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$74,000 federal grant to improve facilities at Bruce’s Mill Park

Improvements include new picnic shelters, accessible picnic tables, accessibility and safety improvements to Whitchurch-Stouffville Nature Preserve restrooms

Facility upgrades, including two new picnic shelters, are coming to Bruce’s Mill Conservation Park thanks to more than $740,000 in federal government funding.

Non-repayable funds provided through the Canadian Community Revitalization Fund to the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority will be used to make improvements to Whitchurch-Stouffville Park, including the addition of picnic tables picnics, improving the accessibility and safety of toilets and improving access roads and car parks, announced today Helena Jaczek, minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and MP for Markham-Stouffville.

“Our government is investing in community infrastructure to support the mental and physical health of Canadians by promoting social interaction and physical activity,” Jaczek said in a news release. “This revitalization will help attract visitors to Bruce’s Mill where they can gather, enjoy the outdoors and be active.

“The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority is pleased that FedDev Ontario’s investment is meeting the increased demand for outdoor recreation and enhancing the visitor experience at Bruce’s Mill. It is investments like these that allow TRCA to keep our parks and trails in good condition while increasing community connections and improving accessibility for our visitors,” said Michael Tolensky, Director of Finance and operations at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

With a national investment of $500 million over two years, the Canadian Community Revitalization Fund is supporting projects that build new community infrastructure and revitalize existing assets, get people back to public spaces safely, and boost economies. local. This includes $139 million for projects in southern Ontario delivered by FedDev Ontario.

Since 2015, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has invested over $1.6 million in four projects in Stouffville.

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Watch your vehicle, 12-14 two-wheelers are stolen daily in Pune

Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad police station areas have seen up to 1,830 two-, three- and four-wheeler thefts in different public places, showing an average of 12 to 14 two-wheeler thefts per day. Thieves were found to target brand new two-wheelers on the outskirts and suburbs of police stations, and the detection rate also remained low compared to the number of stolen vehicles, although victims had to make multiple rounds of police stations, looking for investigative details of their stolen vehicles. The thieves were also found to steal luxury cars by hacking into sophisticated software from those vehicles. Minors have been found stealing sports bikes to commit crimes such as chain robberies, physical assaults and attacks on rival gangs.

PCMC DCP Kakasaheb Dole said he arrested four suspects for their involvement in at least 15 incidents of chain robbery using sports bikes between 2021 and 2022. “Their role came to the fore when we gathered intelligence at ground level and performed a detailed analysis of CCTV footage in which their criminal acts were captured,” he said.

Social worker Akash Ghule said, “Many people take out loans and buy two-wheelers to use in their daily work. It becomes a difficult task when these two-wheelers are stolen as EMIs have to be paid despite the bikes being insured. Citizens tend to park their vehicle just outside or near their place of work and do not think about where they park. They should lock their bikes and ensure they are parked in a public area monitored by CCTV, as there is less risk of bike theft. In addition, the police must increase patrols and the detection rate must increase in relation to the rising theft rate in the city,” he said.

PCMC Police Commissioner Ankush Shinde said the officers are raising awareness among citizens to prevent vehicle theft. “This is an elaborate process of detecting vehicle theft and subsequently returning the two-wheeler to the owner. Special efforts have been made to prevent vehicle theft and to stop gangs of vehicle thieves “, did he declare.

DCP (crime) Sriniwas Ghadge said: “We are taking strong action aimed at preventing vehicle thefts and an anti-vehicle theft team has been urged to act to ensure that such thefts are prevented. Residential areas refer to housing societies and pockets of slums or sprawling areas in and around the city. Residents of slums do not have adequate parking lots and their vehicles remain parked on public roads or small lanes of vast ones and vehicle thieves then steal these vehicles.

Ghadge also pointed out that housing corporations on the outskirts of town do not employ security guards or have CCTV cameras, making them sitting ducks for thieves to steal the two or four. wheels from these places. The investigation and analysis of the crime branch in the recent past has revealed that the maximum number of vehicle thefts have been reported in Area 5 due to its very large area, which also includes factors such as development fast urban. In addition, vehicle thefts have been reported in areas of Zone 4, citing reasons such as: these areas have dozens of development projects related to commercial and housing companies. Stolen vehicles have been found being sold in rural Pune, Marathwada and northern parts of the state where their spare parts are in demand at cheaper rates. The modus operandi includes the dismantling of the vehicle and the sale of spare parts to mechanics.

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Catalytic Converter Thieves Reportedly Hit Houston Airport Parking Lots Now

HOUSTON – The Houston Police Department is investigating the theft of several catalytic converters from a parking lot at Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Jolie Fletcher told KPRC that she parked her Toyota Land Cruiser at the Ecopark lot on JKF Boulevard for about two weeks while on vacation and returned to find her SUV was the target of thieves.

“When we got to the vehicle and started the car, I immediately knew something was wrong,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher filed a report with the HPD and said it discovered several other vehicles were also affected.

“It seems to be an ongoing problem,” she said. “Four or five other people joined us within the hour to make the same report about the missing catalytic converters.”

Fletcher said the damage to his SUV was estimated at $8,000.

She filed a report with the parking lot which claimed they would refund her the parking money, but said they were not responsible for the theft.

KPRC contacted Houston Airports and obtained the following statement:

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“There are multiple cameras in all parking lots, Houston airport parking lots are well-lit, and each location has private security. Additionally, Houston Airports works closely with its parking operators and the Houston Police Department to have crime deterrents in all parking facilities.

Houston Airports are constantly reviewing how to better protect passenger vehicles while traveling and in addition to crime deterrents in our parking lots, we are grateful to the Houston Police Department officers who help us protect our parking lots every day. .

From January 1, 2022 to June 30, 2022, more than 244,800 Ecopark users experienced our efforts which resulted in 99.97% of customers using our facilities without a security incident.

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Photos: Hundreds attend West Bridgford’s Lark in the Park

Lark in the Park’s return is proving very popular as the weather is great and hundreds of families have arrived early for the day’s entertainment. Until 4 p.m.

This year’s free event offers a range of attractions at Bridgford Park in West Bridgford from 10am to 4pm with inflatables, circus skills, soft games, storytelling and sporting activities from Nottingham Rugby and West Bridgford TennisClub.

There will also be an entertainment program with free song and dance performances for children with Jo Jingles, Super Sparkle Parties with Dex the T-Rex, Dynamic Dance and more.

Event visitors are encouraged to travel to the event by public transport.

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All local car parks will be open and Bridge Field Park on Bridgford Road will also be used as event parking and will be open from 9.30am to 5.00pm with cashless RingGo parking available.

Payments can be made via the RingGo app, online at www.myRingGo.co.uk or by phone on 0115 871 4000.

Cash payments will continue to be made at existing city center pay and display outlets including Bridgford Road, Gordon Road and Nursey Car Park.

Additional notification charges may apply and users are advised to check charges and slot numbers at these car parks before purchasing parking time.

Details of West Bridgford car park facilities can be found on the Rushcliffe Borough Council website.

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Denver’s Basic Income Project is gearing up for launch later this year

In 2020, Mark Donovan, an entrepreneur who had made his fortune overseas, decided it was time to distribute some of his wealth directly to people in need. In June, Donovan began handing out personal grants of $1,000 a month to twelve people; payments continued until the end of the year.

“I was deeply struck by the difference it made for them and how simple and immediate it was for them,” Donovan recalls.

He decided to formalize the concept, founding the Denver Basic Income Project to provide direct cash payments to many more homeless people; he released the program in June 2021.

“The idea is that a basic income creates stability that can create an accelerated path to [long-term] stability and growth. It has been proven program after program across the world as an effective and efficient method of providing support to people who have been traditionally oppressed, discriminated against and not prospering,” says Donovan.

In a soft launch that began last August, the Denver Basic Income Project began providing money to eleven people for twelve months. A second soft launch, serving 28 people, began on July 15. But there are far more important things to come.

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Mayor Michael Hancock named the project during his State of the Town.

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Three days later, during his otherwise unremarkable State of the City address on July 18, Mayor Michael Hancock announced that he would propose to the Denver City Council that $2 million of the money from the American Rescue Plan Act go to an expanded Basic Income Project in Denver.

“This funding will provide over 140 women and families currently in shelters with $1,000 per month for one year in direct cash assistance. This will help them move into stable housing and provide support for them to stay housed, while opening up space in our shelters. to serve more people,” Hancock said.

So far, the project has raised over $7 million, including Hancock’s proposed $2 million. But it still needs about $2 million to support the first full round, which is designed to serve up to 820 people.

Under the plan, 260 people will receive $6,500 each upfront, then $500 per month for the next eleven months. A second group of 260 people will each receive $1,000 per month for twelve months. And 300 people in a third group will receive $50 per month for twelve months in a comparison group.

While the Denver Basic Income Project will be open to all eligible individuals, the Hancock administration and the Denver Department of Housing Stability have requested that city contributions be earmarked for women and families due to funding protocols of the ARPA.

“These funds need to be focused on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the start of the pandemic, HOST has seen the number of women in our shelter system triple and the need for family shelters dramatically increase. In the motel City’s family voucher program, we served 70% more people in March 2022 compared to March 2020, and the families we serve are staying more than twice as long,” said Derek Woodbury, spokesperson for HOST.

To be eligible for the program, participants must be homeless, whether hosted or not, and already in contact with a service provider. They cannot have “serious and unmet mental health or substance abuse needs” and must also be 18 or older.

Applications are not yet accepted, but ultimately the project will choose participants through a random selection process of those who meet the eligibility criteria.

The early days of the Denver Basic Income Project weren’t quite smooth. The project initially partnered with Denver Homeless Out Loud, but the advocacy group disputed that the Denver Basic Income Project did not have homeless people on its board. DHOL also complained that the project initially had a withdrawal limit on the funds it provided to individuals. Eventually, DHOL withdrew from its partnership with the project.

“The participants who joined the soft launch, we provided them with the money throughout the soft launch and they continued to participate in the program, so I would say that’s my response to that,” Donovan said. about DHOL’s complaint. “Banks always set withdrawal limits. However, if necessary, these can be adjusted to suit an individual’s needs.”

The Denver Basic Income Project also has someone with homelessness experience on its structure and governance working group. “We continue to listen and hope to continue receiving feedback,” Donovan said.

The idea of ​​giving money directly to people in financial difficulty is not new, but it has become more popular in recent years. 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang has made establishing a universal basic income level part of his campaign. And the Mayors for Guaranteed Income group includes dozens of mayors across the country, including Mayor Michael Hancock.

In Vancouver, the New Leaf Project distributed $7,500 each to homeless people in 2018, resulting in “measurable improvements” for participants, according to the New Leaf Project website.

“Cash recipients moved into stable housing faster than non-cash participants and overall spent fewer days homeless,” New Leaf reports. “For those who received the cash, food security increased in the first month and remained stable over time.” The project followed a total of 115 participants in the beneficiary and non-beneficiary categories.

There are no exact statistics for the early iterations of the Denver project. “We’re not doing formal research on soft launch one or soft launch two yet. The learnings are anecdotal,” Donovan notes. “In terms of learnings, I don’t really feel comfortable talking about it directly because it’s anecdotal. The purpose of the soft launch was to make sure we were organizationally prepared, prepared in capacity. Our goal is to serve hundreds of people in the difficult launch.”

The Denver Basic Income Project has partnered with the Center for Housing and Homelessness Research at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Those who receive money under the program will not be required to participate in DU research, but 27 of the 28 people who are part of the second soft launch opted into the research, Donovan said. Westword had scheduled an interview with one of the UD researchers, but the researcher canceled, saying the project had decided that only Donovan would speak to the press.

And the “program is progressing wonderfully,” notes Donovan. “People who are getting the money, we’re seeing that confirms our hypothesis so far, so we’re feeling pretty optimistic.”

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DC Srinagar visits Sonawar Cricket Stadium


DC Srinagar visits Sonawar Cricket Stadium

Conduct on-site review of arrangements for Day I celebrations

posted on Jul 31, 2022 | Author RK News



Srinagar, July 30: As part of the celebration of the upcoming Independence Day-2022, Deputy Commissioner (DC), Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad visited Sonwar Cricket Stadium on Saturday to review onsite preparatory arrangements/activities for put in place by the respective departments.

At the start, the DC and officers toured the stadium pavilion and VIP gallery to get a first-hand assessment of preparatory activities. He carried out an on-site examination of the arrangements to be put in place for the smooth running of the Independence Day celebrations.

While presiding over a meeting on this occasion, the DC directed officers from all relevant departments to ensure all preparations regarding the various facilities, including seating arrangements, cultural programs, parade, transport and facilities of parking, power supply, deployment of medical and first aid services and fire and rescue teams, installation of PAS.

Besides media management, issues related to security and entry of VVIPs, VIPs and other participants were also discussed.

The DC also insisted on having ironclad security arrangements in and around the stadium to ensure hassle-free celebrations of the function. He also enjoined the officers to maintain close coordination with each other for the smooth running of the function.

With regard to vehicle parking, the DC has asked traffic officers to assess the capacity of the parking spaces identified for the event and to formulate an action plan so that the maximum number of vehicles of the dignitaries and other participants coming to attend the function be accommodated.

While SMC authorities have been told to ensure that all toilets are functioning properly, in addition to installing mobile toilets at the site on August 15, they have also been told to take action against the threat of dogs around of the site.

The DC also insisted on having elaborate arrangements of bilge pumps to combat waterlogging, if any caused by rainfall during the dress rehearsal procedure and the mega August 15 event.

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UH to add pharmacy to new Women’s and Children’s Hospital

The University Health Board of Trustees has approved budget adjustments to allow for the construction of a pharmacy inside the county’s new Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

The Bexar County Hospital District has so far allocated $837.9 million to pay for the major expansion, which includes a 12-story tower, 900-space parking lot, advanced diagnostic center and podium extension which will be used for a new kitchen, service, dining room and conference rooms.

Don Ryden, vice president of planning, design and construction, told the board on Tuesday evening that the $14.4 million pharmacy would be built in the hull space and would be in large part funded by project cost savings, including unused emergency funds from the podium and parking lot construction.

The new pharmacy will include space for preparing, reviewing and processing prescriptions, dispensing counters for patients and staff, administrative staff to oversee the construction and installation of equipment, according to the documents provided. to the council.

Ryden said while the Women and Children’s Tower is expected to be completed next summer, the new portion of the pharmacy won’t be complete until late 2023.

The board approved a staff recommendation to amend contracts with its construction manager at risk with Joeris + JE Dunn and to adjust the project schedule with two other contractors.

The new 628,000 square foot Women’s and Children’s Hospital Tower adjoins the University Hospital’s 10-story Sky Tower, which opened in 2014 and was part of the largest construction project in the history of the University. county at a cost of $899.4 million.

The architectural design of Marmon Mok provides for 30 intensive care unit rooms, 68 neonatal intensive care unit rooms, 30 acute care rooms, 60 rooms for OB-GYN services and 30 antepartum rooms.

The Bexar County Hospital District did not increase its property tax rate to fund this expansion. Money for the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital comes from cash reserves and bond certificates, which are debt issued by local governments to fund projects without voter approval.

University Health is moving forward with another major expansion approved last month that would add two community hospitals to the system – a 140-bed Southwest Side hospital near Texas A&M University-San Antonio and a 140-bed hospital in the northeast side at Retama.

The total cost of the two proposed hospital projects is estimated at $950 million, to be financed with $450 million in cash reserves and $500 million in tax-exempt municipal bonds.

Hospital officials said there would be no property tax increases, but they are required by law to notify residents through a newspaper notice and wait 45 days before the Bexar County Commissioners Court can proceed with the bond transaction.

An April Express-News survey of health inequalities found that medical facilities in San Antonio are heavily concentrated in northern parts of the city, placed in areas where patients are generally healthier and more affluent. and where providers can collect higher reimbursements from insurance companies.

The report found that for eight free-standing hospitals and emergency room facilities in the northern parts of the city, there is only one in the south side.

Retama Hospital could open as early as 2026 and Texas A&M Hospital as early as 2027.

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$162,675 aquatic center change order reduced from $10,268, then approved by city council – The Globe

WORTHINGTON — After receiving a proposed change order from Tri-State General Contracting earlier this month that increased the total cost of the aquatic center by $162,675, Worthington City Council learned Monday evening that the contractor had agreed to reduce the cost of the change order by $10,268. Earlier, engineering firm SEH and pool designer USA Aquatics agreed to cut its contract by $12,500.

The change order was requested after it was discovered that drain pipes needed to be installed around the new aquatic center – as well as the existing pool – due to water accumulation.

“We found many gaps in the existing (aquatic center),” said Worthington City Administrator Steve Robinson.

In addition to the drains, sump pumps will also be installed.

The board approved the new change order in the amount of $152,407.

In other cases counsel:

  • Awarding of a $241,035 contract to Duininck, Inc. of Prinsburg to carry out several asphalt paving projects in the city. Projects include Clary Street from North Fredrick Avenue to McMillan Street; Fifth Avenue, from 10th to 11th Street; and 14th Street, from Second Avenue to First Avenue. The bid was 17% below the engineer’s estimate of $290,273.

Council member Amy Ernst requested that the Clary Street project be reviewed, considering extending the paving further west to Fredrick Avenue, as the road has deteriorated.

  • Approved a request by Jonathon and Keturah Scribner to change the zone on their property to 370 Nobles County 5 from the transition zone to R-4 (Medium Density Residential). The parcel, which has a house and approximately 7 acres of farmland, is located north of Nobles 35 County and east of Nobles 5 County. farmland farm.
  • Approved the engagement of the engineering firm Bolton & Menk for professional services in planning the reconstruction of the municipal liquor store parking lot. The existing lot is paved and has drainage problems. Public works director Todd Wietzema said it will be replaced with a concrete pitch and drainage will be improved.
  • Accepted several donations of park benches, with benches to be placed in city parks and along bike paths. The following requests were approved: King Turkey Day, Inc. to place two benches at 10th Street Plaza in memory of Danny Huls; the Oberloh family to place two benches at the Chautauqua Park Bandshell in memory of Ervin and Delia Oberloh; Chris Thier will place a bench at the Chautauqua Park Bandshell in memory of James Cook; Friends of Albert to place two benches at the Chautauqua Park Bandshell in memory of Albert Matthiesen; Worthington Concert Association to place a bench at the Chautauqua Park Bandshell celebrating its history; and the Haas and Lang families to place a bench along the Crailsheim Road trail, in remembrance of the Lang and Haas family bakery.

“These park benches are a great convenience in parks and along trails,” said Mayor Mike Kuhle. “It’s a great program.”

  • Approved the first reading of a city code amendment that would require a conditional use permit in the B-2 central business district for parking lots, parking lots, terminals, and cleaning uses. The amendment was previously approved by the city’s planning commission and is underway to restrict certain uses in the downtown area now that the retail store overlay district has been removed from the city’s code.
  • Approval of a Nobles Home Initiative application by Marco Ramos for a five-year tax abatement on the construction of a new single-family home on Lots 6 and 7 in Block 3 of the Cecilee Street Addition.
  • Personnel authorized to conduct employment criminal background checks for city employees who have jobs in which they interact with children, such as at JBS Field House and other city-owned or operated recreational facilities. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is the only agency authorized to perform background checks, at a cost of $10 per person. The fee will be paid by the city.
  • Reclassification of an accounting position from valuation accountant to valuation clerk. Reclassification lowers education and experience standards in hopes of attracting applicants. The pay grade was also lowered to non-exempt 6th grade, with a median wage of $27.86 per hour.
  • Staff authorized to analyze parking regulations and gather public feedback on potential changes to parking restrictions in the city.
  • Thanked Rick Von Holdt for his service as an Honorary Board Member.
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Grand Rapids wants 8,888 new homes by 2025. How far are we?

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – In July 2020, a study commissioned by the City of Grand Rapids showed that nearly 8,888 housing units – apartments, condos, single-family homes – were needed by 2025 to meet demand and avoid move residents.

Two years later, is the city on track to achieve this goal?

In short, no.

Data provided by the city shows that 1,045 new housing units have been added to Grand Rapids since 2020, with at least 1,000 more housing units reserved for low-to-moderate income residents in the pipeline.

“Based on our current construction numbers, we are not on track to meet these goals,” said Ryan Kilpatrick, executive director of Housing Next, an organization that works with the City of Grand Rapids on housing issues. lodging. “More production is needed not only in the city of Grand Rapids, but also throughout Kent County and throughout western Michigan. The whole region is understaffed.

More than half of the 1,045 housing units created since 2020 are “affordable”, meaning they have been subsidized with public funds and are reserved for residents with low to middle incomes, according to the city.

One factor that puts the city off track to meet the goal of 8,888 new units by 2025 is rising construction costs.

Kilpatrick said construction costs have jumped 30% to 40% over the past two years, and wage growth has remained well below that level. This has left developers worried that the cost of new flats at market prices will far exceed what could be charged for rent.

“If we could still build housing at the cost of building in 2019, I think you would see a lot more cranes in the sky right now,” he said. “When we look at the mismatch between construction price growth and wage growth, that’s really the biggest hurdle.”

The July 2020 study that determined there is demand for 8,888 homes by 2025 was conducted by Bowen National Research, an Ohio-based real estate market analysis firm. The study was primarily funded by the City of Grand Rapids and the Frey Foundation.

In Grand Rapids, the target of 8,888 units has been split into two parts: 5,340 apartments and 3,548 condominiums, townhouses or single-family owner-occupied homes.

The study also estimated that Kent County, excluding the city of Grand Rapids, would need 3,581 rental units and 9,760 owner-occupied units.

Officials say it is important to achieve this goal as Kent County and the City of Grand Rapids continue to grow, attracting new residents and employers to the area.

Population growth has put pressure on housing prices, and community leaders say they want to ensure there is quality housing available for residents of all income levels.

“Things move fast and things are expensive,” Elianna Bootzin, executive director of Neighbors of Belknap Lookout, said on a recent afternoon as she described housing demand in her neighborhood on the northeast side of the town.

She was among several community leaders who attended a grand opening hosted by Orion Construction for a $12.2 million, 52-unit low-income apartment development, known as Union Suites, currently under construction. on the 600 block of Coit Avenue NE.

Related: 52-unit low-income apartment building planned for Grand Rapids neighborhood

Bootzin said the development will help meet a strong demand for affordable housing in his neighborhood, located just north of I-196 from the city’s booming Medical Mile. She said the neighborhood had seen a slew of upscale market rate moves, but few new homes were earmarked for low-to-moderate income residents.

“It’s going to bring more affordable housing and we know we desperately need it,” she said. “We’ve seen a lot of big projects happen; a lot of great projects are coming. But so far they’ve been at market price, and we know people need something below that to be able to stay here, to be able to move here.

Union Suites apartments will be reserved for residents whose annual income is up to 80% of the Kent County area median income. For example, this translates, for a one-person household, to $50,160 and $64,480 for a three-person household.

Of the 1,045 new homes added to Grand Rapids since 2020, 690 of them are apartments.

The remaining 355 are townhouses, condominiums, duplexes or single-family homes, depending on the city. Fifty-seven percent of them are likely owner-occupied while the rest are rentals.

Looking ahead, one challenge Kilpatrick sees is the availability of more market-priced apartments, rather than limited-income units, in Grand Rapids. According to the city, there are 1,000 units of restricted income units at various stages of the development process.

“The value of housing at market rates is really to support households at all incomes,” he said. “We need to recognize that we have higher income households who want to live in the city of Grand Rapids, and when we don’t provide new housing for those households, they compete for our older and generally more affordable housing stock. . ”

Challenges to bringing more market-priced housing to the city include rising construction costs and the availability of construction workers, Kilpatrick said.

“We have some really exceptional construction companies in the West Michigan community, and many of them have commitments to major healthcare facilities or educational institutions,” he said. “And so, we’re not just competing for labor among property developers. We also compete for labor with our job creators. So we also need to think about how we develop our skilled trades.

There is no centralized data source on the number of homes added in Kent County since 2020, so it’s hard to say how close the county is to reaching the estimated 13,341 units needed by 2025.

But officials from two municipalities, the Township of Grand Rapids and the Township of Caledonia, say there is significant demand for new housing in their communities.

Grand Rapids Township Supervisor Michael DeVries said about 800 new homes have been added to his community since 2020.

A significant portion of those were in multi-family rental units along East Beltline Avenue, he said, including the 320-unit The Grove by Watermark across from Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery. .

Looking ahead, however, he doesn’t see room in his community for many more multi-family housing developments.

“There aren’t many properties left in Grand Rapids Township that don’t already have homes,” said DeVries, who estimates that 90% of homes in his community are owner-occupied.

In Caledonia Township, 273 building permits have been issued since 2020, and “there continues to be roofs added where there used to be cornfields,” Township Supervisor Bryan Harrison said.

Of the 273 building permits, 194 were for single-family homes and the rest for multi-family residential developments. The largest of the multi-family developments has nine residential units, he said.

As the township has grown rapidly over the past 30 years, community leaders want to strike a balance between welcoming new residents and businesses while maintaining the area’s rural character, Harrison said.

“Everyone is moving to Caledonia and wants to slam the door behind them to maintain that quiet, rural feel,” he said, adding that the township is more about being “responsive to demand rather than being responsive.” definition of demand”.

Back in Grand Rapids, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said she hopes the city will get closer to the goal of 8,888 homes by 2025.

“I want it to move faster, knowing the need is so great,” she said, noting that she would like to see 5,000 to 6,000 units completed or in the works by 2025.

“But I also want it to be high quality housing…we need to have high standards across the board, whether it’s low-income, affordable or market-priced housing.”

Looking ahead, Bliss said there is potential to add thousands of rental units in areas targeted for development in downtown Grand Rapids. This includes surface parking lots in the west side of town and a 31-acre stretch of property along the Grand River between Fulton and Wealthy streets which is being considered for a 12,000 seat amphitheater and other developments.

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A One-Day Itinerary for Exploring Charleston with a Toddler | News and advice for the family

Charleston is a family destination. Most elementary school kids and up will enjoy the attractions that make the area unique, such as horse-drawn carriage rides, USS Yorktown tours, Fort Sumter tour – but add a toddler to the mix and these activities become less attractive.

That doesn’t mean families with toddlers can’t have a great time in the holy city. Whether you’re playing tourist in your own town or visiting from afar, as a local, this is what I suggest for a great day trip for the adults and younger members of your family.

Breakfast (about 1 hour)

Charleston is known around the world for its delicious cuisine, especially southern staples. Start your day early with one of the following two restaurants that many local publications, including Lowcountry Parent, have voted the best in recent years, both located in Mount Pleasant.






Kids can play on the giant beach chair at Page’s Okra Grill, located off Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Page’s serves some of the best breakfasts and brunches in the area.


Grilled Okra from Page at 302 Coleman Boulevard offers a giant beach chair to relax or take pictures while waiting for your table (no reservations accepted). It is often voted best brunch/breakfast. The menu at this sit-down restaurant is extensive and sure to offer something for every taste in your party, whether they have a sweet tooth or prefer a hearty, savory breakfast. Page’s serves locally roasted King Bean coffee to start your busy day off right.

Voted Best Biscuit, Vicious cookie, located at 409 West Coleman Blvd., is to die for. While the masterfully created cookie dishes are the main attraction, they also offer some “not-so-vicious” dishes for those looking to start the day with power foods. Gluten-free cookies are also included on the a la carte menu, making it a great choice for families with dietary concerns. Order your meals at the counter to dine on site or take them out to enjoy on a picnic at the next destination, about a mile away.

Morning game (about 2 hours)







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Memorial Waterfront Park Playground in Mount Pleasant, SC has different sections and is fun for kids of all ages.


After your appetizing breakfast, give your little ones the chance to enjoy the nautical-themed playground under the iconic Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. If it’s not too hot, load the kids into the stroller to walk to the top of the bridge. The entire bridge spans 2.7 miles from Mount Pleasant to East Bay Street in downtown Charleston, however most people, especially those pushing a stroller, prefer to travel about a mile up at the top to take in views of the harbor and peninsula before turning around and returning to the parking lot ($0.50 per hour) at the foot of the bridge. This could be a great opportunity for a morning nap, where more alert toddlers will enjoy the boat and the people watching. If you haven’t brought your own drinks and snacks to refuel after this activity, the park’s River Watch Café provides everything you need, and the park also has free public restrooms.

Lowcountry Children’s Museum (approx. 2 hours)

Park in the Visitor Center parking lot at 63 Mary Street ($2 an hour) and go to the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry at 25 Ann Street. Typical hours are Thursday-Saturday 9:30am-5pm (last admission 3:30pm) and Sunday 12:30pm-5pm. It’s a good idea to start in the art room (turn right and continue to the end of the building after purchasing your tickets) so the kids’ creations can dry while you explore the rest of the building. museum. Activities toddlers love include a special play area for kids 3 and under, an aquatic exploration room, a pirate ship and a pretend grocery store.







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The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is a great place to visit with young children. Photo provided


The museum hopes that all children will be able to take advantage of their offerings so that they are offering limited entry on the second and fourth Sundays of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for children with special needs who do better in a less crowded environment and less stimulating. They also offer accessibility kits and an app specifically for children with autism. Families who can show proof of SNAP, EBT, or WIC membership receive $2 per person, and locals can check out a membership card for up to 6 people at the Charleston County Library.

Regular museum admission is free for children under 12 months, $13 for South Carolina residents, and $15 for out-of-state residents. Admission lets you in and out of the museum all day (so you can come back later if you wish!) explorecml.org/visit/plan-your-visit/

Lunch (1 hour or less)

Just around the corner from the Children’s Museum on King Street is Nacho Royale by Juanita Greenberg, one of the most child-friendly and reasonably priced restaurants on the peninsula, with quick service and large portions to share. Be sure to use the restroom before you go as public restrooms are very hard to find in downtown Charleston (best while walking is to find restrooms at the bottom of the parking lots).

Nap (1-2 hours)

Get in the car again and enter Fleet Landing into your GPS. Park on the flat lot next to the restaurant which costs $10 per day or $5 for restaurant patrons. From there, put the kids in a stroller and leisurely cruise through the city center until they fall asleep. While they sleep, shop at the Charleston City Market or head the other way and stroll along East Bay Street to visit Rainbow Row, the Battery, and neighborhoods with beautiful historic homes.

Waterfront Park (30-45 minutes)

As the little ones start to wake up, head back to the car to put on some bathing suits, grab some towels, and let your little ones run around and splash around in the fountains at Waterfront Park on Vendee Street . (Unfortunately children will need to change in the car as there are no facilities in the area.)

If you’re lucky, you might be able to sit on a swing in front of the harbor for a relaxing afternoon. This park is another great place for snacks if you brought them. On busy days, you might find Italian gelato vendors near the fountains, and there’s a Belgian gelato shop on Rue Vendee that’s sure to please if you need a sweet treat for hold you until your dinner reservation.

Dinner (1 hour)







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Fleet Landing Restaurant is a kid-friendly restaurant with great food and a great view of the water in downtown Charleston. File photo


Just steps from Waterfront Park is Fleet landing, one of Charleston’s favorite seafood restaurants, located in the old Navy Wharf. Make a reservation several weeks in advance and be sure to request a table outside to see the beautiful Charleston sunset and possibly spot dolphins! This restaurant is allergy-friendly and the kids’ menu appeals to picky eaters and kids who love seafood.

Boat ride

If it’s not too late or you’re not exhausted yet, make the last round trip gondola out of Waterfront Park is a great way to end a long day of exploring with the little ones. The last round-trip taxi departs at 6:15 p.m. for $14 per person (ages 3 and under are free) and offers close-up views of the bridge, marinas, USS Yorktown, and often dolphins. charlestonwatertaxi.com

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Work continues at Amazon’s facilities in Rensselaer County – The Daily Gazette

Work continues at a brisk pace on the new “middle mile” facility under construction for Amazon in Rensselaer County, despite a company-acknowledged mismatch between consumer demand and warehouse capacity.

The facility, off Routes 9 and 20 in Schodack, not far from the 1 million square foot Amazon fulfillment center which opened in 2020, will be part of the e-commerce giant’s logistics network.

Serviced primarily by 18-wheelers, the “mid-mile” centers gather ordered goods from inventory locations far from the “first mile”, group them into geographically organized loads, and then send them to the “last mile” delivery stations. kilometer” which transport them to the hands of customers.

The Schodack facility will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and cover nearly 280,000 square feet on 56 acres. Scannell Properties, an Indiana real estate developer, secured the site and is overseeing the project, as it did for the nearby Amazon fulfillment center.

Diagrams of the facility show parking for more than 400 employees, 78 loading dock locations and nearly 300 truck trailer parking spaces. Workers would work part-time on four- to six-hour shifts operating around the clock, an Amazon representative told the city.

On a first-quarter conference call in April, however, company executives admitted that Amazon’s pandemic scramble to meet demand for goods by rapidly expanding its distribution network now has it working while as hard to “adjust” its capacity.

“[W]We made conscious decisions in 2020 and early 2021 not to let space be a constraint on our business” and built “upscale from a very volatile demand outlook,” analysts told the Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky.

Now that demand is stabilizing, “we see an opportunity to better match our capacity to demand,” he said.

Part of this strategy appears to be canceling or delaying installations.

Media in Rochester, for example, reported last week that a nearly 3 million square foot distribution center in suburban Gates, due to open in September, has been pushed back to next year. A medium mile facility near Ogden, the size of the planned Schodack Center, may be more uncertain.

Industry newsletter Modern Shipper earlier this month listed 16 warehouses nationwide that Amazon has canceled or delayed.

Marc Wulfraat, founder and president of Montreal-based supply chain consultant MWPVL International, which maintains an online database of Amazon facilities around the world, said he hadn’t heard any rumors about the new center. Schodack.

He said Amazon only has two locations left in New York, near Buffalo and on Staten Island. The former can serve the upstate from west of Syracuse, and Staten Island can serve the downstate.

But Schodack, he said, “is critical to effectively serving the Albany market.”

“Greater Albany has 900,000 people, so I would say that’s too big to delay,” Wulfraat said. “This type of facility is critical to enabling Amazon to support its own last-mile delivery and enable next-day and two-day delivery service levels.”

An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment on the Schodack site.

Marlene Kennedy is a freelance columnist. The opinions expressed in his column are his own and not necessarily those of the newspaper. Join her at [email protected].

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Struggling NJCU ponders tough choices. He can look to William Paterson for answers

The long brick building with pale green windows catches the eye of prospective students visiting William Paterson University in Wayne.

Set on rolling terrain near one of the highest points in Passaic County, Skyline Hall looks more like a luxury apartment building than a college dorm. Colorful seating areas feature video monitors, plush sofas and armchairs, and a high table dotted with laptop outlets. The hall’s 276 students live in what the university calls “semi-suites,” with one private bathroom for four residents.

In the three years since Skyline Hall opened, it has become the most in-demand living space on campus. University leaders say it’s worth the $40 million it cost to build. Now, however, WPU is paying the price.

Like New Jersey City University in Hudson County, another regional college that has grown into a huge state institution with thousands of staff and students, WPU is struggling financially. Years of generous spending on extensive facilities and academic programs left the university vulnerable when COVID-19 hit, enrollment declined, and tuition revenue – which accounts for 70% of the university’s budget – suddenly dropped.

Today, WPU is like an island recovering from a hurricane – a perfect storm that has forced dozens of layoffs and several cuts to college majors, with more likely to come. That’s what many think is in store for NJCU, which revealed last month that it was suffering from a similar storm.

NJCU administrators declared a financial emergency after acknowledging that the university was deep in the red, with less than a month of money available.

A faculty member analysis claimed that during the tenure of Sue Henderson, the NJCU president who left office on July 1, the school went from a $101.8 million surplus to a deficit. $67.4 million; the NJCU board of directors said it ended its fiscal year with a deficit of $20 million last month.

At WPU, the storm wasn’t as severe; most observers say the WPU’s budget gap will be between $10 million and $30 million once the full impact of the pandemic wears off. Yet it forced the school to rethink and entrench itself.

Two university programs, art history and geography, have been closed, and other programs – including a major in Asian studies and a master of fine arts – have been reduced, according to Inside Higher Ed, an online trade publication. .

Class sizes have been increased. During the recent spring semester, some classes saw their number of places increase up to 10 students. Some students resented the change because it made classes less “intimate”, according to an article in WPU’s student newspaper, the Pioneer Times.

In a first round of layoffs at the end of 2020, about 13 faculty members and 16 professional staff members were laid off, said Susanna Tardi, president of the American Federation of Teachers Local 1796, which represents WPU academic staff. Many others have accepted a transition to retirement or a voluntary separation.

But the cuts didn’t stop there. A few months later, in the summer of 2021, conversations began between the union and WPU management for somewhere between 100 and 150 additional layoffs, Tardi said.

To minimize the number of positions cut, Tardi said the union was willing to make further concessions.

“We gave up everything that made us academics,” she said. “We don’t have time off to do research, we don’t have sabbaticals, we’ve deferred promotion pay raises for a year. We have a special type of counseling that we do when teachers are paid; we said we would do it for free.

“We’ve given up a lot, and we still anticipate that we could have two more rounds of layoffs.”

Some critics blame the millions spent on Skyline Hall and a $26 million parking lot. But Stuart Goldstein, vice president of marketing and public relations, said these were investments the school needed to make to meet student demand.

“These were strategic investments in our main campus, which were made while the university was in a good financial position,” Goldstein said. “The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on the student populations that William Paterson and New Jersey City University serve.”

More than half of the students who enroll at WPU and NJCU are black or Hispanic. In an email to NJCU staff and students last month, Joseph F. Scott, chairman of the school’s board of trustees, attributed NJCU’s challenges in part to “historic underinvestment in the university and in black and brown communities”.

Yet despite the continued possibility of further cuts, WPU management remains optimistic about the direction the school is headed. In an email to faculty and staff earlier this month, President Richard Helldobler cited the school’s recent reaffirmation of its Middle States accreditation, the closing of a fundraising campaign for scholarships from $6.5 Million Studies Above Target and a New Cannabis Research Institute.

Helldobler said, “We must not minimize our challenges, but we must never lose sight of the many great things that are being achieved here every day.

Jersey Journal intern Haresh Oudhnarine is a senior at NJCU and editor of the Gothic Times, NJCU’s student newspaper.

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Coastal Commission Intercedes Over Santa Cruz RV Overnight Parking Ban

SANTA CRUZ — The city of Santa Cruz’s plan to ban overnight on-street parking for large vehicles requires state review, a coastal public oversight committee said Thursday.

Shortly before a permit appeal hearing on the city’s oversized vehicle ordinance this week, California Coastal Commission officials reversed an earlier recommendation not to intervene. Initially, commission staff flagged environmental justice concerns about the law, but eventually wrote that they believed the “impact on public access in question is negligible” in their pre-hearing report. of Thursday.

The ordinance’s language includes a citywide ban on street parking and large vehicle parking lots from midnight to 5 a.m., except with a limited visitor’s permit or during certain emergencies. Members of the local group Santa Cruz Cares filed the appeal, asking the Coastal Commission to step in and assert jurisdictional authority as the ordinance applies to coastal access.

In May, the citizens’ group appealed the new municipal law, which has languished, unenforced, since its approval on November 9, in numerous similar appeal hearings at the city level. In a description of its concerns listed on the Santa Cruz Cares website, the group accuses the city of working to “directly create more homelessness.”

The city, according to a July 8 letter to the commission from Director of Planning and Community Development Lee Butler and Assistant City Attorney Cassie Bronson, aims to reduce the long-term entrenchment of oversized vehicles.

“One of the Council’s objectives in passing the OV (oversize vehicle) amendments is to break the rooting cycle and encourage OV residents to, at a minimum, spend the night in secure parking, where they can access to restrooms and garbage facilities, reducing the amount of OV residents who urinate/defecate/litter on streets, sidewalks, and nearby areas of the city, such as ESHAs (Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas)” , indicates the letter of the city.

Significant loss of public access

In a belated agenda addendum, committee staff wrote that they had “received important new information” the previous week, the cause of its cancellation. To wit, staff wrote in a follow-up report, the impacts on shore access were greatly increased by a less-discussed provision of the law that would prohibit the parking of any oversized vehicle – 24 hours a day, 365 days. per year – within 100 feet of any crosswalk, intersection, stop sign, official electric flashing device or approach to any traffic light.

“The city estimates that this restriction would entirely eliminate approximately 54% of oversized vehicle parking areas in the 24/7 coastal area, and that number may actually be higher,” the Central District Manager said. Coast, Dan Carl, late in the commission meeting Thursday.

Chair Donne Brownsey said she supported Coastal Commission monitoring as “the absolutely correct recommendation here”.

“I thought the NSI (no substantial issue) – we were just being asked to make a decision based on absolutely flawed information,” Brownsey said.

The Commissioners unanimously approved the recommendation for a “substantial problem” finding. No member of the committee requested the opportunity to hear a debate on the decision on Thursday.

Support parking programs continue

On social media on Thursday, Santa Cruz Cares members called the commission’s vote a victory.

“We hope that the city council will provide other services without criminalization in the defeat of this ordinance,” the group posted on several social media platforms. “We can still have safe parking sites and sanitation support like mobile gray and black water services, garbage collection and outreach from social workers without a ticket and without towing people into oblivion. »

Then the matter will be placed on an unspecified future agenda as a “de novo hearing” before the Coast Commission. This week’s vote mirrors a similar finding made by the Coast Commission in 2016, when an earlier version of the city’s overnight recreational vehicle parking ban was appealed to the body. Commissioners at the time told the city that if it were to ban RV parking on city streets, officials should create another place for drivers, beyond a half-baked plan to send drivers to a private SafeSpaces program running out of religious organization parking lots.

Santa Cruz officials said the latest ordinance is designed to address public safety, health, nuisance and coastal resource issues associated with people who may use oversized vehicles as a place to sleep, according to the report from the city. commission. In addition to setting restrictions on vehicle parking, the ordinance sets standards for the creation of 55 secure overnight parking spaces in three “tiers” of availability. On levels one and two, three emergency spaces have been reserved and six short-term reserved spaces, respectively, so far. 30 other spaces of level 2 or more are allowed. In the city’s letter to the commission, officials said parking programs have thus far been underutilized and often become vacant overnight.

An additional 22 spaces, available day and night at the National Guard Armory in DeLaveaga Park, will be part of the Level Three Secure Parking Program under contract with the Association of Faith Communities and overseen by non-profit group The Free Guide, which is aiming for an early August launch, according to Free Guide executive director Evan Morrison.

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Research: Rating Action: Moody’s assigns Aa2 to Los Angeles Dept. senior bonds 2022G, 2022H and 2022I. of Apts.-Los Angeles International Airport Enterprise (CA), outlook is stable


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Throwback to July 13

100 years ago: 1922

Lewiston police officers Daniel Crowley and Daniel Driscoll narrowly escaped drowning in Sabatis Lake Thursday night while towing a rowboat full of wood. The waves capsized the launch and endangered the motorboat they were towing it with. The wood was valued at over $50 and was almost entirely lost.

The officers who were on vacation now stayed at Crowley’s cabin on Sabatis Lake. Crowley intended to make repairs. With Driscoll’s help, he loaded hardwood shortly after 9:00 p.m. Thursday night. The lake was quite dark and the water was quite choppy. How the boat overturned neither of them could say, but each of them said the waves swept it away, and the overturning was easily accomplished.

They cried out for help, after refusing help from John Ashton, another Lewiston police officer who was staying at the same cottage and offered help believing they would be fine. But the wood tipped over in the water and was quickly dispersed. The officers managed to gather some of the wood, but it was too dark to see it. They had gone out early Friday morning to pick up what was in sight. None of them were injured.

