with the US Highway. 98. There is a mix of land uses in the area, including residential properties, and residents of the area have expressed concerns about previous versions of the proposal.

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Following:South Walton front door should not be lined with used trailers, residents say

The proposal had already been submitted to the Technical Review Committee (TRC), and following feedback from the neighborhood, Afuta and the engineering firm working with him, Nautilus Civil Engineers, based in Santa Rosa Beach, redesigned the project. .

As approved on Wednesday, the project now includes entry and exit points along CR 30A and Tanglewood Drive, as well as nearly two dozen internal parking spaces and increased attention to the site’s vegetation.

Visit 30A:Scenic America names Scenic Highway 30A National Scenic Byway

Going forward, however, will require the developer to pay just over $ 61,000 as a “proportional fair share” of the projected impact of the development on transportation infrastructure in the immediate area. In addition, Afuta underwent a “preservation buyout” assessment – a reflection of the project’s impact on the natural environment, before work could begin.

Since the project is classified as “minor development” under county regulations, it will not require any review or decision by the Walton County Council of Commissioners. It will, however, have to meet construction requirements and other necessary permits to continue moving forward.

Walton County approves purchase of $ 2.3 million land for Grayton Beach public washrooms

TRC votes to move plans for Greg Orr Porsche dealership

On Wednesday, the TRC voted to move plans for a car dealership – proposed for the south side of US Highway 98 east of Don Bishop Road and west of Sugar Drive – forward for the September meeting. of the Design Review Board, the next step in the development review process.

Greg Orr Porsche is currently planned as a 28,450 square foot structure, comprising a showroom, service and office spaces and associated infrastructure on a 3.44 acre lot.

Plans for the dealership had been filed earlier by the county for a redesign, and TRC members learned on Wednesday that Porsche itself had requested a redesign of the plan.

Context: US 98 Commercial / Residential Proposals Fail Early Hurdle, For Now

And at a January TRC meeting, Walton County Planning Director Mac Carpenter questioned whether the concessionaire could be authorized on the US 98 portion of the Scenic Corridor.

David Smith of Innerlight Engineering, the Miramar Beach firm working with Orr, told TRC on Wednesday that the firm was responding to a number of questions included in a report from planning staff on the proposal, including issues related to the presence of the concessionaire on the panoramic corridor. .

Some of the issues that must be addressed for the site include the location of parking spaces, required vegetation and signage.

Addressing the engineering firm’s work on planning staff questions, Smith told TRC members that the firm was “in great shape to respond” just before the committee’s decision to send the proposal to the Board of Directors. design review.

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China’s Bitcoin Mining Ban, A ‘Game Changer’ for Electric Vehicle Adoption

Following Beijing’s crackdown on energy-sapping Bitcoin mining (BTC), Guizhou province became the first in the country to use its freed energy capacity to advance a climate-conscious agenda.

The hydropower-rich southern province recently announced a plan to build at least 4,500 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in 2021. This will rise to 5,000 in 2022 and to 5,500 the following year.

Like the South China Morning Post reported, Beijing’s pressure on Bitcoin miners released more than 50 terawatt hours of electricity, enough to support an industrialized city of one million people for 33 years or to meet the recharging needs of 10 million Tesla Model 3 per year.

On the global stage, China has been a forerunner and decisive against crypto mining, forcing pools that once enjoyed cheap and excess power to shut down and move overseas. The provincial authorities of Guizhou are now taking advantage of this surplus to encourage the 38 million inhabitants of the region to adapt their habits in accordance with Beijing’s decarbonization commitments. Cao Hua, partner of private equity firm Unity Asset Management, told reporters that Guizhou’s EV plan is “a double dose of good news for the Chinese economy”:

“Tackling energy-consuming Bitcoin mines and using excess capacity to support the development of the future of mobility is the best example of how China is striving to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality. “

Guizhou, one of the lowest per capita income levels in the country, aims to have 38,000 EV charging stations installed by 2023, with at least one in each city and 20% of parking spaces in cities. shopping centers reserved for EV charging stations. Local residents and manufacturers told the South China Morning Post that they expect provincial authorities to offer incentives and discounts to consumers to boost adoption.

