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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.

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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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Making Unitec development fit for the future

In March 2018, the government announced that it was buying 29 hectares of land from Unitec for a huge housing estate, with potentially up to 2,500 to 4,000 new homes. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) website states that the Crown owns 26.5 hectares and is in negotiations to acquire an additional 9.3 hectares. They also renamed the development as Carrington Residential Development.

We finally started seeing some development details in mid-2020:

Development of the site begins with 26.5 hectares of land which are the main land holdings, with an additional 9.3 hectares under negotiation.

The basic plan is fully in line with the Auckland unit plan. It delivers:

  • 11.3 hectares (41%) of green space (including road allowances)
  • 12.3 ha of developable land
  • ~2,500-3,000 housing units in nine constituencies (individual wards)
  • building heights between 2 stories in the south and 8 stories in the center and north
  • density between 94 and 113 dwellings per gross hectare or 204 per net hectare
  • a ratio of 0.95 parking spaces per dwelling

The overall project is expected to take 10 to 15 years to complete.

Yet nearly two years after those details – and four years since it was first announced – little progress appears to have been made on development, even though in August 2020 the government announced an investment of $75 million”to accelerate and expand infrastructure upgrades and development“.

It seems there is a demolition about to begin. But I also wonder if this apparent lack of progress could also be an opportunity.

Since the development was announced, and even since the last time we heard about it, it has changed a lot. In particular, in mid-2019 Auckland Council declared a climate emergency and the government did the same in December 2020. The Auckland Climate Plan was adopted in mid-2020 and calls for half of all trips in the region are made by car. modes by 2050 – up from just 12.8% before the pandemic. The government’s draft emissions reduction plan also includes big changes, suggesting a 20% reduction in vehicle-kilometres traveled (VKT) by light-duty vehicles by 2035. a national goal. cities, potentially requiring up to 60% reduction in car travel in urban areas.

The Carrington residential development is set to be an example of Auckland’s low-carbon future, helping to showcase the kind of Auckland these plans are calling for. But when I think about some of the plans above, and in particular the number of parking spaces, it seems far from it.

Of course, just a decade ago, the 0.95 car parks per unit planned for this development would have seemed like a utopian future. But in our current climate, it seems unambitious or even antiquated in its planning. More so, because many car parks are expected to be integrated into the development, with only the last stages of the development bringing the parking-to-unit ratio down to 0.95. The government must do better.

After all, if a development 30 km from the city center can do it, why not one that is only 6 km away?

We believe the Carrington development should aim for a car parking rate of perhaps half of what they are currently planning. But simply not adding parking won’t magically solve all the problems – and could still lead to the risk of bad/illegal parking issues that we see in other parts of Auckland.

So what are some of the things the HUD could do to align this development with our future by actively encouraging a car-light lifestyle? Here are some ideas.

Electric bikes for residents

The Unitec site is currently quite unique in Auckland, in that it has some of the best cycling connections in the region. The NW cycle path runs along the northern edge of the site, providing safe and easy access to the town centre; while the Waterview Road crosses the site, linking the road along SH20 south to Onehunga and beyond, and west to the soon-to-be completed road from New Lynn to Avondale.

Instead of building expensive parking lots, which almost certainly cost tens of thousands of dollars per space to be built, why not provide all residents with electric bicycles, either directly or as part of a self-service bicycle system?

Public transport pass

The site is also in the middle of a strong link to public transport. The government could work with Auckland Transport to offer a special public transport pass for residents, offering discounted or even free travel to residents. It might even be a prototype product that AT could then sell to other developers.

We’ve already started to see some companies doing this, like Genesis Energy moving to Wynyard Quarter. Their annual report last year said:

This decision served as a catalyst to introduce initiatives that would reduce emissions, traffic congestion and enable active and shared travel. As part of the move, we no longer provided staff parking lots, removed company cars from salary packages and replaced our fleet of company cars with electric vehicle car-sharing start-up, Zilch. In their place, we provided a 25% public transport subsidy, carpooling hubs in South and West Auckland, a free shuttle service from the eastern suburbs and high-end changing rooms to encourage staff to ride, run or walk to work.

Our people loved it.

Compared to travel routines in our previous offices which had 205 parking lots, we saw a 50% increase in the number of people taking public transport or using electric vehicles, 102% increase in cycling, running, walking or riding an electric scooter to get to work, 81% of staff have joined the public transport subsidy and there are 984 less carbon-emitting journeys each week (petrol, diesel, motorcycle), a reduction of 71%. So far, staff have collectively reduced carbon emissions by 158 tonnes per year.

I also understand that the PT grant cost them a lot less than they thought.

bus bridge

The site already has a few decent public transport options. Most buildings should be close to Carrington Road, which is serviced by both the Outer Link and frequent 66 buses. Especially once the City Rail Link is complete, a quick trip to downtown Mt Albert and a transfer to a train will be easy – although we need to improve the connection between buses and trains in Mt Albert. (The Baldwin Ave station is another opportunity).

Across the side, Gt North Road sees both the 18 bus route (frequent double-deckers between New Lynn and downtown), as well as buses to and from the northwest. And if we ever get a light rail to the Northwest, access to that line will also become an option.

But we could also facilitate this step. Buses 18 (and 195) have a dead zone of approximately 1.3 km with no bus stops as they cross the Waterview freeway interchange. One option might be to build another bridge over Oakley Creek roughly adjacent to the bicycle/pedestrian bridge built a few years ago, which would allow one or two stops directly inside the development.