50 years ago: 1972

The old Jones Block near Central Maine General Hospital was razed today, to possibly make way for improved parking lots for the hospital, which owns the property.

A new professional building is to be constructed between the hospital and the Jones Block location, requiring even more parking space. The Jones Block once housed medical practices on the first floor and there were apartments upstairs.

25 years ago: 1997

City and county officials said Friday that the public shouldn’t be too concerned about potential power outages this summer, but residents also shouldn’t ignore the possibility that Central Maine Power could run out of power. in the event of a strong heat wave. “Obviously (a breakdown) would be a major inconvenience, but if everyone applied a bit of common sense and didn’t fly away, we’ll be fine,” said Peter Van Gagnon, director of emergency management. of Lewiston-Auburn and Androscoggin County.

City administrator Robert Mulready agrees: “It is important for all of us to follow conservation warnings when they come. We can be our own worst enemy and I think we have to work together. I think common sense should prevail.

The CMP has warned city officials that a power shortage is possible this summer as many power plants — including Maine Yankee in Wiscasset — have been shut down either permanently or temporarily. Maine isn’t alone either. New England utilities pool their electricity and distribute it throughout the Northeast. Thus, all states could experience shortages in the event of a prolonged heat wave.

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Why is State Parks razing the historic willows of Soldier Hollow?

Soldier Hollow, Utah, is best known as an Olympic site for cross-country skiing, but its most beloved natural feature is a grove of majestic black willows whose branches soar overhead, enclosing a space of reverential peace, a place that Jenifer Tringham describes as a “fairy corner”.

The proximity of these trees was the reason Utah State Parks chose this location for a new campground, currently under construction as part of a Utah State Park upgrade program. Wasatch Mountain.

So Tringham, a store owner from Heber City, is the height of irony that the park plans to remove 10 of the trees, an unfortunate step necessary to keep the new campground safe.

“It’s a paradise for birds. There are so many different birds, owls, baby owls and so on, and nature thrives here. It’s beautiful,” Tringham said Wednesday. “It’s one of those unkept secrets. We feel like we are the first to come and explore it. But in fact, so many locals cherish this area. They use it for family gatherings. They had services here for loved ones who passed away. It is a very sacred area.

The tree-removal plan sounds like a line straight out of Joni Mitchell’s classic song “Big Yellow Taxi,” about paving heaven in a parking lot and not knowing what you’ve got until that he is gone. Likewise, Tringham and others worry that pressure from state parks to expand recreational facilities in the parks could jeopardize some of the natural features that draw people to the parks in the first place.

Last month Tringham sounded the alarm over the plight of the trees just as machinery was about to start removing them, sparking public outcry that prompted the Department of Natural Resources to suspend construction and reassess the plan.

“Let’s bring in additional arborists, safety engineers, construction groups,” State Parks spokesman Devan Chavez said. “Are there any other options here?” Aren’t there any? What is the security concern? How far away should things be from specific things? »

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jenifer Tringham, right, and Ed Hendershot walk through the grounds of a grove of black willows, right, a place Tringham describes as “fairy corner.”

The agency will write a report to guide how to proceed, but noted that many willows, while impressive, are old and susceptible to losing large branches as they weaken. Chavez stressed that State Parks takes community concerns seriously and intends to be transparent.

“When they go camping, they want to be surrounded by trees, they want to be surrounded by beauty. Campground or no campground, some of the trees started to crumble during the wind storms,” Chavez said. “Regardless of any design changes coming from this campground, the most important thing is to make sure we take care of these trees. We don’t want them falling on people, hikers, pavement.

Celeste Johnson, mayor of nearby Midway, believes State Parks is handling the situation appropriately, praising the agency for listening to concerned citizens while prioritizing safety.

“They’ve put the project on hold while they review this,” Johnson said. “Are there things we could do to make trees safer and save trees? I love that in the garden at Midway we have really old trees and it’s kind of cool in Utah. We don’t have many, especially a deciduous tree.

She was at the site Wednesday with an arborist hired by State Parks to examine the trees. Johnson suspects the days of some of the tallest trees are numbered, given their advanced age.

“They appreciate that these are old historic trees, trees that have lived much longer than their usual lifespan,” she said. “When that happens with an old tree, the tree doesn’t get stronger and better. It usually gets weaker.

Wasatch Mountain is Utah’s largest state park at over 21,000 acres and welcomed over half a million visitors last year.

A historic site where the United States Army camped in the 1850s and Native Americans before that, Soldier Hollow was added to the park after the 2002 Winter Olympics, along with its facilities which include The Chalet, located near the willows near from the shore of Deer Creek Reservoir. Popular campgrounds are located across the park on Pine Canyon Road, but there is nowhere to camp in the lower parts of the park.

“Attendance is skyrocketing everywhere. It’s a big park. Instead of just trying to put more sites right next to existing campgrounds, why not spread them out? Chavez said. “Why not give people access to other beautiful areas of the park?”

The plan is to install 10 campsites near the Chalet and the existing trailhead for the trail that runs along the north shore of the reservoir. Chavez said State Parks plans to plant 37 trees to replace the 10 that would be lost.

But it would take decades to fill the void left by the removal of the massive trees, depriving birds and other wildlife of essential habitat and humans of a peaceful place to connect with nature, according to photographer Stephanie Neal. .

“It makes no sense to me. It’s a sacred place,” Neal said. “People appreciate its beauty and wilderness and it seems they want to make it a theme park. I don’t understand why they would remove the trees and design the campground around them. We don’t need another RV park there.

Neal, a 16-year resident of Midway, is a portrait photographer who shoots in natural settings and is often drawn to Soldier Hollow’s willow grove as his backdrop.

Another photographer, Willie Holdman of Park City, said he understands the public safety concerns, but he’s worried State Parks is prioritizing construction over preservation, not just at Wasatch Mountain, but elsewhere. in the system of 45 state parks.

“The storms are coming; the winds are blowing. They don’t want trees falling on people,” Holdman said. “If it’s dangerous, locate it somewhere else. When I think of parks, I think of trees.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jenifer Tringham stands next to the tallest tree in the Black Willow Grove.

Tringham’s favorite willow is the one that was struck by lightning years ago and now has a feature that looks like a womb. This one she calls The Woman Tree. It is now planned to be removed, marked with orange paint. The same goes for the largest inhabitant of the grove, on which the paint was applied in a smiling face.

Holdman and Tringham recently wrapped a 25-foot tape measure around the trunk of this tree in a bid to see how it compares to the tallest known black willows. The conservation group American Forests maintains the National Registry of Champion Trees, listing the greatest examples of 561 species.

On Soldier Hollow willow, Holdman’s strip was at least a foot too short to reach the trunk, putting its diameter on par with the largest known black willow in the country, which grows in Minnesota. According to the registry, the diameter of this tree is 26 feet 3 inches when measured 4.5 feet above the ground.

Fans of the grove are baffled that a tree of such stature could be sacrificed to bring more vehicles into the park. At a time of meteoric growth, they say, now is the time to save natural treasures like the willows of Soldier Hollow, which will become increasingly valuable as Utah’s landscapes are bulldozed into housing estates, highways and, of course, parking lots.

“There has to be respect, balance and also responsibility. And I don’t see developers in any part of Utah really doing that,” Tringham said. “And with everything going on in the world, people need it. We need to connect and we need to have peace. We need to calm down. That’s what nature does.

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Condo Smarts: “Your Home Isn’t Your Castle” and Other Lessons Learned About Layers

With over 34,000 condo corporations across BC, it’s no surprise to reach 1,000 columns on the topic of condo living.

With over 34,000 condo corporations across BC, it’s no surprise to reach 1,000 columns on the topic of condo living. British Columbia was an early adopter of strata legislation in the mid-1960s, with townhouses in Point Gray and Port Moody being the first. Since then, assignments of strata properties have been granted to all types of use. From duplexes to multiple sites of 1,100 units, and residential to commercial, industrial, hotel, resort, recreational, golf courses, marinas, strips of land, equestrian center, storage units, parking lots and mixed variants of all configurations, titled properties in strata has become the broadest form of development.

Strata developments allow for higher density, collective use of energy systems, additional facilities such as elevators, gymnasiums, swimming pools, bedrooms, meeting rooms and shared common expenses.

When administered effectively, they provide secure and affordable benefits to investors and residents. The challenge faced by condominiums/condominiums around the world is that decision-making rests on the shoulders of volunteer owners and councils/councils.

Condominiums/condos in Canada are deemed to be non-taxable corporations. Their condominium fees, special levies, interest and general operating expenses are not taxable; however, to the surprise of many condominium corporations, when commercial ventures are implemented, such as leases for communication towers, traffic signs, billboards, and commercial activities such as the operation of a company or an installation for the benefit of the company, the rules change and tax regulations apply. It is important for a condominium corporation to identify that it is a business, often with employees, and to operate and trade as a business compliant with all enactments of laws. After all, it is a fundamental requirement of any bylaw adopted by a condominium company. They must comply with the BC Human Rights Code and any enactment of law.

I have seen many strata corporations sink into a deep financial and operational crisis, primarily due to volunteer board members or inexperienced managers controlling finances and decision-making, unqualified to administer the scope of the routine maintenance, major projects and long-term planning. Nobody expects a condo board to be a corporate director, and yet we place the operations of condo corporations often exceeding hundreds of millions in value, on the shoulders of volunteers, and often without the resources budgets needed to retain qualified professionals. Property owners must properly equip our boards and managers with the funding and tools they need to operate effectively, and condominium boards must be honest, fair, and act in the best interests of all owners.

After 1,000 columns, here are the common problems prevalent in the industry.

1. No board member has any special authority. Decisions on construction, operations, enforcement of regulations and legal matters are made by a majority of council at a council meeting.

2. Your house is not your castle! This is a classic expression to describe the life of strata. No matter what type of condo corporation you live in, what you do in your condo lot will affect other condo lots. This is why regulations regulate the use and enjoyment of all property.

3. “Keep condo fees low to make it easier to sell your condo lots.” This statement is deadly for condominium corporations. This results in lack of maintenance, planning and funding for annual and long-term repairs, neglected property, emergency repairs, legal actions, failed special levies and court intervention to administration and repairs.

Thank you to all readers and your emails.

Tony Gioventu is Executive Director of the Condominium Home Owners Association

[email protected]

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Valley News – Forum, July 5: Dartmouth housing plan

Published: 07/05/2022 15:55:51

Modified: 05/07/2022 15:53:12

Dartmouth’s housing plan has some issues

Dartmouth College has just unveiled the metropolis they plan to build on Lyme Road West (“Housing Plan Crosses Road”, June 24). They say they want to discuss more with the community, but they anticipate discussions in July, when few local residents or students will be available. Additionally, Dartmouth campus planning refused to release its traffic studies and environmental studies to the community until it had completed its proposal. This clearly prevents the community from engaging Dartmouth until Dartmouth files official plans with the city.

The proposed apartment-style units would house 400 students and lack a dining room. This would more than double the size of the neighborhood, disrupting all aspects of community life. This project would radically change the character of the district, in violation of the ordinances of the Hannover Planning Board. The 400 isolated students in the suburban class would need parking spaces on Lyme Road just to get to campus or buy food, as relying on shuttle buses is not appealing to students. The Coop Corner Store across the street (although lovely) is not designed as a full supermarket and could not realistically meet the needs of such a large number of students.

If there were less than 400 cars in a 400-car parking lot, Dartmouth would need a fleet of shuttles throughout the day to get students to classes, meals, meetings and events. The pretty artist’s rendering in the Valley News does not represent this paved reality, or its drainage implications. It doesn’t show hundreds of cars and dozens of buses, but rather an open green field. I am confident that this proposed large-scale project will increase traffic for Hannover residents trying to get downtown for work, as well as Ray School, Richmond Middle School and Daycare from Dartmouth College.

There are several on-campus options that Dartmouth rejected as inconvenient or a bit more expensive for them. Instead of being responsible for their past mistakes in providing adequate undergraduate accommodation, Dartmouth plays NIMBY and sends problems of its own making on the road to plague its neighbors.

Aaron Osofsky

Hanover

Some words
about fatherhood

Men can fornicate and propagate, but are they ready to be fathers to the babies they create?

Elaine Smith

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Is it better to go to war now?

Free people in democracies don’t want wars and try to avoid them. Is it more expensive in the long run?

When did World War II start?

In 1931, Japan invaded China, the League of Nations opposed it, and the world imposed sanctions, but took no military action.

In 1935, Italy invaded Ethiopia. Again, no military action.

In 1936, Germany occupied the Rhineland, an action listed as a cause of war in a treaty. No one took military action.

In 1939, Germany invaded Poland and World War II began in Europe, but the United States only provided aid.

In 1941, the United States was attacked by Japan. We ended up fighting Japan, Italy and Germany at the same time.

Could a more serious war have been avoided by taking military measures as soon as one country invaded another?

In 2005, Russia invaded and took over part of Georgia. In 2014, Russia invaded and annexed Crimea. This year, Russia invaded Ukraine. NATO provides assistance. Russian troops help separatists in Moldova.

The Russian dictator recently said they were in a period of expansion and declared the former tsarist empire theirs. The Chechen leader said Poland was next.

When will it be time for NATO to act militarily with UN approval? It is difficult not to have a war when a country or countries insist on aggression.

What are our choices now?

1. With NATO, continue to help Ukraine and hope that Putin dies and a peaceful regime takes over. Perhaps an even more aggressive leader will emerge.

2. Keep going until Russia swallows up part or all of Ukraine and the fighting stops. Emboldened, after a while Russia will attack elsewhere. During the Cold War, a diplomat talked about Russian tactics. “They are experts at the ‘salami game.’ They just take a little slice, and it’s not worth fighting for. Then another slice, and it’s not worth fighting for. Sooner or later, you’re just left with the string.

3. With NATO now go to war against Russia. Expel them from all seized lands and their separatists from other countries

“It’s time to take the bull by the tail,” said WC Fields, “and face the situation.”

Howard Shaffer

Enfield

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Supreme Court in Bruen urges more lawsuits on where they can be barred

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In his landmark gun rights case this quarter, New York State Rifles and Pistols Association vs. Bruenthe Supreme Court closed one front in the culture war on guns and simultaneously opened up several others.

Brown was the court’s most significant decision regarding the Second Amendment in more than a decade. In it, a 6-3 majority argued that governments can regulate, but cannot prohibit, the public carrying of firearms by law-abiding citizens for the purpose of self-defense. Brown answered a question: whether the Second Amendment right to bear arms is limited to the home. (It is not.) But he did not respond to another: When and why can a government designate a “sensitive” location – that is, no firearms is allowed – even under Brownis the more relaxed standard for public transport.

The court said lawmakers can continue to identify sensitive areas. But because the Brown the majority did not explain what is considered “sensitive”, we can expect places as varied as college campuses, sports stadiums, bars, airports, domestic violence support centers and the sidewalks in front of legislators’ homes become the next battlegrounds in dispute over the right to own and bear arms.

In Brown, Judge Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority, delivered the expected judgment: the Second Amendment protects “the right of an individual to carry a handgun in self-defence outside the home.” But as Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. noted in a concurring opinion, “Properly interpreted, the Second Amendment allows for a ‘variety’ of gun regulations,” including including “laws prohibiting the carrying of firearms in sensitive places like schools and government buildings,” restrictions the court had approved in two previous rulings.

Conservatives sound like anti-racists – when the cause is gun rights

But how do lower courts determine if a location is “sensitive” enough to ban guns? According to Thomas, history and analogical reasoning will provide an answer. Because gun bans near “legislatures, polling places, and courthouses” were not controversial in the past, he wrote, “courts can use analogies to these historical regulations” to determine which areas in the 21st century are “sensitive” enough to ban firearms.

These are extremely thin guidelines from which to build a Second Amendment doctrine. The cabin of a commercial airliner seems quite “sensitive” to most Americans, although it is nothing like “legislature, polling place and courthouse”. Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t historical resources from which to draw analogies. The well of English and American law that forms the source of this “pre-existing” Second Amendment law is deep. Harvard University banned firearms on campus as early as 1655, as did public institutions like the University of Virginia in 1825 and the University of North Carolina in 1829. In the 1800s, Missouri, the Texas and Oklahoma Territory kept guns and other weapons. where people gathered for educational, literary, scientific or social purposes. These American laws have their roots in the Anglo-Saxon prohibitions on weapons in “fairs” and “markets” which date back to the reign of King Edward III.

Before Brownlower courts had ruled that national parks and rural post office parking lots were sensitive and had indicated that libraries, museums, hospitals and day care centers could also ban guns.

As Timothy Zick and Diana Palmer recently wrote in the Atlantic: Red and blue states have created an archipelago of “hot spots,” such as “public transportation, polling places…sports facilities, swimming pools public, river casinos, school bus stops. , pharmacies, corporate parking lots, public roads, amusement parks, zoos, liquor stores, airports, parades, demonstrations, financial institutions, theaters, hotel lobbies, tribal lands and even gun shows. All of these designations of sensitive locations are today challenged as insufficiently analogous to the regulations that existed in the past.

Lower courts have found, unnecessarily, that what makes a place sensitive are “the people there” or the “activities that take place there”. The implication is that guns may be banned from areas for reasons separate from personal safety, a point I have discussed elsewhere. Long-standing historic bans on firearms on election day, or in polling places, or in schools, ballrooms, fairs, markets and public assemblies, for example, suggest that the concern of our ancestors was not only, if not primarily, physical security, but also with the promotion of a robust civic life that is difficult to achieve in the presence of private arms.

On the other hand, some gun rights advocates insist that physical security is the only legitimate reason for designating a sensitive location. And relatedly, these advocates say, a place can only ban private guns if it provides physical security through means such as guards or metal detection devices. Otherwise, firearms must be allowed.

Because Brown gave little guidance as to why the locations are sensitive, lower courts are left with plenty of historical water to make analogies, but no predictable way to decide if the analog is relevantly similar. Judge Stephen G. Breyer aptly asks in his dissent, “What about subways, nightclubs, movie theaters and sports stadiums? The comparison between a 130-year-old regulation of guns at a public display and a ban on guns at a 21st-century music concert is not at all apparent. Even less how much a criminal ban on firing guns from the decks of riverboats resembles one banning loaded guns in the overhead compartments of jet planes. Where there is a lack of clarity, there will be disputes.

I don’t believe the court intended to assign every federal judge to act as the firearms zoning authority for every city and town in every state. I do not believe that the court wants to assess block by block, street by street, the sensitivity of each district of the country. But until the judges provide more clarity on why guns may be banned in sensitive places, and what makes those places sensitive, maybe that’s what we’re getting.

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Del Mar School District to Purchase New Offices for Maintenance and Technical Departments

This summer, the Del Mar Union School District has a list of facility projects it plans to complete. In addition to the completion of the new Pacific Sky School, there will be upgrades to modern learning studios in 42 district classrooms with new carpets, paint and flexible furniture; field renovations in Del Mar Hills and Sycamore Ridge; and new play structures at Ashley Falls and Carmel Del Mar schools.

At the June 22 meeting, the board reviewed two additional facility projects that serve district staff. The board approved the $925,000 purchase of a new office suite in the Sorrento Valley to expand the maintenance, operations and technology department and also rejected a plan for a new on-campus training center from Torrey Hills School.

The request for a new vocational learning center came on the recommendation of district staff.

The district purchased the office building on El Camino Real in 2010, moving from its former home at the Shores property in Del Mar. The building’s large meeting room, however, was intended to serve as a training center, due to construction of the Torrey View complex. next door, the neighborhood has lost its parking spaces and can no longer accommodate staff for training, according to Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Chris Delehanty.

They need a space that can accommodate up to 50 participants for professional development sessions that last three to four days.

Delehanty said they considered transportation, facility rentals, and the possibility of combining two existing classrooms to create a training center on one of their campuses. Staff’s recommendation that day was to review the conversion of two existing portable classrooms in Torrey Hills – the space had been used for the Early Childhood Development Center, which moved to the Ashley campus Falls in January 2021.

If directed by council, staff would propose an architect for council approval to begin design work. The estimated cost would be $1 million from Fund 40, the capital improvement fund which currently has a balance of $6 million.

During the board’s discussion of the proposal, trustee Katherine Fitzpatrick said she wanted to make sure there was no other use of Fund 40 funds. She was also concerned about the use of space at Torrey Hills if it could potentially be used by students.

Given the lessons learned from the pandemic, Administrator Gee Wah Mok also wondered if the training could be done virtually. While it may not have been ideal, it was still an option. Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Shelley Petersen said the district is committed to fostering face-to-face professional development: “Our professional learning needs to happen in person,” she said.

Unconvinced of the need for a permanent facility to solve what could be a temporary parking problem, President Erica Halpern suggested continuing to seek partnerships to find space to use, such as the meeting room of AMN Healthcare of Carmel Valley or contact nearby school districts. She even floated the idea of ​​potentially selling the Torrey Hills office and finding a new building that better meets their needs, an idea that prompted a vehement shake of the head from administrator Doug Rafner.

“I think there are more alternatives to explore here before we jump into building a million-dollar training center,” Halpern said, and the board disagreed. to go forward.

The district’s maintenance, operations and technology department needs more space in its Sorrento Valley location. Work space has become restricted with at least one closet being used as a desk.

In 2019, the suite next door to the district office had been considered for a cannabis retail establishment, which the district objected to. With that proposal scrapped and the space available, Delehanty said there was an opportunity to expand with an additional 1,787 square feet right next door, including offices, a conference room, two washrooms and a workspace. open.

At the June 22 meeting, the board approved the purchase of the adjoining suite, drawing $40 from the fund. Halpern said there’s a difference between investing in the space and building the training center because it’s an asset the district can keep and, if necessary, sell.

Hills and heights
As part of its facility update, Delehanty shared that Del Mar Hills Academy’s modernization has been slowed due to the need for a seismic retrofit.

“We are now at a point where we are over budget for the whole project,” Delehanty said. “Because the school was built around 50 years ago, all the concrete walls will need to be replaced.”

According to the facilities master plan, the Hills modernization will replace the five portable classroom buildings on campus with permanent ones, improve the innovation center, reinvent classroom spaces, reconfigure the front office and make upgrades to the playground. and in the field. The original schedule called for construction to begin this summer and end in the fall of 2023.

Delehanty said the district is finding out exactly what will be needed for the renovation and working with Lionakis Architects to adjust the scope. Classrooms and buildings remain the priority with the upgrade, but they are looking to identify additional funds to meet all campus needs.

While construction of the new Pacific Sky School is on track for opening in August, construction of the new Del Mar Heights School remains on hold due to Save the Field’s lawsuit over the city’s permit approval coastal development.

The district has requested that work be allowed to continue on the nearby Torrey Pines Preserve Extension, repairing two failing stormwater outfalls in the canyon. The outlet has already created a ravine, and the repairs will protect against continued erosion, invasive species and trail issues, Delehanty said. On June 6, California State Parks wrote a letter to Procopio, the company representing Save the Field, recommending work continue, but Delehanty said there was no response.

“We are baffled that this critical environmental work is being blocked by Save the Field,” Delehanty said.

Approved budget
On June 23, the board approved a budget for 2022-23 with a surplus of $80,168 and maintaining a reserve of 23.8%.

The budget reflects a $1.3 million contribution from the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation and a 5% increase in property tax revenue. Budgeted expenditures include a 5% salary scale increase, increased staffing for the new Pacific Sky School, lower class sizes in upper grades, social and emotional learning supports, student transportation, students due to the reconstruction of Heights and the implementation of the Universal Meals Program, the new state law that requires all students to receive free breakfast and lunch, regardless of their revenue.

The implementation of Universal Meals, as well as the new Central District Kitchen that will open in January 2023 at Pacific Sky, will require the construction of new servers on each campus. This work should also be completed this summer.

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Top 50 Office Problems – PR News Blog




A tool has been developed to help tired workers deal with the annoying behavior of their colleagues at work.

The “Passive Aggressive Sign Generator” allows disgruntled staff to choose from a range of ready-made signs to display around their office to communicate their disdain.

And if their complaint is more targeted, users can enter a specific message to ward off irritating colleagues and ensure they are heard loud and clear.

It was created by The Workplace Depot, after a survey of 2,000 workers revealed that strenuous computer problems, smelly toilets and rotting food in the fridge are the biggest office problems.

Many also hate the lack of natural light, coworkers sucking off the boss, and people talking about their weekend plans — even if they don’t care.

But 39% were quick to share their feelings by leaving a passive-aggressive note or sending an office-wide email.

The last people to leave and not locking themselves in properly, cigarette butts strewn outside and the mess in communal dining rooms are the main reasons workers feel compelled to call their peers.

And 32% did so because of their colleague’s poor parking lot.

While half said their posts succeeded in ending what they saw as poor office etiquette, 44% said the issues persisted.

A spokesperson for the industrial supplies supplier said: “Offices can often be a fun old environment when social norms don’t always translate to those four walls where we spend so much of our lives.

“And when you’re forced to encounter a multitude of little annoyances almost on a daily basis, it’s no surprise that it drives many to the breaking point.

“The way many choose to express their displeasure is in the quintessentially British form of the note or the painfully polite passive-aggressive email.

“Yet these will always have a serious undertone of hostility, which for the reader – or worse yet, the culprit – can be quite alarming. Although often rather amusing too.
Addressing issues
The study also found that 45% confronted a co-worker about their misbehavior at work, with 46% saying this intervention caused them to quit.

However, eight percent exceeded the bar and even received disciplinary action as a result of the feud.

While 37% have considered quitting their job because of office issues, 14% have actually made the jump to a new role.

Unfortunately, the grass wasn’t always greener as 44% said their new workplace was about the same or even worse than what they left behind.

Finishing their work at breakneck speed so they can leave quickly is considered the most common way for workers to counter their troubles.

While 37% rarely engage with colleagues to avoid irritation, and 30% will simply avoid the office as much as possible.

And 27% will simply plug in their headphones to drown out office noise and irritation.

In fact, 40% even admitted that they are less productive when they are in the office because of what annoys them, according to the survey conducted via OnePoll.

The Workplace Depot spokesperson added: ‘It is clear from these findings that many white-collar workers in the UK are fed up with what happens around them between 9am and 5pm.

“But like many things in life, if you don’t fix the problem, it will only get worse.

“It’s important that these workers stand up for what they think is good office conduct – even if it’s behind a passive-aggressive note.”
Top 50 Office Problems
1. Computer problems
2. Computers are slow
3. People talk loudly
4. People who have conversations right behind your desk
5. People who leave dirty dishes in the sink
6. When someone calls in sick when you know they’re not sick
7. Smelly toilets
8. Printers break down
9. People who come to work when they are sick
10. People taking things from your desk without asking
11. People who don’t clean the microwave when their food spills
12. Computers crash
13. Dirty toilets
14. Not being able to wear comfortable clothes
15. Someone Sucks The Boss
16. Having to tell people about their weekends/plans even if you don’t care
17. People who get too close when talking to you.
18. Food left in the fridge that has passed its best before date
19. Someone is cooking smelly food for lunch.
20. The phone rings constantly
21. Dirty fingers on shared keyboards/mouse in case of shared desktop
22. The temperature always being too hot
23. People who open windows without checking with people nearby
24. Someone takes my chair while I’m away from my desk
25. Virtually no natural light
26. The temperature always being too cold
27. Having to sit in small meeting rooms with lots of people
28. People “extend” their desktop onto yours
29. People who send passive aggressive emails to the whole office
30. Hot desking
31. People who don’t put a new roll of toilet paper on the holder
32. People leave half-eaten food in the fridge/kitchen
33. Not being able to listen to music
34. People who hang up the phone without saying goodbye
35. People who print reams of paper from the printer
36. Lights left on unnecessarily in rooms
37. Not being able to have TV running in the background during the day
38. People who start a phone conversation without any jokes first
39. People brag about the quality of their work
40. There are never any parking spaces
41. People who sing or whistle without realizing it
42. No greenery, like plants
43. Lunch dishes left on desks
44. People put food in trash cans right next to your desk.
45. Empty milk cartons left in the fridge
46. ​​Belongings left gathering dust on desks
47. No one ever says thank you
48. Lack of kitchen amenities/facilities
49. No recycling bins
50. People who now refuse to be part of the tea tour

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Revised plans to turn historic Victorian pub The George and Dragon in Swanscombe into Domino’s Pizza takeaway

Plans have resurfaced to turn a historic 131-year-old pub into a takeaway pizzeria – just two years after they were turned down.

The George and Dragon has sat on the corner of the junction between London Road and Swanscombe High Street since 1891.

The George and Dragon Pub in Swanscombe could be turned into a takeaway pizzeria. Photo: Matt Brown/Flickr

As a former Victorian inn, the vintage boozer would welcome many weary travelers and more recently has found success as local CAMRA pub of the year.

But despite its reputation, it hasn’t welcomed punters for a light refresh since closing for good in 2019 when the owner and landlady announced they were retiring.

An application was then made to the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (EDC) to change the use of the premises to a take-out business with the franchise chain Domino’s Pizza set to take over.

But the offer was refused in 2020 and an appeal against the decision refused by the Town Planning Inspectorate.

Planners said the proposal would result in the loss of a “community facility for non-community purposes” and considered it an unsuitable location with insufficient parking.

The George and Dragon Pub in Swanscombe has been on the market for many years without success
The George and Dragon Pub in Swanscombe has been on the market for many years without success

Concerns have also been raised over the length of marketing exercises to explore the pub’s continued use as a ‘community-run’ facility.

Undeterred, the pizza bosses have now submitted a new application which again seeks permission to change the use of the vacant public house to a hot take-out joint.

The proposed take-out would operate between 10 a.m. and midnight daily and will generate an as-yet-undetermined number of local jobs.

The plans outline a new layout to provide a customer service area with limited seating at the front of the store with the kitchen behind.

To the rear there will be a cold room, storage area and washing area as well as staff facilities. There will be eight parking spaces accessible via London Road.

The resubmitted plans have just released new updated evidence of market after attempts to find a buyer failed.

Dominos could take over the historic pub
Dominos could take over the historic pub

The pub has been vacant since 2019 and has been on the market since November 2018.

In their planning application, the applicant states that although ‘very limited interest’ was shown in reusing the site as a pub, no realistic evidence was provided to demonstrate that a purchase would have been possible .

He says: “Five months passed after the target market campaign with no more interest in the site.

“In addition to the initial twelve month marketing period, this is ample time to establish that there is no potential for the site to be reoccupied for community purposes.”

As such, the franchisee considers that the change of use of the site is part of EDC’s development policy.

The statement adds: “The proposed change of use will have significant economic benefits for the local area, with the re-use of the buildings leading to the creation of a significant number of jobs for the local population, as well as other benefits resulting from the renovation of the building and improvements to its appearance and street scene.

“More ideas should be sought to help the city become a positive place to live…”

“It is therefore clear that the loss of the public house is justified in terms of national and local planning policy.”

But the re-emergence of Domino’s Pizza plans prompted more than 30 comments on EDC’s planning portal, with most voicing their opinion against the proposals.

The main reasons cited were traffic congestion, lack of access and parking, and the loss of a community facility.

One commented: “That shouldn’t be allowed. The city leads more local amenities, not pizzerias of which there are several within a few miles.

“More ideas need to be sought to help the city become a positive place to live.”

Another added: “We have way too many cheap places to eat – why the hell would we want to turn this lovely building into another one??

“It will cause traffic problems at this junction and put more delivery scooters on the roads.”

Historian Christoph Bull says he would rather the pub was turned into a restaurant than a takeaway
Historian Christoph Bull says he would rather the pub was turned into a restaurant than a takeaway

Kent historian Christoph Bull said: “I want the building to be used for something, but I don’t want it destroyed or turned into a take-out.

“Swanscombe doesn’t need more saturated fat in his blood than he already has.”

He added that his preference would be for it to be converted into a German restaurant, but said that whatever it was used for, it would face parking and access issues.

Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council have also voiced their opposition to the plans.

A statement read: “City Council members, as locals, know the proposal would bring more traffic to the immediate vicinity which is already suffering from heavy use and cannot absorb it.

“The City Council does not believe that this request is sufficient to mitigate the reasons why the previous request was refused, the refusal being upheld on appeal by the Town Planning Inspectorate.

The Wheatsheaf pub in Swanscombe High Street has been vacant for some time
The Wheatsheaf pub in Swanscombe High Street has been vacant for some time

It’s not the first historic building in the area to be the subject of redevelopment plans, with All Saints Church opposite having been converted into apartments in recent years.

The Alma Public House in Swanscombe High Street was recently demolished to make way for houses and the Wheatsheaf pub, also in High Street, has also been slated to become flats.

The previous owner and landlady purchased the George and Dragon in 2011 and oversaw a revival of fortunes.

Only eight years ago it was named one of the country’s top 150 authentic ale local pubs, winning Gravesend and Darent Valley CAMRA Pub of the Year two years in a row.

Its success coincided with the opening of the Caveman Brewery in 2013 by Nick Byram and James Hayward, who went on to establish The Iron Pier Brewery in Northfleet.

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Seattle beats Vancouver to first place in Skytrax ranking of North American airports

This year, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport overtook Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in the SkyTrax rankings. We explore how Seattle-Tacoma International Airport was the first airport to overtake Vancouver International Airport for the first time in 12 years.

What Seattle-Tacoma Airport does well

The author greatly appreciated SpotSaver’s access privileges eliminating time in security lines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Photo: Joe Kunzler | single flight

According to SkyTrax, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport got the grade ahead because the airport made substantial capital investments, but also invested in accessibility. Below is a quote from their 2022 review:

“Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has implemented a wide range of terminal improvement projects to benefit the customer experience, including the complete renovation of Concourse N and the soon-to-open new international arrivals facility. . The airport’s 4-star rating recognizes these substantial changes along with more nuanced improvements to the airport’s accessibility facilities such as the Sensory Room, a new Interfaith Prayer Room and SEA Spot Saver.

The author uses SEA Spot Saver at every opportunity while flying from Seattle-Tacoma International to save time and reduce anxiety during necessary security checks. The reduction in time spent queuing, as illustrated above, is substantial.

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Due to the significant walk between the Sound Transit Link light rail terminal and the airport terminal, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport now offers a scheduled shuttle.

Photo: Joe Kunzler | single flight

Then there is (pictured above) the shuttle provided by Seattle-Tacoma International Airport between the terminal and the Sound Transit Link light rail terminal. The other alternative is a substantial walk. The author used the shuttle occasionally and enjoyed the big red electric golf cart.

The new baggage claim area. Photo: Alaska Airlines

Finally, the expansion of the new international terminal was previously covered by Simple Flying. The facility was built to focus on sustainability and improving the customer experience.

But Vancouver International Airport is no slouch

Yes, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) receives British Airways Airbus A380 tours in the summer. This photo is from June 18, 2019 of G-XLEH.

Photo: Joe Kunzler | single flight

As you can see above, Vancouver International Airport is no slouch in the international airports department. First of all, to the delight of Content Manager Thomas Boon who has a de facto Airbus A380 segment on the Simple Flying podcast, Vancouver International Airport has A380s to spot and Seattle-Tacoma International doesn’t. Second, unlike Seattle-Tacoma International, the airport has cue areas complete with viewing platforms for people to monitor flight operations closely but safely.


Yes, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) also has light rail. Oh, and its lightweight train is extra wide to accommodate travelers’ bags.

Photo: Joe Kunzler | single flight

Second, Vancouver International Airport is well served by light rail with several TransLink SkyTrain Canada Line stops serving parking lots and a final stop very close to the airport.

Nevertheless, Vancouver International Airport was hit a few points for – according to SkyTrax – “Long waiting times for security screening and poor layout of business class lounges.” YVR also opened a massive expansion of Pier D which was not considered in the SkyTrax rankings for 2022.

Also worth noting in SkyTrax’s list of top 10 international airports – none of them are from North America. The top five are from Asia – Doha, the two from Tokyo, Singapore and Seoul. It is very competitive to enter the list. The author has been to a few North American airports and isn’t surprised that Vancouver and Seattle-Tacoma International are vying for the top spot.


Which airport do you think is the best or what else do you want to know about each? Let us know in the comments, please!

Sources: Daily Hive, Seattle SkyTrax Ranking, Vancouver SkyTrax Ranking

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Gutierrez: the redesign of the Ypao park is “first and foremost” intended for local use | New






“Tenda Town,” a three-story commercial building with a large flying proa atop, is one of the attractions to be built as part of a $50 million project to improve Ypao Beach, at the site of Governor Joseph Flores Memorial Park.



On Monday, Guam Visitors Bureau officials addressed objections to the use of millions of federal pandemic recovery money to turn Ypao Beach Park into a ‘smart park’ and tourist attraction. .

“Governor. Lou wouldn’t let us continue if we took away (the residents) our rights,” GVB President Carl Gutierrez said of the plans for Ypao. “First and foremost, local use , and tourists can also enter and use it.”

Gutierrez spoke at a budget request hearing for GVB.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero granted GVB $20 million in US bailout funding for the Ypao project, which has an initial approximate cost of $50 million. Federal spending guidelines on ARP funds broadly allow for spending to support the travel, tourism and hospitality industries, which have been impacted by the pandemic.

The proposal includes plans for a cultural center, a three-story commercial building, an exercise area, a playground and the renovation of park facilities. It is presented as “Tano I Famagu’on” or the country of children.

GVB Vice President Gerry Perez said the primary goal of the park, which will be incorporated into CHamoru’s cultural icons, is to give residents more outdoor recreation opportunities and the ability to experience CHamoru culture. . This will be leveraged to improve the destination experience for visitors.

Upgrading the park could also breathe life into the nearby Saggan Kotturan CHamoru Cultural Center, Perez said.

“This place, except for a few times a year, is dying.”

The move is part of a larger “paradigm shift” that GVB is considering for branding the island, Gutierrez said.

“We went back to the very essence of what we did in 1967 when tourism opened up,” he said, pointing out that Guam originally sold itself on its natural beauty and the culture of the Chamoru people.

“We kind of forgot the real reason people want to come to Guam,” he said, and turned to building as many hotels as possible and providing cheap flights. .

He said the Ypao project was a jumping-off point for tourism, which has stagnated since the last big leap forward: the development of the Pleasure Island neighborhood of Tumon in the 1990s.

“Since then, 20 years ago, nothing really big has been done to reshape and show that Guam is nothing more than a few hotels to stay at and beaches in front of your hotels,” he said. .

The park could also be used to spur development in the area, Gutierrez added, and GVB was in talks with owners of properties adjacent to Ypao Beach to develop a new resort. GVB also hopes to create a new parking area for Tumon at the top of the coral pit across the street through a public-private partnership, which could house a monorail or automated bus system for the village.

GVB is requesting a budget of $26.6 million for the next fiscal year.

Tourism UpdateGuam’s tourism numbers for fiscal year 2022 remain about 83% of pre-pandemic levels, Perez said, and the recovery of the international tourism market across the world remains slow.

But Guam appears to be on a more stable path to recovery, with Korea reopening and travel restrictions easing, he said. In May, the island surpassed 20,000 visitor arrivals for the first time since 2020. Despite a drop in arrivals at the start of the year due to continued fear over the omicron variant, arrivals were on track to reach the 130,000 visitors forecast for the 2022 financial year.

At the start of fiscal 2020, the island had nearly 160,000 visitors per month.

Counseling issues

GVB board meetings were suspended on May 12, following accusations made by Gutierrez against the board, including violations of the Open Government Act.

Perez said the office created a compliance and business risk oversight committee, to review whether the board’s bylaws complied with Guam law. Meetings will be suspended until the review is complete.

“This is organized under… the full authority of Chairman Carl over the administrative affairs of GVB. And Chairman Carl did this to resolve and clarify once and for all the incongruity between GVB’s enabling legislation and the Articles of Association, as this has been a source of contention among some Board members regarding the policy and advisory role, and management responsibility and administrative role.

The committee is made up of Gutierrez; Perez; Joe McDonald, Legal Counsel; and Ron Aguon, professor of public administration at the University of Guam. Perez said the committee would complete a review in 60 to 90 days.

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Parents of Texas teenager who left Dallas Mavericks game speak out on human trafficking case

DALLAS – The parents of a 15-year-old Texas girl who in April left a Mavericks game with an unidentified man, ultimately sparking a human trafficking investigation, are speaking out to raise awareness about the trafficking in human beings.

Kyle and Brooke Morris, in an interview with ESPN and “Good Morning America,” said they wanted their daughter’s story to be a warning about the dangers of human sex trafficking and how the laws governing the crime are enforced.

“We just want to make sure people understand… something like this can happen to anyone anywhere,” Kyle Morris said. “Even if you don’t think it’s possible, there are people who want it to happen.”

Police found the girl walking on the side of a road in Oklahoma City 10 days after her stepfather Morris reported her missing to the American Airlines Center in Dallas. She had been taken to a hotel in Oklahoma City, where she had been repeatedly sexually assaulted, starved and banned from bathing, according to her parents and their lawyer.

The non-profit organization Texas Counter-Trafficking Initiative helped track down the girl through an online advertisement soliciting sex.

Three people have been arrested in Oklahoma City and charged with human trafficking and other crimes. Their cases are pending.

The parents said their daughter was safe, had started treatment to recover from her trauma and was doing well. The girl gave her parents permission to discuss the case publicly, according to the family lawyer. ESPN is not naming her because she is underage.

The girl told her mother days after being found that she had met “so many other girls” in Oklahoma.

“And she said, ‘I wonder how long they’ve been in this life, but nobody’s been looking for them,'” Brooke Morris said.

Kyle Morris, a season ticket holder for the Mavericks, said on the night of the April 8 game against the Portland Trail Blazers, he and his daughter-in-law were at the Platinum level of the arena. Just before halftime, the girl told him she had to go to the bathroom. He said she didn’t have her phone and left her ID and debit card at her seat. When she did not return, he alerted security, who searched the restrooms and inside the arena. Morris said an off-duty police officer working on the game told him that surveillance video showed the girl exiting the arena and was last seen entering a nearby parking lot.

Zeke Fortenberry, the family’s attorney who saw the surveillance video, said the girl did not appear to have left by force. Kyle and Brooke Morris said their daughter used to leave the house without their permission. In those cases, Kyle Morris said, she left with people she knew, even leaving a note in at least one case.

“This time,” he told ESPN, “…everything was different.”

Fortenberry said the American Airlines Center and the Mavericks helped determine what happened. Kyle Morris said he found an email address for Mark Cuban and emailed the Mavericks owner, who responded within minutes, adding people who could help and telling them to use whatever resources they had need.

“What happened to the unnamed teenager after she walked away from American Airlines Center facilities on April 8, 2022 is tragic, and American Airlines Center and Dallas Mavericks are pleased she is now safe. safety and wish him well on his road to recovery,” said a statement provided to ESPN by attorney Scott C. Thomas, responding on behalf of the American Airlines Center and the Mavericks.

Thomas added, “The American Airlines Center has no evidence that a smuggling group was in the arena at any time, including in relation to this incident.”

According to Thomas, arena security personnel began reviewing video footage shortly after Kyle Morris reported his stepdaughter missing, provided a video to authorities, and let Fortenberry, the attorney for Morris, also watch the video.

Kyle Morris said an off-duty officer suggested he go home – the family live in North Richland Hills, about 30 miles away – to report his daughter missing. North Richland Hills confirmed to ESPN that he took a report from Morris and an officer entered the information into a national missing persons database in early April 9. North Richland Hills Police added an “endangered” flag to the report on April 11.

A Dallas police spokesperson declined a request for an interview, but said by email that the department had made a report and assisted the North Richland Hills Police Department. A bulletin on the missing girl was published on April 11. Dallas police confirmed that an off-duty officer from the game was notified of a missing person and that the event and site were searched that night. The spokesperson referred to a section of the Texas family code. Authorities have interpreted the code to mean that cases of missing minors should be investigated as runaways, unless the circumstances indicate an involuntary act, such as abduction or abduction.