Up the production chain, a local supplier of electric vehicle batteries said the industry was already drawing inspiration from the new program. “We plan to diversify into these areas as they could deploy more incentives to attract companies making products that comply with their environmental policies,” he said.

Nationally, China has reportedly increased its number of public and private electric vehicle charging stations by more than 47% in the past year. Yet the vast majority of infrastructure remains concentrated in the wealthiest cities and regions. The SCMP report claimed that the change in capacity use in former Bitcoin mining hubs – including Qinghai, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Yunnan and Sichuan – could be a “game changer” for Bitcoin. the country’s desire to popularize electric vehicles.

Related: Bitcoin Hash Rate Hits Lowest In 8 Months As Chinese Miners Shut Down

Extending charging stations to rural and underdeveloped areas represents a significant challenge and is necessary to address the “range anxiety” of future electric vehicle drivers, that is, the distance they are driving. can go through without ending up at a dead end in terms of battery life. The shift towards electric vehicles therefore requires a coordinated effort by provincial governments, automakers and battery manufacturers to sufficiently increase levels of investment and large-scale production. Right now, Beijing is aiming for three out of five vehicles in the country to be powered by non-fossil fuels by 2030, compared to 50% for the United States.

Besides climatic reasons, several governments around the world have toughened their stance on Bitcoin mining this year, citing concerns about its impact on local energy supply. In late April, a former Kyrgyz government official argued that crypto mining was one of the main drivers of the country’s energy crisis. Authorized Iranian miners have been banned from operating in the country until September in an attempt to conserve electricity during the summer months.

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Romford tops the list of areas with the most stolen vehicles

Britain’s auto crime hot spots revealed: Romford postcode has highest proportion of vehicle thefts for second year in a row

  • Romford turned out to be the area with the most car thefts for the second year
  • Meanwhile, those in Scotland are among the safest
  • We reveal the best – and worst – places for auto theft

Romford has the highest reported auto theft rate in the UK for the second year in a row, according to a new study.

Postal code “RM” has a car theft rate of 16.38 per 1,000 insurance claims in 2021 – an increase from 15.74 in 2020, according to data from Money Super Market and enough to exceed all. other regions of the country.

Ilford and Barking followed closely behind with a rate of 15.71, again for a second year in a row as thieves continue to target the same areas.

Hotspot: Romford is the place with the most car thefts in the UK for the second year in a row

Meanwhile, Dumfries and Galloway, located in the southern highlands of Scotland, have the lowest reported car theft rate at 0.37 per 1,000 people.

Money Super Market analyzed millions of auto insurance claims made on its site between July 20, 2020 and July 20, 2021 to identify areas with the highest and lowest rates of auto theft claims reported on a market. period of five years.

He revealed Birmingham was the region with the third highest theft rate with 13.33 claims per 1,000, followed closely by North London with a rate of 12.61.

Enfield, Dudley and South West London were also on the list.

Meanwhile, Scottish sites dominate the ten safest areas for auto theft, with Kirkwall, Perth, Paisley and Galashiels all taking the top spots.

Other areas with the lowest theft rate include Isle of Man with a claim rate of 0.39 per 1,000 and Llandrindod Wells with a claim rate of 0.79.

The southwestern towns of Plymouth and Exeter were also on the list.

Regarding age, research has found that drivers aged 30 to 39 are the most likely to report their car stolen with a theft rate of 8.78 per 1,000 people, while those aged 20 at age 24 are the least at risk with a rate of 4.09.

This compares to 2020, where those 40 to 49 were the most likely to face a higher risk of car theft with a rate of 8.33.

Rank Region and postal code Theft rate per 1000
1 Romford RM 16.38
2 Ilford and Barking IG 15.71
3 Birmingham – B 13.33
4 North London N 12.61
5 Enfield – FR 12.05
6 Dudley DY 11.66
7 South West London SW 11.32
8 Bromley – BR 11.01
9 Stockport – SK 10.82
ten West End – W 10.67
Source: Money Supermarket
Scottish locations dominate the ten safest areas for auto theft, with many in the top spots

Scottish locations dominate the ten safest areas for auto theft, with many in the top spots

The Ford Fiesta was the most targeted vehicle by thieves in 2020 with 3,392 reported cases, according to DVLA statistics, followed by the Land Rover Range Rover with 2,881 cases and then the Volkswagen Golf with 1,975 cases.