This is an old image of the development plans, but highlights the idea of ​​the bus bridge


There will be times when people need a car, and so an integrated car-sharing system would be crucial to help give people options. We’re already seeing car-sharing systems in other developments – including the proposed Sunfield development mentioned above.

With the exception of the bus bridge idea, these types of interventions could be very useful in other developments – and especially those related to light rail. It might also be worth considering these ideas as part of a vintage car trade-in program, so people actually make a meaningful shift to low-carbon transport.

What do you think: what else should the government be doing to ensure that this development helps support broader government policy?

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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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New Plymouth ratepayers could pay the Catholic Church nearly $2 million to land council rent $1 a year since 1984

The Wynyard St section is occupied by retirees in nine separate apartments.


The Wynyard St section is occupied by retirees in nine separate apartments.

New Plymouth ratepayers may have to pay the Catholic Church nearly $2 million for a section of Bell Block they’ve paid just $37 to rent since 1984.

The Wynyard St section, which is occupied by retirees in nine separate apartments and has been independently valued at $1.95 million, has been let by New Plymouth District Council for just $1 a year since the church signed a 40-year lease in 1984.

With the lease about to expire, council approached the church about the future of the land.

Instead of pursuing the lease of the council-built flats, the church offered a land swap – Wynyard St for the Powderham St car park opposite its New Plymouth cathedral – with an additional $250,000.

The Powderham St car park which the Catholic Church was happy to do a land swap for.


The Powderham St car park which the Catholic Church was happy to do a land swap for.

* Permission granted for pre-development earthworks on a large block in southern Upper Hutt
* New Plymouth businesses oppose planned parking lot changes
* Timaru District Council buys Temuka buildings for nearly $1 million

However, the deal did not appeal to council management given the scarcity of car parks in the city center since the city center car park was mothballed in December 2020 over fears it could be of serious earthquake risk.

The parking demand was highlighted in a report to the council’s strategy and operations committee, with the Powderham St site having a waiting list of 43 for the 46 parks already let.

“Any suggestion to sell this parking lot is likely to generate interest and objection,” the report said.

Deputy Mayor Richard Jordan questioned the Catholic Church.  (File photo)


Deputy Mayor Richard Jordan questioned the Catholic Church. (File photo)

At Tuesday’s committee meeting, Deputy Mayor Richard Jordan asked if the Catholic Church was showing “Christian values” by asking for the estimated price of the land, while he also asked if they felt a ” guilt” about the process.

By contrast, veteran adviser Harry Duynhoven thought the asking price of $1.95million was ‘relatively modest’ given there was an opportunity to build more homes for the elderly given the size of the lot. of 3585 m².

“I’m a little surprised at Deputy Mayor Jordan’s view that the church should feel guilty,” he said.

The Powderham St car park is


The Powderham St car park is “an asset that we need to maintain”, said Councilor Colin Johnston.

Duynhoven found support from councilor Murray Chong, who thought it was “a very good price” for the land, which would be ideal for putting converted shipping containers into housing for the elderly.

He was also keen to know what return the council received from the property.

When the subject moved on to a possible land swap, Councilor Colin Johnston said he was totally against the possibility.

“We cannot lose the Powderham St car park. It is an asset that we must retain.”

The Wynyard St, Bell Block, Retirement Units.


The Wynyard St, Bell Block, Retirement Units.

Reviewing the report, Councilor Marie Pearce was “really very surprised” that the Bell Block retirement apartments were the youngest on the council’s books because “they are quite old”.

Nevertheless, she believed that the land was not overvalued. “It’s actually good value for money.”

Ultimately, councilors backed the recommendation to buy the land, with a final decision to appear before the full council on March 8.

Although there was a clear majority for it, adviser and committee chair Stacey Hitchcock said the decision would likely be debated further at that meeting.

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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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Free parking offer for motorists in the ‘usually full’ Leighton Buzzard parking lot labeled ‘extraordinary’

Recommendations from a controversial consultation report on parking fees and charges include free afternoon parking twice a week in a Leighton Buzzard car park, an offer one ward councilor called “extraordinary”.

The Sustainable Communities Oversight and Review Committee was asked to review the report yesterday (Thursday, January 20) and endorse its recommendations to the executive.

Despite overwhelming objections from respondents who opposed any increase, the report proposed that parking charges in Central Bedfordshire Council car parks should be increased, which the committee assumed. Learn more here.

Councilor Victoria Harvey (independent, Linslade) pointed out that a council-owned multi-storey car park in Leighton Buzzard was “remarkably” empty and a great place to skateboard.

“Throughout the pandemic, throughout the period that the multi-storey building has remained very empty, the Grovebury Road retail park which offers free parking is always full,” she said.

“It has much the same offer as the city center with cafes, food, with a range of comparison goods and you can park for free.

“The main answer [to the consultation] is that respondents believe parking fees and the proposal to increase fees are having a negative impact on local businesses.

“The FSB, which spoke here at the last meeting, really emphasized the importance of free parking or reduced parking fees to entice people to come in,” she said. .

The “amazing” parking recommendation was free afternoon parking at Leighton Buzzard’s Duncombe Drive car park from 2-6pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays (currently it’s free on Wednesday afternoons).

“The provision of free parking at Duncombe Drive, I’m afraid I find extraordinary,” said Councilor Harvey.

“Because Duncombe Drive is usually full, so you’re offering free parking to people who already park there rather than attracting people.

“And it’s not in line with our market hours, so it’s a very strange time to attract people.