“These cases by code should be filed where the minor resides,” Dallas police said in an email to ESPN.

Says Kyle Morris: “For this situation, I’m just going to say that Dallas’ interpretation or application of that part of the family code, I think is wrong.”

Morris said he and his wife ended up going back and forth between jurisdictions seeking information about their daughter’s disappearance, fearing the investigation was progressing. The parents told ESPN they were not aware of any official Dallas police investigation.

The family contacted the Texas Counter-Trafficking Initiative after the girl was missing for six days, Morris said. They did this on the recommendation of a family friend who had been through a similar situation. The anti-trafficking group located the girl within hours and notified Oklahoma City police.

On April 15, Oklahoma City police searched rooms at an Extended Stay America hotel on West Reno Avenue. They made three initial arrests but could not find the girl. After an anonymous tip, police found her three days later walking with another person 10 km from the hotel. How she got to Oklahoma City remains unclear.

Among those arrested are Kenneth Levan Nelson and Sarah Hayes, who have been charged with human trafficking and other crimes. They have preliminary hearing conferences scheduled for August 15. Steven Hill, who was charged with rape II, has a preliminary hearing on July 11. Nelson is being held on $300,000 bond, while Hayes is being held on $250,000 bond and Hill is being held on $25,000 bond, court records show.

Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of work or commercial sex act. Millions of people are trafficked around the world every year, including in the United States. Traffickers often use violence, manipulation or false promises to lure victims into trafficking situations.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline is 1-888-373-7888.

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Golspie High School Bus Park Plan Dead End

Golspie High School principal Mark Evans and his parent council remain totally opposed to opening the school’s bus fleet to other vehicles, it has been reported.

Mark Evans.

It was hoped that cars and motorhomes could be allowed to use the bus parking lot, located next to the school and behind the Golspie medical practice, in a bid to provide more parking space and facilitate the passage of visitors in the village.

A compromise solution that would see the bus park open only during school holidays has not found favor with Mr Evans and the Parents’ Council.

Councilor Richard Gale has previously acknowledged that the bus fleet can be “manic” at arrival and school pick-up times.

He told a Golspie Community Council meeting on Monday evening: ‘There are issues there with the safety of children being paramount. The school wants to keep the bus parking lot empty all the time. I would like it to be used outside of school time.

“I’m still of the opinion that if the school isn’t there, there are no security issues.”

Community council chairman Ian Sutherland said: ‘The main thing is that the principal and the parents’ council are against it and I understand their point of view, but for the summer holidays I don’t see any problem. There will be no more discussions until the next mandate.

Secretary Henrietta Marriott said a former teacher pointed out to her that there was a designated path between the school fence and the parking lot and that arrangements could be made to improve security, such as moving the fence from school further into the playground and ensure that buses are parked with their doors towards the school. Students could also be escorted to and from the bus park by teachers.

Work has recently been undertaken to upgrade the parking facilities at the nearby Fountain Road car park with a new white lining and electric vehicle charging stations.


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Drop the pin on bicycle and scooter parking

Hamilton City Council is on a mission to shape a city that is great to live in, however people choose to get around. This includes providing safe, accessible and convenient end-of-trip facilities for people on bikes and scooters.

The council’s transport and urban mobility program delivery manager, Martin Parkes, believes people should feel comfortable leaving their bikes or scooters in a safe and accessible place when traveling around the city. town.

“For this reason, we are investing $150,000 a year for bicycle and scooter parking as part of the council’s long-term plan for the city. This is supported by a 51% grant from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency,” Parkes said.

In March 2022, the Council contacted the community to ask people where they would like to see more bicycle and scooter parking racks installed, and whether any existing parking facilities needed to be improved to make it more convenient for people to choose different modes of transport.

An interactive online map was set up for people to place pins where they thought parking should be improved or added. A survey was also available to help Council get a better idea of ​​people’s transportation habits.

Parkes said the results showed most people wanted to be able to park outside parks, playgrounds and local stores, with secure and visible parking spots.

Some key locations identified on the map included Lake Hamilton, Gray Street in Hamilton East, malls, Waikato Hospital and the University of Waikato.

“So far the focus has been on eating out in the city center so it’s great to hear that people want more localized facilities for day-to-day tasks such as shopping or having a coffee. “, said Parkes,

The map also highlighted the need for facilities that allow people to change modes of transport mid-journey, providing safe, covered and well-lit areas to store a bicycle or scooter for longer periods.

Parkes said of those who participated in the map and online survey, 88% use a car, 63% cycle and 44% said they walk to get around Hamilton.

“That means people often switch modes of transport to get around our city, but people don’t use their bikes and scooters to access another mode of transport – that’s something we’ll consider at the moment. future when installing facilities for bicycles and scooters.”

Council staff are currently reviewing the data to identify where to place the next batch of bicycle and scooter parking racks, with approximately 100 installations expected over the next fiscal year.

“Based on the survey results, Hamilton East is definitely an area of ​​interest for the team. It is an area that is also linked to the Council’s forthcoming University Link project, which will provide safer connections on foot, bike and scooter between the city center and the university,” said Parkes,

For more information on what the Council is doing to make it safer and more convenient for people to choose different types of transport to get around, visit hamilton.govt.nz/transport

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Kansas City is moving forward with a solar park at KCI airport that could be one of the largest in the country | KCUR 89.3

Thousands of undeveloped acres near Kansas City International Airport could one day house one of the nation’s largest airport solar farms, capable of powering up to a third of Kansas City homes.

Kansas City has completed a feasibility study that outlines the steps and challenges for bringing a full-scale solar farm to KCI. In the coming months, City Manager Brian Platt said, the city will be soliciting proposals from solar power developers to work on the project.

“It is our vision and our goal to lead the way and lead the charge by thinking outside the box and being bold, aggressive and innovative in trying to make progress in the fight against climate change here and reducing our carbon emissions,” Platt said.

The solar farm could have a capacity of 285 megawatts, according to the upcoming feasibility study, with appropriate grid infrastructure upgrades. If crews removed trees and other environmental features, the site could produce more than 500 megawatts, enough to power about a third of the city’s homes.

Mayor Quinton Lucas said he was impressed with the size of the facility.

“I mean, not just powering the facilities, not just powering the airport,” Lucas said, “but you’re talking over the course of a few years, powering all of Northland.”

A rendering shows the massive solar farm Kansas City officials are planning for Kansas City International Airport. The city plans to seek a developer soon.

This is not the first attempt to bring a solar farm to the airport. Evergy, the investor-owned utility serving the Kansas City metro, dropped plans in late 2020 for a smaller solar panel atop a parking lot currently under construction as part of the airport’s new terminal, according to Energy News Network. A technical study revealed that this arrangement could create glare affecting air traffic controllers.

Utility spokeswoman Gina Penzig said in an email that Evergy was reviewing the feasibility study, conducted by the Kansas City Department of Aviation and two engineering firms.

“The study is encouraging, noting strong options for building meaningful solar power at the airport,” Penzig said. “We remain interested in partnering with the city to build solar power at KCI.”

Evergy declined to comment further.

Last year, the utility scaled back plans to add 700 megawatts of solar power by 2024.

After the first iteration was stalled, Platt said Kansas City officials were driving the process “with much more emphasis, focus and aggression.”

“So we’re taking a new approach,” Platt said, “and making sure we do it anyway.”

The installation should be reviewed by the Southwest Power Pool, the regional network to which Evergy belongs. The grid upgrades needed to accommodate all this new energy could prove costly, estimated at $62 million. But the feasibility study noted that an interconnection study by SPP and Evergy would be needed to determine this.

The feasibility study recommends that managers adopt a phased approach. In a first phase, he suggests building a 35 megawatt array of more than 96,000 panels near the southern end of the site. It would take between $9 million and $15 million to upgrade the network to accommodate all that power.

Platt said the plan could include building community-scale solar panels small enough to not trigger studies by utility regulators while gaining approval for the larger farm.

“We want to balance the two,” Platt said. “We want to make a large production facility but also start production as soon as possible.”

The feasibility study did not define a specific timetable, but the regulatory and permitting processes could take several years.

Platt said the city could inaugurate these small, community-scale solar installations by the end of next year.

Officials have not agreed on a financing plan for the solar farm, Platt said.

“The ultimate goal for us as a city is that we spend little or no taxpayer dollars to build this facility and that the facility pays for itself using the energy generated from the site,” Platt said. “We hope it won’t increase energy prices either.”

This story originally appeared on the Missouri Independent.

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Amtrak completes upgrades at Ashland Station

The Amtrak station in Ashland, Virginia has been updated to improve accessibility and safety.

Amtrak and the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) are partners in bringing daily Amtrak Northeast Regional service to the station located in the city’s downtown area at 112 N. Railroad Ave.

Amtrak, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), VPRA, and the City of Ashland have partnered to advance a series of improvements, including the construction of two brick platforms, the placement of two mobile elevators, and the canopy who accompanies him. Mobile lifts are available at each platform and will benefit all customers with rolling luggage or strollers, in addition to passengers using mobility devices.

“We are making these kinds of investments in our national network,” said Amtrak Vice President Dr. David Handera. “We want Ashland and all of our resorts to be welcoming and a comfortable environment for all of our customers.”

To date, Amtrak has completed 162 ADA station-related projects under the ADA Station Program, with 16 stations brought into ADA compliance in the past fiscal year for $58 million. The completion of 41 other stations is planned for this fiscal year with an expected investment of $126 million. The program is advancing the design of 120 station and 40 station construction projects as part of Amtrak’s ongoing commitment to providing accessibility for all of our customers.

“The improvements to Ashland Station make rail service more accessible and an even better option for travelers with mobility issues,” said DJ Stadtler, executive director of VPRA. “Thanks to the strong partnership between the City of Ashland, Amtrak and VPRA, using Ashland Station is now safer and more convenient for all Amtrak passengers.”

Amtrak and the City of Ashland have partnered in a one-block redesign of N. Railroad Avenue. A redesign of the site will allow for a safer experience for customers and pedestrians, and will change the vehicular traffic pattern. The new platforms will be connected with sidewalks, crosswalks and a pedestrian level crossing so that customers can move safely between trains and the station.

“Ashland’s platform improvement project is a great benefit to the community,” said Ashland City Manager Joshua Farrar. “The most important element of this project is to ensure that people with reduced mobility have a safe and accessible platform and walkway to use when taking a train or simply visiting the region.”

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American Family Field neighborhood could mean money for stadium upgrades

Some of American Family Field’s parking lots could be redeveloped for an entertainment district, which could generate property tax revenue to help pay for impending stadium upgrades.

That’s according to a new proposal pending before the Milwaukee County Board.

This resolution does not call for a specific funding plan for long-term stadium improvements.

But it’s the first public sign of how local taxpayers might be asked to pay that tab.

The resolution, sponsored by Supervisor Peter Burgelis, calls on officials in Milwaukee and West Milwaukee to work on a study with the Southeastern Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District.

The Stadium District is a state-created agency that owns the state-funded ballpark and leases it to brewers.

This study would focus on the creation of a “mixed-use entertainment district” in Milwaukee and neighboring West Milwaukee.

It is in the latter case that the neighboring site of Komatsu Mining Corp. may be redeveloped after the company completes its move this summer to the Port District of Milwaukee.

The study would also examine how the additional tax funding could be used to help pay for parking lot redevelopment as well as future ballpark renovations – “thereby reducing or eliminating the need for a future stadium sales tax or another public subsidy”.

A TIF uses property tax revenue generated from new commercial development to help fund that private development as well as public improvements.

Finally, the study would consider ending control of several parcels in the stadium area “to coincide with any redevelopment of the stadium highway and extension of the street grid”.

A separate resolution, sponsored by Burgelis and four other supervisors, calls for removing much of the stadium freeway, also known as State Highway 175, “to return that land to the community.”

Stadium district executive director Pat Goss said he was unaware of the resolution until he was contacted by the Journal Sentinel on Monday. He declined to comment.

Tyler Barnes, Brewers vice president of communications, also declined to respond.

The reserve fund may not be enough

The stadium district has set aside $87 million in a reserve fund for future projects that the district is required to pay under the terms of the lease.

That money was part of the $605 million raised by the five-county stadium sales tax that ended in 2020.

The team’s lease runs until at least 2030. The club has the option to extend this lease until 2040.

A report commissioned by the brewers, coming this summer, will likely list projects beyond what a stadium district report has considered, with those cost estimates exceeding the contingency fund.

This therefore raises the possibility of some form of demand for public funding.

In other cities, these stadium renovation funds come from sources such as state lottery revenue, revenue from public parking structures, a local hotel tax and a special baseball ticket tax as well as concessions. and merchandise for ballparks.

Meanwhile, there has been talk of extending the Brewers’ lease as part of taxpayer-funded stadium renovations – which could total hundreds of millions of dollars.

The pending county board resolution notes, among other things, the county’s former owner of the Brewers’ former ballpark — Milwaukee County Stadium.

It was demolished after American Family Field, then known as Miller Park, opened in 2001.

Rent is currently around $1.1 million

The resolution says the annual rent paid by the Brewers, $1.1 million to $1.2 million, “has hardly increased despite the value of the real estate.”

It says the club collects “all stadium concessions, retail, naming rights and on-site parking revenue”, with most of the tax revenue generated at the stadium going to the state – and very little to the state. cash-strapped county.

Brewer officials have expressed general interest in redeveloping some of its parking lots – which sit largely empty for about half the year. But they have yet to announce any specific plans.

Similar projects in or near other sports facilities have created hotels, office buildings, restaurants and other new uses.

This includes the Titletown district of Green Bay adjacent to Lambeau Field,

The resolution also cites commercial development in downtown Milwaukee, including the Deer District, which is tied to the removal of the Park East Freeway Spur and the 2018 opening of the Fiserv Forum.

It indicates that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, which has already announced that it will study replacing much of the stadium freeway north of I-94 with an at-grade boulevard, may also study the dismantling of freeway south of I-94 to West National Avenue.

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Road construction will result in the closure of a street in Manistee

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Those wishing to access athletic facilities at Paine Aquatic Center or Manistee Middle High School are asked to do so via Tamarack Street beginning Tuesday due to a road construction project on Twelfth Street.

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MANISTEE – A 60-day road construction project is scheduled for 12th Street in Manistee beginning Tuesday.

Starting Tuesday, 12th Street will be closed to all traffic between Oak Street and Elm Street as the road, curbs and sidewalk are being rebuilt. Anyone entering Manistee Middle High School will need to enter via Tamarack Street.

Those wishing to use the MMHS sports facilities or the Paine Aquatic Center can do so through Tamarack. The double driveway and parking lot will be accessible for most of the project, except for a two to five day period when this part of the project is complete. Alternate parking will be available in the main lot for these facilities at that time.


Those using the driving range on Elm Street are asked to park in the school parking lot. Cars will not be able to use Elm Street during road construction.

Traditional summer events such as the Firecracker 5K and Pancake Breakfast during the Manistee National Forest Festival will be held as scheduled. Anyone attending these events should also follow the instructions above to arrive at the MMHS campus.

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More road closures as construction continues around Madison County facilities


Closed roads

Madison County

EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County officials are alerting those visiting the Edwardsville downtown administration building or courthouse to changes in road closures.

Closures on rue Saint-Louis will alternate from one end of the street to the other; 2nd Street remains closed.

Sidewalks and crosswalks will remain open to pedestrians from the large parking lot (near 2nd Street) behind the administration building. Access to the large car park from West Vandalia Street was closed this week; the public is asked to take Clay Street to get to the parking lot.


The county is asking the public not to cross or park in areas blocked by barricades or caution tape.

In mid-April, construction began along 2nd Street at St. Louis Street, toward High Street. Due to the construction and installation of a new water main, the parking lot pedestrian crossing at the rear of the administration building is closed and moved temporarily.

There is a level crossing from the large lot where vehicles can access the small parking lot behind the building for handicapped accessible parking. Additional signage and staff are available to direct pedestrians where to cross the street.

The entire project has an expected completion of mid-August. Visit the county’s website at madisoncountyil.gov for up-to-date information

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Scott County will receive $2 million for infrastructure and recreational projects

Georgetown will receive major improvements

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ/PRESS RELEASE) – The state has announced more than $2 million for various projects in Scott County, such as the Legacy Trail extension, streetscape and overpass project in Georgetown and the construction of a wading pool in Veterans Park. in Sadieville.

According to the state, the trail will include a trailhead and park-and-ride lot located at the western end of Jodphur Lane, where the road turns east. The trailhead will include five parking spaces, including a handicapped accessible (ADA) space, available exclusively to Legacy Trail users. An additional 210 parking spaces, six of which will be ADA spaces, will be available in the park for visitors from dusk until dark.

Funding will also be used for additional amenities, to help improve sidewalk accessibility, restrooms adjacent to the multi-purpose track, bike rack and repair station, landscaping, a stone with trail marker, limestone wall and seating area. The trailhead will serve as a park-and-ride facility for trail users.

According to the state, the trailhead will allow trail users to take longer trips while still having access to necessary facilities, such as restrooms, running water and a bike repair station. The extension of the sanitary sewer will improve the possibilities for environmental protection in the recharge area of ​​the Royal Spring aquifer.

The City of Georgetown began work on the Georgetown Streetscape Project in July 2016 after receiving a grant under the Transportation Alternatives program. Today’s award will help Georgetown complete the project for the benefit of its community.

The Town of Sadeville will use funds for the Veterans Park Splash Pad project to ensure there is a place for people to cool off in the summer, as the town currently lacks water recreation within 20 miles from the park. This project will further enhance the Veterans Park and provide a fun and safe summer activity for residents of Sadieville and surrounding communities.

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Rameswaram, Madurai Railway Stations to be redeveloped; Husband, wife to supervise work

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday gave a green signal for the redevelopment of five railway stations in Tamil Nadu, including one in Rameswaram and one in Madurai. One thing to note about the redevelopment of the two stations is that the railway officials, who will be in charge of it, are husband and wife.

DEE S. Rati is carrying out the redevelopment of Rameswaram Railway Station while DEE R. Nandagopal of Madurai is responsible for the redevelopment of Madurai Railway Station. Coincidentally, Nandagopal and Rati are a couple. Both are engineers in the Madurai Railway Division. They plan to do the works on schedule without any delays so that passengers can enjoy more facilities and the capacity of the station can be increased.

At present, 96 trains pass through Madurai Railway Station and Rs 440 crores will be spent on its redevelopment. About 45,000 passengers arrive here every day. The redevelopment works will enable Madurai Railway Station to provide facilities for 1 lakh of passengers every day, more than double the current number. At least 24 trains run daily from Rameswaram station. At present, 20,000 passengers arrive there every day. The objective of the redevelopment of Rameswaram station is to provide it with sufficient equipment to be able to accommodate 45,000 passengers daily.

More than Rs 200 crore will be spent on the redevelopment of this station. The station will be equipped with parking spaces, escalators, elevators, stairs and walkways. Madurai Railway Station will also be redesigned to separate passenger and parcel movement and streamline vehicle traffic.

A metro directly connecting Periyar Bus Stand to Madurai Railway Station will also be constructed to make it easier and safer for passengers arriving at the station to enjoy public transport. On the other hand, Rameswaram station also receives a multifunctional complex.

These two stations are connected to the city of religious importance. After the redevelopment here, there will be commercial spaces, waiting rooms, more platforms and better transport routes. Rameswaram station will be redeveloped in the next 1.5 years and work on Madurai station will be completed in the next three years.

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🌱 Winning Tony Hawk Skateboard + John Hunt Park Expansion

We’ve come to the weekend here in Huntsville, and I’m here with the latest news you can’t miss. Today’s Daily includes:

  • There’s a Tony Hawk skateboard up for grabs
  • John Hunt Park to be expanded
  • Athens State University adds two new corporate partnerships

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Quite sunny. High: 80 Low: 59.


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  • Be sure to add your voice to the North Alabama Zoological Society’s survey to decide which animals you want to see at the new zoo! (Details)
  • It’s not directly related to Huntsville, but I wanted to make sure you knew the Southern Baptist Convention releases list of accused abusers of pastors and other affiliated churches. (Details)
  • look at this ordinance change in the city of Huntsville which will allow breweries in the Lincoln Mill area. (Details)

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Blue Ridge Parkway opens 2022 season on Memorial Day weekend

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Blue Ridge Parkway campgrounds, picnic areas and visitor centers are opening with full services for the 2022 visitor season this weekend, and National Park Service officials want to take the opportunity to remind visitors that their actions while recreating along the boardwalk can help them and other park visitors have a safe and memorable visit.

“We rely on park visitors to plan ahead by checking road conditions before their trip, learning the operating hours of facilities they hope to visit, and reserving campsites well in advance.” , said Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Tracy Swartout. “Visitors should also be patient and flexible, as popular parks can be full on peak weekends throughout the summer and fall. We encourage you to have alternatives in mind if parking lots or trails are full, or if facilities are closed when arriving at their destinations on the boardwalk.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the largest designed landscapes in the nation, offering visitors a wide variety of opportunities to experience the nature, history and culture of southern Appalachia. The in-car and off-park design enhances the experience; and whether at milepost 0 or 469, hiking the scenic route, hiking a trail, or attending a concert or ranger program, Parkway officials remind visitors to have a plan and to recreate responsibly.

A full schedule of open facilities is also available on the boardwalk website

Several road projects are also underway this season and, as with any road project, motorists and park visitors should exercise caution and observe closures. The parkway website and road conditions page are important planning tools that provide daily information on the status of mileposts with links to additional project information or detour maps, the optionally. In addition to previously announced plans for the Laurel Fork Bridge, slope repairs, and completion of road projects in Roanoke, visitors may experience intermittent or one-lane closures related to additional paving projects at some viewpoints in North Carolina parking areas and picnic areas or preventative bridge maintenance work on several bridges in Virginia and North Carolina.

This season, public health and masking requirements may vary along the boardwalk depending on local conditions. Weekly updates will be posted on the Parkway Alerts and Updates webpage and at park facilities. In areas that the CDC identifies as high community level COVID-19, masks are required for everyone in all NPS buildings, regardless of vaccination status. In most low and medium COVID-19 community level areas, masks are optional, but visitors should follow signs and instructions from park staff and volunteers. Visitors are always encouraged to wear a mask if it makes them more comfortable.

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Bahrain Car Parks Company unveils payment service for Apple users

MANAMA: Bahrain Car Parks Company (Amakin) has introduced the Apple Pay service as an alternative payment method.

The service allows consumers to make contactless payments for parking spaces in The Terminal by Amakin in Adliya by simply tapping their iPhone or Apple Watch.

Transactions will be carried out securely using Near Field Communication technology.

Apple users need to link a credit or debit card to their device to start using Apple Pay.

Tariq Al Jowder, Managing Director of Amakin, said: “We have delivered on our promises and continue to deliver the best possible experiences to everyone in Bahrain, and by introducing new alternatives and facilities like this, we are reinventing the whole parking experience.

The new service embodies our ongoing efforts to provide diverse and seamless solutions and open up new opportunities to shape the new parking industry in the region, as well as shape the future of smart cities.

CrediMax Managing Director Ahmed Seyadi said, “This is a game-changer for the parking payment and transit payment industries. With solutions like these, consumers can now enjoy the mobility experience with preferred and convenient payment choices using only their mobile or wearable devices. »

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Dexter Town Council Meeting

This post expresses the views and opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of The Sun Times News management or staff.

Good morning!

…and thank you for your interest in the town of Dexter and its council. Since my election in November 2020, I have distributed annotated agendas (see below) before each Board meeting. These bulletins are my personal effort to make it as quick and easy as possible for interested parties to know what the Board will be discussing and considering at each meeting. For the most part, the descriptions of the items on the agenda come directly from the meeting file. After each meeting (and when video links are available), I share links to video recordings of the discussion of each agenda item. Past meeting agendas, records, minutes, and video links (if available) can be found here: https://dextermi.gov/government/cc.php.

Hearing from residents is one of my favorite parts of being a council member! If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding upcoming Council business or any other Council or City matters, please feel free to email me at my official email address: jgriffin @dextermi.gov. If you prefer to share your thoughts anonymously, please respond here: https://polco.us/n/res/vote/councilwoman-jamie-griffin/i-value-your-input.

Sincerely,

Jamie

Dexter Town Council Meeting

Monday, May 23, 2022 at 7 p.m.

3515 Broad Street, Dexter, MI 48130 and via Zoom

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As always there is two opportunities for unorganized public participation: one towards the beginning of the meeting and one towards the end of the meeting. See the agenda for more details.

During pre-established participationthe Council will hear Wylie Elementary Pupils in regards to their efforts to clean up around their school and along Mill Creek.

The board will consider (1) minutes of its last meetings and working sessions and (2) the list of upcoming meetings. We will also hear various staff updatesincluding the city ​​manager and the Mayor (note that the corresponding written reports are included in the meeting file).

Following the presentation and any discussion of these reports, The Board will consider the following items as part of the agenda by consent. Unless Council votes otherwise, these items are voted on as a single package without Council discussion.

  • Invoices and payroll in the amount of: $290,526.05
  • Proposal from Bostwick Company Inc. for sump pit repairs in an amount not to exceed $6,750
    • The Department of Public Works has requested quotes for the repair of cesspools at two locations in the city. Staff recommends approval of Bostwick Company Inc.’s proposal(s) for this work.
      • In front of Dexter Fastener Technologies (2110 Bishop Cir. E – Cost: $4,250
      • Southwest corner of Webster and Eastridge – Cost: $2,500
    • If approved, these repairs are expected to take place by July 1, 2022. These works have been included in the road fund budgets for the fiscal year 2021-22.
  • Appointment of Jeanette Frost to the Parks and Recreation Commission

The Board will discuss or consider (i.e., take action on) the following matters:

  • Special Land Use for Vacation Rental Units – 8040 Huron St.
    • The Planning Commission held a public hearing on Monday, May 2, 2022, for the purpose of considering a particular land use application. The Applicants, Douglas Neal and Lisa Belanger Neal (Owner), are offering vacation rental accommodation, for a property located at 8040 Huron Street ((08-03-32-360-005). In the Project Narrative attached to the application, the applicants describe the property as consisting of a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1,489 square foot, single family home with 2 on-site parking spaces, as well as public on-street parking on the same side of the street that the site in question is zoned VR Village Residential District. Vacation rental housing is a special land use in the RV District.
    • (my words) During the public hearing, three people spoke, all of whom were neighbors expressing their support for the special land use.
    • The Planning Commission then voted unanimously to recommend approval of AP2021.22-12 Application for special land use for vacation rental accommodation.
  • Community survey
    • Beginning in November 2021, City staff were tasked with designing, creating, distributing and analyzing feedback collected through a City-wide community survey. During the review, City Council participated in the presentation and verbiage of the various issues. The purpose of the survey was to cover various topics and functions of the City, as well as to present a variety of priorities for residents to obtain their feedback.
    • As the survey closed in late April, the Dexter 2022 Community Survey received 730 responses. Using the 2020 census population of 4,500, staff received a total of 616 respondents in the city (84.6% of total respondents) and collected a sample of 13.7% (in the city) . Based on a previous survey conducted in 2011, only 109 residents (in the city) responded with an estimated sample size in the city of 2.8%.
    • Summaries of many of the open-ended questions and open-ended component questions are attached to this memo along with benchmarks between the 2011 survey and the 2022 survey.
    • Excerpts from the file that might interest you:
  • Recommended adoption of the capital improvement plan for fiscal year 2022-2027
    • The CIP is a program that projects and coordinates public spending to improve the City’s transportation and utility systems, facilities and other capital assets over a six-year period. The Planning Commission prepares and updates the CIP on an annual basis under the authority of the Planning Enabling Act (PA 33 of 2008), as amended. The Planning Commission’s goal is for the CIP to be used as a tool to implement the City’s master plan and help prepare the budget for the coming year.
    • A total of eighty-three (83) projects, including Cooperative and DDA, were postponed or initiated in this year’s PIC, with a six-year funding requirement of $19,408,000 and a funding requirement for the first year of $1,959,500. Please note that various funding sources contribute to the projects. For a full breakdown of project expenditure by funding source, please see the project and funding summary tables in the annexes. Also note that costs, funding sources and timelines are unknown for several major projects, including acquisition of downtown property, improvement of downtown facade, fire station project and any planned utility or street improvements in coordination with Dexter-Chelsea of ​​the Washtenaw County Road Commission. Dexter-Pinkney roundabout main project.
  • Dan Hoey Roadworks MDOT TED-B Grant Program Application Resolution
    • Following road planning discussions with OHM Advisors and DPW staff, staff recommend moving forward with construction planning on Dan Hoey for the summer of 2023. This recommendation is based on the current road conditions, PASER ratings, traffic level and time spent by staff on road maintenance. The build would encompass both sides of Dan Hoey as well as Lexington. Cost estimated by OHM Advisors is $557,000 to build (design and CE not included, and sidewalk on Dan Hoey not included).
    • The TED-B grant is available for villages and small towns for a maximum grant of $250,000. Dan Hoey is eligible for the TED-B grant program because it is not classified as a major state highway (and is not currently eligible for TIP funds). In order to apply for the TED-B program, the city council must approve a resolution authorizing the application.
  • Discussion about: Dexter-Ann Arbor Road Speed ​​Rating
    • In January, City Council discussed the posted speed limit on Dexter-Ann Arbor Road. following receipt of a request from a resident asking the City to consider reducing the speed near Carrington Dr. As described by OHM Advisors, the City has the ability to introduce a speed transition zone of 40 mph between Carrington Dr. and Dan Hoey Rd. This is due to the existing (and unusual) speed limit change of 15 mph (from 50 mph to 35 mph) on Dexter-Ann Arbor Rd. at Ryan/Dan Hoey.
    • If the City wishes to proceed with the speed reduction to 40 mph, OHM is prepared to establish a TCO reflecting the change. Staff would also work with the Washtenaw County Road Commission to request the installation of “Reduced Speeds Ahead” signage within the WCRC right-of-way outside the city limits toward the city.
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Free Virtual Author Conference in Montclair for AAPI Heritage Month

MONTCLAIR, NJ — The following press release is courtesy of the Montclair Public Library. Learn more about posting announcements or events to your local Patch site.

On Tuesday, May 24, Montclair Public Library will celebrate Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a free hybrid author program for teens and adults. The in-person event will take place at the Vanguard Theater in Montclair and will be streamed live on Zoom. Best-selling writer and CNN commentator Jeff Yang and Phil Yu, best known for his blog “Angry Asian Man”, will talk about their new book, an animated multimedia creation, with Michelle Germinario of AAPI Montclair. A question-and-answer session with the authors will follow the discussion. The program is co-sponsored by AAPI Montclair. Registration is mandatory.

  • Tuesday, May 24, 2022
  • 6:30-7:30 a.m.
  • Registration (in-person and Zoom options available)
  • Vanguard Theater, 180 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair (MASKS REQUIRED)

Please note that the space is on the second floor and stairs are required. Street parking is available as well as parking lots near TD Bank and Lackawanna Plaza.

Jeff Yang launched one of the first national Asian-American magazines, A. Magazine, in the late 90s and early 2000s, and now writes frequently for CNN. He has written/edited three books: Jackie Chan’s best-selling New York Times memoir, “I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action”; “Once Upon a Time in China”, a history of cinemas in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the mainland; and “Eastern Standard Time: A Guide to Asian Influence on American Culture”.

Phil Yu is the founder and editor of the popular Asian American news and culture blog, Angry Asian Man, which has had a dedicated following since 2001. His comments have been featured and quoted in The Washington Post, New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR and elsewhere.

Philip Wang is the co-founder of influential production company Wong Fu Productions. Since the mid-2000s, his creative work has garnered over 3 million subscribers and half a billion views online, as well as recognition from NPR and CNN for his impact on Asian American representation. (Wang will not be present at the authors’ event.)

“Rise” is a love letter to and for Asian Americans: an album of voices, emotions and vivid memories of a time when Asian American culture was forged and transformed, and a way to preserve both the headlines and the intimate conversations that shaped the community into what it is today.

“Rise” is available to borrow from the Montclair Public Library and to purchase from our program partner, watchung booksellers. “Hip, entertaining…imaginative.” —Kirkus, starred review* “Essential.” —Min Jin Lee * “A Herculean effort.”—Lisa Ling * “A must-read.”—Ijeoma Oluo * “A book we’ve needed for ages.” —Celeste Ng * “Accessible, informative and fun.” —Cathy Park Hong*

Michelle Germinario founded and runs AAPI Montclair’s book clubs for the organization’s more than 600 members. She is a high school English teacher and has also taught at the college level. Germinario is a first-generation Vietnamese American and the proud daughter of a refugee. A resident of Montclair, she was recently featured in the Bergen Record about her activism and biracial identity.

Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month is an annual celebration that recognizes the historical and cultural contributions of people of Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander descent to the United States. May was chosen as AA/NH/PI Heritage Month partly because the first Japanese immigrants to America arrived in the United States on May 7, 1843, and also because the transcontinental railroad, largely built by of Chinese immigrants, was completed on May 10, 1869. The effort to officially recognize AA/NH/PI cultural heritage in the United States with a holiday began in the late 1970s and took more than 10 years to become a permanent month-long celebration.

AAPI Montclair is a nonprofit group representing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and their families in and around Montclair, New Jersey. The organization strives to provide a courageous space to share experiences and help unify their voices to create action and representation for their communities. Their mission is to create a more inclusive Montclair by highlighting the varied experiences of AAPI communities in the township and promoting awareness and knowledge of AAPI culture and history.

Founded in 1893, the Montclair Public Library serves residents of Montclair, New Jersey. It has two facilities: the Main Library at 50 S. Fullerton Avenue and the Bellevue Avenue Branch Library at 185 Bellevue Avenue. The library has been changing lives every day for over 125 years through words, ideas and building community by providing unlimited opportunities for lifelong learning, discovery and community engagement.

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New Biotech Building Approved in South San Francisco | Local News

A new biotech building has been approved in South San Francisco for a site sandwiched between the 101 Freeway, Grand Avenue and the newly renovated Caltrain station.

The eight-story structure will rise from a long-vacant 1.9-acre parcel at 580 Dubuque Ave. and will overlook the highway and train tracks when complete. It will also be the city’s first research and development project to fully integrate two key City Council priorities, as the building will be both fully electric and include minimal parking to encourage the use of public transport.

“It’s really going to set a standard for the development of biotechnology,” said board member James Coleman. “Not just here in South San Francisco, but across the Bay Area and across the country for what this industry can be: green, sustainable and for the community.”

The building will have 295,000 square feet of laboratory and office space, accommodating approximately 842 employees, and will include a four-story underground parking garage with 346 spaces.

Typically, developments of this size in the area would include 500 or more parking spaces, but city planners said they hoped 40% of employees would use means of transport other than single-passenger vehicles given the proximity of the site with the station. There is also the possibility of sharing parking facilities with neighboring sites.

“We have a very low parking rate, aggressively,” said Justine Nielsen, senior vice president of IQHQ, the developer overseeing the project. “[It] is lower than what our brokers tell us about the market and certainly lower than many of our competitors.

The building also goes beyond the city’s environmental rules requiring the electrification of buildings, which currently only apply to new residential developments. The council had stopped short of extending the rules to commercial buildings amid concerns of additional strain on the power grid and concern that biotech uses could require natural gas for certain laboratory operations.

The developer said that sticking to 100% power would incur an additional upfront cost of $1.5 million.

Several improvements to the surrounding pedestrian areas will be added, including a new landscaped pathway parallel to Dubuque Avenue. The site, which was used for industrial purposes before the 1990s and more recently stored construction equipment and materials for Caltrain electrification work, will have 50 new trees planted.

The ground floor will house a cafe open to the public, and a fitness center and conference space will also be on the ground floor with outdoor seating.

Council members complimented the architecture of the building, which will feature “perforated metal fins” that will look like a rusty patina. Council member Mark Addiego said that, based on the renderings, the design was in his top three for new structures in the area.

“Where it’s placed, where it’s just over the freeway will also be noticed, so I can’t help but be happy and supportive and ready to see it come out of the ground,” he said. “I think IQHQ can see the long-term benefits of this package, but a lot of people turned away from it because it presented some very unique challenges.”

As part of the agreement, the developer will contribute a total of $16.8 million to various city funds to finance, among other things, infrastructure, affordable housing and child care. The developer is also contributing $3.5 million to fund improvements to the adjacent Caltrain station

Overhead power lines serving the station will also be placed underground, an undertaking the developer says will cost $5 million.

Nielsen said she hopes the building will be completed by August 2024.

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EHS Field Complex Open House Upcoming May 19

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An Open House for the Emery High School Field Complex will be held on May 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.. The Emery County School District would like to invite the public to tour these amazing new facilities.

The grounds complex includes new baseball and softball fields, a grass football/soccer field with track, tennis courts and a state-of-the-art complex. The court features a full-size court that can be used for basketball, volleyball, and pickleball, as well as a 55-yard indoor grass court and batting cages. The field and indoor court are surrounded by a two-lane running track. The grounds also contain a concessions area, restrooms, team rooms and a scorer booth.

High school teams had the opportunity to try out many of the new facilities. including football/soccer field, track and field, baseball and softball. The tennis courts will be finished in June. The additional landscaping must wait for warmer weather and will also receive the final touches in June.

Renderings of the new Emery High School building will also be on display at the open house. The new high school will be built in two phases. Phase 1 consists of the construction of a large common space for students, a kitchen, administrative and counseling areas, a multimedia center, technical teaching facilities, an auxiliary gymnasium and various classrooms.

After moving students to the newly constructed areas, planned for fall 2024, the existing building (not including the Spartan Center and auditorium) is expected to be demolished. Phase 2 will then begin with the construction of the remaining classrooms and the attachment of the new construction to both the established auditorium and the Spartan Center. The final stage will be the finishing of a grass football pitch, parking lots and landscaping.

The Emery County School District is grateful for the support of our community to help fund this project as well as a substantial addition to Book Cliff Elementary which was completed in November 2021 and the construction of the new Ferron Elementary, which is expected to be open to students for the 2022-23 school year. All of these projects have improved and will improve education in our communities.

As construction of the new Ferron Elementary progresses, a public auction was scheduled on June 4 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The auction will take place at 125 West Mill Road in Ferron. For more information, please see the leaflet on our website at emeryschools.org.

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After Rajnath approval, military officers, jawans to expand, furnished houses, multi-level parking – ThePrint

New Delhi [India]May 14 (ANI): After the Ministry of Defense approves the new accommodation grids, military officers and jawans would get better and bigger furnished houses that would be built according to the latest national standards.

With Defense Minister Rajnath Singh’s approval earlier this week, new housing projects for military personnel would have multi-level car parks, multi-purpose indoor courts, 10% more plinth area in homes and more Electric points would be provided in the residences to meet the requirements of the present times, Indian army officials told ANI.

The approval of the new accommodation ladders came after 13 years as the last review was only done in 2009 and since then there have been many changes in the lifestyle of all staff and their families, have- they stated.

Officials said the new government-approved accommodation ladders would certainly improve the quality of life for military personnel across all ranks when they begin to be implemented.

Under the new schedules, the military engineering services, which are the construction arm of the three defense forces and the Indian Coast Guard headed by the chief engineer, would also use renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, tidal and geothermal energy to meet energy needs.

Residential areas for military personnel would also benefit from new indoor sports complexes with additional basketball and volleyball courts.

The MES would now also build houses with modular kitchens and luggage storage space in all married accommodation would also be expanded.

The finish of the walls, ceilings and flooring would also be more aesthetic.

The Military Engineer Services (MES) is one of the pillars of the Indian Army Corps of Engineers which provides rear line engineering support to the armed forces and associated organizations of the Ministry of Defense (MoD).

MES carries out multiple construction activities for military stations/cantonments such as residential and office buildings, hospitals, roads, runways and marine structures across the country including border areas.

Apart from conventional buildings, MES is also involved in the construction of complex laboratories, factories, workshops, hangars, ammunition storage facilities, shipyards, piers/quays and other complexes/structures specials. (ANI)

This report is generated automatically from the ANI news service. ThePrint declines all responsibility for its content.

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Thunderstorms cause flooding, tree damage and blackouts in the Twin Cities

A line of intense thunderstorms rolled through southern Minnesota on Wednesday night, causing wind damage, localized flooding and power outages in the Twin Cities.

The storm reached the westernmost suburb around 7 p.m. with winds blowing up to 67 mph near Eden Prairie, according to Paige Marten, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.

Although some unconfirmed tornado reports have been received from southwestern Minnesota, none have been reported in the Twin Cities, Marten said. The NWS canceled the last tornado warnings for the subway shortly before 9 p.m. No damage from the southwestern Minnesota tornado sightings was immediately reported.

The storm brought damaging winds to Hennepin, Ramsey and other metropolitan counties, with downed trees and widely reported power outages. No injuries were reported immediately.

A 77mph gust was recorded in Shakopee, while the doors of a Target store in Roseville were blown out.

Nearly 83,000 utility customers were without power as of 10 p.m., including 74,000 Xcel Energy customers, mostly in the Twin Cities.

In addition to the wind, the storm dumped torrential rain and large hailstones – some up to 2 inches – on the subway. Several areas reported flooded roads and underground parking lots. Nearly 2 inches of rain was officially recorded in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Although the worst of the storm moved into western Wisconsin around 9 p.m. Wednesday, the Twin Cities are bracing for a possible second night of storms Thursday.

Thursday is expected to dawn mostly sunny, with daytime temperatures likely reaching the low 90s with high humidity.

“It will feel like a hot summer day,” Marten said.

A cold front is expected to come over the Dakotas in the afternoon and evening. The forecast calls for severe weather that is “quite similar to today’s event”, according to Marten.

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Forest Service Announces 2022 Recreation Opening Dates for Lake Tahoe Basin | Carson City Nevada News

The USDA Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has begun the process of opening National Forest recreation sites, roads, and gates in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Weather and conditions permitting, planned opening dates for recreation sites can be found under the Recreation Conditions Report found here.

Roads and gates generally begin to open on the dates shown in the motor vehicle usage maps found here.

Before recreation sites, roads and gates can be fully opened to the public, the LTBMU must hire seasonal crews and staff, clean up after winter, remove safety hazards and wait for the danger of frost to pass. passed before opening the water systems.

Visitors to the National Forest should always exercise caution and remain aware of their surroundings when enjoying the outdoors. Hazards to watch out for include trees that may have died recently due to the impacts of drought, disease, or beetle infestation and/or that have suffered damage over the winter, including broken limbs and/or damaged trunks.

Keep in mind that the Recreation Area grounds are open year-round, but until the sites officially open, there is no parking, trash pickup, or restrooms available. Be sure to take out all rubbish and, where pets are allowed, always clean up after them. Until the parking lots open, park vehicles off the road, avoid parking on vegetation and do not block access barriers.

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Jeremy Clarkson suffers blow over plans to expand Diddly Squat farm shop as councilors turn down offer

Jeremy Clarkson has faced a blow to his Diddly Squat Farm Shop expansion plans after councilors refused his request for watered down planning.

The former Top Gear presenter, 62, was looking to sevenfold his store’s parking lot from ten to 70 spaces, but local councilors said the proposed plans would have a ‘visually intrusive and detrimental impact’ on the campaign, refusing Clarkson’s candidacy.

Clarkson, who films at his own farm shop for Amazon Prime Video’s Clarkson’s Farm, had faced around 30 comments of objection from villagers, with some citing concerns about traffic chaos around Chadlington, Oxford .

Yet an equal number expressed support for the bid, which was refused on Friday May 6 by West Oxfordshire District Council.