Praksha Patel-Shah, Auto Insurance Expert at Money Super Market, said, “Not only where you live and park your car can increase the likelihood of you experiencing car theft, but criminals are now becoming more inventive and sophisticated when it comes to modern vehicles. , additional prevention may therefore be necessary.

“Our research shows that urban and built-up areas have the highest incidences of auto theft, while more rural and remote areas tend to have fewer cases.

“Insurers take your location into account when providing you with a quote, so if you live in an area with a high theft rate, you might see that reflected in higher premiums.

“Whatever your location, finding a new car insurance policy can help you cut costs significantly – in just a few minutes, you could save up to £ 236 per year. “

Rank Region and postal code Theft rate per 1000
1 DG – Dumfries and Galloway 0.37
2 IV – Inverness 0.39
3 IM – Isle of Man 0.39
4 KW – Kirkwall 0.48
5 LD – Well of Llandrindod 0.79
6 PH – Perth 0.87
7 PL – Plymouth 0.98
8 PA – Cashmere 1.01
9 TD – Galashiels 1.11
ten EX – Exeter 1.31
Source: Money Supermarket

Previous research conducted last month found that nine of the top ten auto theft locations are in the capital, including the exclusive areas of Kensington and Chelsea as well as Ealing and Wandsworth, according to data collected by Co-Op Insurance .

He revealed Preston was the only postcode in the north with auto crime statistics high enough to make it into the top 20, number 13 on the list.

Meanwhile, correlating with research conducted by Money Super Market, Moray in Scotland was found to have the fewest vehicle theft claims in four years.

Tips for keeping a car safe

Money Super Market has compiled a list of seven tips for securing your vehicle against potential thieves:

1. Make sure that your car keys are not easily accessible, avoid leaving them near your front door and in the sight of possible opportunists.

2. Always check that your car is locked before you leave – many assume their vehicle will automatically lock and put themselves at risk of easy car theft.

3. If you can, parking off-road or in a garage can make it more difficult for criminals to steal your vehicle. Using a garage can help further protect your car and can also help you save money on your auto insurance.

4. Many car thefts are opportunistic and unplanned, so make sure your car is equipped with an alarm and that no valuables are left in sight. If possible, do not leave your vehicle running or unattended, even for a short time.

5. Obtaining windows made of safety glass or reinforced glazing, which are designed to prevent “smash and grab” attacks, can protect you from damage to your vehicle.

6. Safety measures such as tracking devices and steering wheel locks can act as a deterrent, minimizing damage and increasing the chances of recovery.

7. If you have a keyless car, try purchasing a metal box or protective pouch to store your keys – this will help prevent criminals from using advanced methods like relay technology to unlock your vehicle.


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The VLT parody piece, First Friday ArtWalk

Forecasters are predicting fiery weather to subside a bit and just in time for weekend events. The county’s cultural institutions are going all out with outdoor events across the city. COVID-19 conditions encourage social distancing, but with music, food and fun in the sun, there is plenty of space to celebrate during this time.

Below are some highlights that are following a strong civic impetus. For a list of all events, visit

“Ministers of Grace”, a Shakespearean parody of “Ghostbusters”

For its return (outdoors) to its live performances this weekend, the Very Little Theater asks audiences, “Who are you going to call?”

“Ministers of Grace” will parody the classic 1984 film “Ghostbusters” as part of the VLT’s theatrical comeback on stage since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of appearing under rafters, the show will take place under blue skies and green leaves as the venue continues to reshape its historic 70-year-old building. With wider seats, a bigger stage and new lighting rig set to debut in January 2022, “Minister” will be one of the company’s only performances in the sun and possibly the first of 92 years of VLT history.

Following:Eugene’s Very Little Theater is delighted to receive a $ 200,000 building grant

The piece, according to development and marketing coordinator Jessica Ruth Baker, is unique outside of the VLT regular season. The performance will be free in part to thank the community for support during the theater’s extended closure. The cast, Baker said in an email, are delighted to be back in front of live faces.