“So I just feel like there’s a lack of coherent thinking,” she added.

Executive Member for Place and Communities, Councilor Ian Dalgarno (Conservative, Arlesey Ward) replied: “We are in a bit of a two-pronged situation, obviously with the impact of COVID we have taken a number of different measures on the main street in Leighton Buzzard,

“Leighton Buzzard High Street has been the subject of an extraordinary traffic management order and it has an impact on what happened on the high street there.

“A review of this is ongoing and we will make decisions on this early next month, in fact just before we go to the executive.

“So the results of that will impact footfall and high street and things like that as well.

“So as far as Leighton Buzzard is concerned, it’s a lot more complicated than just ‘oh, we’re looking to raise prices, how do we handle things, how do we support the market, how do we support traders’, etc.”

“It’s intrinsically linked, I’m afraid to say, and we’ll get to results like this before we go executive,” he said.

Committee chairman, Councilor Nigel Young (Conservative, Dunstable Watling Ward) sought clarification on the recommendation that ‘card payments for fares below £3.50 are only introduced at multi-parking payment machines floors of Leighton Buzzard”.

Community Safety, Parking and Program Manager Jeanette Keyte said: “Currently in terms of card payments, all of our car parks where we have pay and display machines, you can pay by card using the JustPark app.

“The multi-storey car park has a different payment system which unfortunately meant our residents were unable to pay by card for anything less than £3.50.

‘We are therefore proposing that, for the multi-storey car park only, we allow the machine to accept card payments below £3.50,’ she said.

Councilor Young said: “I’m sorry to get bogged down in this so if I’m going to pay for parking at Duncombe Drive for 1 hour which costs £1 or £1.50 at the moment I’ll be charged £ £1 or £1.50 without using a phone with a debit card?”

“No, Mr. Chairman,” replied Councilor Dalgarno.

“We have a system in place, where we try to get members of the public to use the JustPark app, so we give people the options.”

Councilor Young said: “Thank you, Ian, thank you very much. So you keep charging members of the public who don’t have a phone £3.50 for the minimum stay or whatever and they get no value until they stay four hours and you don’t offer to change that?

“It’s just blatant, absolutely blatant.”

The committee’s report and recommendations will now be reviewed by the Executive of the Board.

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Another development planned for Squamish

Diamond Head Development is looking to build 20 duplexes, 18 townhouses and 172 apartments between four apartment buildings.

Diamond Head Development is looking to build 20 duplexes, 18 townhouses and 172 apartments between four apartment buildings in the Loggers East neighborhood.

On January 11, district staff presented council with the developer’s plan to build on the easternmost end of Finch and Raven Drive, which is a hilly, sloping area.

The properties span 8.5 acres and are zoned RS-1 for single family homes. Diamond Head is seeking to have it rezoned as a 101 Comprehensive Development Area, or CD-101.

The lands are located at the east end of Finch and Raven Drive, totaling 8.5 hectares.

In terms of height, the developer’s request is to create apartment buildings five stories high or 18 meters high, whichever is lower.

According to the recently adopted neighborhood plan, buildings in the area are only supposed to be four stories high, but district staff said the exception was justified.

“The rationale for allowing apartment buildings to exceed four storeys in height is to reduce the footprints of apartment buildings to allow for more open space on the site and to reduce the amount of restraint that may be required to accommodate buildings on the upper portion of the site,” said Bryan Daly, Development and Subdivision Coordinator

“Reducing the building’s footprint and maintaining open space are supported in site design guidelines in hillside housing policies. The site’s steep topography and lack of neighbors within east should minimize impacts to nearby views.”

Daly said there are also proposals to reduce parking requirements.

It would reduce the requirement by 0.25 spaces per apartment type and reduce visitor spaces to 0.1 space per dwelling for 72 of the 172 dwellings. There should be between one and two stands per unit, depending on the size of the unit.

Daly said that would result in a reduction of 60 stalls from the standard zoning bylaw requirement.

“The reduced parking standard would result in 990 square meters of green space instead of providing paved parking spaces. It should be noted that the proposal includes visitor parking for duplex units, which is not a requirement of the zoning bylaw,” Daly said.

He said staff were in favor of reducing parking for several reasons.

First, he said 32 of the units will be set aside for affordable housing, which exceeds the 10% requirement for community amenities contributions.

Daly added that 60 of the apartments will be located in the lower part of the site, closer to the active transport structure. A three meter wide multi-use pathway would also be proposed along the extension of Finch Drive to the upper portion of the site.

The multi-use trail would continue from the site along Finch Drive to Loggers Lane. Finally, the developer also offers an e-bike sharing program, he said.

Child care for at least 25 children, children’s play facilities and ski jumps for Squamish Legacy Sports Park, among others, are on the table.

The Council provided comments on the proposal.

“I’m happy with the density here. Often we see a kind of push towards the maximum allowed, compared to what’s actually achievable on the site. I think it’s a good mix. I was happy to see duplexes and apartment buildings,” said Councilman Armand Hurford.

“The height of the apartment building is a challenge. We did it through a sub-area planning process, our neighborhood planning process, and it gave us a different number. But I think when you get into the specific sites – and the constraints and potentials of the sites – that there might be some flexibility there to go up.

Com. John French said he supports parking space numbers.

Cycling infrastructure, paths, trails and potential future transit create a scenario where there are very few barriers to active transit, French said.

“I think that supports the proposed parking numbers,” he said.

French also called community amenity contributions generous.

Com. Eric Andersen said this development will be a learning experience about developing on steep slopes.