Explaining the decision, council development manager Abby Fettes said: ‘Due to its location, size and design, the proposed development would not be sustainable and would not be compatible or consistent in terms of scale with the existing farm business or its location in the countryside. .

‘[It] would have an intrusive and detrimental visual impact on the rural character, scenic beauty and tranquility of the Cotswolds Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Wychwood Project area.

It’s the second time Clarkson, who also stars with former Top Gear hosts Richard Hammond and James May in The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime, has had a planning application for his farm shop rejected this year.

Jeremy Clarkson (pictured) has suffered a major blow for his plans to expand the Oxfordshire Diddly Squat Farm Shop after councilors refused his watered down planning request on Friday

In January councilors refused him permission to convert his lambing shed into a proposed 60-space cafe and 70-space car park.

Some locals hailed the plans as a welcome measure to prevent visitors from parking on nearby roads and accused opponents of being motivated by “jealousy”.

But others have slammed the former Top Gear presenter for trying to create ‘a major tourist attraction’ in a peaceful rural area, calling his shop ‘an eyesore’.

Clarkson reapplied on March 2 to build the parking lot and introduce new entry and exit points for his farm shop.

It was argued in planning documents that there was insufficient parking space to cope with the number of visitors.

Local residents have complained of ‘traffic chaos’ since Clarkson’s hit TV show Clarkson’s Farm aired last June.

Clarkson, who films at his own farm shop for Amazon Prime Video's Clarkson's Farm, had faced around 30 comments of objection from villagers, with some citing concerns about traffic chaos around Chadlington, Oxford .

Clarkson, who films at his own farm shop for Amazon Prime Video’s Clarkson’s Farm, had faced around 30 comments of objection from villagers, with some citing concerns about traffic chaos around Chadlington, Oxford .

The presenter’s new projects consist of trying to reduce traffic jams and visitor parking on the road by creating a new car park delimited by straw bales where around 60 cars can park with four additional spaces for the disabled and a bicycle park. .

Plans include a tarmac entrance and separate exit, a fenced paddock separated from the road by a new hedge and wildflower margins to “create a soft buffer zone between the crops and the farm store”.

It also proposes the construction of 1.8 m high willow hedges and hedges of native species such as Acer Campestre, Malus Sylvestris and Quercus Robur to protect the car park.

But planning documents reveal that many local residents fear the site is overdeveloped.

The parish council opposed the request, saying it would “remove some, but not all, vehicles from the road given the number of visitors encountered, and would not reduce the current number of vehicle movements in the area, which is a security issue.

Thames Valley Police crime prevention design adviser Kevin Cox said the applicant was to provide details of what would be done to control peak hour parking to stop ‘safety issues and the disruptions and subsequent demand for police resources as seen previously’.

However, supporters said parking facilities for the farm shop were much needed and would ease pressure on surrounding roads while boosting the local economy.

The plans, which were rejected, showed a new entry and exit system, with proposed hedges to be planted and the number of parking spaces increased

The plans, which were rejected, showed a new entry and exit system, with proposed hedges to be planted and the number of parking spaces increased

A 10-space car park was approved for the store last year, but it quickly overflowed after the farm's popularity skyrocketed following the release of the Amazon Prime Video series Clarkson's Farm

A 10-space car park was approved for the store last year, but it quickly overflowed after the farm’s popularity skyrocketed following the release of the Amazon Prime Video series Clarkson’s Farm

One resident seemed resigned to the continued development of the site and said people may have “reluctantly concluded that the best option was to back this app given everyone’s concerns to avoid a serious crash”.

Nigel Winser of Chadlington wrote in his letter of objection: ‘If the Farm Shop were loyal to selling local farm produce, the small car park is appropriate.

“Alas, the shop is already selling souvenirs, which attract a large number of shoppers from all over the UK.

“This trend will continue to grow year after year, with an increasing number of domestic and international buyers. Good for tourism, but not for sustainable agriculture in a beautiful area of ​​national importance, for nature.

‘Permission for this car park, will be the thin end of the corner, known as the “planning creep”.

“Visitor numbers will increase, a large restaurant will be created, intense lighting will need to be added and before long it will become a major tourist attraction in the UK, bringing increased road safety and environmental hazards to the whole valley. “

A 10-space car park was approved for the store last year, but it quickly overflowed after the farm’s popularity skyrocketed following the release of Clarkson’s Farm.

Chadlington resident Michael Cooper claimed in his comments that the plans showed “no respect or consideration” for neighbors or the fact that the site was in an Area of ​​Outstanding Beauty.

He added: “The scheduled entry and exit will not necessarily improve road safety and traffic flow. With an extra “pinch point” and such close proximity, there is a risk of additional problems and accidents. »

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Ken and Maggie Rosenberg Donate $1 Million to Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Keeping the Promise Capital Campaign – Boca Raton’s Most Trusted Source

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Boca Raton, Florida Retired Boca Raton resident Ken Rosenberg and his wife Maggie donated $1 million to keep the promise…The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Campaign. Their generous donation is helping propel the campaign closer to its $250 million goal with over $229 million raised so far.

“This gift from the Rosenbergs is special for the campaign,” said Lincoln Mendez, CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “Ken and Maggie were motivated by the exceptional care they received from Boca Regional physicians, including Dr. John Strobis, and other exceptional physicians – all of whom had a profound impact on his health and that of his family. It’s a wonderful reminder that campus redevelopment plans provide much needed facilities, but it’s still the caregivers and their relationships that continue to make a difference in the lives of patients.We thank the couple for to have reinforced this so dramatically with their generous donation.

This isn’t Ken Rosenberg’s first gift to the hospital. In 2011, he supported the campaign for the new emergency department. Ken and Maggie’s current gift will be honored by the name of the eighth floor nurses’ station in the new Gloria Drummond patient tower. “It used to be that if you got sick you would run to New York to see your doctors. Now we are coming back here to Boca Raton to have the quality facilities and physicians offered by this growing hospital,” said Ken Rosenberg. “Doctors and nurses are the fabric of life in our community.

Since Mr. Rosenberg’s retirement from the textile and apparel industry in New York, he and Maggie have divided their time between Boca Raton and Quogue, New York. “When we heard about the Rosenbergs’ intentions with this gift, it warmed our hearts,” said Stan Barry, Co-Chair of keep the promise. “We all inherently know the value of extraordinary caregivers, but sometimes it takes a gesture like this to really underline it. We are very grateful to the Rosenbergs for their gift.

The $250 million keep the promise The campaign is the largest fundraising initiative in Boca Regional’s history and supports its most ambitious period of growth and expansion. Campus redevelopment plans include in the center of the room, the new Gloria Drummond Patient Tower where patients will be welcomed into the new Louis B. and Anne W. Green Lobby with plans for retail, catering, l meeting space, a sanctuary, outdoor courtyards and other amenities for visitors. The new tower includes all new surgical suites and all private patient rooms exceeding the latest safety standards for patient care. In the current hospital building, all existing rooms will be converted to private rooms as part of a comprehensive renovation of all patient units, including maternity, oncology and orthopaedics. An expansion of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute is underway with a focus on neurovascular disorders/stroke, central nervous system tumors, spine, and epilepsy/seizure disorders. The newly opened 972-car Schmidt Family Parking Lot will be connected to the Marcus Neuroscience Institute once construction of the new tower is complete. Also, new Toby and Leon are well on their way with dramatic progress on campus.

Cooperman Medical Arts Building with Ambulatory Surgery, Medical Offices, Ambulatory Surgery Center and adjacent parking lot.

About the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation

The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the region’s largest health care organization, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians, and more than 100 ambulatory care centers , urgent care facilities and medical practices covering Miami-Dade , Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has world-class centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine and neuroscience. Also, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of America’s 100 Best Companies to Work For and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

Boca Raton Regional Hospital is supported by philanthropy to further its mission of providing the highest quality patient care, satisfaction, and safety. If you would like to learn more about supporting Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s mission, visit our website at donate.brrh.com.

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St. Paul again ranks 2nd on 100 Cities for Best Parks in the Nation – Twin Cities

When it comes to access to public parks and general park amenities, St. Paul is hard to beat.

In fact, of America’s 100 most populous cities, Minnesota’s capital has the nation’s second-best park system for the second year in a row, behind only Washington, DC, according to the Trust for Public Land’s latest annual ranking.

Minneapolis finished fifth in the new ParkScore index, down slightly from third place last year, thanks in large part to school partnerships in two other cities that have increased access to parks elsewhere.

“Cincinnati and Arlington have taken steps that have moved a bit past Minneapolis, but they are neck and neck,” said Susan Schmidt, Minnesota State Director and Midwest Region Vice President for the Trust for Public. Land.

“We can celebrate excellence both in St. Paul and in Minneapolis in 100 of the most populous cities in America,” Schmidt said.

RANKINGS

This is the 11th year of the annual Trust for Public Land rankings, which rank city park systems based on five main factors, such as park spending per capita and the percentage of city residents who live within less than 10 minutes walk from a park. In both of these areas, St. Paul and Minneapolis have consistently excelled, placing in the top five year after year, and generally in the top three. In 2020, Minneapolis came first and St. Paul finished third.

Nationally, 100 million people – including 28 million children – do not have access to parks within 10 minutes’ walk of their homes, according to the Trust for Public Land.

In St. Paul, the percentage of residents with easy access to the park is 99%. In Minneapolis, it’s virtually 98% the same. The national ParkScore average this year was 75%.

“There are 50% and 40% cities,” Schmidt said. “That’s what we’re trying to change.”

Also according to the latest index: St. Paul invests $247 per person in its park system and Minneapolis invests $317, both well above the national ParkScore average of $98.

DISPARITIES BY RACE, INCOME

That said, there is still work to be done in regards to park access and maintenance of the Twin Cities.

One of the categories added to the parks dashboard last year was “equity,” Schmidt said, or “how do parks differ in neighborhoods that identify primarily as black, brown, indigenous by compared to neighborhoods that identify primarily as white?”

In the Twin Cities and much of the rest of the country, even in areas where whites and non-whites live in equal proximity to parks, there is generally much less park space in low-income areas. and communities of color.

In St. Paul, residents of color tended to live in areas that had 4 to 32 percent fewer parks than the city median. Blacks were 9% below the city median, and Asians 25% below.

Low-income areas of St. Paul had 15% fewer parks than the city median, while high-income areas had 25% more than the median.

“Park space is smaller in neighborhoods that, by the census definition, are low-income and identify as black, brown, indigenous,” Schmidt said. “That’s true in most cities across the country, but not in Washington, D.C., which is interesting. But we have improvements to make.”

Still, she noted that St. Paul has made strides toward ethnic and community partnerships not yet measured by the ParkScore Index, such as the future Wakan Tipi Center along the Mississippi River. “It won’t change the overall acreage, but it’s a celebration of the Dakota people and the Dakota culture,” Schmidt said. Similarly, the planned North End Community Center in St. Paul “won’t change the square footage, but it will change the relevance of an outdoor space.”

The disparities were probably more striking on the other side of the river. In Minneapolis, white neighborhoods had nearly double (95% more) the amount of park space per person than the city median, while black neighborhoods had 11% less than the median, Latin quarters had 48% less and colored quarters in general had 21%. percent less.

Poorer neighborhoods had 33% less park space than the Minneapolis city median, while affluent neighborhoods had 92% more.

That’s not to say there hasn’t been any movement toward improving access to the park. In North Minneapolis, Minneapolis has erected the 26th Avenue viewpoint over the Mississippi River and is planning improvements to North Commons Park, Schmidt noted. “You can’t build big parks quickly, especially in the middle of town,” Schmidt said. “It will take time. But what excites me are the steps both cities are taking to meet equity goals that are not yet measured on ParkScore.

INEQUALITY AT NATIONAL LEVEL

Nationally, neighborhoods where most residents identify as people of color have access to an average of 43% less park space than predominantly white neighborhoods. Low-income areas have 42% less park space.

The main exception is the national capital. Some 26% of Washington, DC is parkland, compared to about 15% of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The five categories in this year’s and last year’s ParkScore dashboard were access, acreage, investment, amenities and equity. In a written statement, Trust for Public Land officials noted that St. Paul and Minneapolis are among the nation’s “climate leaders,” carrying out several projects to replace paved parking lots with natural surfaces and adapt existing facilities to better manage runoff and improve wildlife conditions.

More information is online at tpl.org/parkscore.

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Combined YMCA and St. Pete’s College delayed due to traffic issues

ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas County School District leaders planned to celebrate the start of a long-planned YMCA partner school on Wednesday.

Instead, their planned grand opening at the site of the former Riviera College on NE 62nd Avenue is on hold, pending action by City Council. The plan is heading to council because it failed to gain Development Review Board approval after a three-hour hearing in early April.

The problem is the traffic that some neighbors fear the project will generate if cars attempt to access the YMCA and school parking lots through community roads rather than using the main entrances on NE 62nd Avenue.

“We like a nice, quiet neighborhood,” said Mike Barnette, who led the campaign for the adjacent Mangrove Bay subdivision to reshape the project to keep school traffic from crossing its roads, which have no sidewalks.

Meanwhile, hundreds of residents from other nearby communities have asked to move the school forward.

“People in this neighborhood (Mangrove Bay) don’t understand, if it doesn’t go through town, the whole project could collapse,” said Christie Bruner, a strong supporter of the project who lives in Shore Acres.

Bruner said the neighbors want a college that will better meet the needs of their children than the current selection. The partner school is expected to be a health and wellness leadership magnet for 600 students.

Related: Pinellas unveils plans for a new college in St. Petersburg

At the same time, she added, they would also like to have the amenities and services that the YMCA will provide, such as sports facilities and after-school programs. The school and YMCA would share spaces including the gymnasium, cafeteria and nutrition lab, in addition to outdoor grounds.

“Everyone may have to give a little to get a little,” she said. “It’s delicate.”

School district spokeswoman Beth Herendeen said the district and YMCA are trying to address issues raised during the development review.

“The architect has submitted a revised site plan addressing the concerns raised,” Herendeen said.

The latest submission includes a proposal to close a portion of Pershing Street NE, from 62nd Avenue to Davenport Avenue, to control neighborhood traffic near the site. It would also move all entrances to 62nd Avenue, unlike the original plan.

City officials recommend approval.

The article had appeared to be heading for a smooth ride without these changes, after the Development Review Board unanimously approved the draft in January. Then residents living within 300 feet of the site complained that they were not properly informed of the public hearings.

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“They violated city code,” Barnette said, adding that residents were unaware the matter had to be approved until the Development Review Board meeting.

The city postponed the hearing due to his omission. The majority of speakers at the April meeting spoke in favor of the school and the YMCA, but traffic issues from 10 of the 13 closest homeowners resulted in a 3-3 vote, which did not is not enough to be approved.

A rendering provides an aerial view of the partnership school proposed by the Pinellas County School District and the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg on 62nd Avenue NE, on the site of the former Riviera College.
A rendering provides an aerial view of the partnership school proposed by the Pinellas County School District and the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg on 62nd Avenue NE, on the site of the former Riviera College. [ Pinellas County school district ]

Barnette said project planners met with neighbors to discuss possible changes. Most of them were positive, he said, although he had some lingering issues with fencing and related issues.

“We don’t want to see this die,” Barnette said. “We just want it done right.”

Herendeen said the district hopes the city council will let the project go ahead. It has a planned opening in 2024.

“We are optimistic that we can get it back on track,” she said, adding that, if approved, some basic work on the site could take place before the official inauguration.

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Upcoming Upgrades to District 7 Facilities This Summer

On Monday, the Edwardsville School District 7 school board voted to approve a few different improvement projects at facilities in the district this summer.

A $281,736 bid from JF Electric Inc. to replace and upgrade fire alarms in the district was approved at the meeting.

The offer includes the replacement of all fire alarm systems at Nelson Elementary School and the Edwardsville High School football stadium and sports complex media room, as well as the replacement of fire alarm panels. fire alarm control at Glen Carbon, Hamel, Leclaire, Midway, Woodland and Worden Elementary Schools as well as Liberty Middle School.


The project is scheduled to begin June 1 with final completion scheduled for August 5. The project budget was approximately $375,000 and will be funded from a surplus operating and maintenance fund.

The council also approved a bid from Roosters Asphalt of $310,000 for the Columbus Elementary School parking lot project. The project includes the construction of a new parking lot in front of the current school building as well as the waterproofing of the three existing parking lots at the entrance to the sports complex of the Edwardsville secondary school, the playing field of the elementary Woodland and part of the Cassens primary school.

The project will begin on May 31 and final completion is scheduled for August 5. The budget estimate for the project was $343,000. The project will be funded by the proceeds from the sale of the parsonage by the district and by surplus operating and maintenance funds.

The board also approved ten-and-a-half-month contracts for several elementary building managers for the 2020/2023 school year. Superintendent Patrick Shelton said this is the first step in several contracts that will be voted on as the district works to have all administrators on annual contracts.

The board also approved resignations and retirements as well as employment, including the appointment of David N. Courtney, Jr. as District 7 Treasurer effective July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.

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Sick of everyday parking problems

THE daily struggle to find parking at Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh will be solved if the plan to build a multi-storey car park comes to fruition.

Perak health committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamaruddin said discussions have been held with the state health department and the hospital over the latter’s lack of parking spaces.

He said the construction of a multi-storey car park had been mooted.

“Several areas have been identified as possible locations to build the multi-storey car park.

“However, the matter is still under discussion.

“We have to consider the factor involving the load of the structure on the ground and other nearby buildings that may be affected,” said Mohd Akmal.

Finding a place to park is infuriating for many visitors as well as hospital staff.

Even with the new Women, Children and Cardiology Complex reportedly having about 300 parking spaces, staff and visitors are still competing for parking spaces.

According to a hospital employee who wished to remain anonymous, hospital management recently blocked half of the new complex’s parking spaces for visitors, causing inconvenience to medical staff.

The employee said this followed a complaint from a visitor earlier this year that the resort’s parking lot had been closed to the public.

“We have had problems with inadequate parking for years.

“About a year ago, the situation was a little better for us once the complex opened, with a handful of doctors and staff able to find parking.

“Following the complaint, half of the parking spaces are now reserved for visitors.

“The guards there don’t allow us to park even though there are vacant bays.”

The employee said the latest decision was unfair to hospital staff, especially doctors who would be busy caring for patients.

“Some doctors are even forced to double park and leave their number on the dashboard.

“They will then have to run to get their cars out when someone calls them.

“Some of our cars have even been scratched from double or triple parking.”

The employee said that some staff, especially doctors, should have priority for parking.

“Just imagine the time it takes to get in and out of the clinic, sometimes leaving a patient in the ward or clinic just to park our cars.

“It’s a total waste of energy.

“And recently when Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin visited the hospital, we were all allowed to park in the compound just for that day.

“Is it to hide the problems we face? Isn’t he (the minister) the person who should know the problem and solve it?

“We deserve to be treated fairly,” added the employee.

Perak Health Department Director Datuk, Dr Ding Lay Ming, reportedly said last month that it was just a misunderstanding and that the hospital had not closed the parking lot of the new complex to the public.

Dr Ding noted that the closure was only temporary to limit the number of visitors to the building due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases earlier this year.

The hospital has around 5,000 staff and receives around 800 visitors daily.

There are currently 1,188 parking spaces within the hospital grounds, of which 52% or 614 spaces are reserved for staff and around 300 others outside the premises.

Nearby there are two car parks.

One is located opposite the Greentown Health Clinic which can accommodate about 200 cars and is about 650m from the hospital.

The other parking area is at the mosque next to the hospital, which can accommodate 117 cars, with shuttle services provided.

Teacher Nurul Ain Ariffin, 30, said the shortest time it took her to find a parking space at the hospital was 20 minutes.

“I consider myself lucky if I can park my car on the hospital grounds.

“Most of the time I have to wait a long time for a place,” she said, adding that she regularly accompanied her mother, a kidney patient, to the hospital.

Freelancer Mohd Amru Md Radzi rides his motorbike to the hospital.

The 34-year-old, who takes his seven-year-old son to hospital for treatment for thalassemia several times a week, said it was a way to avoid the parking problem.

“If it’s raining, I just use the ehailing service instead.

“But at the moment the motorbike is more convenient because I can also avoid traffic jams between my home in Tanjung Rambutan and the hospital,” he said.

Lawyer Naziatul Azrin Faizal, 39, who has been seeking treatment for an autoimmune disease in hospital since 2015, prefers to park in the parking lot across from the Greentown Health Clinic.

“It’s only a few minutes walk from there to the hospital.

“It’s just easier to park there instead of waiting and looking for a parking space on the hospital grounds.

“While this may be fine for most able-bodied people, it is not for those with mobility issues or the elderly,” she said.

Naziatul said there were a lot of things to consider if she had to park inside the hospital grounds.

“It takes a long time to find and wait for a parking space and it wastes fuel,” she said while noting that nowadays most people use the phone service, taxi or the bus to get to the hospital.

She said the parking issues weren’t limited to the Ipoh facility, but generally affected other hospitals across the country.

Mohd Akmal advised people to park opposite the Greentown Health Clinic or at the mosque for the time being.

“Use the shuttle services provided by the hospital,” he said.

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Local and national headlines from Plymouth as the town faces traffic problems

Hello and welcome to the latest PlymouthLive news live blog. Our blog will focus on local, national and global updates.

We’ll bring you the latest traffic and travel information around Plymouth, plus weather updates as the city prepares for the weekend.

Today we reveal that Devonport Dockyard is set to get a massive new multi-storey car park. This structure, in combination with a small number of parking spaces at the perimeter of the MSCP, will provide a total of 602 spaces on five levels.

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Devonport Royal Dockyard has been selected to provide future deep maintenance support for new Royal Navy submarine platforms in addition to the current workload supporting existing classes of submarines.

This will lead to an infrastructure investment of around £2 billion over the next 10 years and in turn will secure many existing jobs and create many high-skilled employment opportunities in the region. But to meet this demand, the site is the subject of an ambitious development program, modernizing several existing facilities.

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There are also more traffic problems in the city. Motorists were faced with ‘pure chaos’ yesterday due to temporary traffic light outages on Elburton Road, near Haye Road and Woolwell Road.

A motorist in Plymstock said some drivers gave up waiting for traffic lights to change and drove onto the kerb to reach their destination. The driver said: “I’ve just been stuck on a red light for at least 15 minutes with traffic behind me with no end in sight if it turns green.”

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LG Sinha Launches Overnight Parking at Airports in Srinagar, Jammu | India is blooming

Jammu/Srinagar: Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday launched overnight parking at Jammu and Srinagar airports which will provide late night and early morning departures from the airports.

Speaking on the occasion, the Lieutenant Governor said this important initiative will make air travel easier for all with a multiplier effect on the hospitality industry.

“I commend the airport authorities, officials and residents of J&K on the operationalization of the new Go First aircraft overnight parking facilities at Jammu and Srinagar airports. This fresh start reflects our commitment to boosting connectivity and meeting the mobility needs of people,” said the Lieutenant Governor.

“It will make traveling a lot easier for those looking for a day trip,” he added.

While highlighting the ongoing transformation at J&K under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Lieutenant Governor said, “We are moving forward to realize the Honorable Prime Minister’s vision of making J&K an industrial and dynamic tourism by developing infrastructure, strengthening the environment and ensuring better connectivity.

Elaborating on the achievements in terms of aircraft and passenger movements to J&K, the Lieutenant Governor said that despite the Covid pandemic, new records were achieved at Jammu and Srinagar airports.

A record 2460 flight operations were recorded at Srinagar airport in October 2021.

Moreover, in February 2021, about 2.54 lakh passengers traveled through 1,597 flights at Srinagar airport, while in February 2022, this figure reached 1,917 flights and 2.60 lakh passengers.

In March 2021, 1,030 flights operated at Jammu airport and more than 1 lakh passengers traveled, while in March 2022, a record 1,346 flights were operated at Jammu airport and around 1, 55 lakh passengers traveled, he added.

Ranjan Prakash Thakur, Principal Secretary, Industries and Civil Aviation; Kaushik Khona, CEO, Go First Airlines; Kuldeep Singh, Airport Manager, Srinagar; Sanjeev Kumar Garg, Manager of Jammu Airport, in addition to the managers of Jammu and Srinagar airports, members of the Go First team were present on occasion, in person and in virtual mode.

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Disabled and low-income residents raise Chapel Hill parking accessibility issues

For disabled veteran Darice Johnson, finding parking in downtown Chapel Hill can often be a challenge due to congestion on the side streets.

Although accessible parking is available, heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic typically fills the downtown area. This causes Johnson to try to avoid downtown altogether.

“It’s very stressful trying to drive and park in these areas – all that 10-block radius,” Johnson said.

And while Chapel Hill residents know the difficulty of finding downtown parking, the problem is even greater for those who are limited by disability or cost.

Timothy Miles, executive director of the Triangle Disability Awareness Council, said parking in downtown Chapel Hill is limited and often does not allow easy access to surrounding buildings. The influx of construction in the area has also exacerbated the problem.

“It makes getting in and out very difficult because it’s confusing – discouraged is a better word,” he said.

Even with the influx of new parking spaces built on Franklin Street, Johnson said she hasn’t seen many new spaces built for people with disabilities. As a result, those using equipment may have to park in a less accessible area when attempting to reach businesses and facilities, such as the post office.

She said the car parks around Chapel Hill aren’t as user-friendly as they could be. The long distances between bridge entrances and exits often make access to facilities more difficult for people who need equipment.

“If there are more disabled parking spaces on the sides of these buildings, it makes them more accessible to people with disabilities – without having to go that far to try to park,” Johnson said.

In 2010, the Americans with Disabilities Act standards for accessible design were revised to include ADA Titles II and III regulations of 1990. These standards set parameters for the number of accessible parking spaces in relation to the number of non-accessible parking spaces.

ADA standards also required accessible spaces to create the shortest possible path to the accessible entrance of the facility to which they are connected.

Dwight Bassett, director of economic development and parking services for the City of Chapel Hill, said the city is currently in compliance with all state laws regarding ADA requirements.

“We are currently undergoing an audit to ensure that we are currently up to all that we do for ADA,” he said. “Generally, these requirements are fairly fair and reasonable from an accessibility standpoint.”

Sarah Poulton, downtown special projects manager for the city of Chapel Hill, said the audit is part of the city’s ADA transition plan. The plan aims to identify factors that limit accessibility to Chapel Hill and to make improvements in identified areas.

Poulton said while the transition plan includes looking at parking issues, there are also a number of other factors to consider, including facilities, sidewalks, crosswalks, programs and Services.

“I really think we have the best team in the private sector helping us,” she said. “To do things right, it just takes time. That’s what we learn every day about it.

Miles said he thinks it’s important to communicate with the disability community when there are plans to redo or rebuild a parking lot. He added that he doesn’t think there has been enough action from the Chapel Hill government on accessible parking.

“They should always research organizations such as (the Triangle Disability Awareness Council) and anyone who will use the area to see where spaces have been an issue to park for people with disabilities,” he said.

Financial obstacles

Parking accessibility is also an issue for Chapel Hill residents and UNC students who must contend with the cost of parking in the area.

The Town of Chapel Hill offers 12 off-street parking spots, each of which costs $1.50 per hour from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. On-street parking is $1.75 per hour from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“The city’s supply and construction of parking lots is something that has to compete with other priorities,” said Josh Mayo, transportation planner for the city of Chapel Hill. “As such, it is important to maintain a competitive parking program that can pay for itself.

Bassett said parking services are meant to be self-sustaining — funds received are used to maintain operation.

“Our parking fees are market-based – we don’t set prices arbitrarily,” he said. “We’re trying to do it for the benefit and the economic volatility of downtown.”

Reis Phillips, store associate at Underground Printing and a senior at UNC, said she was frustrated with paid parking in Chapel Hill because it creates a financial barrier for low-income people.

“I think sometimes people don’t come because they can’t afford the five or six dollars,” she said.

In her own life, she usually has to choose between paying to park or using the bus system to get to work.

“Most students have to take minimum-wage or self-employed jobs,” Phillips said. “If you have to pay to park, it’s always deducted from that. Already, you’re not making a ton of money.

Taking the bus will sometimes cause Phillips to show up to work late, which she says is a bad image of her. She added that the cost of parking is likely causing some residents not to visit Franklin Street.

“We are the people who support this community and spend money here and live here – but we can’t afford to pay to park here,” she said.

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Historic Homes You Can Own in the Charlottesville Area | Local News

With a stately Greek Revival mansion dating from circa 1904, set on 763 acres of Virginia’s finest countryside, Greenfields exemplifies an era of elegance and dignity in American history. The meticulously updated 8,600 square foot residence exudes southern character and charm with a grand central hall floor plan, sophisticated yet inviting living areas, and original period details including wainscoting, delicate ceiling medallions, classic cornices, sparkling pine floors, 8 fireplaces and 15-foot high ceilings, 4 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms and 1 powder room. Don’t miss the widow’s peek with a 360 degree panoramic view! This fine country estate offers ample opportunity for riding, farming and/or recreation with the ideal mix of woodland, pasture and farmland as well as streams and ponds. Equestrian facilities include: a 48-box stable with hay loft, laundry room, tack room and office, covered riding arena, fenced paddocks, horse trails, pole barn, equipment sheds and other outbuildings . Complete with farm manager’s residence, three one bedroom guest apartments and 3 bay garage. Peaceful and supreme panoramic setting, 25 miles from Charlottesville and UVA.

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State budget directs millions to Adirondacks | News, Sports, Jobs


New York’s $221 billion budget for the new fiscal year allocates billions of dollars to economic development and environmental protection, including millions to deal with the impacts of increased hiker traffic in parks Adirondack and Catskills.

This year’s budget increases state spending by more than $8 billion from last year’s $212 billion budget. The state expects to balance the higher budget with increased federal funds and higher-than-expected tax revenue, according to The Associated Press.

The new budget, approved more than a week past its April 1 deadline, includes $4.2 billion in investment in green energy, climate change mitigation efforts and environmental protection. environment through the Environmental Bonds Bill for Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs. The law, originally passed by the state legislature in 2020 with a $3 billion prize, would allow the state to assume $4.2 billion in obligations for environmental initiatives.

This act will be on the ballot in November. He was supposed to be on the ballot in 2020, but the vote was delayed by the administration of former Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The new state budget also includes $400 million for the Environmental Protection Fund; $500 million in funding for clean water grants, which would give communities new water and wastewater treatment facilities; and donates $15 million to the state Department of Environmental Conservation to “improve state lands, rehabilitate campgrounds and upgrade recreational facilities”, according to Governor Kathy Hochul’s office.

The state budget also provided $105 million in additional capital funding to the state’s Olympic Regional Development Authority, primarily for the upgrade of Olympic facilities and ski resorts ahead of the World University Games in Washington. FISU winter of 2023.

Environmental Protection Fund

The state Environmental Protection Fund, which distributes millions of dollars each year through DEC to finance large green projects, is set at $400 million under the approved budget, an increase $100 million over last year’s fiscal budget.

Eight million ETH dollars are allocated to projects aimed at increasing visitor safety and addressing the various impacts of hiker traffic in the park, which have become a growing concern in recent years – particularly along the popular Route 73 Corridor – as an increasing number of hikers and other nature lovers travel to the High Peaks region. Some efforts to limit the impact of hiker traffic in the frontcountry and backcountry, such as the creation of a new shuttle route for hikers and a pilot parking reservation system at the parking lot of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve, are already underway.

A coalition of 26 local organizations, environmental groups and municipalities advocated for $10 million in funding to address the impact of hiker traffic on state lands last year. Adirondack Mountain Club Directory of Advocacy Cathy Pedler said in a statement that the $8 million that was ultimately included in the budget will be used for trail safety and resilience, educational outreach, trailhead infrastructure and to implement High Peaks and Catskills strategic planning recommendations. Advisory groups.

Keene Town Supervisor Joe Pete Wilson, Jr., who was on the High Peaks advisory group, applauded the new funding.

“Funding to manage heavy use is a much-needed boost to the partnerships and efforts of state, local government and conservation groups that have taken shape over the past few years. Stewardship and environmental protection are key to ensuring the park remains a special place for New Yorkers for generations to come,” Wilson said in a statement.

EPF includes $600,000 to support a new visitor use management framework similar to those in national parks. The framework would help officials assess the need to modify or add trails, reroute traffic patterns, and create and maintain outdoor facilities such as restrooms, campsites, interpretive centers, parking lots, and kiosks. of information. The DEC plans to hire a visitor management expert with the funds by the fall, according to a press release from the Adirondack Council.

Paul Smith’s College received $225,000 for its visitor interpretive center this year, up from $180,000 last year. VIC director Scott van Laer said in a statement that the funding would help the VIC hire more staff and complete its environmental programming.

Essex County received $150,000 in landfill closure and gas management funding.

The EPF also includes $48.7 million for statewide land stewardship, $40 million for new park lands and forest preservation, $21 million for farmland, $15 million for the Climate Smart Communities program, $19 million for municipal recycling, and $3 million in smart growth grants to encourage development in the Adirondacks. All of these investments have increased since last year’s budget.

ORDE

The new budget includes $105 million in capital funding for the state’s Olympic Regional Development Authority. Of this amount, $92.5 million is expected to fund an upgrade and modernization plan to improve Olympic facilities and ski resorts, with a focus on preparation for the 2023 World University Winter Games. ; $10 million will go to “critical maintenance and energy efficiency upgrades”; and $2.5 million will come from the budget of the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation as part of the New York Works Initiative, which aims to create jobs that pay at least $50,000. per year. This funding for ORDA is the same amount Hochul proposed in its budget book earlier this year.

It is unclear which locations and projects, in particular, the state funding will go to; an ORDA spokesperson was unavailable for comment Thursday at press time.

New headquarters of the APA

The approved budget provides $29 million for the new offices of the Adirondack Park Agency. The APA has met in a small 1950s log cabin for the past 50 years on a campus shared with the New York State Police and DEC in Ray Brook. APA public information officer Keith McKeever said in an email Thursday that the building was poorly designed and in poor condition; he didn’t think it wouldn’t be profitable to renovate it for the agency’s needs.

McKeever said the agency is always considering all of its options before deciding on the location of the new building or whether the agency will opt to renovate an existing building. He said the agency wants a building that is energy efficient, accessible, meets the needs of staff and gives the agency more opportunities to engage with the public. When asked if the state had given the APA a deadline to complete the project, McKeever said the project was a “high priority” for the agency and that it would move forward as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Other Highlights

The Tombuctoo Summer Climate and Careers Institute, a new program that helps City University of New York students find conservation jobs in partnership with the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Newcomb, has received $2.1 million. federal funding dollars through the state budget. The institute was named after one of the 1840s suffrage colonies in the Adirondacks, where 3,000 black men acquired ownership of a 40-acre farm that gave them the right to vote.

The Adirondack Lake Survey Corporation, a Ray Brook-based nonprofit that has been conducting long-term monitoring of 52 lakes in the park since the 1990s, was awarded $500,000 for a $6 million survey of the lakes Adirondack. The survey would be similar to the extensive survey of 1,400 Adirondack lakes that the ALSC did before widespread acid rain regulation in the 1980s, according to the Adirondack Council statement. This multi-year study would focus on climate change and employ a team of scientists working in partnership with the ALSC. The company currently employs one full-time employee.

The ALSC and the Ausable River Association announced this week that the two nonprofits plan to merge by the end of this year. ALSC would remain an independent program as part of the merger.

The Adirondack Diversity Initiative, a Saranac Lake-based organization that works to improve diversity and inclusiveness in the park, received $300,000 in federal funding this year, an increase of $50,000 from the year last.

The budget also includes a review of a state policy that protects wetlands. The new policy allows the state to have jurisdiction over smaller wetlands, as little as 7.4 acres, outside of the park. The previous minimum area was 12.5. The state can already protect wetlands as small as an acre in the park, though the policy revision expands APA control over development on the lakeshore and other deep-water wetlands. .



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Massachusetts Legislature Moves Forward With Reforms That Would Reshape Energy Sectors to Meet Climate and Economic Development Goals | Pierce Atwood LLP

On April 7, 2022, the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee released its response to a previous House Ways and Means bill (#4524). The Senate Bill, Senate No. 2819, revised a number of features of the previous House bill relating to the supply of offshore wind energy to the Commonwealth, but also addressed a series of questions focusing on issues climatic. The Senate bill also included a series of provisions aimed at advancing electric vehicles, other forms of renewable energy, real estate development that advances climate goals and fundamentally changes consumer options by eliminating the competitive market. retail electricity supply and decarbonizing the natural gas industry, as summarized below.

And after? We understand that the Senate will be accepting amendments to the bill over the next few days and will likely adopt a form of Senate No. 2819 later this month. The House will likely pass a different version of the bill, which will lead to the creation of a conference committee to work out the details of a final bill by the end of the session this summer.

Wind at sea

The Senate has proposed a number of changes to how offshore wind resources are purchased by electric utilities. The bill retains a regular utility procurement process with the goal of having contracts for 5,600 MW in place by summer 2027. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources or “DOER” will now select winning bids based on specified factors with a bit more emphasis. on economic development and advancing environmental justice concerns. Successful bids will continue to be subject to a “ceiling price”, which is the level of the bid from the previous solicitation. The Senate bill, however, allows for an adjustment or discount to a new bid price of the amount of bid initiatives aimed at economic development, including benefiting low-income communities. Payments to utilities to compensate them for the risk of contracting will be reduced from 2.75% of annual revenue to 1.25%.

Electric vehicles

A number of features have been added to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. Substantial funding has been made available to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles and also to support the development of charging stations. Rebates for EV purchases will be paid at point of sale. The sale of non-electric vehicles will be banned by 2035. There are similar mandates for mass transit and a requirement to adopt customer choice policies on ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft.

An additional $50 million is available to support the construction of charging stations, with a focus on accessibility and economic equity and a greater level of coordination at the state level. New or renovated buildings will have to install infrastructure to recharge at least 10% of the parking spaces. New time-of-use rates have been mandated to advance the economics of electric vehicle charging.

Renewable or clean energy

The Senate bill provides $100 million in funding to support new energy resources, specifically citing “deep” geothermal and geothermal resources and even nuclear fusion. Funding can also support offshore wind industry infrastructure, including port development.

DOER has been tasked with updating Massachusetts’ Solar Program or “SMART” and providing more flexibility to advance solar development. Solar development has been encouraged on agricultural land.

Energy storage was further encouraged, with a focus on longer-term projects. DOER was tasked with conducting a study on how to move implementation forward, including requiring requests for storage resources from electric utilities.

Biomass resources have been excluded from a number of clean energy subsidies.

Natural gas

The bill also requires a more formal process for reviewing the future of the natural gas industry, requiring a formal decision on gas utility plans; the DPU has advanced a collaborative process with gas utilities taking the lead in developing a range of options for industry to help achieve Commonwealth clean energy targets. Particular emphasis is placed on how to focus ongoing replacement programs for leak-prone lines given the uncertain future of the industry.

Communities are also allowed to experiment with zoning provisions that require fossil-free new construction, such as prohibiting new gas line connections.

Competitive sourcing

The Senate bill profoundly modifies the competitive electricity market by proposing to prohibit the creation or renewal of existing supply contracts for residential customers, outside the municipal grouping (which is not concerned by the draft law). A number of studies have shown that low-income customers have suffered in the competitive supply market.

Next steps

As noted, we expect a major energy bill to pass this session. We also expect an important process to be put in place through a conference committee. The proposed legislative language, in its current form, would surely create winners and losers among the various players in the state’s energy sector. Interested parties should seek to monitor this process, or seek ways to shape the outcome, as proposed features are refined or discontinued and new provisions emerge.

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Washington a good partner with the railroads

By Charles H. Featherstone

Herald of the Columbia Basin

OLYMPIA — Washington has been very proactive in addressing infrastructure issues and getting people and goods moving across the state, according to French Thompson, general manager of public and private infrastructure development for Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Railroad.

“We’re looking to Washington, you’ve done such a great job of not sitting down,” Thompson said during an online roundtable on keeping cargo flowing across the state on Tuesday, hosted by the Washington Council on International Trade. “They are making investments on their own to tackle the projects that need to be built.”

Thompson, who spoke with Sen. Marko Liias, D-Everett and Washington State Transportation Secretary Roger Millar during the 90-minute discussion, said while the BNSF Railroad is working with the states in its coverage area, as well as the federal government To secure the necessary funding for improved lanes, bridges and tunnels, Washington lawmakers and officials are doing a better job than most of anticipating the future needs of the state.

“Getting ahead of projects before failure, and what are the next five to 10-year projects needed, and then leveraging federal funding to get there,” Thompson said.

“In our state, we do a better job of moving forward rather than waiting for failure,” Liias added. “We try to stay one step ahead.”

With approximately 32,500 miles of track across 28 states, the BNSF is one of the largest freight railroads in North America. The BNSF operates the freight line from Spokane to Bellingham which winds through Ephrata and Quincy.

Millar said the biggest challenge facing freight supply chains is not building new infrastructure, or even repairing or replacing older infrastructure, but connecting current management systems and get them to talk to each other in order to improve the current system.

According to Millar, the past two years of COVID-19 have strained U.S. and global supply chains, and the various tracking systems used by shipping carriers, port operators, trucking companies, owners of warehouses and the railways must be able to talk to each other. better for shippers to know where their goods are.

“The company that owns the boat knows where the containers are, but they can’t share that information,” Millar said. “This inefficiency is costing us time and money, and should have been resolved years ago.”

Thompson agreed and noted the current inefficiencies of port operations — most ports don’t operate 24 hours a day — while locomotives pull mile-long unit trains every hour of the day.

“BNSF is a 24/7 business, but ports and distribution centers may not be. A box may be ready to go,” Thompson said, referring to a shipping container, “but no one is ready to pick it up.

Thompson said this problem has a downstream effect on the entire transmission system and that it may be necessary to create excess transmission and transmission capacity to smooth it out.

Millar advocated for the creation of more truck stops and other safe places for truckers to park and rest, noting that adding parking spaces for large tractor-trailer trucks has not followed the request.

“The Department of Transport is part of the solution,” he said. “I’m not sure public facilities are the answer, but we need more truck stops.”

Millar also called for the creation of more intermodal transportation facilities in eastern Washington similar to the intermodel facility, noting that locations outside of Puget Sound where trucks can load and unload containers can unload port, road and rail facilities in Seattle and Tacoma.

The Port of Quincy owns and operates a small intermodal hub, primarily focused on loading reefer containers filled with processed potato products.

Finally, Millar and Thompson see a future for electric trucks and even train locomotives, although they won’t haul goods over long distances. At least not yet.

“We have a pilot project with a locomotive manufacturer regarding fuel cells, and we’re seeing a lot of interest in switching motors in rail yards, where there’s a lot of idling,” Thompson said.

Railroads are very efficient at moving freight, Thompson added, but right now it takes the kind of power that can only be generated by a diesel engine to pull a unit train through the Rockies and the Waterfalls.

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UM resolves parking frustrations and seeks to expand campus grounds | News

When law student Frank Kuhl returned from spring break on March 28, half of the usual parking area near his apartment building was fenced off and the adjacent half was already filled with daily commuters. After circling campus, Kuhl luckily found a tight spot along West Fifth Street.

“It looks like this land serves a lot of buildings, especially for the law school,” Kuhl said. “Some students arrive earlier, sometimes later. If you arrive around after 8:30 am, you’re out of luck.

Near the Adams Center and Washington-Grizzly Stadium, the razing of approximately 220 parking spaces in Lot P began over spring break. The initial demolition comes ahead of construction of the Montana Museum of Arts and Culture (MMAC), which is expected to be completed in 2023.