“Every person in our cast is thrilled,” Baker said. “A lot of us have enjoyed doing virtual theater over the past year and a half, both pre-recorded and live, but it’s hard to match the feeling you get when you’re in the same physical space as members of the public. “

“Minister” characters like Russell Dyball (Peter Venkman) and Kari Welch (Dana Barrett) will fight a spiritual infestation with a twist: Dialogue was adapted into Elizabethan English from the Shakespearean era. The VLT combines the memorable characters and lines from the movie with low-tech effects and silly antics.

“Ministers of Grace” is a work published by playwright Jordan Monsell, who has received readings around the world. VLT will most likely be the play’s first staged performance, Baker said. To support the local arts, Monsell allowed the VLT to perform “Ministers” for free instead of possibly attending the show.

“Ministers of Grace” will take place Saturday and Sunday at 7 pm in the parking lot of the VLT, 2350 Hilyard St. Free and donations welcome; tickets and information at 541-344-7751 or

#instaballet will perform during the First Friday ArtWalk at Capitello Wines, 540 Charnelton St.

Strong points

  • United Way of Lane County 75th Anniversary Kicks Off in the Park“will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Alton Baker Park, 100 Day Island Road. Free ice cream, food trucks, a family magic show, story time and more will accompany the unveiling of the initiatives. Unitedway’s anniversary year of cultivating just and resilient South Willamette communities More information at
  • Lane Arts Council First Friday ArtWalk returns just in time to kick off Eugene Cultural Services Visual Arts Week at the Park Blocks, south of Eighth Avenue, east and west of Oak Street. At 5:30 pm, Mayor Lucy Vinis will deliver an opening address, poet Jorah LaFleur will present his oral piece on the theme “Emergence” and UP UP UP Inc. will follow with a “Crane Truck Circus Show” at 6 pm . Free, with at least 20 additional artistic and creative events running until 8:30 p.m. More information at
  • Eugene’s ballet dancers and live musicians will bring #performance instaballet 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Lane Arts Council’s first ArtWalk Friday at Capitello Wines, 540 Charnelton St. Free with food and drink to buy at Capitello Wines and Pizzeria DOP food truck. Details at
  • the “Pop-Up Pentecost Block Party 2021” bounces from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday along Third Avenue West. Music and merriment throughout Pentecost will be provided by local traders and neighborhood residents with festivities surrounding the main stage of Ninkasi Brewery, “G-Spot” at 272 Van Buren Street. Groups include Gold Casio, Camp Crush, Laundry, Beat Crunchers, Sam & Courtesy Clerks and many more. Free. Learn more at

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Do parking tickets affect your insurance rates?

Parking violations cost Americans an average of $ 25 to $ 200, according to a Drexel University central business district public parking survey that included data from 107 U.S. cities. If you don’t pay for your tickets on time, late fees could accumulate or your car could be impounded. Typically, parking tickets do not affect the amount you pay for auto insurance. However, be aware that some unpaid tickets can affect your premium.

The amount you owe for your parking ticket will likely be listed in the municipal code for the town, county, or town where you received the ticket. If you’ve recently received a parking ticket, you may not be sure how to proceed. With that in mind, Bankrate’s editorial team has put together this guide to help you navigate your violation and the costs associated with it.

When tickets affect insurance rates

Parking tickets generally do not directly affect your auto insurance rates. A parking ticket is an immobility violation. Forgetting to power the meter is not tied to your driver’s license or reported to the DMV or your auto insurance company.

Even if you tell your insurer about your parking tickets, your insurance company will not use the information to decide whether you are more likely to have a car accident or to file an auto insurance claim.

Do parking tickets increase insurance in any way?

A parking ticket is unlikely to increase your insurance. However, unpaid parking tickets sent to collections could potentially affect your credit score. Some auto insurance companies will look at your credit score to decide whether to insure you and to determine the cost of your auto insurance.

This means that unpaid parking tickets could affect your premium. However, in states like California, Hawaii, and Massachusetts, auto insurance companies are not allowed to use your credit score as one of the factors determining the cost of your auto insurance. In this case, the unpaid tickets would have no effect on your auto insurance premiums.

How to Avoid Letting Parking Tickets Raise Insurance Rates

If you receive a parking ticket, it’s usually in your best interest to fix the problem right away. If you delay paying for your ticket, you could rack up late fees or even risk the city impounding your car.