“I’m impressed with what’s on offer and delivered in this plan in the face of the difficult terrain we face,” Andersen said.

He said he was not concerned about the height of the buildings.

Regarding parking, he said there was some uncertainty, but a miscalculation won’t have a ripple effect on the rest of the neighborhood.

“There’s nothing anyone can do about it on this ground. Elsewhere I might be more concerned about the implications of miscalculating parking demands, but here it might just be the market,” Anderson said.

The main issue would be that it might be harder to sell some of the units, he said.

Com. Doug Race advocated for the developer to donate land in fee simple for affordable housing as part of its contribution to community amenities.

He noted that the district housing corporation had just been incorporated, and although it is not yet operational, the corporation can start making future plans for it.

“I think the big thing for us as a board is to take opportunities when they arise. We don’t always have control over that,” Race said.

French and Mayor Karen Elliott also agreed to Race’s proposal.

“The district is prepared to subsidize the housing corporation up to $1 million over five years,” Elliott said, regarding Race’s proposal. “The sooner they get land in their hands, the sooner they can start planning, the sooner we can stop subsidizing them because they generate income.”

She said the development is close to amenities, the city center and a soon-to-be-widened public transport route.

Elliott said there are few affordable housing options like this.

“I would like to see a proposal that definitely come forward considering that,” she said.

Elliott also said she would like to see storage options for people in smaller units. If parking is reduced, there must be at least one storage space available.

Com. Chris Pettingill expressed concern about the potential route of the FortisBC pipeline through the area and its proximity to affordable units.

He said the location of these units could be a problem.

“It’s still an open issue,” Pettingill said.

He said he was comfortable with density and mixing units.

Staff and the developer will consider comments from elected officials and appear before council again at a later date.

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Aberdeenshire Council Policy on Electric Vehicle Charging

Aberdeenshire Council is implementing an electric vehicle charging policy, with plans to expand the public grid as the number of vehicles increases.

With the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars and vans to be phased out by 2030, growth in electric vehicle (EV) sales is expected to accelerate.

While electric vehicles offer a number of benefits to both owners and the community at large, including lower operating costs and reduced air and noise pollution, vehicle range and uptime charging facilities raise concerns.

Aberdeenshire Council is therefore developing a policy on electric vehicle charging, which is being considered by the Buchan area committee today (Tuesday 11 December).

The council’s policy examines how it will continue to operate, maintain and expand the publicly available network of electric vehicle charging stations in Aberdeenshire at a pace that reflects growing demand.

And with more and more EV owners likely to look for ways to charge their vehicles at home, the policy also indicates how and where it will be allowed.

Under the policy, on-street electric vehicle charging points will only be allowed when accessible to the public, so anyone looking to set up their own private charging point will need their own off-street parking space. street, such as a driveway or garage.

Council policy states: “Aberdeenshire Council does not allow on-street charging of electric vehicles where it would involve cables crossing the pedestrian lane or any other part of the road.

“Likewise, we would not allow the installation of charging devices on public roads when it was for private rather than public use.

“Potential buyers of electric vehicles who do not have access to off-street parking at home or charging facilities at work should base any decision on using publicly accessible charging points in the same way as the gasoline and diesel are currently accessible. “

While around 81% of homes in Aberdeenshire have dedicated off-street parking, in some communities – particularly in fishing villages – the layout of homes on the street means that many residents do not and could not charge an electric vehicle at home. .

Transportation hubs, such as bus or train stations, could offer commuters the option of recharging their vehicles. Likewise, city-center car parks could offer recharging possibilities for commuters but also for visitors.

The policy also states that the provision of electric vehicle charging stations will be encouraged in new private parking lots.

And it says tariffs should be set for customers using the public electric vehicle network to ensure full payment of costs.

After an initial period of free charging in early 2021, Aberdeenshire Council introduced a charge based on a tariff per kWh of electricity supplied to cover the costs of energy, maintenance, administration and management.

There has been rapid growth of electric vehicles in Aberdeenshire in recent years, from a few dozen in 2021 to around 600 in 2019, and just over 1,400 at the end of June last year.

However, the combined number of battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles still only accounted for around 0.75% of the total number of vehicles registered in Aberdeenshire.

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Apartments sold and rented – Globes

Second hand apartments sold

Jerusalem and its surroundings
Jerusalem: A 60 square meter two-room apartment on the fourth floor with parking on Shamai Street in the city center sold for NIS 1.95 million. A 100-square-meter, four-room second-floor apartment with storage room and parking on Mordechai Alkachi Street in Armon Hanatziv was sold for NIS 1.76 million. A 59-square-meter three-room apartment on the seventh floor of Shahal Street in Givat Mordechai was sold for NIS 1.7 million. A 133-square-meter, seventh-floor four-room apartment with elevator on Tzvia VeYitzhak Street in Gilo was sold for NIS 2.1 million. An 85-square-meter, three-room, ground-floor apartment with a storage room on Ha’ach Street in the Musrara district was sold for NIS 2.85 million (RE / MAX – Hazon).
Tel Aviv and central region
Givatayim: A 60 square meter, three-room, second-floor apartment with no elevator and parking on Sheinkin Street was sold for NIS 2.02 million. An 81-square-meter, three-room apartment on the 12th floor with an elevator and two parking spaces on Ben Tzvi Street was sold for NIS 3 million. A 75-square-meter, 2.5-room, second-floor apartment with no elevator and parking on Katznelson Street was sold for NIS 2.07 million.