Kuhl said he didn’t know until spring break that convenient parking might be harder to come by for the rest of the semester. Although the UMPD sent out an email reminder before the break, Kuhl and other students neglected to check their inboxes outside of class.

Paula Short drove a golf cart around the north end of campus on March 30, snapping photos of empty parking spots. As Associate Vice President of Campus Preparedness and Response, Short is responsible for managing new parking barriers at UM, responding to student frustrations, and crafting mass communications to inform students and teachers of alternative parking options.

Short said many of the decal lots she passes — including the lots at River Bowl, outside the Facilities Services building, under Sentinel and along campus — are rarely at capacity. Short said the irritation over limited parking is valid, but attributes the inconvenience to a lack of information about UM’s other parking lots.

” I do not doubt [frustrations] are real. Parking gets really tough,” Short said. “Is there a lack of parking spaces? Or is there a lack of convenient parking? »

Short has tried to spread the word, mostly via email, but is having trouble reaching students. She considered sending a mass text to students before class to remind them of the build. However, the text platform used by Unified Messaging is intended only for emergency alerts.

“There’s no way to stratify it and just send it to students,” Short said. “It goes to your mom in New Jersey who wanted to sign up for campus alerts.”

The short photos taken of the alternate batches are for his reference when writing emails to students, and to ASUM President Noah Durnell. Durnell said he answered questions about the parking situation from students and faculty and was working closely with Short to find ways to connect with the UM population.

“Student concerns are very real right now,” Durnell said. “I just hope to bring some clarity on where they can find a better parking opportunity. Meanwhile, ASUM is still working on changing the actual parking policies, getting new infrastructure for parking .

Some of the options Durnell has considered to streamline parking include changing a number of reserved and metered spaces to decal spaces, updating on-campus signs to clarify parking rules, and finding parking by off-campus satellite for those living in dorms.

According to University of Montana Police Chief Brad Giffin, the UMPD is exploring options that would increase parking availability in lots that are not currently designated for parking passes. Giffin said this could reduce the number of potential tickets for students.

Short also wants to draw more attention to the Park and Ride system. Next to Dornblaser Field, students or faculty can park off-campus for free indefinitely and drive to college in UDash. Short said the lot is abundant with empty spaces.

Once MMAC completes construction in the fall of 2023, short estimates of approximately 80-100 parking spaces will be restored to Lot P.

As enrollment at the University surged last fall — and plans for a new dining hall, boiler room, museum, and sports training center sprung up — the demand for accessible and convenient parking has increased over the past year. Missoula city code states that there must be one parking space available for every three students.

Jameel Chaudhry, associate director of planning, design and construction at UM, said with the new buildings, new car parks must follow. There is a difficult balance, he said, when choosing which green spaces to replace with asphalt.

“There are some on campus who are going to be pissed off they don’t have greenery, the other half because they don’t have enough parking,” Chaudhry said.

Currently, Chaudhry has opted for a dozen spaces on campus to expand parking. Among these are an extension to the dormitory south of Pantzer, the yard between Miller and Duniway, and part of the tennis courts.

Chaudhry said expanding surface lots is still hugely cheaper than building a single multi-level parking structure. The estimated cost of adding 750 additional parking spaces in surface lots is $1.8 million, compared to $25 million for an additional 250 spaces in a parking garage.

Dave Kuntz, UM’s director of strategic communications, said Chairman Bodnar is looking at the optional bundles.

“They have been considering expanding the parking lot for some time. Obviously, this process takes time,” Kuntz said. “With half of the P car park being under construction for next year, this conversation has become more relevant in recent weeks.”

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Voters will face a general improvement tax for Alliance City schools

ALLIANCE — Residents of the Alliance City School District will face a general improvement tax in the May 3 primary election.

The permanent $2.7 million levy would generate about $842,000 a year for the school district.

Alliance City Schools Superintendent Rob Gress said the issue will not create additional costs for ratepayers.

Gress said the district will finish repaying the 1999 bonds this year that funded the construction of the new elementary, middle and middle schools, as well as the renovations to Parkway and the Early Learning School.

The new levy would cost taxpayers $7.88 per month per $100,000 of assessment, the same amount they have paid in the past 23 years for the bonds.

Gress said the funds will pay for maintenance and repairs to various aspects of the school’s buildings, including roofs, floors, fences, doors, HVAC systems, security cameras and parking lots.

The buildings are still in good condition, Gress said, and the money would allow the school district to maintain them. He added that because the buildings are about the same age, many of these types of repairs will need to be done simultaneously.

Gress said the ongoing levy cannot be used for other purposes, such as salaries or human resources matters.

District residents renewed a separate $2 million levy to help maintain buildings at district facilities in November.

For more information, contact the Levy Committee at [email protected]

Ohio’s primary election remains muddled, due to a failure to produce maps to establish State House and Senate districts. According to state election officials, it is not possible to hold state-level races in the May election. Under Ohio election rules, early voting must begin Tuesday, after Monday’s deadline to register to vote in the May primary.

Contact Paige at 330-580-8577 or [email protected], or on Twitter at @paigembenn.

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Hardlook: Market makeover | News from cities, The Indian Express

From a small cart to more than 15,000 shops and 5,000 ready-made garment manufacturing units spread over 3 km, the Gandhi Nagar market in northeast Delhi has grown over the past 50 years and is now one of the largest apparel wholesale markets in Asia. Located across the Yamuna, the market is a hub for fabrics and ready-to-wear clothes.

A mixture of wholesale, manufacturing and a few retail units, it provides about 1 lakh of direct employment and 3 lakh of indirect employment – ​​including a large number of women working in manufacturing units – and has a daily turnover between Rs 250 crore-Rs 300 crore.

However, the area is poorly organized with narrow alleys, open sewers, hanging electric wires and a lack of amenities such as toilets and parking spaces. Connectivity is also an issue due to congestion in the area.

The Delhi government plans to change this and redevelop it into a “Great Garment Hub” by converting it into an organized shopping area. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, while announcing the plan during his budget speech, said: “When people wear clothes made from Gandhi Nagar, they should say with pride that it is ready to go. employment in Delhi. This requires legal recognition, redevelopment of infrastructure, construction of new service centers and rebranding, marketing and repositioning of Gandhi Nagar. This program is expected to create more than 40,000 new job opportunities over the next five years.

The market has its humble origins in 1972-73 when a couple started selling clothes from a cart near their home in Ashok gali. Little by little, several shops open. In two or three years, about 14 small markets have appeared in the main market of Gandhi Nagar.

Business picked up momentum in 1975-76 when traders from Gandhi Nagar started buying fabrics and knitwear in Kolkata, Ludhiana and Lucknow. It attracted people from all over the country and from countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan, traders said.

“With growing demand, more stores opened and people set up factories inside their homes and moved elsewhere,” said KK Balli, president of the Association of Wholesale Readymade Garments Dealers.

The plan

To oversee the project, the government is set to form a committee which will include members from all relevant departments such as Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation, Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC), DDA, East MCD, Finance and others. . The nodal agency will be the DSIIDC.

Jasmine Shah, Vice President of DDC, said: “The market is known as Asia’s largest clothing wholesale market, but it is not a destination where people are eager to go shopping. SDC held a meeting with all major business associations before the budget to understand the issues and gaps. The idea was to make it a participatory process… The work has already begun, and several rounds of consultations have taken place over the last four months at the individual, association and market level… Within two to three months, various consultants and agencies will be enlisted in.”

Officials said the committee will be formed in two weeks and will conduct a survey to understand the problems faced by traders and traders.

The pedestrian bridge has been transformed into a makeshift car park. (Gayatri Mani)

Shah said the biggest problems in the market are civic issues: “Traders said that every time they approached the MCD, it refused to take up the case due to lack of funds. After receiving several requests from traders, the Delhi government decided to devise a “micro-level plan”.

The plan will target the wholesale and retail aspect, manufacturing units and connectivity, Shah said. “When it comes to wholesale and retail, the government wants to make it a world-class shopping experience for Indian and overseas audiences so that anyone coming here has access to proper facilities.”

“The second part is the industrial aspect. Gandhi Nagar is not an industrial area but it does have several manufacturing units which produce clothing in bulk…these operate on domestic licenses under which you can only manufacture up to a certain limit. But with the increase in demand, the illegality has also increased. The government plans to either provide flat factories through the DSIIDC or to dedicate an area for the textile industry in one of the existing factories/industrial zones. These are all ideas under deliberation and an overall plan will be prepared,” Shah said.

For connectivity issues, he said DMRC, DTC, railways and other agencies would be involved.

Ground Report

The Indian Express visited the market and spoke to traders and market associations about the issues they are facing and what they think of the government’s redevelopment plan.

Located near Seelampur and Shastri Park metro stations, the main market starts at Pushta Road. Traders said as early as morning the road was clogged with fabric and hundreds of parked cars, tempos and trucks. For laborers and workers who commute by bicycle and bicycle, the pedestrian bridge is their makeshift parking lot.

“Parking is a big problem. We raised this issue with EDMC and asked them to build a tiered lot, but to no avail. There is a company run parking space on Pushta Road for 200-250 vehicles but… it has been reduced and can only accommodate 40-50 vehicles now. Another parking lot run by the civic body near Shamshan Ghat is used only for loading and unloading trucks,” Balli said.
Besides parking, the shops are housed in narrow lanes, some operating from 10×10 spaces.

Sanjay Jain, a member of the traders’ association, said, “The power lines are almost touching the ground, posing a threat to traders, workers as well as customers. The market sees more than 3 lakh customers and workers daily, but there are no proper toilets. Traders’ associations have raised money and built toilets, but the company doesn’t even clean them.

According to the traders’ association, the market employs 40,000 women and there are no toilets for them. Muskan, who works in a garment factory in Shanti mohalla, said: “Toilets are a big problem here. I come here at 10 am and drink very little water so I don’t need to go to the bathroom. It’s especially hard when we’re on our period… most of us don’t come to work at those times.

While some traders and workers hailed the government’s plan, others feared a sounding promise remained.

“It’s a welcome step… but the question remains how it will be done. I have been working here for 25 years and nothing has been done for the market so far,” said Rakesh Bansal, owner of Bharat Traders.

Another trader, Vinay Kumar, said, “I am happy that a government has spoken about this market and offered to redevelop it. Encroachment has increased on the main road, which needs to be corrected. The government has to make a little way first, to get the people to believe them.

Sunny Kumar, who sells shikanji and soda, and is also a member of the Hawkers Association, said the government should also keep hawkers in mind when revamping the market.

Some traders demanded that the market become fully commercial. “Currently several units are run from household licensed houses… and people are running illegal factories. Even those who follow the rules are forced to pay bribes under the pretext that our units are illegal. This needs to stop,” Jain said.

East MCD Mayor Shyam Sundar denied the claims of traders and shopkeepers. Regarding the lack of car parks and toilets, he said: “Firstly, we don’t have land (to build them) but we have written to the DDA to provide land for the construction of a multi-level car park. Second, there are toilets on the main road which are cleaned regularly but the attendance is high so it is difficult…”

“There is a parking lot on Pushta Road where 1,000 cars can be accommodated. It is managed by private entrepreneurs; fees are billed on an hourly basis.

On the sewers, he said: ‘It’s not under the MCD. We deployed sanitation workers to clean the market from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

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A mixed bag downtown

I’m in the Simmons Bank building in downtown Little Rock’s River Market District with George Makris, the president of the company who led Simmons through his massive growth spurt. I ask him why the bank, which still has its technical headquarters in Pine Bluff, decided five years ago to buy this structure along Interstate 30 that had been built for Acxiom.

“There were several reasons,” says Makris. “First, we already had hundreds of people working in Little Rock, and we knew we would hire more. We were running out of space. We had people scattered all over town. A second reason was its proximity to Pine Bluff. We started inquiring about buying the building, I knew it would be a good opportunity, it was a six month process, but we ended up here and were thrilled about it.

Since Acxiom is a data company, the building had the kind of cabling that Simmons needed for its computer networks and security operations center. It also came with a gymnasium, cafe and conference center. Simmons installed lighting outside and coordinated with the city to match the colors to the lights on the bridges crossing the Arkansas River.

It is a beautiful building and a house worthy of a regional banking power. But as Simmons expanded its presence downtown, the state government moved, moving hundreds of employees to the former Alltel (and later Verizon) corporate campus in the Riverdale neighborhood. Combined with a loss of office jobs due to the pandemic, there are now gaping holes in the downtown office market.

I work at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Scott Street and often walk around the neighborhood. I remember my excitement shortly before the pandemic hit with the transformation of two former Capitol buildings into the hip AC Hotel by Marriott. Somehow this hotel survived after opening at the start of a two-year pandemic, but adjacent spaces that I thought were filled with restaurants and bars now remain empty.

Downtown Little Rock is a mixed bag as we emerge from the pandemic. On the plus side, the River Market District, South on Main (known as SOMA) and the area now called East Village are vibrant. Capitol Avenue, slated to be the state’s largest urban boulevard from the freeway to the state capitol, is a sad sight. It remains lined with empty storefronts, abandoned bank lobbies and tacky surface parking lots.

There have been many stories in recent months about legal proceedings and financial issues clouding the future of two of the Capitol’s towers, the Regions and the Bank of America buildings. Meanwhile, on the section of Main Street, the city dubbed the Creative Corridor, the two tallest buildings – Donaghey and Boyle – stand empty and decay.

When writing about downtown Little Rock, I like to consult Rett Tucker and Jimmy Moses, who have played key roles in its revitalization over the past decades. They tell me restaurants have weathered the pandemic surprisingly well while downtown apartment and condo occupancy rates have held steady. Tucker says there’s enough demand for additional apartments downtown, especially since the neighborhood offers the state’s only true urban living experience.

Downtown highlights include the transformation of the Museum of Fine Arts of Arkansas (formerly the Arkansas Center for the Arts) and the potential for expansion of Little Rock Technology Park. A city is only as strong as its downtown, and a state is only as strong as its capital. It is important to all Arkansans that downtown Little Rock realizes its potential.

Moses and Tucker aren’t the only smart people seriously thinking about the future of downtown. Former Conway Mayor Tab Townsell, who now heads regional planning agency Metroplan, included me in a series of emails inviting people to come to Austin, Texas to see how leaders made the downtown of this city more friendly for pedestrians and cyclists.

“One of the top destination cities in today’s economy has chosen to calm traffic in its downtown core,” Townsell said. “This is a city where cranes are everywhere as they build skyscraper after skyscraper. A thriving downtown and an accessible, livable downtown are not mutually exclusive.”

What Little Rock too often lacks is coordination. As the pandemic winds down, now is the time for city government, state government (it still has a vested interest in downtown), the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Little Rock Partnership to join forces with private sector investors to achieve these goals. three things:

• Restore Avenue du Capitole. House employees and other economic developers should work just as hard to attract investment to downtown as they work to attract manufacturing and distribution facilities. Where is the new headquarters with high-paying white-collar jobs? It is also high time the city made the avenue a priority with a smoother street, improved lighting, extensive landscaping, banners, etc.

• Convince the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to have a major presence downtown. How about moving the business school and associating it with Little Rock Technology Park?

• Raise the necessary funds to expand the Downtown Partnership Ambassador Program. These are the people who wear bright uniforms, walk the streets, and work closely with the Little Rock Police Department to keep downtown safe. Feeling safe, especially at night, is key to bringing more people to live, work and play downtown. There’s not even a close second.


Editor Rex Nelson’s column appears regularly in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is also the author of the Southern Fried blog at rexnelsonsouthernfried.com.

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Opening of the largest multi-level car park in the capital – The New Indian Express

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The largest multi-level car park (MLCP) in the city, with a capacity of 1,800 four-wheeled vehicles, has been opened at the Technopark campus. Information technology firm UST completed construction of the facility in 34 months, and company officials say it will add five more floors in Phase II of the project to accommodate a total of 4,000 cars.

This project should be a revelation for the municipality which has failed to provide adequate paid parking for the public despite the growing demand. “The car park was designed with the needs of our employees in mind as they slowly return to the offices. We were able to complete the project in a short time despite the difficult Covid phase.

In the future, when we add five more floors, this would become the largest parking lot in the state. We are also planning to install solar panels above the MLCP in line with our sustainability initiative and our goal of being carbon neutral,” said Shilpa Menon, Center Manager, UST Thiruvananthapuram.

The lack of adequate parking spaces in busy areas of the capital forces motorists to park haphazardly on sidewalks. On top of that, the police are fining motorists without giving them options or designated spaces to park.

Chairman of Federation of Thiruvananthapuram Residents Associations MS Venugopal said the civic body has failed to provide even basic amenities to the public. “The demand for designated parking lots remains unanswered. It is because of the sheer apathy of the authorities. Without providing the facilities, the authorities impose fines on motorists. The only MLCP at the company’s office is not available to the public. Ninety percent of the parking space is used by company personnel,” Venugopal said.

The Multi-Level Car Parking (MLCP) Facility at the Company’s Office Premises | BP Deepu

MLCP projects at MCH, Putharikandam suspends fire
The civic body has undertaken up to six multi-level parking projects under the Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Ltd (SCTL) and AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) scheme which is expected to address the parking crisis in the capital.

Other than announcing plans, the civic body has done little on the ground to execute these projects on schedule. It is learned that the MLCPs planned by the civic body at Putharikandam and Medical College Hospital have been abandoned by the contractor. According to officials, the civic body is trying to revive these two projects.

“There was a design conflict on these two projects. The contractor abandoned the projects due to escalating costs. At Putharikandam, only the piling works have been completed. We have decided to launch a new call for tenders. Both of these projects experienced increased costs as we had to add other components, including fire safety mechanisms. The civic body decided to bear the additional expenses of the project. Around 3 crores would be allocated from the civic body’s own funds to ensure the completion of these projects,” an official from the civic body said.

The official said that the MLCP at Thampanoor is nearing completion. “About 60% of the project has been completed. The project is being implemented by SCTL. The facility can accommodate both two-wheelers and four-wheelers. The facility would be able to solve the parking crisis in the Thampanoor area,” the official said.

No action on collection of illegal parking fees
The municipality continues to ignore growing complaints about the collection of huge parking fees at malls, hospitals and other commercial establishments. Apart from a few notices, the civic body till date has made no effort to stop the illegal collection of fees, in violation of Kerala Municipal Law and Kerala Municipal Building Regulations. Recently, the High Court of Kerala had issued an order against the levying of parking fees by shopping malls. According to the standards, it is illegal to charge a fee for the use of the parking area allocated according to the building regulations. A senior civic body official said the state government needs to come up with a policy to end the collection of parking fees. “We are awaiting orders from the state government,” the official said.

Robotic parking system in preparation

The company has come up with a multitude of projects and proposals to solve the parking crisis. However, other than parking at the company’s office premises, the civic body has not commissioned or executed any of the projects planned so far. In the current budget, it has allocated I1 crore for innovative robotic parking spaces in the capital. A senior official in the company’s engineering wing said it was the first time a local body had planned robotic parking systems in the city. “It has lower O&M costs than normal MLCPs.

It can be installed in smaller spaces and only one carrier would be operational compared to other multi-level installations. The robot transporter can lift around 4,000 kg and a normal car weighs around 3,000 kg,” the official said. The operation and maintenance cost of a robotic parking system stands at about 13 lakh while the cost of conventional MLCP is nearly 18 lakh, an official said. “It has fewer moving parts than conventional MLCPs,” the official said. A similar robotic installation is now functional at the police station, the official said. “We plan to set up at least one installation on an experimental basis. We will identify suitable locations soon,” an official added.

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1,800 four-wheeled vehicles can be parked in the new facility

  • 5 more floors will be added
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Design-build team selected for $1.7 billion Harbor-UCLA Medical Center redesign

A design-build team led by Hensel Phelps, HMC Architects and CO Architects has been selected for a redesign of the unincorporated Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in West Carson, the team announced this month.

The nearly $1.7 billion project, approved in February by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, calls for the consolidation of medical services at the Harbor-UCLA campus, which spans 72 acres east intersection of Carson Street and Vermont Avenue. The project will allow the hospital to comply with the 1953 Senate Bill, which requires all acute care hospitals to rebuild or upgrade their facilities by 2030 to avoid damage from a major earthquake.

“I am thrilled to lead this design-build team of healthcare design and build experts to deliver this beautiful, state-of-the-art facility,” Hensel Phelps program manager Sandra Ichiho said in a statement. . “Through this project, the county will create hundreds of local jobs and millions of dollars in business opportunities for the local community.”

The centerpieces of the project are a new 468,000 square foot inpatient care tower with 346 beds, as well as a 403,000 square foot outpatient treatment center and support building. Other elements of the renovation include a new helicopter landing pad, an 11,000 square foot warehouse, a new 381,000 square foot parking lot and other support facilities.

By consolidating existing inpatient and outpatient departments into new buildings, Harbor-UCLA expects to reduce operating and maintenance costs, while meeting sustainability goals. The project team is aiming for LEED Gold certification for the campus.

“Adding one million square feet to an existing 70-year-old campus creates significant planning and cost challenges,” said Kirk Rose, healthcare practice leader at HMC Architects, in the press release. “Our design will optimize operational flow and throughput, organize the program very cost effectively, and create a beautiful outdoor space for community enjoyment.”

Elsewhere on the Harbor-UCLA complex, the county has also partnered with the Lundquist Institute, formerly known as LA Biomed, which intends to develop a 250,000 square foot bioscience technology campus near the intersection of Carson with Normandie Avenue.

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Long-delayed work on the station’s multi-storey car park will finally start next month

The Mayor of WEST Yorkshire said she understood commuters’ “frustration” after work began on a station car park – 18 months after the originally scheduled end date.

Work to create a multi-storey car park at Steeton and Silsden station will finally start next month and is expected to take a year.

The works will increase parking spaces at the station by 102 spaces – to provide a total of 245 spaces.

The station car park is regularly full before 9am, and there have been calls for better parking facilities for years.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which is funding the project, said the new facilities would encourage more people to travel by train.

When the project was first announced, the expected end date was October 2020.

‘Concerns’ after estimated cost of bridge over busy road nearly doubles to £10m

But the scheme has been beset with delays and at a meeting of the Combined Authority at the end of 2020 it emerged that the cost of the scheme had risen from £3,879,000 to £4,630,800. Members were also informed that the work would likely not be completed until January 2022.

This schedule has since been rearranged and work is now due to begin this month and be completed in March 2023.

West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin said: “As a passionate advocate for rail travel and a commuter myself, I understand the frustration commuters have felt at the slow progress on car parking. Steeton and Silsden station. I can understand, however, that improvements, like this, can sometimes encounter significant obstacles and problems.

“I am however very pleased to be able to tell people who use Steeton and Silsden station that we can now begin the significant parking improvements at this station.

“In the Climate and Environment Plan for West Yorkshire, which I launched last year, I committed to achieving a net-zero carbon economy by 2038 at the latest. Work at Steeton and Silsden Station will help reduce congestion and improve local air quality, bringing us one step closer to our economic ambition.” It also goes without saying that better access to public transport improves people’s employment, training and learning opportunities and, of course, their leisure activities.I welcome these improvements.

The construction of the new car park will result in the closure of the existing main car park for the 12 month construction period.

Part of the annex car park will remain open to station visitors, with around 40 spaces available. As there will be limited parking availability throughout the construction period, the Combined Authority urges station users to consider alternative arrangements and, if possible, walk or cycle to the station.

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Start of work on the parking lot of the multi-storey station

A new multi-storey car park to encourage rail use at Steeton and Silsden station is one of 14 projects in the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s £31.5million Rail Park and Ride scheme.

The expected start date for development is early next month.

As part of the improvements, 102 additional parking spaces will be created, bringing the total available spaces to 245.

Parking will be free for rail users, who will also benefit from improved CCTV facilities and LED lighting, for their safety and comfort.

A fully accessible elevator will greatly facilitate access to the car park and the station.

West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin said: “As a passionate advocate for rail travel and a commuter myself, I understand the frustration commuters have felt at the slow progress on car parking. Steeton and Silsden station.

“However, I can understand that improvements, such as this, can sometimes run into significant obstacles and problems.

“I am very pleased to be able to tell people who use Steeton and Silsden station that we can now begin the significant parking improvements at this station.

“The works at Steeton and Silsden station will help reduce congestion and improve local air quality, bringing us one step closer to our economic ambition.”

The construction of the new car park will result in the closure of the existing main car park for the construction period, which is expected to last up to 12 months. Part of the annex car park will remain open to station visitors, with around 40 spaces available.

As the availability of parking spaces will be limited throughout the construction period, station users are encouraged to consider alternative arrangements and, if possible, walk or cycle to the station.

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Schumer Joins Call for CBP to Drop Blind Bay Station Construction Plans | Jefferson County

ORLEANS — Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer has joined the appeal against the planned U.S. Customs and Border Protection patrol post at Blind Bay.

The New York Democrat sent a letter to CBP’s Acting Environmental Branch Chief John P. Petrilla on Tuesday, asking that the agency consider a different site for the project.

In plans released in February, a company working for CBP detailed plans to build a large administrative and patrol center on 19 acres of land on the bay just south of Fishers Point mobile park. The station would provide space for 75 officers in a 17,300 square foot main administration building, with 15,800 in constructed support space. A 15,100 square foot parking garage, kennel, marine storage, dock and ramp, fuel island and car wash would also be installed.

Conservationists, local business owners, and local and state elected officials have voiced their opposition to such a large facility in Blind Bay. In his letter, Senator Schumer echoed many of their points. To date, Senator Schumer is the most senior elected official to have spoken on the Blind Bay station project.

Blind Bay is one of the few remaining muskellunge breeding grounds in the Thousand Islands, and the endangered fish are slowly making a comeback, according to research conducted at the Thousand Islands Biological Station by SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry.

“This habitat has been used in recovery efforts to restore fish populations impacted by habitat loss and invasive species,” the senator’s letter read. “These critical fish and wildlife habitats that exist in the shallow, undeveloped bay support shoreline protection, flood reduction, biodiversity and nature education to name but a few of their benefits. .”

The senator said construction of the facility, particularly the marina, wharf and ramp, would require significant dredging of Blind Bay and put these endangered and protected species at risk.

“The proposed docks at the new facility would require extensive dredging which would damage the uniquely important habitat,” he said. “Dock structures are also known to attract devastating invasive species such as zebra mussels.”

Local tourist businesses, including Thousand Islands Park directly across the river from Blind Bay, have expressed concern that an industrial facility will be built on what was a very natural stretch of coastline of the St. Lawrence. TI Park officials said the bright lights, increased ship traffic, and overall look of a CBP station would clash strongly with the character of their community.

“Hotels, attractions and more than 300 homes are across the river from the proposed new facility,” Senator Schumer said in his letter. “People live (in) and visit this part of the Thousand Islands to enjoy the natural beauty. The proposed multi-building industrial facility that requires a significant amount of lighting would detract from the natural beauty that the North Country offers.

Senator Schumer said building such a facility at this site would undo much of the multimillion-dollar investment Orleans and Jefferson County have made to maintain the waterfront in its current shape.

Senator Schumer said he agreed that CBP needed a new station in the Thousand Islands. The agency said its current facilities on the Isle of Wellesley are three times their capacity and have fallen into a state of disrepair that cannot be corrected by refurbishment.

“I agree that a new, larger facility is needed to perform your vital services,” Senator Schumer said. “However, I strongly urge you to consider and choose a different location that could meet agency needs without harming wildlife ecosystems, tourism, and the daily lives of Blind Bay area residents.”

Save the River executive director John Peach said Tuesday he appreciated Senator Schumer’s letter of objection. Save the River sent the initial letter of objection regarding the Blind Bay CBP station and organized much of the local push against the facility.

Mr Peach said he thought Senator Schumer got the message perfectly.

“Senator Schumer understands the importance of muskellunge and the whole environment to the St. Lawrence River,” he said.

He said he thinks Senator Schumer’s voice adds more credibility to their own opposition to the planned installation, which is only growing. Mr. Peach said more than 900 people have signed a letter that Save the River plans to send to CBP, reiterating their opposition to the project.

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Fire chief urges city to discontinue needle collection kiosks in Barrie

“There seems to be a very, very low collection rate,” Barrie fire chief says, noting kiosks are often filled with trash

Naloxone kits remain, syringe collection kiosks disappear.

Councilors will consider a motion to that effect on Monday.

Barrie Fire Chief Cory Mainprize says the cost of renting and collecting needle kiosks is about $25,000 a year, but his recommendation to remove them isn’t based on funding.

“Mainly what we’ve seen, because we’ve collected about 18 months of data now, is that the program doesn’t seem to be successful,” he said. “The bins (kiosks) are continuously filled with garbage. We empty them every month…they are so full of garbage that even if people wanted to put needles in them, they couldn’t.

“There seems to be a very, very low collection rate.”

In November 2020, council approved a motion to use city resources to support Simcoe Muskoka’s Opioid Strategy and address the overdose crisis. Methods included setting up multiple syringe exchange bins in parks or parking lots in Barrie on a pilot basis, in addition to containers already located with park restrooms, and installing naloxone nasal spray kits in the a one-year pilot project in city facilities close to the public. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) available for public use.

Needle collection kiosks have been set up at eight locations; Heritage Park, Queen’s Park, rear of Collier Street parking garage, 83 Perry Street, west entrance to Milligan’s Pond, Sam Cancilla Park, Stephens Park, Kearsey Park and Berczy Park.

The city received monthly reports of the total weight collected from each kiosk, but collection and weighing was unable to differentiate between the weight of the needles collected and the weight of other products discarded at the kiosks.

Photographs showed that the kiosks were often contaminated and contained much more waste than used needles.

Several of the kiosks were also vandalized. Mainprize said some are not prominent, making them more susceptible to damage than normal trash cans or recycling bins.

“They are knocked down, crushed,” he said.

Com. Natalie Harris said she has two opinions on the motion that councilors will consider on Monday.

“I am very pleased to hear that there is a recommendation to continue with the Naloxone Public Access Project, and disappointed to learn that the syringe collection kiosks have not been used for their intended purpose,” she said.

“I would like to investigate other kiosk designs that might provide more control over what is collected in these bins. for Mental Health) and SMDHU (Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit) are used for their intended purpose.

City staff reported a significant number of needles on the ground near kiosks, and no noticeable decrease in the number of needles discarded in parks.

“They haven’t seen any reduction in the needles they find in parks,” Mainprize said. “If anything, more needles are seen around the bins than in the bins, creating additional hazards as they need to be cleaned.

“It’s only 18 months, which isn’t a lot, but we haven’t really seen any change,” he said. “They are either completely empty or completely filled with garbage.”

The cost of renting the kiosks and continuing the monthly collection is approximately $25,000 per year. No funds have been allocated to continue the pilot program after April 2022.

City staff managed the facility and provided the naloxone kits, with 27 kits installed at 19 facilities that have public access defibrillators and meet naloxone storage requirements.

The first kit was installed in the Transit Terminal in May 2021. Naloxone from city-installed kits has been administered twice at a city facility since the pilot program began. This helped reverse the overdoses that had occurred.

“We’ve had some success with this and it’s already up and paid for,” Mainprize said.

As the kits and containers have already been acquired, the ongoing cost of the naloxone kit program can be managed through the existing operational budget. Ongoing costs are associated with replacement of used or expired Narcan nasal spray, one-way respiratory barrier, latex-free gloves, and instructions for administering Narcan. No additional funding is required to meet these supplies.

Naloxone is a fast-acting drug used to temporarily reverse the effects of opioid overdoses, according to Health Canada, and can restore breathing in two to five minutes.

Monday’s motion is that the naloxone kit pilot program for providing publicly available kits at city facilities be adopted as a permanent city program, but that the syringe collection kiosk pilot program be interrupted.

If approved on Monday, the motion will be considered for final approval at the March 28 city council meeting.

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Plans to transform Haverfordwest’s multi storey car park

The council’s plans to transform Haverfordwest’s multi storey car park have been given the go ahead by committee.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s planning committee unanimously approved the application for replacement bus station and multi-storey car park with associated works and new public realm enhancements at its meeting on Wednesday (March 16).

Haverfordwest councilor Tim Evans said it will be a “big enhancement to parking facilities” in the town and will help regeneration of the town and “make it more accessible for people to park.”

This was backed by Cllr David Pugh who said it was hard to get cars in and out of the current facility and the new facilities would be a “big improvements.”

The site is around 1.8 hectares and includes the existing car park, part of Cartlett Road, bus station and Bridgend Square car park.

The application is for a “new interchange provision for buses and coaches” as well as a replacement multi-storey car park of 335 spaces, with electric vehicle charging, highway access improvements, revised taxi rank and upgraded facilities.

It was agreed that the application be approved subject to delegated authority being given to the director of community services to resolve matters relating to flood risk and a number of conditions including environmental and traffic management plans, approval of materials, landscaping, provision of cycle parking and archeology investigation.

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Parking issue a major poll issue for Bhubaneswar mayoral election

Residents of the capital city of Bhubaneswar have faced difficulties in regularly finding space to park their vehicles. With more and more vehicles being added to the existing numbers and the parking space remaining the same, the problem is getting worse day by day.

With the ULB polls around the corner, the mayoral candidates of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation are currently in a rush. To seduce voters, they make promises. The capital’s traffic problem also finds a place in their to-do lists.

Congress mayoral candidate Madhusmita Acharya says she is well aware of the seriousness of the parking problem in the city. “Just pick any area at random and one will find a parking problem even there. The fact is undeniable. There are other problems as well. If I win, these problems will be given priority,” says Acharya.

The townspeople are the recipients. They are the ones who live with the difficulties on a daily basis.

“At all times, vehicles can be seen parked on both sides of the roads in the city of Bhubaneswar. Sometimes we either have to wait 15 to 20 minutes for a place to park our vehicles, or park our vehicles at a place half a kilometer from the pre-established places,” says a city dweller, adding specific parking spaces is the need Of time.

The choice of the Biju Janata Dal for the position of mayor of BMC, Sulochana Das sees the solution to the parking problem in a multi-level parking lot.
“A multi-level car park is nearing completion. The pandemic has delayed its inauguration. If I win the election, I will build more such facilities,” Das says.

On-road parking encroaches on much of the roads, leaving commuters to self-serve.

“We motorists are the hardest hit. Even if a customer gives up on us, we cannot stop at that particular location due to lack of space. We are forced to park our vehicles in front of this place, forcing the customer to walk towards us, ”laments a motorist in the city.

“Specific parking spaces can only solve the problem,” he believes.

Aspiring mayor Suniti Mund, who has been aligned with the Bharatiya Janata party, is very particular on the issue of parking. “In the city of Bhubaneswar, the most aggravating problem is the parking of vehicles. If I become mayor, my top priority will certainly be to eradicate the parking problem. We have already made plans to rehabilitate roadside vendors. This will free up space,” observes Mund.

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Construction begins at Waterford Bay Resort, Minnesota

Waterford Bay, a four-story, 243-unit multifamily complex at 380 Randolph Avenue in Street Paul, Minnesota, designed by BKV Group, a multidisciplinary design firm, paved the way for construction.

The company built the waterfront district for client Stoneleigh Companies, who created it as one of St. Paul’s first opportunity zone developments, with the goal of connecting the surrounding Mississippi River through a combination of public and private spaces.

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The property provides public access to the river with the installation of a kayak/small boat launch, the expansion of the regional network of biking/walking paths and a section of land donated to the town for a park space along the river.

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The 295,000 square foot property is a partially wraparound residential idea with a parking structure in the middle and living units on three sides. In response to site restrictions, the BKV Group used a lower three-story facade along the river that drops to four stories along Randolph Street and the nearby Mississippi River entrance.

The upper residential levels encircle two second-level courtyards divided by an ornamental pavilion, forming an E-shaped design that separates the swimming pool from the green roof. BKV Group used its full-service strategy to lead all architecture, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering, interior design and landscape architecture.

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The building itself is comprised of micro-units, studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments with high-end features such as 9-foot ceilings, hardwood-style floors, and modern kitchens with shaker style cabinetry, quartz countertops. , and stainless steel appliances.

An outdoor pool and manicured amenity deck with a four-season porch, outdoor grilling stations and fire pit couches are among the features of the community. Indoor facilities include a large fitness center and yoga studio, residents’ lounge, business center, rooftop club room with demonstration kitchen, secure storage for bicycles and kayaks, a dog wash station and indoor parking with charging stations for electric vehicles.

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Borrello supports state purchase of agricultural products | News, Sports, Jobs


State Sense. Michelle Hinchey and George Borrello want to see more agricultural products purchased by New York State, including its public schools.

Hinchey, D-Kingston, is the sponsor of S.6808A, which was recently passed unanimously by the State Senate Tenders and Contracts Committee. The legislation establishes a goal that at least 15 percent of all food and food products purchased by state agencies come from New York State in the first and second years of the program, with the percentage increasing to 25% the third year.

In his legislative rationale, Hinchey wrote that the State Food Measures Act of 2013 (S.4061/A.5102) established a framework to monitor state agency food expenditures while tracking origin. food they buy. The 2013 law directs the Office of General Services and the Department of Agriculture and Markets to establish guidelines for public agencies on local food sourcing. Over the past nine years, however, no percentage target has been set.

“I am a co-sponsor of this bill with Senator Hinchey,” Borrello said during the Purchasing and Contracts Committee meeting. “She’s the chair of the Agriculture Committee and I’m the most senior member. I think this is a very important step. Especially in our schools, we should really focus on local agriculture. At breakfast we should be serving milk and grape juice, not Florida orange juice. We should focus on New York State food products. Unfortunately, we are not doing enough. I will say that part of the problem is that it is difficult to get New York State products, as a restaurant owner, through the wholesale system. This is another challenge we have to face. I think for state agencies, that’s not a problem. I think it is an excellent bill and I am happy to support it.

The committee also passed the following bills:

¯ S370A, which requires certain state-owned and operated parking lots, open parking lots and other parking facilities to install and maintain charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles. The law is passed unanimously.

¯ S6616, which establishes the Ethical Standards for State Agency Contractors Act. It passed unanimously.

¯ S8062, which exempts the review of certain contracts from the suspension of certain laws during a state disaster emergency – passed unanimously.

¯ S8145, which requires the Commissioner of the Office of General Services to compile, make public, and maintain certain state board information. There is no comprehensive public inventory of state commissions, councils, councils, task forces, or similar bodies. The Oversight, Analysis and Investigation Committee recently completed a review of over 100 legally authorized boards, task forces and commissions. The review found that only around half had online information, only 30% listed public meetings and only 45% had easily accessible contact details. The bill was passed in committee unanimously.



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Polluters don’t have a home in Providence

Providence’s “active waterfront” is the ugliest and dirtiest scene in the state of Rhode Island. Community members agree it’s time to radically reinvent how Providence uses its 100+ acres of upper Narragansett Bay frontage.

The nature of the activities carried out on the seafront is today irreconcilable with an authentic policy of climate justice. Off-gassing from valves and storage tanks and emissions from the diesel engines of trucks, trains and ships make even a day without an accident a bad day. The entire site is beyond the hurricane barrier and vulnerable to sea level rise and storm surges, making the upper part of Narragansett Bay vulnerable to environmental disasters. When we eventually experience an adverse weather event powerful enough to spill products stored at the water’s edge, the bay will be contaminated with a toxic mix of scrap metal, heating oil, jet and diesel fuel, natural gas and Other chemicals, and the neighbors most affected will be vulnerable frontline communities.

Neighboring businesses are not good partners for the city. Rhode Island waterfront tenant Recycled Metals routinely flouts Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management regulations, failing to obtain permits to operate a junkyard at a superfund site laden with toxins and carcinogens underground . Sprague Energy repeatedly fails to prevent its asphalt storage tanks from emitting harmful gases and potentially volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the surrounding community.

Additionally, Sims Metal Management received the state’s heaviest sentence ever for violations of the Clean Air Act, after being found guilty of shredding automobiles and releasing plastic, rubber and other carcinogenic materials from its Johnston plant into the lungs of its employees and neighbors. Sims operates facilities in Johnston and on the Providence waterfront.

These environmental crimes are compounded by proximity to some of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable communities. The industrial nature of the area literally suffocates its neighbors, with South Providence having some of the highest concentrations of airborne diesel particles in the state, in addition to the highest per capita population of young asthmatics in Rhode Island, according to data. of RIDOH. Any political leader who endorses the continued function of the Providence waterfront without modification also endorses the environmental racism that plays out there every day.

In addition, before leaving, polluters must be held responsible for the damage they have caused during their operation. We cannot afford to clean up tomorrow after polluters who know full well the damage they cause today.

Cities on lakes and oceans across America are realizing that their waterfronts are their most valuable assets. After burying a freeway and restoring connection to downtown, Boston’s Seaport district has transformed from a vast wasteland of abandoned docks and parking lots to one of Boston’s prime residential areas, a hotspot for Fortune 500 companies and startups, and a top destination for world travelers. Milwauk at an economical cost: done correctly, it will bring great gains.

I understand that local businesses support local jobs. Workers displaced by the relocation of polluting companies should be connected to similar employment at the growing port of Davisville, which runs on 100% renewable energy and is just 20 minutes south, or elsewhere in the area. growing Rhode Island manufacturer.

Providence has officially codified the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Unfortunately, the truth remains that we can’t just build solar panels and wind turbines to achieve that goal. We cannot allow waterfront polluters to operate and expand, and we cannot allow our leaders to choose political expediency and profit-driven myopia over transformational politics. We must act decisively to reclaim Providence’s waterfront from a handful of dirty businesses for the benefit of all who live here.

Providence needs leaders who both understand the urgent need for climate justice and have the political courage to advocate for it. Until then, Providence’s waterfront solutions will be locked away, buried under a pile of jagged cars and rusting metal.

Bradly J. VanDerStad is running for Providence City Council.


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Bay Area City is looking for a parking solution

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The Bay Area’s third-largest city by population is seeking help from IT vendors to be more comprehensive about how it bills and administers paid parking.

In a request for proposals (RFP) issued on Friday, the City of Oakland is seeking responses from companies that can help it implement a “multi-provider mobile parking payment system” that will allow visitors to pay at distance to park using their mobile phone. Among the takeaways:

  • The Oakland Department of Transportation’s Parking and Mobility Division is asking businesses to implement a “comprehensive mobile parking payment system for all current and future city-controlled paid parking areas, on-street and off the street”. The city will consider vendors that allow payment via “telephone, website, mobile software applications…and/or SMS/text messaging,” per the RFP. The system sought must, at a minimum, allow customers to remotely pay for parking “via the proponent’s free app or on the proponent’s website in the city’s approximately 11,000 metered spaces.” This number includes approximately 500 “multi-space parking meters” and 5,000 single-space meters, as well as off-street parking facilities. There is also an “optional task”, according to the RFP, for additional products or services to support “the holistic and active management of the city’s on- and off-street parking facilities”. Mobile phone parking payments accounted for approximately 13% of total parking meter payments in 2019; city ​​staff are “considering an increase” through mobile and contactless payment. The city may grant more than one “agreement/proponent” to achieve its objectives.
  • Among the City’s objectives are the search for a respondent with expertise in paid mobile parking; increase its existing parking payment options; and employing a system where meters can be added and removed, and tariffs and schedules rescheduled flexibly without downtime. Oakland also needs regular “trends, productivity, and performance” reports, improved data, and user protections consistent with its surveillance technology ordinance; and Oakland-branded materials such as signs for multi-space parking kiosks and meter stickers provided by Respondent. The city needs an “innovative” system that will support its parking and mobility goals, including its parking principles set out in Resolution #84664 and parking reforms like Oakland+.
  • Relevant experience for respondents includes “parking experience in Oakland or similar Bay Area cities” within the past five years “that will demonstrate team competence” to do the job. Qualification statements must emphasize work in Oakland “supporting multimodal parking and transportation systems, and fair and innovative parking payment systems.” Respondents will receive points for “their technical capability and demonstrable experience in providing an effective mobile parking payment system” over the past five years; an “innovative, flexible, and phased approach to supporting the city’s parking system and payments” and experience in managing similar “product or service accounts for cities with a parking and transportation system” in Oakland.
  • The duration of the contract will be five years with the option of two consecutive one-year extensions, for a total potential duration of seven years. The value of the contract must not exceed $900,000. As compensation for delivering the system, the contractor will be “allowed to charge a convenience/use fee”, subject to city approval – and which the city may “subsidize…at any time during the term of this Agreement”. The city is requesting a “combined one-time upfront payment of $190,000 from all selected consultants to contribute to the costs of setting up the new mobile parking payment system,” split equally among the selected contractor or contractors, unless the consultant is a certified local business enterprise. , in which case they must contribute 75% of their share. A pre-proposal meeting is scheduled for March 17 at 10 a.m.; Bidding questions are due by 2 p.m. on March 24. Proposals are due by 2 p.m. on April 5. The date of award is unclear.
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A brand new footbridge now connects New Delhi railway station to the metro station

Delhi now has a walkway that will allow people to move between New Delhi Railway Station and the metro station. The brand new walkway is 242 meters long and is located on the Ajmeri Gate side of the station.