Instead of avoiding paying your parking ticket, depending on your situation, consider these options:

  • Immediately send a letter in writing if you believe the ticket was in error, explaining why you think the ticket was not justified under the circumstances. Attach a copy of the ticket, contact details and supporting documents, such as photos of the broken meter or the partially covered or damaged “no parking” sign.
  • Talk to the city about a payment plan or other arrangements if you can’t pay it right away. The city may be able to freeze other late fees so you can catch up on your tickets.
  • Ask your family to lend you the money to pay for the tickets. You can then reimburse your family without worrying about late fees and additional collections.
  • Ask your employer for an advance on your wages to pay your tickets.

How to avoid parking tickets

The best way to avoid parking tickets is to be careful where you park. Scan nearby signs to make sure you are allowed to park in the area. Some areas have time limits or only allow parking at certain times of the day or on certain days of the week.

If you park in a metered area, bring plenty of change and be sure to note the time you paid to park. A good way to remember this is to set a timer on your smartphone to remind you of your parking lot. When you set an alarm, you might want to give yourself a few extra minutes to get back to your car or add more change to the meter.

If you park in an area with a broken parking meter, you may have a hard time proving to the local parking manager that the meter was defective. In this case, you may want to consider parking elsewhere if possible.

Finally, if you regularly receive parking tickets at home or near work, you may want to consider making other arrangements, such as renting a parking space in a garage, requesting parking assistance from your employer, or taking the necessary measures. public transport and leave your car safely parked elsewhere.

Other effects of parking tickets

While parking tickets generally don’t affect insurance rates, ignoring them could lead to more significant inconveniences, such as:

A boot on your tire

Some municipalities may place a boot on your car’s tire to deactivate it until the tickets are paid. In addition to paying for the ticket, you are responsible for paying someone to remove the safe, which can cost up to $ 159 in states like New York.

Late fee

Late fees on unpaid tickets can be costly. If you don’t pay your quote on time, the fees can be significantly increased to double or more. Some areas have legally imposed limits on how much municipalities can charge in late fees, but you may not want to risk accumulating overdue fees for your violations.

Get towed

If your car is towed and impounded for a number of parking tickets, be prepared to spend a lot of money to get it back. NBC 7 in San Diego, Calif., Published an article about the amount charged to people to get their vehicles released after unpaid parking tickets. NBC found that in 2019, some people paid between $ 2,733 and $ 5,055 to have their vehicles released. Worse, the city sold 1,452 of the 4,683 vehicles it towed for unpaid tickets.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do parking tickets affect your license?

Parking tickets will not affect your permit, as long as you pay for them. If you don’t pay for your parking infractions, the DMV could suspend your license or prevent you from renewing it. Depending on how many unpaid tickets you have, you may not even be able to renew your vehicle registration.

What other factors affect insurance rates?

Getting a parking ticket is not a movement violation and, therefore, is unlikely to directly affect your insurance rate. Traffic tickets such as speeding or passing a red light are generally much more likely to affect your car insurance premium. However, many of the best auto insurance companies still offer cheap auto insurance for drivers with points on their licenses. You can also take advantage of discounts that could lower your insurance premium.

What if the parking ticket I received was wrong?

If you believe the ticket you received was incorrect, follow the instructions on the citation to write a letter explaining why you are contesting the ticket. Be sure to include your contact details, reference number and any evidence to support your claim.

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Springdale Council Supports Plans for Downtown Park and Farmers Market

SPRINGDALE – Springdale City Council has agreed to match funding for grants that will benefit Luther George Park and Springdale Greenway Market, a farmers’ market.

The council, meeting in committee of the whole on Monday, agreed to put the measures to a vote by the whole council at its regular meeting on August 10.

Both grants would come from the federal outdoor recreation matching grant program administered by the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, said Jill Dabbs, executive director of the Downtown Springdale Alliance, who spent a contract with the city to create a dynamic city center for commerce. and recreation.

Last year, the council committed $ 2 million to the Luther George project. The city’s money and an additional $ 4 million raised privately for the park will represent the matching money without additional funds committed by the city, Dabbs said.