Herzlia: A 10-square-meter 4.5-room fourth-floor apartment with elevator and parking on Hamekubalim Street in Neve Amirim was sold for NIS 3.3 million.

Ra’anana: A 110-square-meter, four-room, third-floor apartment with elevator and parking on Golomb Street was sold for NIS 2.2 million.

Netanya: A 256-square-meter, six-room, three-level house with a 403-square-meter garden on Sahlab Street in Ramat Poleg was sold for NIS 5.2 million. A 260-square-meter, five-room, three-story house on Ner Halilah Street in Ramat Poleg was sold for NIS 4.3 million. A 170-square-meter, two-level five-room house with a 100-square-meter garden and outdoor accommodation on Nurit Street in Ramat Poleg was sold for NIS 4.95 million. A 160-square-meter, six-room, fifth and sixth-floor duplex apartment with a 30-square-meter balcony, elevator and two parking spaces on Shalom Aleichem Street in Neve Oz was sold for NIS 2.77 million (RE / MAX – Maximum).

Or Akiva: A 260-square-meter seven-room house on a 500-square-meter plot of land on YL Peretz Street in the Orot Hayaroka neighborhood was sold for NIS 4.3 million.
Rehovot: A 105-square-meter, four-room, fourth-floor apartment with a 19-square-meter balcony, storage room, elevator and parking on Derekh Yavne was sold for NIS 2.2 million. A 129 square meter five-room apartment on the first floor with 18.5 and 26 square meter balconies, a storage room, an elevator and two parking spaces on Shin Ben-Zion Street was sold for $ 2.95 million. shekels (Anglo-Saxon).

Posted by Globes, Israel business news – – January 9, 2022.

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COMING SOON! New parking meters and kiosks

COMING SOON! New parking meters and kiosks

Kirstin Davis, Communications Manager, Community and Economic Development, 509.625.7773

Friday January 7, 2022 at 11:39 a.m.

COMING SOON!  New parking meters and kiosks

If you remember going from a flip phone to a smartphone, you’ll appreciate what will happen to a parking meter near you! As the City prepares for an on-street parking makeover, new meters and kiosks are on the way and we are excited to show them off as we are confident it will provide a better parking experience.

Here’s how:

  • Payment options: Meters and kiosks will accept credit / debit cards, coins, mobile and contactless payments for added flexibility.
  • Better visibility: The counters will be color coded according to the time limits for better visibility. Customers will be able to see the remaining time and receipt of any payment on the counter.
  • Space makeover: Currently, there is a meter for each on-street parking space. Most of the new counters will be “double space”, which means there will be one meter for every two spaces. This will remove almost half of the meters in the city center. Unused poles will be removed or reused for bike racks!
  • Improved service: With fewer devices, parking enforcement specialists will be able to improve the health and safety of the community by having more resources to respond to dangerous infractions.
  • Circle the kiosks:Outside of downtown, most on-street metered parking will be replaced with kiosks for every 6 to 8 parking spaces.

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San Mateo downtown parking lot changes | Local news

Parking availability in downtown San Mateo garages is easier to determine with the addition of real-time signs showing vacant parking spaces at the garage level, with city staff touting increased efficiency for the public.

“We are making parking in the city center more efficient by directing users to available parking spaces and thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions by limiting the need for drivers to walk around the available parking lot,” said said Kellie Benz, spokesperson for San Mateo Public Works.

According to a staff report, the city first approved parking technology upgrades for the city center in October 2019 for around $ 1.45 million in partnership with entrepreneur IPS Group. Called the Downtown Parking Technology Project, it creates technology upgrades throughout downtown to improve public information about parking and payment structures. Improvements include new parking kiosks, single-place parking meters for on-street and off-street parking, real-time parking data for downtown garages, and orientation signs for on-time parking availability. real. Parking availability options include mounted electronic signs showing current occupancy levels and available spaces in downtown garages at different levels. The new terminals and meters include cash, credit and mobile payment options. Meters now use a car’s license plate to determine identification and payment. Instead of manually setting meters, a new parking management system also allows city staff to manage parking stations and pay off-site meters. City staff expect the changes to improve parking downtown and reduce greenhouse gases by reducing the number of cars. The city’s 2020 climate action plan calls for reducing greenhouse gases in order to meet the state’s reduction targets and take action to reduce them.

San Mateo has five city-owned parking garages downtown, including Central and Main Street garages, with varying levels of on-street parking throughout downtown. Benz said a real-time parking occupancy sign can be found outside the entrance to the five downtown garages and on each floor of each garage.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, or MTC, a regional agency tasked with helping improve the Bay Area’s transportation system, provided funding to San Mateo for the project in 2015. San Mateo received $ 1.5 million. MTC dollars and an additional $ 500,000 congestion alleviation and air quality grant. Improvement Funding, a federal program to reduce emissions from transportation-related sources. The city also provided $ 500,000 to bring the total funding to around $ 2.5 million. San Mateo searched for an acceptable contractor’s offer for several years before accepting the IPS Group offer. The project is largely complete, with minor items to complete.

Benz said it was too early to know how much the changes have helped reduce traffic jams or made it easier for drivers. However, she noted that the city is still looking to improve the downtown area for residents and visitors. She cited the city’s recently approved low-income parking permit program for all downtown parking garages. Eligible individuals can purchase a parking permit for $ 40 per month to park daily. Applicants must submit applications online and provide verification of their income. City council approved the permit program on October 18.