According to a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation spokesperson, “The dedicated footbridge, built by DMRC in conjunction with Northern Railway, to provide seamless connectivity between the Ajmeri Gate side and adjacent New Delhi Metro stations on the Yellow Line and the airport express line.”




The brand new Skywalk is a foot over bridge connecting the Ajmeri Gate side of the station with the nearby metro station. It was built to ease traffic flow and is a convenient means of transport for those wishing to take the metro to their homes, hotels and other destinations.

Additionally, the Skywalk is also going to connect with the multi-level car park through the Bhavbhuti Marg. It was built with escalators and other facilities such as CCTV surveillance cameras.

The Delhi Metro currently connects a large number of locations across the city, as well as neighboring Noida and Gurgaon. It is the easiest mode of transport in Delhi NCR and is a preferred means of transport for many people arriving at the railway station.

According to a DMRC statement, “The structure was to be built above a functional underground metro station just three meters below, with heavy traffic on Bhavbhuti Marg. Additionally, the bridge was to be connected to two structures of pre-existing construction at far ends ensuring minimum inconvenience to people, infrastructure and other nearby buildings.

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Ukraine-Russia War News: Live Updates

MYKOLAIV, Ukraine – The quick, thud of outgoing Ukrainian artillery echoes through the heavily fortified City Hall building here in Mykolaiv, southern Ukraine, a sign of the closeness of Russian forces in their march towards west along the Black Sea coast.

The city’s mayor, Oleksandr Senkevich, dressed in army green with a pistol in his pocket, barely notices him marking Russian positions on a map. With him is Dmytro Falko, the secretary of the city council, dressed in a light body armor and carrying a Kalashnikov rifle in a tennis racket holster on his back.

The Russians are coming from the north, east and south, he said. The same forces a few days earlier had captured the town of Kherson, which lies about 40 miles east of Mykolaiv.

By mid-afternoon, he said, some Russian forces had pushed into outlying areas of the city – killing a local school principal, among others – although Ukrainian soldiers held them at bay to the moment.

After a battle on Friday evening, Ukrainian forces recaptured Mykolaiv airport, which had previously been captured by Russian troops, and raised the Ukrainian flag there, according to the Ukrainian military, which released a video of the flag and cheering troops on Twitter.

“The enemy surrounds us,” Mr. Senkevich said. “Today they are gathering troops and I think they want to attack us as soon as possible.”

Credit…Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Russian forces in northern Ukraine have bogged down and are largely immobile near the capital, Kyiv, and the country’s second-largest city, Kharkiv. But the troops in southern Ukraine are on the move.

When Russian President Vladimir V. Putin issued the order to invade last week, Russian forces left the Crimean peninsula, which the Kremlin annexed in 2014 and turned into a huge military garrison. From there they spread east, where they defeated the city of Melitopol, and converged on Mariupol, which, despite a nearly week-long siege, remained under the control of Ukrainian forces.

To the west, Russian troops pushed into the port city of Kherson, where the Russian commander informed the mayor, Ihor Kolykhaev, that he planned to establish a military administration.

On Friday, Kolykhaev said, it emerged that Ukrainian forces positioned outside the city were blocking aid trucks despite an agreement on Thursday to open a humanitarian corridor, which he attributed to poor communication. between troops in the field and their commanders.

In the meantime, he said, the Russian troops who now occupy the city – “the nice liberators”, he said sarcastically – were using the delay for their own propaganda message, publicly promising to deliver a assistance.

“First they create a critical situation, then they heroically save us in order to show the camera how everyone is thanking the ‘benefactors,'” Mr Kolykhaev said in a text message. “I give you my word, I do what I can, but I don’t know how long I can last.”

Credit…Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

While the ultimate goal of Russian troops in the southern theater is unknown, the likely goal is to take Odessa, a large city of one million people on the Black Sea. There, residents and officials are preparing day and night for an attack, building barricades of sandbags and old steel tramlines, while scanning the horizon for Russian warships approaching by sea.

But to reach Odessa by the easiest route, Russian forces will have to cross Mykolaiv and cross the single drawbridge that spans the Buh River. For safety reasons, the city ordered that the bridge remain in the raised position for most of the day, giving residents only about an hour to evacuate. On Friday, a line of cars stretched deep into the city, some of which had signs reading “children” taped to their windshields.

At the entrance to the bridge, Ukrainian troops, equipped with bulletproof vests and armed with automatic weapons, stood guard. In army green boxes next to hastily erected cinder block and sandbag bunkers were shoulder-fired anti-tank missiles supplied by Britain.

Credit…Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

If these fail to stop the Russian advance, Senkevich said, the troops have orders to blow up the bridge.

“For now, it’s not as scary as in Kharkiv or other cities,” said a woman named Nadezha, as she prepared to cross the bridge on foot. “Our guys are protecting us well and all our hope is in them,” she said, adding that her son was also a soldier.

In the early days of the fighting, a meteoric advance of Russian troops pushed into Mykolaiv but was repelled by Ukrainian forces in a fierce exchange of fire. Now the streets are largely empty except for Ukrainian troops and a few lone pensioners walking with shopping bags. Most of the city’s approximately 500,000 residents appear to have fled.

Credit…Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Across the Buh River is a neighborhood of well-appointed houses whose residents prepare to defend their property. One, who invited a reporter for tea on the condition that only his first name, Vadim, be published, showed gruesome videos friends had sent him of fights in the city. He said Russian soldiers in the area appeared to be going in groups when they came under fire. The Times could not independently verify its claim, but observers elsewhere in the country have reported similar scenes.

“People are still not completely angry,” said Vadim, who had a shotgun on his table and said he was ready to defend his property if necessary. “But if they are pushed to the limit, no one will take any more prisoners. We’re just going to shoot them.

Mr. Senkevich, the mayor, said he and his team were also ready to fight, if and when Russian forces passed. In addition to the pistol in his pocket, several automatic rifles lay in his office.

The only other things City defenders needed, Mr Senkevich said, were body armor and helmets.

“That’s the only plan, to fight until the end,” he said. “The captain leaves the ship last.”

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The downtown development mess | Mail boxes

Glenn Stewart, Livermore

In a July 7, 2016 letter to The Independent, former Mayor Marchand said: “Our greatest successes come when we work together.

In 2016, the city council chose Lennar Multifamily and Presidio to develop 8.2 acres of land without inviting the community.

The city council had already decided to build a hotel to the east (Presidio) and high-rise condominiums (Lennar) next to Blacksmith Square on the 8 acres of prime real estate without input from residents of Livermore.

The City was moving forward without a master plan and, for most of us, without consultation with planners. I assume that our former and current members of the city council have experience in urban planning.

Council member Bob Woerner proposed in June 2017 to the Town Center Development Steering Committee that a hotel and its parking lot be separated from the planning of the rest of the Town Center development site.

This is exactly what the city council approved 5 years ago.

The City has hired three consultants regarding the feasibility of a downtown hotel. Consultant #1 said they work with a hotel developer on parking needs. Consultant #2 said a hotel should engage and activate the community, have character and a fit that reflects community consensus. Consultant #3 said a 125-room hotel would need a 2,000 square foot conference room, as meeting space to fill the rooms. Rakesh Patel of Presidio said a hotel in the west or east is doable. He was asked if timing (to build a hotel quickly) was not an issue, if a hotel on the west side would work. He said yes.”

At several council meetings, residents urged the council to increase public participation through workshops. Community workshops for the downtown redevelopment began in September 2017.

The results of the workshops indicated that the majority of residents preferred a hotel on the west side, were concerned about increased traffic congestion, lack of parking, community character, open spaces, new commercial uses, facilities cultural with housing last.

In 2018, the City Council approved a massive 5-level L-Street conventional parking lot, 4.5-story Eden Housing on the west side, and a 4.5-story boutique hotel on the east side of Livermore Ave.

Did you know that openness and accountability go hand in hand with local government transparency?

How many of you reading this letter think there has been transparency from our past and present city councils?

Residents should put in place public servants, who work in the best interests of the community.

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Freezing temperatures add to Kiev’s problems as Russian troops approach Ukrainian capital

Thousands of residents are sheltering in unheated basements, underground car parks and subway stations and a sudden cold spell has blanketed the city in snow, making the situation even more difficult.

Viktoriya and his family say leaving their Kiev home to spend the night in an air raid shelter may have saved their lives.

When they returned on Tuesday morning, they found bullets had pierced two windows of their apartment overnight. One smashed a nearby electrical outlet, leaving a hole where the outlet would normally go.

“I realized there was no place I could feel safe now,” said Viktoriya, 38, who asked CNN not to use his full name. “My house is no longer my castle. All the time, something rumbles, explodes, shoots.”

And she said there’s no relief when things calm down.

“It becomes even more anxiety-provoking in moments of silence, because you know they’re not going to last,” she said.

Viktoriya says she and her family spend most of their time at the shelter because they have a little son and are worried about keeping him safe in their apartment.

Many other families with children use the shelter, she says, so they can keep each other company; adults also find it comforting to be together and share the burden of worry and the feeling of hopelessness.

“Life has completely changed in an instant and you cannot influence the situation in any way,” she said. “Now it’s not you who controls your life, but someone else. And whatever you decide: stay in Kyiv, live in the basement or go somewhere quieter, that means the same, you must leave the house.”

“The war has only lasted four days so far, but it seems like it’s been with us for an eons of time. It’s a terrible ‘Groundhog Day’ feeling,” she added.

Crucial period ahead for Kyiv as massive Russian column closes in on Ukrainian capital

People have spent hours queuing at grocery stores and pharmacies across the city since they first opened after a 36-hour curfew on Monday.

For now, the city’s main infrastructure is holding up. Electricity, heat and water are available as normal, but fears of possible supply disruptions have intensified as the Russian army closes in on the city.

The 64-kilometer-long Russian military convoy, consisting of armored vehicles, tanks, towed artillery and other logistical vehicles, has reached the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital, according to satellite images from Maxar Technologies.

US officials who were previously surprised by fierce resistance that saw ordinary citizens take up arms to fight the invasion now fear the situation will become “much more difficult” for Ukrainians.

Officials told a Monday briefing that Russia would likely besiege Kiev, leading to nasty scenes of urban warfare, one of the people familiar with the matter said.

And on Tuesday afternoon, the Russian military warned that it would carry out strikes against the facilities of the SBU – Ukraine’s State Security Agency – and the 72nd Main Center for Information and Psychological Operations. [PSO] in Kyiv.

The Russian Defense Ministry statement urged residents near some targets to “leave their homes”, Russian news agency TASS reported.

CNN’s Oleksandra Ochman contributed to this report.

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Adams must not let New York council derail promising Queens development

Astoria, Queens is a charming, historically rich, multilingual community known for its human scale, great food, and concentration of artistic talent. That is, except for a small section at the south end of Steinway Street which is mostly given over to parking lots, empty lots, and old, underutilized industrial buildings.

Nothing could be less in tune with the environment. But a proposal called QNS Innovation by a partnership of three developers — Silverstein Properties, Kaufman-Astoria Studios and Bedrock Real Estate — would bring the backwater to life with a $2 billion mixed-use resort.

But, hey, progress is hard to come by in “progressive” New York City. Mayor Eric Adams, who has yet to address the plan, must speak out strongly in favor of it. Otherwise, its stated commitment to enlightened new development will be exposed as a scam.

As is the standard form, QNS Innovation faces resistance from local eccentrics worried about “gentrification” (in an area that was gentrified long ago), “off-scale” (a pair of 26-storey buildings might as well be Billionaires’ Row cloudbusters, right?) And other evils that inhabit the minds of diehard NIMBY types.

The word “complex” suggests gigantic companies like Hudson Yards and Manhattan West. QNS innovation is a pygmy in comparison. It would consist of 12 mostly low-rise buildings spread over five sprawling blocks, with apartments, shops, cafes and cultural facilities.

It would also bring more than two acres of new public open spaces to a neighborhood that, for all its pleasures, has some of the least open spaces in the city.

Mayor Eric Adams must stand up to the city council if they try to stop QNS Innovation from being built.
Mayor Eric Adams must stand up to the city council if they try to stop QNS Innovation from being built.
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Out of 2,845 apartments, an impressive 25% would be permanently affordable. A sensible complement to Astoria’s vibrant urban mix and requiring no public subsidies or evictions, the project should be a no-brainer to bless and build.

But in New York, what’s a boon to anyone with eyes and brains is anathema to reactionary “progressives.”

Since the plan requires rezoning for buildings larger than what is currently allowed under outdated age of manufacture rules, it must go through the torturous process of uniform land use review. from the city. The seven-month public hazing, which is expected to begin in March, will be a barometer of City Hall’s vision.

It will mostly be a test of the city council, some of whose far-left, defund-the-cops members are obviously bonkers. Unfortunately, a tradition known as “member deference” gives the council member who represents a district the ability to single-handedly torpedo a sound proposal that would benefit the city as a whole.

It happened in 2020 when far-left councilman Carlos Menchaca’s pledge to vote against a microscopic rezoning of Brooklyn’s Industry City prompted developers to pull the plug.

Councilman Carlos Menchaca was able to prevent the rezoning of Industry City to Brooklyn in 2020.
Councilman Carlos Menchaca was able to prevent the rezoning of Industry City to Brooklyn in 2020.
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The anti-development fervor has also killed Amazon’s dream of a new campus in Long Island City and snuffed out other laudable dreams before they begin. Why should developers invest fortunes in planning new projects, knowing that they could fall through on complaints of insufficient trees?

Newly elected Astoria Councilor Julie Won has yet to state her position on QNS Innovation. But despite widespread support from businesses and arts organizations in the neighborhood, the plan is under attack from a predictable array of NIMBY types, including members of Queens Community Board 1.

“I think most people in the community are concerned about heights,” the head of CB1’s land use committee cried. Of course, the “concerned” locals are mainly the handful of activists who have free time and monopolize the agendas of community councils. Many would raise a stink if the buildings were 26 feet high.

Astoria City Councilwoman Julie Won has yet to announce her position on QNS Innovation.
Astoria City Councilwoman Julie Won has yet to announce her position on QNS Innovation.
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Projects that incorporate affordable apartments are often attacked for not being affordable enough to suit critics. The same moan arose about QNS Innovation. In fact, the lower-cost 725 units would be for those with an average annual income of $50,000. Nearly 300 are reserved for those earning just $33,000 a year or families of four with an annual income of $47,000.

Short of donating space in a city with the highest construction costs in the country, it’s hard to imagine how developers could be more generous.

The development team has gone the extra mile, and more, to liberate the community. He hosted meetings and presentations with local groups for more than two years — including one with CB1 last week — before the project even began the official city review process. Developers listened and responded, making changes to the size and design of several buildings.

QNS innovation deserves a quick green light. Pray that opponents of NIMBY fail to derail it for no other reason than to fulfill their own peekaboo agendas.

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Chronicle SMa.rt: Parking, density and inequality

Car park. In buildings. In the street. How important can that be? Who does it impact? And after decades of discussion, why is it still a controversial topic?

This, like several other state land use planning and urban planning policies, has the main impact of increasing inequalities.

New buildings

A number of new affordable and inclusive housing projects allow a ratio of less than 1:1 units/parking. Reducing the ratio of parking spaces per unit (or eliminating parking altogether) and “unbundling” parking allowing tenants to choose not to park at all will become commonplace.

New state laws provide for, and planning staff have openly endorsed, the idea that parking requirements should be waived entirely in new developments to pack more units. In fact, a new state bill, AB 2097, has just been introduced that eliminates the ability of local governments to either impose any minimum parking requirements or to enforce a minimum parking requirement on residential or commercial developments if the parcel is located within half a mile of public transport (i.e. bus routes).

Who benefits from this approach and these state initiatives? Investors are likely to significantly increase the profitability of these projects because they can increase the number of units in a project, proportional to the amount of parking they can eliminate. Cities can increase the new Per-Project Housing Credit to apply against state housing mandates such as the 8,895 housing target set for Santa Monica by the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) State.

What is entirely missing from this calculation, as usual, is (1) the impact on residents who would occupy insufficiently equipped parking units and (2) the overflow of cars onto the streets of the neighborhood where they are competing. space with existing residents.

Access to a better quality of life

Many discussions around this topic focus on designing an “ideal” city where cars can be optional but not required. As a legacy city centered on private transportation within a parallel legacy metropolis, Santa Monica’s design is fixed, concrete, asphalt, and steel. The usefulness of the transit network in this area is defined by private transportation. This is the only relevant scenario in the discussion of costs and benefits.

It turns out that in legacy cities like Santa Monica, the utility of the mobility afforded by parking is essential to accessing a fundamental quality of life, especially the opportunities to fully participate in career advancement and social mobility in areas like Greater Los Angeles.

According to demographer Wendell Cox, access to a car in Los Angeles provides 34 times more job opportunities than reliance on public transportation alone can provide. Access to job opportunities is fundamental to economic security. In Los Angeles County, and Santa Monica in particular, social interaction is citywide and countywide, and jobs aren’t just found along bus lanes.

Additionally, the transit utility value of private transportation is much higher for people in lower income brackets, as noted by the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies in its 2018 report prepared for the Southern California Association. of Governments (SCAG). In its conclusion, the report notes that “a car trip by a low-income household is more likely than a trip by a wealthy household to involve finding and keeping a job, accessing school or access to better health and child care options.

The UCLA report ended with the following observation:

“…some Southern Californians – the poorest among them – drive too little, and their lives and the region as a whole would be better off if they drove a little more. The low-income person who acquires a vehicle makes often less travel than a wealthy person (the car is expensive) and the trips they make are often essential, and have social benefits that outweigh their social costs A car trip by a low-income household is more likely than a trip by an affluent household to involve finding and keeping a job, getting to school, or accessing better health and childcare options.

Can public transportation replace private transportation in a legacy city like Santa Monica?

The answer seems to be a “No”. From 2010 to 2019 (before the pandemic), the total number of Big Blue Bus (BBB) ​​passenger rides decreased by 45%. The BBB suffered its biggest loss of ridership before the pandemic in 2016, when 2.1 million passenger trips were lost.

In an attempt to address the significant limitations of transit in providing a competitive and fully inclusive transit service (which includes the ability to carry goods like weekly groceries), the BBB has developed a new solution in 2017 called Mobility On-Demand Every Day Program (MODE). This program provides highly subsidized access to transportation network companies (i.e. private cars – currently Lyft) to Santa Monica residents age 65 or older or 18 with disabilities.

MODE customers enjoy a total of thirty (30) one-way rides per month, including shared Lyft and wheelchair van rides, limited to the Santa Monica city limits during specific hours of operation. Select shopping destinations on Lincoln Blvd. in Venice are included as well as some medical facilities. The program does not address the larger transportation needs of Santa Monica residents in Los Angeles County.

To replicate the fully inclusive utility of private transport would require a robust and integrated London-style multimodal transport system. Retrofitting such a system in a legacy city based on private vehicles such as Santa Monica is simply not feasible. The only Metro E (Expo) line rail extension in Santa Monica cost $100 million for each of its 15.1 miles.

What is the impact of the hypothesis of the interchangeability of public and private transport on the future of Santa Monica?

It turns out that about 45% (4,100 to 4,300) of the total 8,895 RHNA housing target assigned to Santa Monica assumes adjacency to so-called High Quality Transit Areas (HQTAs) . The bar to qualify as HQTA is very low. It is defined as areas within one-half mile of transit stations and corridors with a service interval of at least fifteen (15) minutes during peak hours for bus service.

Thus, nearly half of the RHNA allocation in Santa Monica is based on a utility assumption that is unachievable in the real world.

What about the upcoming electric vehicle charging requirements?

The lack of parking capacity ensures that these buildings will not have the capacity to eventually accept the necessary charging equipment. This couldn’t be more critical since the California Air Resources Board’s goal is to have at least 61% of new vehicle sales being electric vehicles by 2030, while 2035 is the year set for an outright ban. and simple of selling new gasoline cars in the state.

This will further deprive residents of buildings with restricted parking of the opportunity to fully participate in mainstream life and access the full range of economic opportunities.

What are the issues with using a land use planning policy for parking?

Since we are discussing parking in the context of land use planning policy, the unforced errors of this flawed parking restriction policy will also materialize, negatively impacting neighborhoods and the future of residents for decades to come. .

Real estate development in the iconic, world-branded coastal destination city of Santa Monica is inherently lucrative. Recent state land use and zoning laws have made it even more important. How then can the trade-off of improving project profitability, primarily at the expense of low- and middle-income residents and families, be a political priority?

An argument will likely be made that increased project profitability is needed to help subsidize additional affordable units. But, if the cost of these additional affordable units is increased and permanent inequality for potentially all residents of the building, then this is clearly an unacceptable trade-off.

The result of this land-use policy is such that it eliminates a well-known and valuable commodity – parking and the networked mobility options it enables – for a blatantly inadequate current alternative accompanied by a vague notion of a future improved transit structure that cannot be delivered.

Clearing up our priorities

We are heading down a path of growing inequality by adopting a housing policy that locks in discrimination against those who need highly flexible and efficient transportation options the most. We lock in the endless creation of street congestion from unbundled parking. Both are subsidies to investors at the expense of current and future residents.

Clearly, this is not a planning approach that prioritizes providing all residents with the maximum opportunity to access economic progress and engage in life.

It’s also a guaranteed route to the creation of very expensive substandard housing in a city that can no longer afford housing mistakes in its fixed 8.4 square miles. The damage done to the community by the substandard housing created by adequate parking will last for generations.

By Marc L. Verville for SMa.rt (Santa Monica Architects for a Responsible Tomorrow).

Thane Roberts, Architect, Robert H. Taylor AIA; Ron Goldman FAIA, architect; Dan Jansenson, Architect, Building, Fire and Life Safety Commission; Samuel Tolkin Architect; Mario Fonda-Bonardi, AIA, urban planning commissioner; Marc L. Verville MBA, CPA (inactive); Michel Jolly, AIRRE

Note: Marc lived in central London from 1992 to 2000.

The references:

Lower transit ridership: California and Southern California

A report prepared by the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) – January 2018
https://scag.ca.gov/sites/main/files/file-attachments/its_scag_transit_ridership.pdf

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The streets with the most parking fines in Watford

Watford Borough Council earned nearly £24,000 from single-street parking fines last year, an inquest has found.

Leavesden Road was by far the hottest route for charges with 792 issued between January 2021 and January 2022 – generating at least £2,000 most months.

Percy Road near the city center was second with just over £14,000 from 477 tickets, followed by nearby Rosslyn Road, which racked up £13,000 from 470 charges.

A Freedom of Information request revealed WBC made just under £162,000 in total from 27,368 charges during the period.

Check how much money your street made

Unsurprisingly, the first five streets were also made up of roads close to the city center – Francis Road (382) and King Street (365).

Other roads subject to charges include Queens Street near Watford General, which fetched over £3,000, as well as nearby Whippendell Road (£4,600).

Councilor Ian Stotesbury, holder of the transport portfolio, said: “Illegal parking in controlled parking areas is a big frustration for local residents and tickets are only issued when people make the decision to park where they should not.

“Money received from the fines is only used to invest in parking and traffic improvements throughout the city, such as more bicycle parking facilities, the provision of electric vehicles and improving the estate public.”

Breakdown of parking fees by street

He added that of the tickets issued, only 10 had been appealed to the Traffic Penalty Court – which he said was a good indicator that the app was working and protecting the spaces.

Cllr Stotesbury continued: “Parking can be a challenge in some parts of Watford which is why it is so important to look at different ways of getting around the city, including initiatives such as bike schemes and bus or a Watford automobile club.

“Our recent consultation on our new sustainable transport strategy shows that there is a desire to look at greener travel options and we are now exploring how we can move these forward.”

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Sandy Springs is looking to spend more on trees

Sandy Springs expects to have over $1 million in its Tree Fund, so staff have proposed planting and education ideas to the city council to improve the city’s tree canopy.

Sandy Springs could increase educational activities, tree plantings and possibly hire an urban forester according to recommendations on how to use a tree fund that has reached $920,000 and is expected to generate an additional $300,000 in revenue this year . Typically, $150,000 is spent annually from the fund.

Kayaks on the Morgan Falls Overlook Park Trail next to the Chattahoochee River

The city’s Tree Fund was created to replace the tree canopy or for its preservation, Catherine Mercier-Baggett, the city’s sustainability officer, said at a February 15 city council meeting.

Councilman Andy Bauman asked if the city should review its tree conservation ordinance and system of fines for violations.

The clearcut is affecting his district, council member TIbby Dejulio said. He said more education, enforcement and review by an arborist might be needed.

The tree discussion comes just weeks after residents spoke out at a council meeting in January, saying the city did not have a strict enough tree ordinance.

Current uses of the fund include planting trees in city projects, parks and facilities. The funds also pay for a survey of all public trees.

Additionally, a program with Trees Atlanta plants trees on the right-of-way and front yard of residents’ homes. Trees Atlanta provides three trees per property.

“There are some restrictions, but in general most homeowners can get up to three trees planted by Trees Atlanta for free, thanks to Tree Funds. So if you have any interested neighbors let us know,” she said.




As part of a maintenance plan, the city also uses funds for the maintenance of public trees.

“The latest initiative we’re paying for with the Tree Fund is invasive species control in our public parks,” Mercier-Baggett said.

A dedicated person visits the parks and tends to English ivy, kudzu and other invasive species.

She presented several pilot programs recommended by staff:

  • Property acquisition
  • Maintenance of emblematic trees
  • Plant on private property
  • Educational activities

Mayor Rusty Paul, Councilman John Paulson, and other members of council have found it useful to adopt educational activities such as those in Atlanta and Decatur.

The staff recommended a dedicated educational program including seminars on tree selection and care, pruning classes, invasive plant removal workshops and volunteer events, activities with children and a celebration of the Arbor Day.

“The education project, I think, is crucial. A lot of people don’t understand how important it is to get rid of these invasive species,” Paul said. “Not only do they damage trees, but here we have a real problem with copperhead bitten pups because English ivy is just a breeding ground for snakes.”

Sandy Springs could copy the way Atlanta, Decatur, and Peachtree City acquire properties with at least 75% canopy cover, old growth forests, or sensitive habitats such as wetlands, steep slopes, or habitats for endangered species. Endangered.

“They would not be developed as an active park. But there could be light recreation that has a light footprint, like trails,” Mercier-Baggett said.

Under cost-sharing with landowners, the City could manage the upkeep of signature trees, either hardwoods 27 inches in diameter at breast height or pine trees 30 inches in diameter. The city would provide 25% of maintenance funds to a maximum of $1,000 every four years and the owner 75%. The maintenance plan for each marker tree would be based on the treatment plan of a certified arborist.

The board was a little less enthusiastic about cost sharing for planting on private property.

In this pilot program, the city would provide trees, soil and plantings, with the owner responsible for site preparation. Equity planting would concern multi-family units whose households earn less than 80% of the area median income (AMI). Single-family properties with less than 80% AMI would also be part of the program.

Non-residential properties such as legal and non-compliant parking lots would be included.

Councilor Melody Kelley asked what kind of guardrails would be in place to ensure the homeowner does their part and doesn’t just remove the trees later.

Mercier-Baggett said those details have been ironed out, but the city could enter into a contract with the owner that if the tree is damaged in any way through the fault of the owner, he will have to then repay the funds or replant it.

“I would need to hear a lot more about private ownership initiatives because I think it’s a slippery slope. And especially the apartments are bought and sold for crazy sums, ”said council member Jody Reichel.

In order for the city to come in and plant trees, she hoped the new owners would maintain the property.

Mercier-Baggett also said staff recommend hiring an urban forestry coordinator to oversee and manage all Tree Fund programs. The position could also provide the arborist for the Community Development Department.

“Right now, our community development arborist is working full-time on permit review, which means there is a gap. There is a need for our public projects,” she said.

Staff will continue to develop details of pilot projects to bring back for discussion.







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Saugus Middle High School, built in Suffolk and designed by HMFH, has been awarded LEED Platinum certification

Photo credit: Robert Benson Photography

BOSTON– Saugus Middle High School, built in Suffolk and designed by HMFH Architects, has received LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council, making it the first publicly funded project by the Massachusetts School Building Authority to achieve the most high level of LEED. certification.

Together with PMA Consultants, HMFH and Suffolk have both led a collaborative and holistic approach to achieving Saugus’ ambitious sustainability goals. The team delivered a facility that serves its environment and occupants while fulfilling the city’s vision of an innovative, climate-resilient and healthy building.

“I am pleased to share with the community that the Town of Saugus is once again making its mark in history by being the first MSBA project to achieve LEED Platinum certification. Special thanks to the project team who helped us achieve this incredible rating – PMA Consultants, HMFH Architects and Suffolk,” said Scott Crabtree, Town Manager of Saugus.

Key elements of building sustainability include the following:

Energetic efficiency : Saugus Middle High School uses a combined heat and power system known as tri-generation. On-site power generation significantly reduces operational carbon emissions and eliminates emissions associated with generation from regional sources, while using waste heat for space heating, domestic hot water heating and utility cooling. local. Continuously running generators improve resilience by ensuring that emergency systems will be operational when most needed.

Water conservation: Three 30,000-gallon underground cisterns collect water for reuse while rain gardens located in the school’s parking lots filter site runoff and mitigate heat island effects. Combined with the use of low-flow plumbing fixtures, these measures reduce the building’s annual water consumption by 45%.

Air quality and ventilation: Located Less than 300 feet from a busy six-lane highway, the new facility meets the challenge of providing optimum air quality with rooftop mechanical air handlers positioned with their air intakes facing away from the highway and prevailing winds. This allows displacement ventilation systems to distribute clean air throughout the interior, bringing 20% ​​more fresh air into low-velocity spaces without the costs and typical acoustic distractions associated with conventional mechanical systems.

Equity: The new school represents a transformation of Saugus Public Schools to reflect the city’s vision for innovative and equitable facilities. Creating a welcoming, accessible and inclusive environment for all was essential to the success of the design. All-gender washrooms are conveniently located and used by faculty and students. Specialty teaching spaces feature dimmable LED fixtures, giving teachers the ability to adjust light intensity and color temperature to help modulate behavior and respond to light sensitivity. A special classroom on the third floor provides designated space for medically fragile community members with exceptional views and access to a rooftop classroom.

Saugus Middle High School represents a visible commitment to ensuring that the next generation of students will be stewards of their community and environment. In addition to its LEED Platinum certification, Saugus Middle High School has been recognized by many respected award programs for its success and innovation in design and construction:

Engineering News Pack Best New England Regional Projects 2021 – Best K-12 Education Project

Learning by design Educational Institutions 2021 – Grand Prize

American school and university 2021 Architectural Portfolio Award – Outstanding Project.

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Three key takeaways from Sounders’ new training center

RENTON, Wash. — As the Seattle Sounders prepare to enter their 14th season in MLS, there’s no question they’re considered one of the most ambitious clubs in the league. During that time, no team has claimed more points, won more trophies or attracted more fans.

But majority owner Adrian Hanauer has often spoken of a nagging feeling that despite all of the Sounders’ accomplishments, they never really had a proper home.

Despite all the obvious positive attributes of Lumen Field, the Sounders are very obviously tenants of someone else’s building. Similarly, the Starfire Sports Complex has served the Sounders very well, but it’s also a shared facility that has been doubled over many times by most other MLS teams’ facilities.

The recently unveiled plans for the Sounders FC Center in Longacres will certainly change that.

“It will definitely be a gold standard, but this league has really evolved since we entered in 2009,” Hanauer said. “I wouldn’t exactly call it an arms race, but there’s a lot of investment in infrastructure. And we want to be in the lead as much as possible.

While the Sounders haven’t shared exactly how much they’re willing to spend on the new facility, it will almost certainly be the biggest investment the property has made. The Sounders will only occupy part of the 150-acre campus, but they will have room to add at least four full-size pitches (two natural grass and two artificial grass) with the possibility of adding a fifth that will could even serve as a stadium for Defiance.

A lot was discussed at Wednesday’s event. Here are the main takeaways:

The first thing you notice when driving to the future home of the Sounders is that Boeing knew what they were doing when they built it. Unlike most 1990s architecture, it feels like it was built to last with massive glass windows and soft corners.

The interior was even more impressive. The Sounders had apparently considered building something from scratch on the west side of the property, but were stunned to find the bones of what they needed were already in the old Boeing headquarters.

Visitors enter a large, airy lobby and are greeted by a display case containing 14 trophies, including the Sounders’ two MLS Cups and four US Open Cups. Behind it is a three-story wall with dozens of scarves, including two made by Sounder at Heart.

The ground floor of the five-story building is where the public and players will spend most of their time. There will be state-of-the-art dressing rooms for the first team, MLS Next Pro, and academy players which will open onto the main training ground. In the locker room, there will be a modern weight room and training area, as well as the type of locker room that world-class players have come to expect.

There will also be kitchens on site for the first time. Although the Sounders have been reasonably good at providing catered meals, there is only a limited amount of variety that can be offered.

While I’ve never heard of the Sounders losing anyone because they weren’t impressed enough with Starfire, the facility had become a running joke among gamers about being the “secret the Best Kept” of the MLS. I don’t think that will really be a problem anymore.

Perhaps not so visibly, the new facility will also make it easier to recruit non-gaming employees. The Sounders currently plan to occupy approximately 50,000 square feet of the building, but have the capacity to expand well beyond that. Either way, that’s a lot more than the combined square footage they had in their old trade offices at Pioneer Square and Starfire, and I think they’ll have an even easier time attracting the best and the brightest. .

While it’s unlikely that the general public will just be able to come in whenever they want like they could at Starfire – which is technically a public park – Hanauer has made it clear that he sees the Sounders FC Center as a place where fans would be welcome. The names of season ticket holders were wrapped around the pillars outside the building, a not-so-subtle illustration that they are the backers of this organization.

Beyond the impressive entrance, souvenirs are already scattered on the first floor. The larger display is two display cases showcasing various jerseys from throughout the Sounders’ existence, spanning the NASL, USL and MLS eras. Nothing is finalized yet, but there are currently discussions with Washington State Legends of Soccer to have some kind of museum on site.

Renders feature a second-floor viewing deck where fans, media, coaches and front office staff can easily watch practice sessions.

Hanauer even suggested they might be able to open up the space for viewing parties, and even joked about hoping to secure the huge 10ft TV screen they used during the press conference.

Longacres, as you probably know, is a huge property. In the building the Sounders plan to occupy alone, there will be at least 200,000 square feet of office space available for other businesses. The entire 150-acre property includes nearly one million square feet of “Class A commercial” office space, much of which is essentially move-in ready.

Beyond the training ground there is a one kilometer walking path, an apple orchard, two ponds and surprisingly rich public transport access. On one visit, it was noted that it was only a four-minute walk along the trail from the future offices of the Sounders to the train station that connects passengers to Tacoma and downtown. from Seattle. There is already a RapidRide bus that runs from Tukwila light rail station to Renton Landing and eventually there will be another line that will go to Bothel, Lynwood and Shoreline. King County Executive Dow Constantine even said SoundTransit is exploring the possibility of extending the light rail line from West Seattle through Renton to the Eastside.

While this all seems like a stretch if the Sounders Training Center were the main attraction, it’s important to note that Unico Properties plans to build up to 3,000 multi-family units here, a certain percentage of which is pledged to cost control. .

It’s not at all hard to imagine restaurants and other amenities springing up around these units that help make it a true destination.


The hope is that it will be ready in time for the 2024 pre-season, which means work will have to start very quickly. The last grass can start to be planted in July 2023, which means the Sounders have about 17 months to prepare the ground. This will involve cutting down a lot of trees, demolishing a lot of parking spaces and having everything approved by the various government entities. It’s an exciting time.

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Parkopedia joins the Navigation Data Standard Association for automotive-grade indoor navigation

Connected vehicle service provider Parkopedia has joined the Navigation Data Standard (NDS) Association, the global standard for map data in automotive ecosystems.

The NDS Association aims to provide a leading global map standard for automotive-grade use that can be widely used in the navigation industry and adopted globally by major navigation map vendors, while by being interoperable between navigation platforms and by providing “live”, up-to-date maps.

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To support the adoption of the navigation standard and achieve its goals, NDS supports projects by providing tools and support, while constantly developing the technical standards involved and growing the association.

Parkopedia’s innovative data collection technology includes proprietary software, computer vision and AI to provide detailed parking information such as cost, hours of operation, parking restrictions and parking status. EV charger, for more than 70 million parking spaces in 89 countries.

Staff, including PhD students, conduct modeling research to create the company’s dynamic service, which predicts parking or charger availability at the driver’s estimated time of arrival in real time, while a integrated payment platform allows drivers to pay for parking, as well as EV charging, refueling and tolls, all through a single sign-on account through their vehicle’s infotainment screen.

Parkopedia also creates high-definition indoor parking maps and related technology to enable end-to-end map-based navigation in parking lots and precise location of indoor services, such as electric vehicle charging stations, as well as than Automated Valet Parking (AVP) in the future – all without GPS requirements.

The navigation experience for drivers currently ends at the entrance to any indoor or underground parking lot due to the lack of GPS. Parkopedia’s indoor mapping service provides both navigation and location data needed for connected and automated services, such as next-generation driver convenience and mobility services as a service (MaaS).

In 2020, Parkopedia successfully demonstrated AVP with HD maps of indoor car parks using vision-based location techniques based on artificial landmarks (fiducial markers). Now the company uses natural landmarks to guide drivers to the most likely available parking spot, while minimizing overall travel time by optimizing a multi-modal route and enabling navigation to vehicle charging stations. “hidden” electrics and find apps from my car. .

Locating vehicles in indoor parking lots also allows for more than just parking. Industries such as car sharing and the repurposing of sections of the parking lot for multiple uses, spanning last mile green delivery networks, shadow kitchens and e-commerce applications, such as direct to trunk delivery, will thrive with the mass introduction of indoor location.

Martin Schleicher, President of the NDS Association, says, “A well-adopted, global map data standard is critical to driving collaborative innovation and sharing data securely and reliably. We are delighted that Parkopedia is now on board to achieve this important goal as we move towards the mobility of the future.

Dr. Brian Holt, CTO at Parkopedia, adds: “Every car journey begins and ends with parking. Parkopedia’s services can help minimize driving time, costs, hassles and worries. At the same time, parking remains an essential element of in-vehicle navigation systems, therefore, parking remains a top priority within the NDS association. Unfortunately, the current navigation experience ends at the entrance to parking facilities, leaving drivers far from their intended final destination. Parkopedia’s HD maps will extend the indoor navigation experience and provide the gateway to self-parking and its associated benefits in the future.

Parkopedia’s HD maps will now conform to global NDS specifications, such as data model, storage format, interfaces and protocols, enabling easy adoption by vehicle manufacturers for in-vehicle navigation, ADAS security systems and e-horizon, and, as a member of the NDS Association, Parkopedia can now use NDS tools and technologies in all future parking and charging innovation projects.

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Tyrrellspass GAA secures grant for new development

Groundbreaking for new facility development at Tyrrellspass GAA (left to right) Shane Arthur, Vice President; Joanne Gavigan, club secretary; and Ger Egan, senior footballer.

Tyrrellspass GAA celebrates securing nearly €84,000 in grants through the government’s Sports Capital and Equipment scheme. Over 3,000 applications were submitted under the most recent scheme, so there is a huge sense of accomplishment for Tyrrellspass GAA as one of the lucky clubs to receive a stipend this time.

Tyrrellspass GAA has received full planning permission to develop new facilities to meet the growing needs of the club. A new lighted playground, a lighted AstroTurf field, a youth training ground, a community walking track and parking facilities are all planned.

The ambitious 10-acre development next to the existing football ground will be delivered in four phases over five years.

The first phase, to clear and fill the land, is complete. It will include grading and drainage works, the seeding of the main pitch this spring and the construction of a 1200 meter walking track.

The second phase is the delivery of training grounds, fencing and parking facilities; the third phase is the construction of an all-weather AstroTurf field; and the final phase is the construction of club buildings such as changing rooms, kitchen and sanitary facilities.



Joe Daly, new chairman of Tyrrellspass GAA, said: “We are very excited as a club about the development, and we are delighted to hear that we have been successful in securing sports capital funding.

“This is exactly what we needed to start building the new football pitch.

“We understand the scale of what we have undertaken and know it will take time and investment, but we are determined as a club to bring this project to life. community that has always shown the strength and determination to stick together when a job is worthwhile.

“We want to increase our success and expand our facilities to meet our needs as a club and as a community in the future and we are committed to doing so.

“Now let the progress continue”.

Kay Slevin, President of Tyrrellspass GAA Ground Development, added: “As a club, we have worked hard to put in place a development plan for our facilities. There has been a huge amount of work so far, both on the construction and on planning the financing of the project. Receiving this sports capital grant has made the hard work so worthwhile.

“It will give us even more energy and enthusiasm to continue the work in progress. I’m sure club members and the community will be thrilled with this good news as well.

Joe concluded: “Tyrellspass GAA would like to wholeheartedly thank everyone who has supported this development and donated to date. We hope to gather as many followers as possible throughout this exciting journey to grow.

For more information on how to get involved or donate, visit www.tyrrellspassgaa.com.

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Pinnacle of his life: Former Nevada City mayor Conley S. Weaver, 88, dies

Conley S. Weaver left the building.

On October 18, Weaver died peacefully at his Nevada City home, the Red Castle, with his wife, Mary Louise, by his side. Conley was 88 years old.

As one of 16 children, he was born and raised in Sacramento. He attended Sacramento Junior College, then earned a degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley in 1957. He worked his way through college working three jobs. A favorite saying was “Go bears!” He loved architectural drawing and excelled in this field. He honed this skill at Berkeley, long before the days of CAD (computer-aided design) drawings. He often said, “Architecture starts right here in the brain, then it goes down to your arm, then down to your fingertips and onto paper.



After Cal, he attended the Naval Officer Academy in Rhode Island. As a Navy Lieutenant JG, he served at Mare Island Naval Shipyard from 1957 to 1960. There he designed and supervised the construction of facilities to build and repair nuclear submarines and naval vessels.

In 1956 Conley married Mary Louise Holland. It was a good match, which lasted 65 years. They loved living in Oakland. Conley enjoyed golfing at Claremont Country Club. He was a great golfer all his adult life.



Another passion was singing. He had been singing bass since his college days with a jazz quartet. More recently he sang locally with the New Orpheum Jazz Quartet with Allan Haley, Steve Tassone and John Darlington.