“I’m trying to turn your $ 6 million into $ 10 million,” Dabbs told the board.

The second grant would help design and create a farmers market along the Razorback Greenway at the southwest corner of Meadow Avenue on the Arkansas and Missouri railroads.

The city would commit up to $ 250,000 to match this second state grant.

The mayor’s chief of staff, Colby Fulfer, told council that the city’s parks and recreation department account included $ 500,000 available for the project. The money was returned to the city from tax money paid to the state by residents of Springdale.

Bank of America in September 2019 donated to the city of approximately 2 acres facing Emma Avenue, which included the lobby, offices, drive-thru and parking lots of its Emma Avenue branch. First State Bank of Springdale was a predecessor of Bank of America at this location.

The lobby and offices of the bank were demolished. The city kept the building behind the wheel with the idea of ​​providing toilets, storage and a public meeting place.

Luther George Park will benefit from the sale of industrial land in the city.

In May 2020, council approved the 2018 Bond Fund spending $ 1.7 million for road upgrades to extend and improve Kendrick Avenue to North Jefferson Street in the industrial park. from the city to the north of the city. This money was added to a March 2020 grant of $ 1.5 million earmarked for the US Department of Commerce and Economic Development Commission Kendrick Project.

In exchange for improving the road, the Public Facilities Board, owner of the industrial property, pledged to use $ 2 million from the sale of lots in the industrial area to work with the city on a future project. . The council has allocated these funds to Luther George Park.

The Downtown Springdale Alliance led the efforts of the $ 642,000 Design Excellence Grant from the Walton Family Foundation for the design of Luther George Park.

New Orleans-based landscape architects Spackman Mossop Michaels unveiled their conceptual design for a redeveloped park in August 2019, which was created with public participation sessions.

The following month, city council hired Milestone Construction Co. as the general contractor for the park.

Dabbs said she expects the $ 10 million park project to be inaugurated before the end of the year.

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JCB driver throws car outside lavish apartments “in bitter argument over unpaid bill”

Footage shows a JCB throwing a car wreck outside a building in Edgerton, Huddersfield, after the property management company demanded £ 66,000 for work carried out after a water leak

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JCB throws car into posh apartments in bitter row

That’s when a JCB dumped a wrecked car outside a lavish apartment building in what is seen as the latest chapter in an argument over an unpaid bill.

Robert Hall, who owns a £ 400,000 flat in the building, said the property management company hit residents with a bill of £ 66,000 for work carried out following an oil leak. water.

He claims other companies could have done the job for just £ 25,000.

Mr Hall said this amounted to £ 11,000 for himself and each of the other five apartments at Edgerton’s address, Huddersfield, Yorkshire Live reports.

He believes the ditching of two smashed cars in apartments yesterday is linked to the residents’ dispute with Mick Dunbar, owner of management company MD Construction.

JCB dumps two wrecked cars at lavish apartment complex

Mr Dunbar has reportedly tried to charge residents £ 11,000 each following a water leak in December last year.

Mr Hall, who has instructed a Dewsbury-based law firm about the matter, believes the dispute resulted in stone blocks being placed at the entrance to the apartments on Wednesday, blocking all cars entering or leaving.

However, he said officers from the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service demanded they be moved as they posed a risk in the event of a fire.

But the situation worsened at 9 a.m. yesterday when two junk cars were thrown into the parking lot.

Vehicles were abandoned at the site amid a dispute over an unpaid invoice

Mr Hall, who lives on the property with his wife, said a meeting was arranged with Mr Dunbar on June 9 when he and the other tenants refused to pay the bills. They said this was a clear abuse of their rights and privileges and claimed that the work was done without any consultation.

Mr Hall said: “We have pushed aside the stone blocks so that we can get through.”

Mr Dunbar, owner of one of the six apartments, did not respond to a request for comment.

Edgerton was once known as the Belgravia of Huddersfield and has some of the city’s grandest addresses.

Stone blocks were also placed at the entrance to the block

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A book titled The Villas of Edgerton was published with wide acclaim by local historian David Griffiths in 2017.

It comes after a builder destroyed a building with his backhoe because the owner owed him more than £ 4million.

Footage on YouTube shows the entrepreneur driving his machine through the three-story block after an argument with the developer, who he said owed him £ 4.2million.