“We will monitor all options and bring all possible recommendations to city council,” Benz said.

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CenterPoint purchases three Los Angeles area industrial assets as part of broader strategy

National Real Estate Advisors plans to add 41 floors of residential units in addition to the existing space at the Block.

Le Bloc shopping center downtown May have a new look.
Washington, DC-based National Real Estate Advisors, the owner of the center, has filed plans to add 41 floors above the centre’s existing 12-story parking lot.
Plans filed with the Town Planning Department call for 466 apartments – a mix
studios, one, two and three bedroom units.

Handel Architects, based in New York, is designing the project.
The Block at 700 S. Flower St. was built in the 1970s as Broadway Plaza before moving through Macy’s Plaza in the 1990s.

Ratkovich Co., which is based at the center, updated it a few years ago. In 2018, the company sold its stake in the development to National Real Estate Advisors, one of its financial partners.

The companies and Blue Vista Capital Management bought The Bloc in 2013 for $ 241 million.

Today, The Bloc has a 32-story office building and a Sheraton Grand hotel, in addition to retail space. Merchants in the center
include Macy’s and Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

“It’s a great project, and it complements The Bloc,” said Nick Griffin, executive director of the Downtown Center Business Improvement District. “You have the quartet of office, retail, hospitality and residential in one place. It’s really a compelling package… and it really speaks to the confidence developers have in the downtown area as a residential market. You wouldn’t be building a project of this scale and complexity on a parking lot structure if you weren’t very confident in the market.

Despite the difficulties many urban centers face during the pandemic, the downtown residential market is recovering. In the third quarter, the average apartment occupancy rate was 93.6%, an increase of 9.9% from the previous year, according to data from DCBID. The average effective rent per unit, meanwhile, was $ 2,734, up 15.1% from the previous year, according to DCBID.

“It is clear that the projections for the exodus from the city were just plain wrong and, quite the contrary, residential demand has come back with a vengeance,” Griffin said. “This project is really convincing proof of that and that the residential market is very strong.”

Other projects with large residential components are also underway in the city center. A billion-dollar project dubbed The Grand will include 436 luxury apartments when completed next year, in addition to a hotel and retail space. A project at 520 Mateo Street in the Arts District will have a 35-story tower with 475 apartments when completed. It will also have an office tower and a commercial space.

But the most recent plans come from Brookfield Properties, which filed plans in November with the city to add a 34-story residential tower with 366 units at its Bank of America Plaza at 333 S. Hope St. The property already has a 55 story. office tower.
The residential project, known as the Residences at 333 South Hope Street and designed by Large Architecture, would replace part of the plaza and parking on the site with the apartment tower. Brookfield is also planning to have a downstairs cafe on the property.

These projects, Griffin said, are important to the continued growth of the downtown area.
“When we look at downtown holistically, we really think the continued growth of residential (developments) is really the key to success,” Griffin said. “We already have the critical mass of offices. “

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Parking lot operator “regrets” three-hour delays for shoppers trying to leave Ilac Center

The operators of a Dublin city center car park are looking for ways to stop long delays during peak periods as Christmas approaches.

Above-normal traffic volumes saw some motorists stranded for more than three hours as they attempted to exit the Ilac Center parking lot over the weekend, it was claimed.

Frustrated Christmas shoppers have been reported to be abandoning their cars due to long delays.

Heavy traffic jams on Parnell Street are believed to have seriously restricted the number of cars that can exit the multi-story parking lot.

The parking lot belonging to Dublin City Council is leased to Park Rite, who said they regretted the inconvenience caused.

Dublin Street Parking Services (DSPS) said higher-than-usual traffic levels near central Ilac only tend to occur on weekends in December.

When asked about plans to address the problem of parking lot users in the future, the company said it was involved in discussions with the Dublin Town group of companies and all relevant traffic management.

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13 businesses now open or coming to Round Rock

As the population growth in Round Rock continues to increase at a rapid rate, the number of businesses coming to the city is also increasing. From a kids’ gymnasium to an ax throwing facility to a hardware store, several new businesses have opened or are coming to Round Rock.

Anchor bar open mid-October at 2702 Parker Drive, Ste. B, Round Rock, in the La Frontera Village shopping center. This is the third establishment of the New York chain in Texas. The new location is locally owned by Round Rock native TJ Mahoney. 512-494-6727.

Big Hug Gym open September 25 at 1920 Sam Bass Road, Ste. 700, Rocher Rond. The children’s gym offers recreational gymnastics lessons for children from 16 months old once or twice a week depending on the parents’ preference. The prices vary according to the age of the child and the frequency of the lessons. A registration fee of $ 35 is available for the whole family. 737-224-1929

TexAXE central open in Round Rock at 3590 Rockin J Ave. October 1. The ax throwing venue is open on Fridays from 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays from noon to midnight and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. after 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and after 8 p.m. on Sundays, customers must have a reservation. Groups of up to 16 people can book lanes with prices varying according to size. 512-851-3501.

Prime nail bar open October 22 at 635 boul. Ste. 115, Rocher Rond. Services offered include manicures, pedicures and waxing, and clients can make an appointment or come without an appointment. 512-713-8056.

Rockler Carpentry and Hardware open at 2701-A Parker Road, Ste. 240, Round Rock, October 1. In addition to selling products ranging from lumber to power tools, Rockler offers learning services including courses and events focused on home repair. 512-813-7969.

Salon and Spa Sauvage open September 13 at 2851 Joe Dimaggio Blvd. Ste. 32, Roche Ronde. Owner Tabitha Dowell said the salon offers haircuts, styling, coloring service, luxury hair extensions and spa services. 512-502-5223.