He was licensed to practice in California, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona and Texas, and was based in San Francisco. Conley once said, “When I assume room temperature, the only thing I want to take with me is my architect’s license.”

In San Francisco, he designed and supervised the construction of the Foremost McKesson Tower/Crocker Plaza, One Market Plaza, Pacific Gateway Tower and Fifty California Street Tower. This is the super short list.

With its own firms, Primiani-Weaver AIA, and the Weaver Architectural Group, their footprints are major and numerous. They designed and supervised the construction of office buildings, public buildings, shopping malls, large bank stores and parking lots. His work features prominently in the San Francisco skyline, with nine major skyscrapers among them.

He was the main architect of the reconstruction of the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. It was built for the 1916 Panama-Pacific Exposition to house and display works of art. Designed by Bernard Maybeck, it was only to last a few years. Conley commissioned sculptor Beniamo Bufano to make molds of the intricate features of this structure, to accurately and perfectly replicate its stunning, delicate detail and beauty during reconstruction. He oversaw this project from 1964 to 1974. It is the only remaining building from this exposition.

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He and his wife Mary Louise made many forays into Nevada City while living and working in the Bay Area. A favorite lodging place was the Red Castle. Eventually they purchased this Gothic Revival style brick building and continued its operation as their first bed and breakfast until 2001. In retirement, they used it simply as their home.

Conley served as Nevada City Planning Commissioner and was elected to the Nevada City Council in 2002. His extensive professional experience and knowledge have made positive differences for this small gold rush town of 3,000 inhabitants.

One example: Then-City Manager Beryl Robinson eventually acquired a former Forest Service equipment yard on Commercial Street to build a sizable parking lot. Robinson thought there were a few spaces missing. Weaver redesigned it overnight, adding needed spaces and amenities. He has served the city very well ever since.

“Conley was a major asset to Nevada City,” Robinson said. “The combination of his architectural expertise and love of history made him an excellent fit for our city.”

Nevada City Hall is a WPA Modern Art project built in 1937. When it needed major upgrades, Weaver stepped in as the coordinating architect. Together with their fellow architects, Bruce Boyd and Gary Harr, they designed it and oversaw the reconstruction. In 2004, Nevada City won the prestigious Historic Preservation Award from the Art Deco Society of California.

He was also the coordinating architect for the Nevada City Railroad Museum and served as mayor when the city acquired Sugarloaf. He guided the construction of Union Street’s Robinson Plaza, a major public gathering space.

In 2002, a significant 1800s building on North Pine Street was completely destroyed by fire. It housed a large business, Friar Tucks Restaurant and Bar. Weaver became the town’s liaison to expedite plans, approvals, and construction while retaining its character and historic authenticity. In just 14 months it was completed, historically accurate and reopened for business.

Conley considered his final career, the contribution of his service as mayor of Nevada City, to be the pinnacle of his life. He proudly drove a car with license plates, “Alcalde”, Spanish for mayor, and loved people asking him what it meant.

Conley is survived by his wife, Mary Louise, and their daughter, Sydney Weaver.

Paul Matson lives in Nevada City. He is a member of the editorial board of The Union

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SLO representative changes plans for new theater and asks for money amid rising costs | News | San Luis Obispo

Skyrocketing construction costs have put San Luis Obispo Repertory Theater’s long-discussed plans for a new downtown performing arts center out of reach.

Now, SLO Rep is revising his project design and asking the City of SLO for a $3.94 million boost to help him get to the finish line.

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  • Courtesy of SLO Representative and City of Slo
  • RISE IN COSTS The price of a new SLO Repertory Theater in downtown SLO has doubled in recent years, prompting design changes and a new fundraising plan.

“We were determined not to abandon the project,” SLO Representative Senior Artistic Director Kevin Harris and Board Chair Pam Nichter wrote in a joint letter to the city last month. “We are seeking your approval for a $3.94 million challenge grant from one-time funds to ensure the construction of a new SLO Performance Theater.”

At its February 15 meeting, the SLO City Council will consider setting aside funds for the SLO Representative, whose proposed theater is on city property and has been planned in tandem with a new city parking lot at the corner of Palm and Nipomo streets, which will soon sprout.

The $3.94 million is available as part of a “fund balance” — or year-end savings from the prior fiscal year, according to city officials.

“The city sees this as a great opportunity to support the downtown economy, and it’s another way to move forward on economic recovery and resilience,” said Whitney Szentesi, SLO’s public communications manager, in an e-mail of February 9 to new times.

Originally planned as a three-story, 22,000 square foot building with two theaters, rehearsal spaces, classrooms, offices, and more, SLO Rep is narrowing its vision after a recent study showed the price had nearly doubled from $9.5 million to $18. million, due to “various delays”. The cost is “beyond the fundraising ability of SLO Rep,” according to Harris and Nichter.

“This price represents a cost per square foot that would likely set a record for downtown construction,” reads the SLO representative’s letter to the city.

In December 2021, the SLO Rep Board approved a new design for the theatre, which preserves the goal of building a 205-seat main theater and a 99-seat “black box theatre” downtown, but moves offices, costume and set construction facilities, classrooms and off-site rehearsal spaces to a building on Empleo Street, at the former headquarters of People’s Self-Help Housing.

The cost of this project is currently projected at $14.3 million, and SLO Rep says it has raised $5.6 million to date, with assurances that it can eventually reach $10.4 million. dollars in fundraising. The city grant would make up the difference, Harris and Nichter said.

“This plan presents a clear path to completing a critical pillar of SLO’s Cultural District at a cost significantly less than $18 million,” their letter read. “It also offers significantly more functionality and programming. … Notably, it will allow SLO Rep to exponentially expand its educational programming at least two years earlier than originally planned.”

Appealing to the city, SLO Rep argued that its new “two-site” plan is embraced by the project’s donors and that the theater will be an economic and cultural engine for the city “for decades to come” once ended.

“Once fully operational, the new theater would deliver 324 shows per year on 176 dates, generating an economic impact of more than $3 million per year,” Harris and Nichter said. “For a relatively modest investment, the city would be able to complete a large central portion of its downtown concept plan.”

The letter also pointed out that the city will ultimately own the theater as a community asset. If it advances on schedule, the theater will open to the public in 2027. Δ

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The school awaits the response of the MSBA

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School District (MVRHS) is awaiting a response from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) regarding admission into its building program.

Two separate letters, one issued by MVRHS and the other issued by the City of Oak Bluffs, were sent to the MSBA in hopes of being accepted into their core program, which could provide up to 40 million dollars of subsidized public financing for a loan by the shovel. school construction project. The authority also has a wealth of knowledge and experience supporting school districts through the planning and construction process, and would be a valuable resource to the school.

The MVRHS committee has applied to the MSBA for each of the past six years seeking support to replace the 63-year-old high school. Recently, the process has been hampered by a long-standing issue among Island cities — the regional funding formula.

When Superintendent Matt D’Andrea traveled to towns across the island seeking support for a letter to send to the MSBA saying the towns would work in good faith to complete a feasibility study for a project school building, Oak Bluffs said he wants to send his own letter. In it, officials express concern that the existing funding formula for capital projects (the costs of which are split between cities) gives Oak Bluffs the end of the stick because they have a rate of higher attendance per student in high school, and therefore bears the brunt of the cost.

The current FY23 funding formula allocates 28.3% of the budget to Oak Bluffs, 26.9% to Tisbury, 23.5% to Edgartown, 14.3% to West Tisbury, 5% to Chilmark and 2% at Aquinnah.

At Monday’s MVRHS school committee meeting, D’Andrea said the sending of the two letters sent the message that the cities were somewhat divided on the formula, although Oak Bluffs conveyed the level of need. of a new school.

“I haven’t had a definitive answer from them on where we are. I think it would be great if we as a group, the school committee and the school administration could talk of how we’re going to move forward,” D’Andrea said. “Whether or not we get into the MSBA this year, we’re going to have to take action, and I think that’s going to have to start with people in this room.”

According to committee chair Amy Houghton, the school has two options: either propose an amendment to the regional agreement to provide the cities with a funding formula that would make it more acceptable to all member cities, or they continue to meet with all the communes in the hope of bringing them together and getting along.

“It’s a community that can come together as a collective, and hopefully the school committee can lead the way,” Houghton said. “If we had some kind of amendment to propose, we would put it in front of every city. Could the selection boards say they refuse to put it on the mandate? I suppose they could, but I hope not.

D’Andrea said that ultimately voters will decide whether or not they’re willing to change the formula, either for a one-time project or a permanent change.

Historically, D’Andrea said, when cities try to work together to find a formula, “people tend to get stubborn.” The school committee will have a separate meeting outside of their regular meeting time to discuss the way forward.

Lots of melodies

Representatives of the Beach Road Weekend music festival appeared before the school committee to request the use of two parking lots for the duration of the event, which runs from August 26 to August 28.

The two parking lots that are part of the application are the Performing Arts Center (PAC) lot, which contains approximately 122 parking spaces, and the sports field, which has approximately 96 spaces. MVRHS facilities manager Mike Taus said he drafted a list of conditions that protect the school and ensure the safety of anyone on the property.

Taus said that in order to reduce congestion at the entry and exit points of each lot, shuttles coming and going from the event and the high school’s satellite parking lots should enter the drop-off area located directly in front of the main Entrance. Taus added that there will be no interior access to the school building, although three porta potties (which would be cleaned daily) for each car park would be provided by festival organizers.

To prevent non-festival attendees from parking at the school, Taus suggested that festival organizers provide two or more parking attendants for each lot. Attendants would also be responsible for picking up trash at the end of the day and after the event. Taus also wants to see trestles on the back of the PAC so people can’t park in the back of the building near the gym grounds, if the request is approved by the committee.

Festival organizers will have to pay a nonprofit organization fee of around $800 ($100 per day, per lot), according to Taus, and will have to pay for any police details that are needed when the event filter on main roads.

Peter Sawyer of Innovation Arts & Entertainment, the promoter of the event, said they had no problem paying the policy details and were prepared to provide full proof of insurance to the school.

Adam Epstein, the company’s CEO, said the high school is an ideal location to house satellite pitches for Beach Road Weekend because of its central location and spacious parking lots. “Adding the optional high school grounds will make a big difference in our goal of reducing festival-related traffic and will help clear congestion at Five Corners and surrounding roads,” Epstein said.

He noted that festival organizers are taking steps to make the whole process as efficient and stress-free as possible, such as using pre-purchased parking passes, no tailgating anywhere on the school grounds and the installation of signs prohibiting the consumption of drinks in the car park. . There will be liability insurance worth $2 million naming the school and any other parties requested as additional insureds, Epstein said, and all parking proceeds from the operation will go to the nonprofit group. lucrative Friends of the Martha’s Vineyard Concert Series as a tax-deductible donation. .

School officials did not vote and will return to this discussion at their next meeting.

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Growing Demand of the Global Parking Barriers Market 2022-2029, FAAC, Nice, Came – The Grundy Register

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Best parking services with cheap prices near Seattle Tacoma Airport

It is always the best decision to travel abroad or to your country to refresh and create. It will leave a good impression on your nerves and help you avoid the monotonous routine of life. But if you prefer your travel by plane, it will save your time and provide you with a comfortable trip without any travel hassle.

Usually the airport is not built near the crowded space and you need to drive to the airport to manage your flight in time. But the question is where to park your vehicle to ensure the safety and security of the car. It’s not child’s play to incur parking fees that can ruin your travel budget and worry you a bit. Parking at a lower price with the best quality of services is always a demanding thing for people.

SeaTac International Airport

Seattle Tacoma International Airport is also known as SeaTac Airport and is located approximately 14 miles from Seattle, 18 miles from Tacoma in SeaTac, WA. It is considered the largest airport in the Pacific region of the United States. It is the most commercially profitable airport in the United States as it offers flights all over the United States like flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Dallas. Moreover, it also offers flights to Asia, Europe and the Middle East due to its commerciality.

It is experiencing economic growth day by day and becoming a commercial hub for the United States as several people travel from this airport across the country and around the world. Traffic at the airport is increasing day by day, indicating positive economic progress. It is the busiest airport in the United States, and the nearby area contains hotels and parking spaces to serve people.

SeaTac Airport Parking Availability

Parking availability is a significant concern for people traveling overseas or domestically. You can receive Seattle Airport Parking facilities by sitting at home and getting services from parking companies like Parkon. No doubt SeaTac airport has its parking lot or avenue. Yet, due to excessive traffic and saturation of people’s vehicles, it is difficult to park one’s car at SeaTac airport, which may cause more financial problems.

Different companies offer parking spaces near SeaTac airport with other packages. But it’s a tough decision to make when parking your car, and there’s nothing you can do about it instead of paying a high parking rate. It is therefore imperative to do a complete search on car parks, avenues and their prices.

Online parking services

It is a technological age; everyone wants to enjoy better facilities these days with the evolution of technology. It used to be that you had to physically move around to book your flights or your parking space, but today it’s a piece of cake to secure your parking avenue according to your online budget. An online platform like Parkos allows you to get the best parking services with low prices and 100% security assurance.

Using online services, you can easily book your parking space by selecting the time and duration of parking. If you have your car, you can reserve your parking avenue and drive to the available space, then you can come to the airport for your flight through the shuttle services provided by the parking companies. It will save you time and you won’t have to queue for your parking turn. Use innovative ways to get better facilities by choosing online car parks.

How can Parkos help provide parking facilities?

It is an online platform that assists you by comparing parking rates with different companies and selecting the best economical, sustainable and quality parking area for you. You don’t have to worry about high parking rates; you need to visit the website, select the “arrival and departure” dates and click on the search button. You will get the list of parking avenues based on your flight time with cheaper rates than competitors.

Our experts ensure that people will get what they are looking for, and experts select the best avenue near the airport to catch your flight on time without any difficulty.

What services can Parkos provide?

Many services are provided by Parkos to ensure the best quality and facilities offered to customers. Some of the services include:

  • Provide parking avenues near Sea-Tac Airport
  • Provide the full parking space inspection facilities
  • Keep the flight schedule up to date
  • Compare the rates of different parking companies
  • Ensure the best quality parking services for customers
  • Provide minimum distance from airport to parking as less than 20km
  • Offer free cancellation services 24 hours before departures
  • Support you with experienced experts to solve your problems
  • Offer parking at low prices

The services solve your parking problems, and now you can go to the airport and park your car for a short and long time and enjoy unlimited fun while going abroad or within the country. The parking company will not apply taxes or additional fees.

What are the best low-cost parking spaces near Sea-Tac Airport?

It is a difficult task to select the cheapest parking avenue at Sea-Tac airport, and you have to move physically to get price and facility information. But Parkos saves you time by updating parking lots and prices. You can book parking online by visiting the site and do not need to physically go to the parking lot. At time of booking, you can drive your car and park by entering car details for a digitally saved profile so you can collect your car when you return to Sea-Tac Airport.

Some parking places near SeaTac offer their services at low prices to ensure the best quality, low prices, good location, shuttle services, maintenance and security facilities. These include:

  • Sea Tac Crest Motor Inn
  • Econo Lodge (WED)
  • Motel 6 (SEA)

Additionally, there are 8 other parking providers offered by Parkos. The platform deals with parking facilities by parking providers. It promotes their business by highlighting and offering cheap and low prices to customers so that individuals and parking companies get the most out of the trading company.

(Devdiscourse journalists were not involved in the production of this article. The facts and opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of Devdiscourse and Devdiscourse claims no responsibility for them.)

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Parking problems in Bangalore: Civic body lags behind in providing proper facilities

Parking problems are back in the spotlight in town, this time it’s about taking action against motorists who park their vehicles wrongly. On Wednesday, the Karnataka government announced that towing would be halted until clear and simplified rules are put in place.

However, many have long complained that the city lacks a robust parking policy, leading to chaos on the streets and leaving commuters prone to confrontation with law enforcement authorities.

No reserved slots

“There is no clear allocation of parking spaces on most roads in the city. This has hampered the smooth flow of traffic, altercations between commuters and traffic police. The civic body must accelerate the introduction of smart parking systems at least in the Central Business District (CBD) area,” a senior traffic police official said.

For example, a proposal was issued in 2015 to provide smart pay parking on 85 CBD roads. To date, it has only become a reality on ten roads, including MG Road, Brigade Road, Residency Road and other key roads nearby. Paid parking was introduced on these roads in 2020.

“Smart Parking systems are imported and the pandemic has disrupted the schedule. In addition, on many roads, Smart City works were underway. We hope to implement smart parking on 25 roads by the end of March and then expand it to the remaining roads of the 85 road package,” said BS Prahalad, Chief Engineer (Roads and Infrastructure), Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). He also added that in the next package, the BBMP was working with the Urban Land Transport Authority (DULT) to introduce paid parking on 260 roads.

The Draft Parking Policy of DULT, 2020, under which parking will be paid throughout the city, is approved by the Department of Urban Development. “We are working on developing zonal parking plans,” said V. Manjula, Commissioner, DULT.

Roads not for parking

However, traffic expert Prof MN Sreehari said while it was true that high parking charges would tempt people to head for public transport, roadside parking was not the solution. “The roads in the city are already narrow for the volume of vehicles we have. Roads are for traffic, not parking. Providing paid parking, even if the fee is high, will only cause more problems,” he said.

He also pointed out that most of the cellars of shopping complexes intended for parking have been occupied by businesses, which makes it difficult to park in most markets and shopping malls. “The BBMP turns a blind eye to bylaw violators and is likely linked to them. Getting around any mall in the city is such a nightmare as the roads are mostly occupied by multiple rows of parked vehicles,” Prof Sreehari said.

(This is the first in a series on the issue of parking in Bangalore and the controversy around vehicle towing.)

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Red Fox commission tables construction element | News for Fenton, Linden, Holly MI

Fenton— Applicants who want to turn the Red Fox Outfitters building into an event and banquet venue have a few weeks to get signed lease agreements for the parking lots if they want their permit approved.

At the Thursday, January 27 meeting of the Fenton Planning Commission, a few commissioners indicated that they wanted something done with the building. However, they were unwilling to approve the special land use request unless Cruwood Granary had signed lease agreements with the companies that would allow them to use their parking lots.

The property is 0.542 acres located at 234 N. LeRoy St.

Applicants Chelsie Welch and Corey Cunningham, owners of Cruwood Granary, are seeking a special land use permit to convert the building into a special event banquet hall that will host events for 200 people or less for weddings, showers, retirement parties, office parties and Suite. The property is zoned Central Business District/Planned Unit Development. Its current use is listed as retail, although Red Fox Outfitters closed in March 2020. Skypoint Ventures, the real estate/capital development arm of Phil Hagerman and Jocelyn Hagerman, owns the property.

Carmine Avantini, President of CIB Planning, and Justin Sprague, Vice President of CIB Planning, who are Fenton’s planning consultants, have found that the plans conform to the proposed land use and are properly serviced by existing facilities and roads.

It is potentially compliant maintaining the existing and intended character of the area.

“It is also important to note that the food will not be prepared on site but will rather be delivered by catering services. The applicant should be prepared to explain to the Planning Commission which catering/restaurant services will be used and how many vehicles are needed for deliveries,” according to their report.

Cunningham said they plan to approach local businesses for catering services.

Parking remains the main concern. The plaintiffs said they plan to give their customers city maps and signpost other parking lots. They also plan to use shuttles and valet parking. Welch said a majority of wedding guests use shuttles or Ubers.

“Another possible concern, which should be addressed as part of the provided parking study, is the potential impact that event parking would have on area businesses and the adjoining residential neighborhood to the northeast,” according to the Sprague report.

Applicants may count public parking spaces within 500 feet, but must demonstrate space availability. The ordinance requires a parking space for every two people of capacity, and the applications indicate that the maximum capacity of the facility is 240. This means that 120 parking spaces are required.

Welch and Cunningham have identified eight separate car parks that their customers could use. In total, the plan shows 301 parking spaces. ROWE Professional Services Company conducted a survey between 4pm and 6pm on Friday November 5th and Saturday November 6th to study the number of places available in these lots. There were 140 places available on Friday and 166 available on Saturday.

In addition to public parking, agreements with private companies make up some of these spaces. Customers have an agreement to use the car parks at Fenton Glass (60 parking spaces) and the Skin and Vein Institute (29 spaces). A third car park with 11 spaces is the customer’s property.

However, planning commissioners have expressed concern that these agreements could end at any time. CIB Planning recommended denial of the special land use application.

“…we are of the opinion that a permanent solution to the parking supply has not been made. It is possible that this use will negatively impact existing businesses in the area as well as the residential area to the northeast. It will then be up to the municipal government to resolve these associated parking issues and the solutions may not be readily available,” according to the letter.

Commissioner Tyler Rossmaessler said he doesn’t understand why an event space would have more parking issues than a restaurant. “I understand it’s by bike, but if the parking lot is full, the parking lot is full,” he said. “We have to come to a ‘yes’ on something.”

In October 2020, another applicant applied for a special event permit, but was denied due to parking issues.

Rossmaessler said this building is too important to the city center not to be used.

The commission ultimately voted to defer the matter until the next meeting to give Welch and Cunningham time to secure leases with those companies to use their parking lots. The next Planning Commission meeting will be on Thursday 24th February at Fenton Town Hall.

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Transit facilities prove their worth as City Hall decision looms | News, Sports, Jobs

The Trade and Transit Center II at 144 West Third Street. KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette

As the city grapples with what to do with the multimillion-dollar solution of the doomed City Hall, Commerce and Transit Centers I and II remain viable options for continued city government operations, according to city ​​officials.

Today, the Joseph McDade Trade and Transit Center I at West Third and Pine Streets and the Trade and Transit Center II are the current headquarters of the city’s administration, including the Chief of Police, Chief deputy and captain and other employees because of the conviction. of the town hall damaged by rain in July.

These buildings were built several years apart, but each was built using mostly state and federal transportation money.

They have proven to be safe and accessible places for municipal government to operate and conduct business and for non-profit organizations to have their headquarters.

Trade and Transit Center II was funded primarily by investments of $8.8 million from the United States Federal Transit Administration, while the State Department of Transportation (PennDOT) contributed $5. $8 million and $416,528 came from local contributions, according to grant receipts in records obtained from the state Department of Transportation.

A total of $15.1 million in federal, state and local investments went into Trade and Transit Center II, according to PennDOT Records.

“The Trade and Transit Buildings I and II, which were constructed with state and federal transportation dollars, have proven invaluable to the downtown business district in a way that goes to the beyond the obvious of being a public transport hub”, said veteran councilor Randall J. Allison, former chairman of the council.

“They also provide much needed space for organizations such as Uptown Music Collective, Community Theater League and formerly the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

“There are larger and smaller rooms that can accommodate meetings for public purposes including seminars, conferences, intergovernmental uses, etc., as well as private rental options.”

The conjunction of the two transit buildings, the parking deck, the parking addition in the lot behind Trade and Transit II, the Lycoming County Courthouse, and the county-owned Third Street Building transformed the intersection of Pine and West Third Street aesthetically and functionally adding to the cohesion of downtown.

“I’m sure they will serve our city and region very well for years to come,” Allison said.

Funding flow

Funding for the construction of Trade and Transit Center II began arriving in 2009, when River Valley Transit received $1.9 million in federal funds, followed by $400,000 in PennDOT cash and $79,904 in local contribution for $2.3 million, according to PennDOT records obtained by the Sun-Gazette.

The largest capital investment came only in 2013, when the federal government provided $4 million, the state $833,500 and the local contribution was $166,500, records show.

In 2014, $170,385 was invested in Trade and Transit II, with the bulk coming from PennDOT, and a year later the building received $2.6 million in federal funds, $3.7 million in state funds. State, $156,113 from local funds.

The last years to invest in the property were 2016 and 2017. Federal funding in those two years was $282,792, while PennDOT contributed $703,197 and local contribution was $14,011, records show.

Commerce and Transit Center I was built in 1999/2000 with PennDOT and FTA funds.

Alexis Campbell, press secretary at PennDOT in Harrisburg, said the department could not immediately recoup the full investment for the McDade property.

City Hall repair costs are estimated at $6 million and more. Rain in a leaky roof in July caused heavy damage.

The air ventilation system that could spit out mold spores and the horrible smell caused Mayor Derek Slaughter to decide, after receiving a letter from Joseph Gerardi, the city’s code administrator, that it was unhealthy for the public and employees to stay inside the building, said Norman Lubin. , city attorney.

The Streets and Parks Department spent the late summer and early fall moving filing cabinets and equipment, using city trucks, to transfer personal effects and work equipment employees in the new office spaces.

Voices and actions of the past

Now 80, former mayor Phillip E. Preziosi, who served as mayor from 1992 to 1996, said he hoped for the best for Slaughter and the administration and could see his need to use the transit facilities and to get employees, including police, out of City Hall.

Under Preziosi, the germination of the idea of ​​the first commercial and transit center in the city center was born.

Although it was completed under administration when Mayor Steven W. Cappelli (1996-2000) was in office, Preziosi said the concept was the brainchild of his chief financial officer, William E. Nichols Jr. , who was City’s chief executive. Bus, the predecessor of River Valley Transit.

Nichols was fired by Slaughter days after Slaughter was sworn in.

“We thought it was the right thing to do at the time,” Preziosi spoke of building a transit building to serve more bus riders and be the focal point of a city center he said was suffering losses due to the popularity of the Lycoming Mall and other stores.

Those days are long gone as the mall continues to lose stores and nears closure. Back then, however, the city’s merchants and business community had to shift gears.

“The mall had taken away a lot of business from our merchants,” said Preziosi.

“Nichols was a master at getting grants, as was his team of people,” he said.

The facility was named after the late U.S. Representative Joseph McDade, whose connections helped bring in federal transit grants and other helpful grants.

The condition of City Hall – even before the most recent damage – was suspect, as Preziosi described a collapse of the floor beneath his watch.

A day before Christmas vacation, the entire upper floor collapsed due to the weight of filing cabinets above the Sechler meeting room on the second floor, Preziosi said.

It was a situation that could have resulted in injury or worse, but luckily the holiday party broke down before the collapse happened, he said.

McDade was notified of the collapse and, through his relationship with Nichols, was able to secure emergency funding to repair City Hall, Preziosi said.

Cappelli also recalled how, in 1999, River Valley Transit’s predecessor, City Bus, carried an average of 3,800 passengers a day and saw an almost 20% annual increase in ridership.

Construction of a 34,000-square-foot flatiron-style building (Trade and Transit I) began upon receipt of a federal grant, Cappelli said.

The building resembled a corner, with one side accommodating bus passengers and offices at the entrance from the Third Street side.

The building was completed, largely, by the city with funds from PennDOT and the Federal Transit Administration, Cappelli said.

“One of the contingencies for receiving the federal transit dollars was that the building would have to provide space for non-profit organizations, which it did with the Community Theater League which leased space, as did Williamsport/Lycoming County Chamber of Commerce, said Capelli.

The building was part of plans for the city center which was on the verge of renaissance, he said.

At the time, city and county leaders considered ways to bring businesses downtown. These ideas led to the formation of the Greater Williamsport Alliance in 2001 and the “main partners”, a group of visionaries who were influential in their day in government, business and the chamber of commerce.

Our Towns 2010, a non-profit organization whose goal was to articulate – with community support – a county-wide vision, including the integration of art and culture into designs and future plans, was also involved, Cappelli said.

During this period, many people had their say as PennDOT redesigned and replaced the Market Street Bridge.

The McDade Building was the headquarters of the Williamsport/Lycomng Chamber of Commerce until 2015, when the chamber moved to the bank building at West Fourth and Pine streets, Cappelli said.

As the discussion continues on what to do with City Hall, the city administration and council need to consider whether the rent they pay and the maintenance they will need to perform on transportation facilities in common outweigh the costs it will take to repurpose City Hall for government use. .

At the same time, the city is awaiting the outcome of a statewide grand jury investigation and an investigation by criminal agents with Attorney General Josh Shapiro into the use of state and federal grants. by the former management of River Valley Transit.

“That’s a shame,” Preziosi spoke about the damage to City Hall and the investigation into the handling of grants and finances by the previous administration. “Hope everything works out.”

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Council pledges $1.5 million for low-income housing

by Steven Felschundneff | [email protected]

On Tuesday, Claremont City Council voted to authorize a $1.5 million payment to the Jamboree Housing Corporation to partially fund the construction of a 33-unit “permanent supportive housing project” on the Harrison Ave.

The council voted 4 to 1 to approve the resolution, with council member Corey Calaycay casting the only negative vote. Calaycay expressed a number of reservations about the deal, including the apparent coupling of financial commitment to architectural design. He also felt that the proposed four-story structure was too tall.

Council member Sal Medina and Pro Tem Mayor Ed Reece expressed reservations about the process, being specifically asked to approve funding for a project before the council had seen the plans. Mayor Pro Tem Reece also asked city staff why this particular project was moving so quickly through the process when other land use decisions were taking much longer.

The rushed process was driven by the developer’s schedule, including applying for tax credits through Los Angels County with a deadline of a few weeks. Jamboree requested monetary commitment from Claremont to strengthen its request for future funding.

“Typically, an Affordable Housing Agreement would be negotiated and presented to City Council for approval, but Jamboree first requested a funding commitment to demonstrate public financial assistance. Jamboree is in the process of applying for capital funding through the Los Angeles County Development Authority and the application is due in early February. The proposed commitment of $1.5 million from the Successor Housing Fund will make the project more competitive for LACDA’s next funding cycle,” according to the staff report.

This development is quite unique to Claremont as it will feature 100% public housing, which qualifies the project for a density bonus under current state law. By ordinance, the Jamboree receives an 80% density bonus which increases the number of units from 17 to 31. The promoter has requested two additional units to “operate a facility of this type efficiently”, including the manager and on-site services. The development also qualifies under state law for a reduction in the number of parking spaces required.

The proposed supportive housing project will provide on-site resident services “for people who are previously or currently homeless,” according to the staff report. Housing would be limited to people whose income is at or below 30% of the region’s median income, also categorized as extremely low income.

The property at 731 Harrison Avenue between Larkin Park and the Friends of Quaker’s Claremont meeting place is currently owned by Pilgrim Place, which is selling the property specifically for use as a very low-income development.

The project will consist of a four-storey building that will be designed to “integrate and enhance the character of the surrounding neighborhood”. The unit configuration will include nine studios approximately 373 square feet each, twenty-three one-bedroom units ranging from 455 to 485 square feet, and a two-bedroom management unit. Additional facilities will include a 781 square foot community hall with a kitchen, 547 square foot rental space, laundry room, dog park, outdoor barbecue and 18 parking spaces.

If built, the apartment building would be managed by Housing with Heart which “provides the high quality support services needed to help residents successfully stay in stable housing, as well as overseeing the multiple agencies, partners and volunteers who will also be engaged with residents,” according to the report.

Claremont’s $1.5 million contribution will take the form of a loan from its Successor Housing Fund, which will be secured by a deed of trust and will have a term of 55 years. The loan will be funded when construction begins and will be disbursed in “scheduled payments”. The money will not need to be repaid if the developer honors the agreement to build the affordable housing and maintain low-income status for the 55-year term.

The city will now provide the Jamboree with a funding commitment letter, however, no money will be released until the developer and the city reach a successfully negotiated project agreement which requires further approval from the city council.

The approximately half-acre lot is zoned institutional and has been identified by the city’s housing component in the general plan as an ideal location for low-income housing.

On Wednesday, the Claremont Architectural Commission reviewed the project, including a number of concessions demanded by the Jamboree, such as reducing Harrison’s setback from 25 feet to 19 feet; increased batch coverage from 60% to 75%; increased floor area ratio from 2.0 to 1.12 and increased number of units allowed from 31 to 33.

“Affordable housing is a high priority for the City Council and the State of California. Providing affordable housing to low-income households is a particularly urgent need throughout the region and this project represents an effort by the city to meet its fair share of this type of housing which is identified by the regional housing needs assessment. and mandated by state housing law. said community development manager Brad Johnson.

Jamboree Housing Corporation is a 31-year-old non-profit community development organization that builds, acquires, renovates and manages permanent affordable housing for the rental and sale markets. Jamboree currently has $320 million in affordable housing projects and an asset portfolio of $1.1 billion, including development projects and an interest in 7,500 homes across California.

Jamboree partnered with the city to build the affordable housing complex, Courier Place, located in the former Claremont COURIER office at 111. S. College Ave. This project was completed in 2011 and was partially funded by the city’s former redevelopment agency.

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FLO reaches agreement to supply chargers to GM workplaces

North American charging provider FLO announces that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with General Motors to supply AC and DC fast chargers for installation at GM’s facilities in the United States. The charging stations will allow GM employees to charge their vehicles at the workplace.

The new agreement also builds on the existing cooperation between FLO and General Motors. GM previously selected FLO to participate in the Ultium Charge 360 ​​program introduced in April 2021 to cover public and private charging scenarios. Today’s deal, however, specifically targets GM workers and involves equipment.

“Over the past two years, FLO’s collaboration with GM has continued to grow and prosper through various agreements,” said Louis Tremblay, President and CEO of FLO. “This time, we are especially proud to support GM’s drive to achieve full electrification by installing FLO chargers in employee parking lots.”

FLO is one of the few electric vehicle networks whose chargers are installed at GM factories and facilities in more than 120 locations across the United States. There is no information on how many chargers each site can receive. FLO says, however, that it has already installed stations at GM sites in New York, Austin (TX), Arlington (TX), Flint (MI), and more. So far, the company says more than 350 FLO chargers have been shipped to GM offices and factories, including ten DC fast chargers, with the rest being Level 2 AC chargers.

General Motors has been pushing various charging initiatives lately. In October of last year, the company, for example, rolled out a program to install chargers at all GM dealerships in the United States using equipment from CTEK, as noted.

A few days ago, the company also announced its mobile charging solution called MPG. It relies on GM’s Hydrotec fuel cells to power DC chargers independent of the grid. We reported.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates circuit house near Somnath Temple

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the newly built Circuit House near Somnath Temple in Gir Somnath district of Gujarat. During the virtual inauguration, Modi said the new circuit house will solve the lack of accommodation facilities for pilgrims visiting Somnath Temple in the city of Prabhas Patan.

“The need for a circuit house arose because there was only one guest house which is also far from the temple. So to accommodate people, the temple trust was always under pressure “, did he declare.

Circuit House in Somnath (Twitter/@narendramodi)

Modi added: “But after this home circuit, which is not far from the temple, the confidence will not be pressured and they will devote more time and attention to the temple. People from their rooms during their stay in this circuit house will also witness the waves of the sea and the temple. With additional facilities at Diu, Dwarka, Bet Dwarka, Somnath will be a focal point for the tourist circuit.

The four-storey 48-room building of the New Circuit House built on an area of ​​15,000 square meters with parking lot is intended to provide accommodation facilities for pilgrims coming from all over the country.

Prime Minister Modi, who is also chairman of the Shree Somnath Temple Trust, said he felt lucky that after being associated with the trust, he witnessed so many developments including the exhibition gallery and the recently inaugurated promenade at the temple.

Listing the facilities of Somnath Temple, Modi said that a pilgrimage site and a complex proposal for Somnath Temple are in their final stages, while similar facilities are also proposed for Ambaji Temple in Banaskantha district.

“From different states and corners of the world, every year, one million pilgrims come to the Somnath temple. When they return, they take with them new experiences, beliefs and thoughts. So the way the journey is important, just as important is experience. Today there are good roads, transport and accommodation facilities for pilgrims here, a tourist facilitation center, waste management for cleanliness. A pilgrimage square and a complex proposal for Somnath Temple are in their final stages, similar types of facilities are also proposed for Ambaji Temple,” Modi added.

“Also, a special train from Delhi to Kashi will depart tomorrow (Saturday),” the prime minister said.

Regarding the vaccination campaign in the country, the Prime Minister said: “In the government’s vaccination campaign, it has also been ensured that in the tourist states, all are vaccinated as a priority. States like Goa and Uttarakhand have been working in this direction at a very good speed.

“The Statue of Unity, which is a pride of the country, was visited by more than 45 lakh people before the pandemic and so far more than 74 lakh tourists have visited it,” Modi added.

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Scottish Government money boost for Portknockie and Cullen welcomed

PORTKNOCKIE and Cullen are expected to share a six-figure tourism funding windfall.

Portknockie’s iconic Bow Fiddle Rock.

Moray has received £363,298 from the Scottish Government’s Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund provided by VisitScotland.

Facilities near Portknockie’s famous Bow Fiddle Rock will be upgraded, with overnight campervan parking being created in Cullen to help cope with the influx of staycationers coming into the village.

News of the funding was welcomed by local councilor Theresa Coull (SNP, Keith-Cullen).

Councilor Theresa Coull.  Photo: Daniel Forsyth
Councilor Theresa Coull. Photo: Daniel Forsyth

She said: “I really welcome the funding received from the Scottish Government’s Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund provided by VisitScotland to all the different areas of Moray, but especially Portknockie and Cullen.

“This funding will be used in Portknockie at the Bow Fiddle Rock to establish a new parking lot with electric vehicle charging stations and improve the trail. The Bow Fiddle Rock is a huge tourist attraction and with the parking facilities and a better trail it will we hope to encourage more tourists and locals to visit this beautiful area, making walking and parking easier and even more enjoyable for everyone.

“There is to be a new overnight RV parking area in Cullen, by not having this facility in town this has been problematic due to stay pressure. Cullen is a busy tourist town where visitors are welcome and encouraged to stay, eat and shop in town.

“Overnight parking will be a great benefit to visitors to Cullen as there will be a specific area to park their motorhomes and have waste and water disposal facilities.”

A portion of the funding will be used to improve RV sites in Cullen.
A portion of the funding will be used to improve RV sites in Cullen.

Moray’s facilities will be upgraded to relieve pressure on local beauty spots as the region prepares for another busy year for staycationers.

Chairman of Moray Council’s Economic Development and Infrastructure Services Committee, Councilor Graham Leadbitter, said: “This contribution from VisitScotland is welcome as we transform our tourism offering in Moray to ensure the sustainability of our market. booming visitors.

“Creating new facilities and upgrading existing ones will be hugely beneficial to the local economy and provide the support that Moray communities have been asking for over the past few years. I look forward to seeing the improvements take shape as we welcome the visitors to beautiful Moray.”

The project in Moray is carried out in partnership between Moray Council; Visit the Moray Speyside Tourism Business Improvement District; Highlands and Islands Company; Findhorn Village Conservation Society; the Three Cullen Kings Association; and Friends of Ben Rinnes supported by Seafield and Glenrinnes Organic Estates.

The project will provide facility improvements at several sites across Moray.


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Jetex and Berlin Neuhardenberg Airport Collaborate to Implement a Green FBO

UAE-based aviation company Jetex has entered into a joint venture (JV) agreement with Germany’s Berlin Neuhardenberg Airport to develop an executive aviation terminal and fixed base operation (FBO) at the airport.

As part of the 50-50 joint venture, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) called “FBO Berlin Neuhardenberg” will be formed by the two companies.

The move will see the creation of a 1,500m² private jet terminal, flight support and conference centers.

It will also include the development of office buildings, as well as earthworks and associated infrastructure.

Featuring approximately 20 additional parking spaces for private jets, the new FBO will also include repair and overhaul facilities, equipment and ground support.

After the signing ceremony, Jetex and Berlin Neuhardenberg Airport intend to begin work on the terminal design and infrastructure planning.

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The site will be powered by green energy generated by solar farms at Berlin Neuhardenberg Airport, making it the world’s first fully green FBO.

Furthermore, the project aims to reduce carbon emissions in the Berlin metropolitan area, thereby creating an environmentally friendly airport for Berlin and the East German market.

Jetex Founder and CEO Adel Mardini said, “Jetex is committed to providing our customers with the highest levels of service and a seamless experience. A major factor in our success is the ability to grow our FBO network into major international gateways with significant private aviation demand.

“As the capital of Germany and a major commercial and cultural center, Berlin is a destination in which we aspire to be present. Neuhardenberg is an excellent airport for our first FBO in Germany which offers the space needed to develop a world-class private. jet terminal and FBO operation.

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New Silas Creek Crossing Landlord Thinks Tenant Variety Will Make the Most of Prime Location | Local

Unlike Silas Creek Crossing, many outdoor malls, including Thruway and Hanes Towne Village, have grocery stores.

Recent retail media reports share Ressa’s assessment of the performance of outdoor malls.

The Real Deal said in a Dec. 15 post that landlords filled 17 million square feet of outdoor malls during the third quarter, according to CBRE data reported by The Wall Street Journal. It represented a 49% increase from 2019 and a 10-year high for net absorption.

“According to CBRE, investors poured $5 billion into grocery-anchored retail centers (in the third) quarter, the second largest for a single quarter in 10 years,” according to The Real Deal.

“Recent data from Green Street further divides the two retail sectors. Shopping centers have lost a third of their value in just four years.

“Meanwhile, the value of strip centers has actually increased by almost 5% since 2016 and 13% since the start of the pandemic.”

Another example: Retail Touch Points said in a December 10 post that “the rise of online shopping, in-store pick-up and continued demand for more open space has made centers offer a lot of “fresh air, easy access between parking lots, and stores and amenities that go beyond just retail, all of which are very appealing to consumers.”

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How to maximize mowing for a good first impression


Broward College is proposing changes to ensure that mowing and other priorities improve the appearance of the campus.



broward collegeBroward College has 11 campuses comprising three main campuses and eight satellite centers with 200 acres of turf, 75 acres of parking, and 35 acres of lakes and wetlands.



Appearance is everything. At least that’s what one might think when it comes to the role landscapes play in creating positive first impressions for higher education institutions. Prospective students and faculty consistently rank the appearance of a campus as a critical factor in determining where they will put their talents.

Laura Ozment understands better than anyone the role of landscapes in higher education. As the University’s Landscape and Grounds Maintenance Manager at Broward College in Florida, Ozment has first-hand knowledge of how landscapes affect the institution’s image with visitors and staff.

“Visitors to our campuses often express their appreciation for the lush landscaping and inviting features, such as picnic tables, patios and lounges,” says Ozment, adding that the landscapes must complement the varied facilities of the organization. “Our architecture ranges from carefully preserved buildings from our origins in the early 1960s to impressive modern glass structures designed in a cohesive and timeless manner.”

While sweeping flower beds and soaring trees can go a long way in creating these impressions, areas of grass often bring it all together. They should be both good looking and durable enough to withstand everyday use. For these reasons, managers pay great attention to mowing activities that keep areas of turf attractive and healthy.

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Broward College has 11 campuses comprising three main campuses and eight satellite centers around the Fort Lauderdale area.

“Our Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Department provides services on these campuses through a combination of in-house staff, service contracts and municipal partnerships,” said Ozment. “Of about 375 acres in total, 35 acres are lakes and wetlands, 75 acres are parking lots, 65 acres are under the building footprint, and 200 acres are under sod.”

The department employs approximately 20 full-time, year-round staff who are responsible for mowing, detailing, mulching, fertilizing, weed and pest control, tree pruning, l ‘maintenance of parking lots, waste reduction, maintenance of irrigation system, planting projects and supply of decorative plants. for special events.

To manage mowing tasks, the department uses a fleet of mowers for various purposes.

“Nine commercial zero-turn mowers are the anchor of our fleet of equipment,” says Ozment. “These 52” and 72 ”reel mowers are between two and 10 years old. ”

As with many landscape and land departments, the Ozment department supplements its specific mowing equipment with specialized tools.

“Our in-house staff use heavy-duty vehicles all equipped with dump bodies, sunroofs and roll bars to perform day-to-day operations on campus,” she says. “Portable equipment, such as blowers, edgers and weed killers, are commercial grade. All equipment is maintained by our own fleet services team.