His yellow and black mechanical shovel could be seen stretching out his long arm and knocking down the apartment balconies.

The damage reportedly occurred at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Blumberg, southern Germany.

The area around the apartments was cordoned off by police, fearing that heavy machinery had damaged the building’s gas containers.

The builder fled in his car after destroying the building with his demolition machine.

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Four apartment buildings planned for the old McIntosh College in Dover NH

DOVER – Portsmouth-based developer Todd Baker, president of Baker Properties, plans to build four apartment buildings on the former McIntosh College property at 23 Cataract Ave.

Baker said each of the four multi-family apartment buildings is expected to have four floors with a total of 156 units. After purchasing the property in 2018, Baker and his team became involved with the city’s zoning committee when it assessed the rezoning of certain areas, like the old McIntosh College plot, to better meet the needs and to changing community concerns.

“Many people have told us that Dover needs affordable housing,” Baker said. “We have designed this project with this in mind and hope to build 156 new residential units to help meet these needs.”

Baker has been involved in commercial real estate for two decades. His company owns more than a dozen commercial real estate developments in the area, including Bowl-O-Rama Square in Portsmouth, Exeter Crossing Square and Hampton Airfield.

“What we’re trying to do is find properties that we think can be improved to meet the needs of the community,” Baker said. “This is an important project for us, and we are looking forward to it.”

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The apartment development by Baker in Dover is planned for part of the 12.1 acre property. He noted that the existing buildings have been recently renovated and are leased to several local businesses and organizations like Great Bay Services, Great Bay Calvary Church and Rising Phoenix Martial Arts. The existing building, along with two existing residential units in the college’s former administrative offices at 61 Rutland Street, will remain intact, he said.

McIntosh Commons should be located near the Spaulding Toll Freeway, between Exits 7 and 8 of Rutland Street.

The vision of the McIntosh Commons apartments

One of the things that drew Baker to the Dover property was the visible frontage location on Route 16, where the property’s large parcel of land has a relatively small building footprint. Since most of the property is paved, there are parking areas for more than 300 spaces, where only 80 parking spaces are needed for existing buildings, he said. Baker said his team needed to reinvent the way to redevelop unused space.

McIntosh Commons Apartments are rated to vary in size. It envisions one-bedroom and one-bath units of 776 square feet, as well as two-bedroom and two-bath units of 1,168 square feet and three-bedroom and two-bath units of 1,554 feet. squares. About 28%, or 42, of the 156 units offered would be rent-limited to meet the definition of affordable housing in Dover, and the rest would be market value, he said.

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These apartment complexes are designed to have individual patios, underground parking and roof terraces. A clubhouse is proposed to feature a fitness area, club room, administrative office, conference room and mail room, with a nearby pavilion that will have grills, as well as a golf course. health and a dog park.

“I think these amenities will be really appreciated by our future residents,” said Baker. “It is an extremely convenient place with a lot to offer.”

The McIntosh Commons Apartments would be located next to the Spaulding Toll Freeway, between Exits 7 and 8 on Rutland Street. It is a short walk from the Route 108 commercial corridor and about a 10-minute walk from Dover town center.

Dover moves to meet housing demand

In 2020, Dover City Council and Town Planning Council passed provisions to incentivize developers by allowing greater density if affordable HUD restricted rental units are included in a development.

Christopher Parker, deputy city manager and director of planning and strategic initiatives, said there is great promise to see a developer reap the benefits of the policy, as demand for housing and especially affordable housing continues to grow. to augment.

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“The mix of units that Mr. Baker and his team are proposing is very positive,” Parker said. “Housing diversity is important on many levels, and the staff are very happy to see this element of the plan. Dover can only benefit from these additional units, and the fact that some are aimed at meeting the need for affordable housing is all the more important. “

The project is still in the early stages of the planning process and will be submitted to the city’s technical review committee on August 12, when it begins a thorough review before moving to planning board review.

“The demand for housing in Dover continues to grow and Dover is a much sought after community,” said Baker. “This property had not been fully appreciated and no one has really done anything with it in a while. We saw a large plot in a great location and thought it would be a perfect place to add more accommodation to the community.”

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