Sha Sha Beauty Hair Salon & Store open October 11 at 110 N. I-35, Ste. 130, Roche Ronde. Owner Shalavah Bundu said the full-service beauty salon offers braids, twists, chemical treatments and other hair services, as well as eyelash extension and brow shaping services. 515-505-6026.

Taco Palenque is now open as a drive-through restaurant only. The “Fresh Mex” restaurant opened on October 15th at 130 Louis Henna Blvd., Round Rock. Juan Francisco Ochoa, who also created the El Pollo Loco franchise, founded the first Taco Palenque in 1987 in Laredo. 512-243-6553.

Happy State Bank, based in Texas open in September at 559 S. I-35, Ste. 100, Roche Ronde. Happy State Bank offers personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services. 737-220-9150.

Uptown Cheapskate open October 4 at 2601 S. I-35, Ste. D-300, Roche Ronde. Co-owner Christina Latterell-Loganimoce said the company purchases items such as lightly used clothing, shoes, bags and accessories to stock their store, and offers vendors cash and store credit on site. . 512-520-8025.


owned by a veteran Alamo Coffee Co. will open at Round Rock at 1021 Sendero Springs in January. The gourmet roaster offers five “Alamo-inspired” coffee blends: San Jacinto, a light roast; Brazos, a breakfast mix; San Antonio Mission, a medium roast; Gonzales Garrison, a bold black roast; and Victory or Death, an espresso. Alamo Coffee Co. has two other sites in Round Rock and Lampasas.

A common workspace Evolution of the office will open at City Center 2 at 551 S. I-35, Ste. 300, Round Rock, in December. When complete, the facility will offer 35 private and fully furnished offices, seven micro-offices, six dedicated offices, a coworking lounge that can accommodate 16 people, two conference rooms and two flexible day offices.

My Eyelab will open in Round Rock on December 6, according to the company. The location at 2150 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Ste 300, will offer internal eye exams, glasses, sunglasses and contact lenses. 512-793-9917.

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Birmingham car park driver fury fines for passing three inch ‘pillar blocked bay’

A driver recounted how he was fined £ 100 after parking just three inches above a bay he said was blocked by a huge pillar.

Damian Maj says he was stunned after receiving the sanction after leaving his Mazda at the Allison Street parking lot in the city center, owned by Hockley-based Premier Parking Logistics.

The maintenance engineer said he paid £ 2.20 for a ticket after visiting Birmingham for a day with his wife Agata and 18-month-old son Victor on August 1.

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He admitted to parking lightly over a bay that he didn’t think could be used by another vehicle due to a huge pillar in the front – yet Premier Parking Logistics insists the bay IS used by drivers.

Damian Maj says he was upset after being fined after parking in the car park at 16/29 Allison Street 1/4 Coventry Street in Birmingham

Mr Shift, from Crick, near Rugby, told BirminghamLive: “I got back to my car and just couldn’t believe it so I took some pictures.

“The space (next to Mazda) was blocked off by a post that supports the roof. Obviously, no one can safely park in that space while maneuvering around that post.

“Since I’m a new dad, I was looking for spaces around the parking lot where I could fully open the car door to get my little one out of the car safely.

“So I moved my car a bit to the open space and covered a yellow line.

“When we got back I got a ticket for ‘Not Parked Wholly Within Bay’.

“I could absolutely agree with a ticket if I blocked another space or an access but then clearly another car cannot park there.”

Damian Maj, his wife Agata and his son Victor
Damian Maj, his wife Agata and his son Victor

Mr. Maj appealed to the company to cancel the ticket, but lost.

A spokesperson for Premier Parking Logistics said the bay WAS used by motorists and added that Mr. Maj had “admitted that they voluntarily parked over the bay for their own convenience, so acknowledged its responsibility.

“The terms and conditions which form the contract that the driver has agreed to abide by have been broken by the driver.

“The driver parked next to the sign with the terms and conditions. There is also a 24 hour phone number on the signs.

“We checked the back office and that day there were only 7 cars in the parking lot all day.

“There are 30 spaces in the car park which are all above the regulatory size recommended by local authorities.

Damian Maj received a £ 100 parking ticket after parking lightly over a bay in the car park on Allison Street and Coventry Street
Damian Maj received a £ 100 parking ticket after parking lightly over a bay in the car park on Allison Street and Coventry Street

“Today we took time stamped photos of the bay you claim to be obstructed with 2 cars on each side and the bay empty. We then took a time stamped photo of a vehicle parked in the bay and then comfortably exiting the bay. “

The company invited our reporter to the parking lot to see a vehicle parked in the bay, but we refused.

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Lawrence City Commission votes to develop a long-term version of the downtown outdoor dining program; costs, design and parking to consider | News, Sports, Jobs

photo by: Rochelle Valverde

The parklet patio at 715 Restaurant, 715 Massachusetts St., is pictured on September 18, 2021.

Taking into account issues such as aesthetics and parking, the City of Lawrence will seek to develop a long-term version of a program that has enabled downtown businesses to build patios and outdoor dining areas in parking lots during the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of its Tuesday meeting, the City of Lawrence Commission voted 5-0 to allow the development of a long-term “parklet” program and asked staff to consider items such as fees, design, safety and parking standards in the new regulation. The city waived the permit fees for the temporary program, and Mayor Brad Finkeldei said that while it didn’t make sense for some companies, he expected others to continue using the program in under the new regulations and that it was important to develop them as quickly as possible.