An essential part of effective mowing programs involves training operators and mechanics that targets safety and efficiency.

“Although all of our equipment operators are very experienced, we need online safety training on a variety of topics, such as machine guarding, working on slopes, hazards at height, prevention of heat stress and exhaustion, bloodborne pathogens, chainsaw operation and personal protective equipment, among others, ”says Ozment. “Supervisors perform regular safety inspections of equipment and review safe operating procedures in accordance with government agencies and best management practices. Our fleet services department provides mechanical support. The mechanics are ASE certified and are familiar with the maintenance specific to the brand.

Roll with the changes

While mowing is a top priority for green space and garden maintenance departments, their roles in optimizing the appearance and health of campuses have evolved and expanded in recent years. As colleges and universities pay more attention to the importance of landscapes and land to achieving broader, longer-term goals, managers and their staff find themselves more involved in discussions about projects and land. tasks that go beyond mowing.

“We have about 200 acres of sod in open areas and parking islands,” Ozment said. “Two of our main campuses are maintained by college staff, while the campus centers are maintained by contracted service providers. Our college staff are present at all sites, consulting and helping with the needs of service providers. We frequently provide assistance related to irrigation systems and are ready to meet any needs outside of contractual services.

Increasingly, managers in the Lands and Landscape departments are getting involved in the planning of campus construction projects, where their expertise can help ensure a facility looks its best from the moment it opens.

“Having in-house staff with our strong sense of ownership allows us to react quickly to unforeseen or unforeseen circumstances,” says Ozment. “For example, our Lands and Landscapes Department may be called upon to consult on construction projects where landscape elements, such as trees, have not been specifically addressed. We are strongly committed to the protection and preservation of trees and demand that protective measures be taken in accordance with municipal codes and best management practices.

“In addition to the aforementioned tasks, we coordinate and respond to requests from our planning, design and construction team to ensure projects run smoothly. Broward College is continually undergoing improvements and renovations to keep our facilities clean, attractive and state of the art.

Just as nature is constantly changing and presenting new challenges, so the management of landscape and land services continues to change and adapt, often in response to external events and forces.

“The increasing cost of materials and the limited availability have prompted us to be more flexible in our product choices and the frequency of certain operations,” explains Ozment. “For example, we have reduced the size of some landscaped beds to reduce mulch and other costs. We work closely with other maintenance teams to identify landscape elements that conflict with building operations and reduce or eliminate those features.

“While many institutions experience labor shortages, Broward College has an extremely dedicated staff of long-tenured employees who continue to work daily to ensure a safe, healthy and productive learning environment. ”

Whatever the challenges, Ozment and his team know that the long-term goal is to maximize the health and appearance of the college’s landscapes and grounds, all to safeguard the institution’s image.

“As we continually evaluate operations based on changing conditions, our current mix of Broward College staff and contract services allows us to maintain a high standard in a large urban area while providing a personal and prompt response to our students,” faculty and visitors, “she says.” It is well established that quality facilities are central to student enrollment and retention, and we are proud of our contribution to Broward College as a consistently award-winning institution. ”

Dan Hounsell is Editor-in-Chief for the Facilities Market. He has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of engineering, maintenance and management of grounds in institutional and commercial facilities.




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The expansive new Lancashire Coastal Holiday Park with 495 lodges, a golf course and a four story hotel


A £ 35million development with a hotel, golf course and hundreds of holiday lodges arrives in Fylde. The major development will also include a leisure center with swimming pool set up along Garstang Road in Larbreck, about three kilometers from Poulton-le-Fylde.

Larbreck Golf and Leisure Village will be built on land near Garstang Road

Named Larbreck Golf and Leisure Village, the development is designed to become a ‘major tourist destination’ and is expected to create 85 full-time equivalent jobs and add up to £ 2.5million each year to the local economy.

After years of planning and discussion, the project of Pure Leisure Group, based in north Lancashire, was finally approved by Fylde Council.

The plan includes up to 495 vacation lodges, a four-story hotel with over 100 rooms, a recreation facility, a greenkeepers building and store, and a 9-hole executive golf course with practice facilities.

According to the request, “the proposed development aims to provide high quality holiday accommodation and facilities while ensuring that the project fits properly into its context”.

The Pure Leisure Group (PLG) is owned by leisure entrepreneur John Morphet and already operates 12 holiday lodges and caravan parks across the UK. Aimed at the high-end luxury market, the parks are primarily focused on leisure facilities, but some, like Tydd St Giles Golf and Country Club in Cambridgeshire Fens, focus on golf courses.

In addition to its UK operations, PLG also owns and operates the world class ‘Royal Westmoreland’ golf and beach resort in St James, Barbados. These layouts served as a design guide for the Larbreck Golf and Leisure Village proposals.

An independent two-story leisure facility will be included in the proposals and will include fitness, swimming and leisure facilities with associated changing rooms and viewing platforms, as well as a restaurant / cafe, bar and a small grocery store.

The leisure facility will also contain an area with in-house golf facilities including simulator bays, greens and a professional golf shop as well as a clubhouse with externally accessible changing rooms and a cafe / club area. -house intended mainly for golfers and students using the other facilities offered.

The leisure center and the hotel offered at the Larbreck Golf and Leisure Village

The hotel block will be located directly next to the leisure facility and will also offer a restaurant / dining room, kitchen and bar. It is expected that the immediate proximity of the hotel

and the leisure facilities will provide easy access for guests to share the leisure and other facilities that are provided

The proposals include a main car park located at the entrance to the site and a smaller car park towards the front of the hotel offering a total number of spaces. 260 parking spaces with spaces for disabled people and associated staff.

32 additional parking spaces have also been provided for the building and the greenkeepers store directly in front of the two buildings and separate from the main car park. More informal parking would also be provided at each lodge.

Westenborg Golf Design has been tasked with advising on golf course development after working on projects such as Dun Laoghaire, Dooks, Blainroe and Cork in Ireland and Rockliffe Hall, Wychwood Park, Southport & Ainsdale and Moor Park in England.

The company has also been involved in new and renovation projects in Spain, Portugal, Hong Kong, China and Brazil.

He suggested creating a nine-hole “executive” sized golf course as the best option given the space available, to allow people to play in less time and to be accessible to juniors and beginners. He also looked at other nearby facilities before deciding on his recommendation.

A golf, hotel, leisure and vacation complex is set up in Larbreck

An executive golf course is a mixture of full length golf holes but with a higher proportion of par 3 holes than a full size course.

Near the first hole, about 100 yards from the hotel and leisure complex, will be a large putting green and a bunker / chipping green which is described as a ‘Himalayan’ feature and based on a similar facility to St Andrew’s in Scotland.

The application concluded: “The development of the site for the new lodges, hotel and leisure center would help achieve the following objectives:

  • Carries out an efficient development resulting in an economical use of the land to meet an identified need.
  • Will result in a well-planned development that will be easily absorbed in its immediate context.
  • Improve the tourist and recreational facilities in the locality.
  • Has been designed to perform well and has taken into account the opportunities available to maintain the character and quality of the area as well as to meet any constraints. “

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Here’s how Norwalk is preparing for the first snowstorm of the New Year


NORWALK – Ahead of the first snowfall of the New Year, Norwalk is already gearing up for the 3-6 inches it is expected to receive Thursday night through Friday morning.

In some areas, snowfall could exceed an accumulation of an inch per hour, according to the National Weather Service. A winter weather advisory and hazardous weather forecast are in place starting Thursday evening.

The snow is expected to end around 11 a.m. Friday, with a high temperature of around 34 degrees, according to the weather service.

To prepare for the storm, city officials pre-treated more than 255 miles of roads, 19 schools and parks with rock salt three hours before the weather event began, to ensure the treatment was not not carried away, according to a statement from the city.


At around 4 p.m. Thursday, the city shared a list of closings and delayed openings around Norwalk due to the weather. Calf Pasture Beach, Cranbury Park and Veteran’s Park will be closed until the facilities are cleared of snow and cleared, and will likely reopen Friday afternoon.

All Norwalk public schools will also be closed on Friday.

COVID-19 tests, which have been set for the Veterans Park from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, will be closed Friday and reopen Saturday morning, according to a city statement.

In addition, many COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the city will be closed on Friday.

The garbage and recycling collection scheduled for Friday will be postponed, as will the Christmas tree collection scheduled for Friday, the statement said. The city offices will have a delayed opening of 10 hours

“There are 26 snow plowing trails in Norwalk. All numbered national highways are cleaned by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Emergency roads and main roads are cleaned and salted first, followed by school parking lots and side roads (i.e. side streets, dead ends, dead ends, etc.) », Indicates the press release.

There is no exact schedule for road clearing as it varies with each weather event. At 3 p.m. on Thursday, the city announced no on-street parking bans, but said it might be necessary depending on the intensity of the storm.

“It takes about 16 hours after the end of a three-inch snowfall to clear snow and / or treat once every road in town,” the statement said. “It takes about 6 hours to clean all the schools. “

Residents are reminded to refrain from travel if possible, to clear vehicles and sidewalks and are encouraged to “adopt a fire hydrant” by shoveling around nearby fire hydrants, the statement said.

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Temporary closure of the Civic Center parking ramp | News


Downtown parking is a bit more limited today.



ROCHESTER, Minnesota – Parking in downtown is a bit more limited today as the Civic Center parking ramp is closed until further notice.

According to the city of Rochester, a garden hose in the east corridor of the ramp froze and then burst, creating freezing conditions.

This then resulted in the need to shut off the water in the installation.

If you have a vehicle in the ramp, the city says you can enter through the west tower and exit the ramp.

However, vehicle entrances to the ramp will be closed until repairs are completed and it is safe to enter.

Communications coordinator Nick Lemmer says he doesn’t expect this to be a long shutdown.

He explained: “It’s not a complicated situation, it’s just a matter of shutting off the water to the building, then fixing the radiators, then once the radiators are replaced, putting the system back under pressure and reopening it. to customers. We don’t. I don’t expect this to be a long-standing shutdown at all. “

Lemmer says that because the sprinklers are part of the facility’s security system, it would not be safe to allow anyone to park on the ramp during repairs.

If you are a monthly garage mechanic, you will have temporary access to other downtown parking ramps around town during the repair period.


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Suspect commits suicide after York County standoff


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YORK COUNTY – The man who barricaded himself in the 100 block of Rocky Road and fired multiple shots at Members of the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office (YPSO) committed suicide after a standoff of five time.

YPSO officials were dispatched to the house after someone called about a dispute at 1:23 pm on January 2. According to Shelley Ward, a public information officer for YPSO (PIO), the suspect barricaded himself inside the house and fired several shots from the second floor. No one else was injured during the incident.

At 6:40 p.m. YPSO entered the house and discovered that the man had committed suicide.

A YPSO statement read, “Sheriff Diggs would like to thank our assistants, investigators and emergency response team, the James City County Police Department for responding with their equipment and personnel, the fire department and Life Safety in York County for working side by side. with us throughout this incident, and our dispatchers for all their hard work during this situation. We would also like to thank Grafton Baptist Church for allowing us to use their facilities and parking lots.

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Westfield Presents Sports Complex Renovation Plan | News, Sports, Jobs


Here is a photo of the current Westfield Academy and Central School sports complex.

WESTFIELD – Members of the Westfield community had the chance to provide feedback on possible improvements to the school’s sports complex at a recent public forum.

Presenters came up with different options for the resort, which is priced between $ 6 million and $ 15.5 million. Jeff Nunn of architectural firm Gordon Jones & Associates introduced Option A, which incorporates everything people asked for in response to a district survey in February.

The option would include all new fields, a walkway around the complex, new parking facilities and a protective retention berm. Business executive Joshua Melquist said Option A would cost $ 15.5 million, resulting in a tax increase of $ 245 for every $ 100,000 of annual valuation.

Option B has two phases. Nunn explained that Option B-1 would replace the runway and terrain and add the protective berm. The second phase, or option B-2, would replace the baseball and softball fields over the next several years.

Melquist said the option would cost $ 6 million, which would include a tax increase of $ 31 per $ 100,000 of assessed property value. He noted that, “Next to concept drawings, there are concept awards. “

Presenters at a public forum regarding improvements to Westfield Academy and the Central School Sports Complex received an estimate of possible tax increases.

Westfield Superintendent Michael Cipolla welcomed everyone in attendance and introduced the presenters, who, along with Melquist and Nunn, included Sporting Director Neil Huber; Matt Sikora of Turner Construction; and Josh Brumagin, district facilities manager.

Cipolla reviewed the project schedule, noting that discussions to improve the sports complex began in the past school year. After the February survey, in which community members prioritized improvements to the complex, the district met with groups of staff, students and alumni to set short and long term goals.

“What we do in the future will reflect these comments”, said Cipolla. “We are looking at the financial landscape, both short and long term, of our district. It is a heavy consideration.

Huber posted images of the current sports complex after a rainstorm, demonstrating the need to improve the sports complex. All of the fields held water and the football field had about 2 inches of mud, he said.

Huber went on to show that the number of students participating in sports has been stable over the past five years.

A photo of the baseball field in Westfield after a rainstorm illustrates how the field holds water.

“The numbers here are going to be with us for a while”, he said. “About two-thirds of the student body plan to play a sport in the spring of 2022.”

Huber noted that while most of the students who responded to a recent survey were proud of their district, a majority of them described the current sports complex with adjectives such as “Rough, old, terrible, embarrassing, trashy, outdated, horrible. “

“A new sports complex would greatly improve our outdoor sports”, he said.

He also broadcast two videos of interviews with students. The first video, which featured three young graduates, highlighted how difficult it was to practice and play sports at the current sports complex. Katie Bodenmiller noted that the condition of the track prevented the district from hosting events such as steeplechase races and hurdles. The second video illustrated the opinions of three current athletes: Haleigh Dellow (class 2023), Makartnee Mortimer (class 2023) and Cameron Paternosh (class 2024). The three students reiterated the opinions of the elders, agreeing that the complex is in a deplorable state.

After Huber’s presentation, Melquist looked at the financial impact of the proposed plans on the local community. He noted that a good sports complex that could host more events would benefit the whole community.

“If we have a facility that attracts more people to our community, it will likely boost the local economy,” he said. “It will also open people’s eyes to what we have here.”

In response to a question from a community member regarding the tax impact so high for Option A, Matt Sikora explained that the tax levy is affected by the maximum cost allowance provided by the state. The overall cost of the project determines the percentage of aid the district will receive. If a district exceeds the maximum allowance, the impact on the tax levy will be greater.

Cipolla said the next steps will be to follow up with the education council, staff, Brumagin, Huber, students and all stakeholders. Another community forum will be scheduled as the project progresses, he said.

Responding to concerns from community members, Huber noted that the goal of the sports complex improvements ultimately rests with the students.

“You saw the numbers” he said. “I believe that a better facility would encourage even more students to participate. Like you said, “build it and they will come”.

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Condition of Metro Parks Tacoma facilities due to weather conditions


Tacoma Park facilities remained closed on Tuesday after heavy snowfall blanketed the area over the weekend and low temperatures continue.

Metro Parks Tacoma said the following facilities will be closed on Tuesday:

  • People’s Community Center
  • Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (daytime hours and Zoolights)
  • Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
  • Point Defiance Marina
  • Tacoma Natural Center
  • Fort Nisqually
  • Meadow Park Golf Course
  • WW Seymour Conservatory (closed for renovations in progress)

Facilities open during normal hours on Tuesday:

  • STAR and Eastside Community Centers
  • Metro Parks Tacoma Headquarters, awaiting parking clearance

Late opening of the facilities:

  • The Norpoint center will open at noon to allow staff to completely clear the parking lot.
  • The parks teams will work on opening the toilets, cleaning the parking lots, internal roads and alleys. Until this is completed, the parks will have facilities and limited vehicle access.

The parks will have a limited number of toilets and parking lots. Five Mile Drive at Point Defiance could open late to car traffic, according to a press release from Metro Parks.

Alerts are posted on the Metro Parks website at metroparkstacoma.org/weather-alert.

If you are going out in snow and ice, Metro Parks has taken the following safety precautions:

  • Be careful around buildings. Heavy snow and ice that may have accumulated on the roofs and edges of picnic shelters and sanitary buildings can slip off as the weather warms.
  • Tree branches may also have been stressed under snow and ice and could break apart, falling on anyone below.
  • Stay away from steep inclines as they are more prone to slipping in wet conditions and the area’s freezing and thawing.
  • Stay away from downed power lines, which can be fatal.

Allison Needles covers city and education news for The News Tribune in Tacoma. She was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest.


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Developer Seeks Affordable Luxury Homes The Guardian Nigeria News


The Lagos-based real estate company, MM. GMH Luxury, urged developers to ensure housing prices are affordable, standardized and reflect the economic reality of the country.

GMH Luxury Chairman and CEO Ayoolarenwaju Kuyebi gave the charge, speaking to reporters in Lagos. According to him, although developers cannot play the role of government in subsidizing house prices, they should set the prices bearing in mind that the money committed to buy houses is the people’s trust fund.

He said: “I expect that we will improve the market prices, even in the luxury market. I still think the market is overvalued and payment flexibility is the key. I want developers to improve the quality of homes and deliver projects on time as well as educate people to convert what they pay into an investment vehicle.
Subscribers are getting wiser by the day and that’s what determines deliverables, which is the end result of whatever the developer produces.

Kuyebi, an engineer, said the company has created an investment program to allow investors to invest resources in real estate constructions, which in turn will generate annual returns.

“We encourage fair investing where people can get up to 30% equity on their investment over a 12 or 24 month period,” he said.

Kuyebi has revealed plans to build 23-story luxury homes in Eko-Atlantic dubbed “Sheldon Gary” which will include a one-bedroom apartment, two-bedroom apartment, four-bedroom puppet and a penthouse. The penthouse is equipped with personal elevators.

Other features, he said, include commercial spaces, spa, business lounge, 220 parking spaces, four parking spaces for each of the units, a helipad, personal pool, and recreational facilities. such as lawn tennis and basketball court, mini market, nursery and lounge.

He explained that the project, which started in the first quarter of 2021, is being handed over to a Swedish company and would be delivered in 36 months.

Regarding the instability of the exchange rate and the impact on real estate, he said: “The first quarter of next year will be difficult for real estate companies as some projects could be abandoned due to the evolution of costs. and the currency crisis.

The forum also featured the unveiling of the company’s brand ambassador, Mr. Ninalowo Omobolanle, a Nollywood actor in Lagos. Kuyebi explained that the choice of the new ambassador was based on the need to promote the integrity and quality of its housing products.

In response, Omobolanle, who praised the company for its exceptional quality of housing delivery, pledged to create synergy to promote service excellence in the pre and post-production construction processes as well as for bring the business to the desired height.


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Towbes Group Sells Seniors Community for $ 48 Million


Villa del Sol. Image courtesy of IPA

The Towbes Group sold Villa del Sol, an age-restricted community of 197 units in Santa Maria, California, for $ 48 million. Institutional Property Advisors represented the seller and procured the buyer, a private partnership based in California.

Built in 2018 on 5.5 acres, the seven-building property offers a mix of studios, one- and two-bedroom units, ranging from 404 to 756 square feet, according to data from Yardi Matrix. Some units have a private balcony or patio and a walk-in closet. Community amenities include a swimming pool, fitness center, clubhouse and spa. Laundry facilities and 196 parking spaces are also available.

Located at 1311 W. Battles Road, the community is approximately 3 miles southwest of downtown Santa Maria and 2 miles northwest of the Western Village Mall. The Santa Maria Country Club and Waller Park are both about 3 miles to the southeast. Santa Maria is the largest population center and fastest growing city in Santa Barbara County, according to prepared remarks from Kevin Green, executive director of IPA.

Green, along with Senior Managing Director Joseph Grabiec and Executive Managing Director Greg Harris, negotiated the transaction.


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Fairfax Executives Aim to Expand Electric Vehicle Infrastructure | news / fairfax


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Fairfax County officials are looking to purchase more electric vehicles (EVs) for the county’s fleet, increase the number of publicly available charging stations at government sites, and implement charges to recover costs and prevent drivers hanging out in these places.

A $ 1,000 billion infrastructure bill recently signed by President Biden authorized a nationwide network of electric vehicle charging stations and allocated $ 5 billion to help states build them, said Susan Hafeli, deputy director of the county environmental and energy coordination office, told the supervisory board. ‘Environment Committee on December 14.

Supervisors approved an operational energy strategy in 2018 that envisioned an accelerated transition to electric vehicles and the use of 100% non-carbon emitting fuels for county fleet vehicles by 2030.

The plan aims to install Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations, which can typically fully charge a vehicle in four to six hours, at up to 20 large government facilities in the county.

Supervisors have so far authorized just over $ 3 million for the electric vehicle charging stations initiative and have approved a contract with ChargePoint for the facilities. The seller must maintain the stations or lose transaction fees if the sites are inoperative, Hafeli said.

Electric vehicle charging stations, mostly Level 2, are almost in the process of being installed at several facilities across the county:

• The Government Center will have eight dual port stations and one single port station which will serve 17 parking spaces in a secure garage with no public access. The next phase of the project will consist of installing charging stations on the ground above ground.

• The Public Security Headquarters will have a station with two ports serving two parking spaces.

• The Herrity Building, Merrifield Center and Pennino Building will each receive three dual port charging stations serving six parking spaces. Level 2 stations are considerably less expensive than Level 3 stations, which can recharge a vehicle from zero to 80% in 30 to 40 minutes. Level 3 stations also place greater demands on the electrical infrastructure, Hafeli said.

Supervisors, as part of the county’s 2021 fiscal year budget carry forward review, authorized 12 new positions in the Facilities Maintenance Division to help with electric vehicle efforts. Officials have yet to encounter equipment and supply chain issues with the station, but such issues can arise as demand for such services increases.

County officials have identified 79 county government and Fairfax County Park Authority sites as potential locations for Level 2 EV charging stations. Factors considered by staff when evaluating possible locations included the location, the modifications needed to accommodate the increased electrical load, the expected demand and the proximity to another charging station, Hafeli said.

Officials expect charging stations to be installed at 24 sites across the county by mid-2023. These will include facilities that are newly built or have undergone major renovations; Maintenance facilities of the Department of Automotive Services and other operating sites; and in priority locations by members of the Supervisory Board, if possible.

More than 840 publicly accessible Level 2 stations in Virginia provide nearly 2,000 charging portals, Hafeli said.

The Fairfax County government fleet includes 16 electric vehicles, she said. There are 4,114 electric vehicles registered in Fairfax County, which is less than a third of the 12,763 registered in Montgomery County, Maryland. However, the counties are not far from each other when it comes to the infrastructure for charging electric vehicles.

Fairfax County has 194 electric vehicle charging stations, which equates to 17 per 100,000 people and one station per 0.5 square mile. Montgomery County has 214 stations, or 20 per 100,000 population and one station per 0.43 square mile.

Supervisor James Walkinshaw (D-Braddock) said Maryland offers a $ 3,000 electric vehicle tax credit in addition to the federal government’s $ 7,500 tax credit. Those credits, and not the availability of publicly accessible charging stations, explain Maryland’s higher total of electric vehicles, he said.

“We are a strong advocate for statewide tax credits in Virginia for people to buy used electric vehicles because there is a fairness issue,” said chairman of the board supervisor Jeff McKay (D).

Another key factor in electric vehicle ownership is ensuring the public has access to home charging stations, said supervisor Walter Alcorn (D-Hunter Mill).

Fairfax County staff will present to the Supervisory Board in early 2022 a proposed rate for Level 2 EV charging stations. The rate structure will likely have two components: a charge of $ 0.25 to $ 0.30 $ per kilowatt hour, plus a $ 2 per hour “housing” charge for the time vehicles are occupying EV charging spaces, but not actively charging.

The resort fee “gives the driver a boost to not stay too long, but is not so onerous that it discourages billing in the first place,” Hafeli said.


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Kingston secures $ 654,000 state grant for next phase of waterfront park improvements – Daily Freeman


KINGSTON, NY – The city has received a state grant of more than $ 650,000 for the second phase of the Kingston Point Park improvement project, according to Mayor Steve Noble.

The grant, totaling $ 654,500, comes from the State Department’s Waterfront Revitalization Program and is aimed at alleviating flooding in the park along the Hudson River.

The total cost of phase 2 is estimated at $ 750,000. The $ 95,500 not covered by the state subsidy will be paid by the city.

Phase 2 work will include improving drainage and elevation on one side of the park parking lot. The other side, in turn, will become a natural wetland.

The project will also improve access to the existing BMX bike facility and improve connections to the new Empire State Trail with crosswalks, sidewalks and trails, according to the mayor.

“This project aligns with our long-term vision and our commitment to sustainable access to this beautiful part of our city,” Noble said in a statement. “Due to the rise in sea level, Kingston Point Park is a vulnerable site, which is why we have invested resources in its sustainability, striving to make Kingston Point more resilient in order to ensure its survival in the future.

Phase 1 of the Kingston Point Park Improvement Project, completed last month, included the creation of a youth soccer field and new parking lot.

This phase also included “elements of green infrastructure to manage storm water and maximize green space,” said the mayor’s office.

The soccer field will be open in the spring, once the turf is established and the lines and goals are installed. A new playground will also be built on the site this spring.

“Since the beginning of the [COVID-19] pandemic, we have seen a dramatic increase in the use of our parks, trails and outdoor facilities, ”Kingston Recreation Director Lynsey Timbrouck said in a statement. “Today more than ever, it is essential that we invest in our leisure spaces to meet the growing demand that we are experiencing. “

Julie Noble, the city’s environmental education and sustainability coordinator, said Kingston Point Park is “a gem of the park system, but with ever-increasing risk of flooding and rising water levels. the sea”.

“The city, along with many local and state-level partners, is committed to tackling threats by proactively viewing, designing and building a whole new space that will be accessible for generations to come. Said Julie Noble, the mayor’s wife. in a report.

She said that Phase 2 of the park improvement project “will allow us to take a nuanced and forward-thinking approach to redesigning Kingston Point, which will include facilitating the natural progression of wetland development and migration while by being responsible stewards of the park “.


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UCSD paves the way for 15-year $ 3 billion reconstruction of Hillcrest campus


UC San Diego reaffirmed its commitment to serving patients in the city’s central and southern areas on Friday, paving the way for what officials say is a $ 3 billion investment to rebuild its existing medical campus at Hillcrest. .

It is estimated that it will take 15 years to complete the transformation, which begins with the construction of a 250,000 square foot ambulatory care building and 1,800 space parking lot on a plot just east of the medical center. UC San Diego.

A second phase requires significant amounts of new housing on the western and northeast edges of the 60-acre complex. A new hospital that will replace the existing medical center will follow, possibly leading to the removal of existing medical buildings.

The Price Philanthropies Foundation helped launch the public fundraising campaign for this expensive venture, contributing $ 10 million.

Robert Price, the chairman of the charity, noted that the property was the epicenter of San Diego health care when he grew up in nearby Mission Hills in the 1950s and housed a county-run hospital until UCSD bought it in 1968 to serve as the main cog in its new medical school.

“Over the years medicine has moved north and resources have moved north,” said Price, referring to the large investments in new facilities that UCSD and Scripps Health have made in La Jolla.

Very active in some of the city’s most economically disadvantaged areas, particularly City Heights just to the south, Price said it was important that those in need of care did not have to travel so far.

“To have that kind of commitment from UCSD… getting back into this area is really a big deal,” Price said.

Many dignitaries who attended Friday’s inauguration, which turned the earth under clear skies and with COVID-19 masks in place, credited State Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Toni Atkins with helping obtain government funding to make the project feasible.

Although there have been rumors over the past decade that UCSD intends to pull out of Hillcrest and consolidate its services at Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla, Atkins said on Friday he did not There was simply no way for the state to erode its presence in the center of the city where many of the poor need care.

“This location is necessary for our vulnerable San Diego population,” Atkins said. “This infrastructure is critical.

The project has heights of support in the form of a Bill Walton, who was on hand Friday afternoon to cheer. The retired NBA and UCLA basketball star, sports presenter and San Diego legend have undergone spine surgery at UCSD and is not shy about sharing the fact that his care saved his life.

“This is where the action is, right here in the center of town, and I will do anything and everything to help them build that,” Walton said.

On his to-do list, he added, a new orthopedic center in Hillcrest is named after its spine surgeon, Dr Steven Garfin, chair of the University Health System’s orthopedics department.

The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in 2025 and will house a wide range of services, including oncology, neurosurgery, urology, otolaryngology and orthopedics. Outpatient surgery capabilities will include a new space for gastroenterology procedures as well as space for drug infusion and radiation oncology.


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Adulting 101, an opportunity for Holgate students | Local education


HOLGATE – A class is helping students prepare for life after high school is now in its third year at schools in Holgate.

On Wednesday evening, Superintendent Kelly Meyers reported to the Holgate School Board that Cheryl Sonnenberg, a “veteran consumer science teacher” is teaching the elective course for seniors called “Adulting 101”.

According to Meyers, “This is a semester-long course designed to explore topics that will help prepare students for adult life beyond school walls. It is based on the Ohio Career Field Technical Content Standards and includes the following: Community Speakers, Weekly Cooking Labs, Presentations, Projects, Discussions, Research, Videos, Hands-on Activities. “

Topics for speakers range from car maintenance and changing a tire to various emergency service reviews, the responsibilities of dog ownership, finances, and applying for a job.

“Other life skills (for example, how to tie a tie, sew a button, iron a shirt, cook a meal, balance a checkbook, do laundry, wrap a gift, write a thank you note) are also included. Meyers added.

In addition to the success of the courses, a second semester is now added. The new class is called “Adulting 102” and Meyers said, “Students can take the course for a full year if it fits their schedule.”

Speaking of the teacher, Meyers said, “We are very proud of Ms. Sonnenberg’s passion and generation of ideas for this important program, as well as our students’ interest in becoming well-rounded citizens who can function with confidence in life beyond high school. “

In his report, Meyers also said that four security cameras had been added or updated around the school – upgrades were made at the guidance desk and in the hallway of the gymnasium; new cameras have been added to the entrance to the school and the cafeteria. The switches for the cameras will be installed on December 29.

Other improvements to the school include:

• Adding four Synexis blades to the cafeteria’s hydrogen peroxide air cleaning system will help kill germs. The installation will take place during the Christmas holidays and one of the air units will go to the lodge. ESSER funds were used to finance the project.

• a water softener was ordered on December 9 but is not expected for 10 to 12 weeks; probably around spring break.

• the concreting of the courtyard patio, now complete and in January, the furniture will be chosen for the space. This project was also funded by ESSER funds.

• the gravel part of the driveway connecting the east and south parking lots has been completed. In the spring, the concrete approach to the parking lot will be completed. The asphalt portion has a quote so far and expected completion is fall 2022. There will also be a 370-foot-long by 20-foot-wide retarder added that will cover two lanes of traffic.

Meyers also reported that two grants have been requested. The first is a school safety grant from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC). No grant update was available, including whether the grant was approved.

A before and after school program funded by the federal government since 2012, the 21st Century Grant, is in its final year. According to Meyers, from 2012-22, the grant will have brought in $ 1,487,500.00. “This program has formed community partnerships, organized countless family events, provided week-long summer day camps, helped students with their studies, provided experiences families might not have had. without it, ”Meyers said.

An example of funding through the 21st Century Grant is the archery program, according to Meyers – a program that includes eight students.

In other news, the board:

• increased the wellness grant by $ 880;

• increase in the PI fund of $ 39,000;

• approved an employment contract with Kent Seemann as treasurer, in effect from August 1, 2022 to July 31, 2027;

• agreed to an amendment to Superintendent Kelly Meyers’ contract, in effect from January 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023;

• approved Ruth Wenziger as a substitute teacher, effective December 6, 2021;

• approved the list of substitute teachers for NwOESC;

• endorsed Bradley Hurst as a volunteer indoor track and field coach for 2021-2022;

• approved the agreement between Great Lakes Biomedical and the Holgate School Board for drug / alcohol testing and physical examinations of bus drivers, effective Jan 1-Dec. 31, 2022;

• approved Henry County Chamber of Commerce dues, $ 100;

• accepted the purchase of a replacement water softener, $ 38,474.73;

• approved a professional day for staff on May 4, 2022;

• accepted the donation of $ 1,208.81 (proceeds of the flag football program) to the sports department of the Holgate Football Parents Group;

• elected Greg Thomas as Interim Chair for the January organizational meeting to be held on January 20, 2022 at 6:00 PM. The regular meeting will follow.


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Zoning approved to allow home to serve as a group care facility | News


A group care facility last week received approval from Norfolk City Council to operate in South Norfolk.

Following a public hearing, council voted unanimously to approve the three readings of a zoning order at the request of Richard J. and Kathy A. Sullivan of R-2 (residential district at one and two families) at R- 3 (multi-family residential district) for a house at 306 Indiana Ave.

On November 16, the Norfolk Planning Commission voted 6-0 to recommend approval of the zoning change. The board’s decision to approve the ordinance helps pave the way for the therapeutic home environment to help women re-enter the community.

It will be operated by Women’s Empowering Life Line (WELL), which will provide 24/7 staffing at the facility.

Norfolk city planner Valerie Grimes said the area has R-3 zoning about 2 ½ blocks to the west and C-3 zoning about a half block to the south. The house is just north of Omaha Avenue in South Norfolk.

Donielle Larson, executive director of WELL, said the goal is to make the home a 3.5-level adult treatment center. This means that it would be used for residential treatment and drug addiction, as well as mental illness.

Mayor Josh Moenning and council asked Larson about the change, including how the parking lot would be managed.

Larson said the house has lane access, so there will be parking in the lane, as well as additional parking in another lane behind the house. The center could accommodate up to 10 residents, she said.

“There will be adequate parking without us having to use the street,” she said.

No one spoke out against the zoning change during the public council hearing. Norfolk has several of these types of homes for residents to return to the community.

These types of treatment facilities are permitted out of the box with R-3 zoning, but require a conditional use permit in R-2 zoning.


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Welcome the mayor of Danville Arnerich + Lafayette Grandma Accused


Happy Monday, neighbors! Let’s start this day. Here’s what’s going on around Concord today.


First of all, the weather forecast for the day:

Windy with periods of rain. High: 55 Low: 45.


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Here are today’s top 5 stories at Concord:

  1. Richard Clayton, the husband of Contra Costa County supervisor Diane Burgis, committed suicide on Saturday morning, the supervisor said. “Like many of us, Richard’s mental health has been severely affected by the pandemic. I would ask anyone with a mental health crisis to seek help, and I respectfully ask you to respect my life. privacy and the privacy of Richard family at this difficult time, “Burgis said in a statement. (Claycord.com & Contra Costa Herald)
  2. Person Killed in Multiple Vehicle Crash on Eastbound Highway 24 near St. Stephens Drive early Saturday. Orinda’s accident was reported around 1:33 a.m. An unoccupied Dodge Challenger was parked on the right shoulder of the SR-24 eastbound and a Toyota Avalon, driven by an unrestrained adult male, was traveling eastbound on the SR-24 when, for unknown reasons, the driver let his vehicle leave the roadway on the shoulder. The Toyota collided with the rear of the parked Dodge. The driver of the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene. (News 24/680)
  3. The Office of the Public Prosecutor of Contra Costa has filed vehicle manslaughter offense against Phyllis Meehan in the death of Stanley Middle School crossing guard Ashley Steven Dias. On September 8, 2021, Phyllis Meehan was picking up her grandson from Lafayette College when she collided with a vehicle and sped into a crosswalk. Witnesses saw Mr. Dias push a student out of the way of the GMC Yukon before the crossing guard was fatally struck by the driver. (News 24/680)
  4. At the city’s 40th annual Community Service Awards on Tuesday, Danville council members have appointed Deputy Mayor Newell Arnerich as the town’s new mayor for the coming year. In Danville, the mayor is chosen from among council members for a one-year term starting on the first Tuesday in December. Arnerich, who was deputy mayor last year, was named the next mayor by council member Robert Storer, and elected by the municipal council unanimously, without other candidates. (Danvillesanramon.com)
  5. At their meeting on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, the The Antioch city council voted for the conditional hiring of Cornelius “Con” Johnson as interim city manager. “This is a conditional appointment based on a successful background check,” said Nickie Mastay, director of administrative services. “As soon as the interim city manager is hired, council will begin the process of recruiting a city manager.” The motion to appoint Cornelius Johnson with a proposed start date, following a successful background check, passed a 3-2 motion with Barbanica and Ogorchock voting no. (Herald of Antioch)

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  • Celebrate the winter holidays with Bel de Bel’s and Bunna’s books as she shares some of her favorite vacation stories with you at Lafayette Library and Learning Center. (9:30 AM)
  • Brave the storm to Christmas cookies, canvas and crafts at Home art studio in Concorde. (10:00 AM)
  • One of the most important decisions you need to make before you retire is when to apply for Social Security benefits. Learn more at this Social Security Webinar (1:00 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • A winter storm warning is in effect until 10 p.m. Tuesday in the Great Lake Tahoe Sunday marks the start of a series of five-day storms in the Sierra, according to the National Weather Service. Snowfall on Monday is expected to be heavy and continue through Tuesday. The weather service advises motorists to avoid travel if possible and be prepared to be stuck for hours. People who need to travel are advised to bring an emergency kit with additional food, water and clothing.
  • Grant applications are open for public bodies and private companies in order to mitigate the costs of the purchase and installation of public charging stations for electronic vehicles. Funds can go to all facilities in workspaces, transit parking lots, multi-unit residences and along major roads. The Air District will specifically seek projects in multi-unit residential facilities, such as affordable and below-market housing complexes, to reach communities with limited e-vehicle resources. The application period will be open until March 1, 2022.
  • Hancock is working on this “dog sitter” tonight! Help keep our community safe. (Facebook)

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Events:

  • Punjab Elections Hung Assembly # Chiefminister22, Poll, US, Canada, UK, NRI (December 14)
  • Christmas Comedy with Kabir Singh from AGT LIVE in Pleasanton (December 23)
  • Christmas Eve Special Takeout Dinner – Roxx on Main (December 24)
  • New Years Eve party at Roxx on Main (December 31)
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About me: Jeri Karges has lived and loved the Sacramento area for over 30 years. His passion is to find new and unique ways to enjoy the city and its surroundings. On the weekends, you can find her pestering her friends to taste the restaurant that has no silverware or to try their hand at ax throwing. Jeri also enjoys writing about retirement planning at https: //rockinretirement.subst …


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Construction of the 626-foot-tall Haus25 skyscraper in Jersey City completed


The 626-foot-tall Haus25 skyscraper at 25 Columbus Drive in Jersey City has finally completed construction. The 57-story skyscraper, designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects and built by Veris Residential, will feature 750 apartments with interiors designed by Fogarty Finger and a school designed by KSS Architects in the low-rise podium. The landscaper is Melillo + Bauer Associates, the structural engineer is DeSimone Consulting Engineers, the civil engineer is Inglese Architecture + Engineering and the mechanical engineer is AMA Consulting Engineers for the project, which is bounded by Christopher Columbus Drive to the north , Montgomery Street to the south, Washington Street to the east, and Warren Street to the west.

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Haus25’s residential program includes 244 studios, 249 one-bedroom, 224 two-bedroom and 33 three-bedroom. 37 of the houses will be classified as affordable housing. An outdoor swimming pool, dining and living areas, a children’s play area, an outdoor room for outdoor workout equipment and a large green grass are among the amenities. The previous sketches and plans represented the majority of the installations above the concrete parking structure along Montgomery Street. From a distance, the tower blends into the Jersey City skyline, with the rare glimpse of One World Trade Center peering through the cluster of tall residential and office buildings, most of which have been built during the previous decade.

Learn more about the Haus25 Jersey City skyscraper

The finishes, on the other hand, were slowly completed. The construction elevator was removed and the gap in the facade filled, as was the parking garage on the southwest corner of the property. The public plaza and landscaping that will go to the northwest corner of the lot facing Christopher Columbus Drive and Warren Street are the last major work remaining on the exterior of the building. With floor-to-ceiling glass and a grid of white wainscoting, the main building rises above its surroundings.

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Largest RV and boat storage facility in the United States changes hands


Adult Toy Storage, which claims to be the nation’s largest RV and boat storage facility, has a new owner. The insolently named facility will also receive a new nickname: RV Storage Depot.

A Newport Beach, California-based joint venture between RanchHarbor, Ramser Development Company and Saunders Property purchased the Altamonte Springs, Florida facility. The property sold for $ 25.2 million, according to local real estate records.

“In recent years, greater Orlando has experienced a population boom and economic growth. This, coupled with a huge increase in boat and RV orders, particularly in Florida, has led to an excellent opportunity to invest in this unique property, ”said Adam Deermount, Managing Director of RanchHarbor, in a statement. .

The seller converted the property from a commercial nursery to its current use and has operated the facility continuously since the 1980s. The 55 acre property consists of 1,800 units, including outdoor parking spaces, indoor parking spaces and self-storage units. The new owners plan to create an additional 500 outdoor spaces on an undeveloped 14-acre portion of the property.

Neal Gussis of CCM Commercial Mortgage and Josh Koerner and Frost Weaver of Weaver Realty Group, LLC represented both the buyer and seller in this transaction.

A national opportunity

The joint venture’s plans for the RV and boat storage business don’t end there. The acquisition of Adult Toy Storage is the first step in what the group plans to be a nationwide deployment of its vehicle storage platform.

“The purchase of Adult Toy Storage room represents the first step in a nationwide rollout of Ramser Development’s RV and boat storage room portfolio, ”said Ally Ramser Young, COO of Ramser Development Company.

Sales of recreational vehicles and watercraft have exploded across the country, leaving many buyers looking for storage options. The RV Industry Association predicts that sales will be up 40% this year from 2020 with more than 600,000 units sold. The forecast for 2022 calls for a slight increase in RV sales of 1.9% from 2021, a trend that will continue to drive demand for boat and RV storage operators.

The demand is starting to grab the attention of investors and storage operators, with some seizing the opportunity. Other entrants to the space include Madison Capital, based in Charlotte, NC, which recently launched BlueGate Boat and RV Storage with 10 deals pending. Traditional operators with existing facilities have also taken swift action to increase the capacity of RVs and boats at their existing facilities.

RanchHouse, Ramser and Saunders joint venture is actively seeking additional RVs and boats storage room investment opportunities in growing markets across the United States


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Gunman arrested after barricading himself at his Williamsburg home


The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office (YPSO) was at the scene at the 100 block of Wellington Drive where a gunman barricaded himself inside the house on December 5, 2021. (Courtesy of YPSO)
This is an update of an original article published on December 5, 2021. To view the original story, please Click here. -Ed.

WILLIAMSBURG – A gunman who barricaded himself at a Williamsburg home on Sunday, December 5 has been taken into custody by the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office (YPSO).

(Courtesy of YPSO)

At approximately 1:41 p.m., YPSO was dispatched to Block 100 Wellington Drive for a welfare check. Upon their arrival, the deputies discovered that an armed man had barricaded himself inside the residence.

Throughout the afternoon, YPSO advised neighbors to take shelter in place while evacuating neighboring residences while making numerous attempts to contact the man inside the house. House.

YPSO received assistance from the James City County Police Department and Newport News, as well as the York County Fire and Life Safety Department. In addition, the departments used the facilities and parking lots of Unity Church and Terrace Grocery.

At around 11:55 p.m. Sunday, the man left the residence and was taken into custody by YPSO.

Sheriff YPSO JD “Danny” Diggs would like to thank the York County Emergency Dispatchers, all other departments who assisted, as well as Unity Church and Terrace Grocery who assisted during the long incident.

No other information regarding the man’s identity or mobile has been released yet.

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