“As I look up and down Mass. Street, and think about the aesthetics, safety, cost, and usability, I think some of the spaces that exist now are going to survive regardless of the conditions. regulations that we put in place, ”said Finkeldei. .

As part of this process, the committee also voted unanimously to extend the temporary format of the program for an additional five months, until March 31, so that the permanent version of the program can be developed. Although there was some discussion about whether this was enough time to develop the bylaws, the commission ultimately decided to leave this date in the hopes that the city and the new commission – two new commissioners. will sit on December 7 – would be able to move quickly.

The corner and parallel parking lot in the city center that the companies have converted to an outdoor patio is owned by the city, and Deputy Mayor Courtney Shipley and Commissioner Lisa Larsen have said it will be important to set a fair price for the use of this space. Larsen said she would like the program fees to be based on the actual cost of downtown space.

“The downtown area is the highest property value we have in Lawrence, and so when we consider moving that space away for a park, I would like it to reflect the value of the property,” Larsen said.

As part of the meeting, the commission also received the results of a municipal poll which indicated that a majority of those who responded supported the idea of ​​a long-term program. Among other benefits, respondents said the program gave customers more options amid the pandemic, raised the downtown vibe and was of economic importance to businesses. Respondents also expressed some concerns, including intermittent use of parks due to weather and opening hours, loss of downtown parking, and the aesthetics of patio structures.

Larsen said she was concerned about whether the commission could realistically approve new regulations within the five-month deadline. She also said she would like the commission to consider whether to limit the number of parklets allowed per block and the number of parking spaces a business can use for a parklet. She also asked if the committee should consider issues such as whether there should be only one common dining room per block.

Downtown Lawrence Inc. CEO Sally Zogry said in a letter to the commission that the board supports the continuation of the program, but there are some “complexities to be addressed.” Zogry said the main concerns for DLI members are capping the number of on-street parking spaces per block that can be used as parklets to maintain a mix of parking and parklets; develop a fair system of cost assessment; provision of signage and guidance for nearby parking lots; meet accessibility and fire prevention requirements; create workable and enforceable design guidelines; and provide assurance of a longer term program so that businesses can invest in improvements.

Zogry said the DLI is ready to provide additional feedback and coordination with its members, and that design and architecture firm Gould Evans, who helped develop the parklet concept, may also be able to provide. advices.

“Our board is confident that the overriding concerns can be addressed through reasonable regulation,” Zogry said.

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Acquisition of US $ 25 million by Ascott in the United States

Ascott Residence Trust (ART) to acquire 548-bed freehold student housing asset named Seven07 in Champaign, Illinois, United States for US $ 83.25 million[1] (S $ 112.4 million[2]).

Seven07 serves approximately 56,000 undergraduate and graduate students at neighboring University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). The yield-generating acquisition is expected to increase ART’s pro forma distribution per stapled security for fiscal 2020 by approximately 1.2%[3]. Entry EBITDA[4] the yield is expected to be around 4.5% and is expected to reach around 4.8% on strong rental growth for the academic year (YY) 2022. The transaction, which is expected to close in mid-November 2021, will be financed by debt and part of the proceeds of ART’s private placement launched in September 2021[5]. The acquisition of Seven07 follows ART’s recent acquisition of Wildwood Lubbock in Texas and is ART’s fourth investment in student housing in 10 months this year.

Ms. Beh Siew Kim, Chief Executive Officer of Ascott Residence Trust Management Limited and Ascott Business Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (the managers of ART) said: “ART continues to increase its investments in the long-stay segment in order to generate stable revenues and the resilience of our portfolio. Seven07 is operational and will begin to generate stable revenues upon acquisition. The student housing asset is 100% occupied for AA 2021, with lease terms of around one year. For YY 2022 Seven07 is approximately 50% pre-let with strong rental growth of around 8% compared to YY 2021.

“ART has successfully replaced distributable income from transferred assets with higher returns. We sold five properties for approximately S $ 501 million[6] over fiscal years 2020 and 2021 to date, with an average exit yield of around 2%. We have invested a total of approximately S $ 491 million in four student housing assets and three rental housing properties at an average EBITDA return of approximately 5%[7]. With Seven07, ART will increase our student housing and rental housing to around 12% of our total portfolio value, allowing us to maintain our long-term accommodation asset growth target at around 15-20% over the medium term. . Following this acquisition, ART’s gearing will be 35.8%[8]. ART remains in a strong financial position to seek profitable investments in longer term assets in order to diversify our portfolio, improve our resilience and create more value for our stapled security holders, ”added Ms. Beh.

Seven07 serves UIUC which is commonly known as “Public Ivy”.[9]’school. The prestigious UIUC is a flagship university in Illinois and is consistently ranked among the top schools in the United States for its undergraduate accounting, computer science, and engineering programs.[10]. UIUC’s student body grew steadily at a compound annual growth rate of 2% from 2010 to 2020, double the national average. UIUC registrations also increased by 2% in 2020 despite COVID-19. 87% of its student body is from the United States[11]. The UIUC track and field program also participates in the Big Ten Conference, one of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s “Power 5” track and field conferences. The supply of new private student accommodation is minimal in the vicinity of Seven07 in the medium term.

Seven07 is located less than 200 meters from the UIUC. From Seven07, students can walk to UIUC in five minutes and its main quad in about 10 minutes, providing students with a well-designed and comfortable accommodation option while maintaining an active student life on campus. The active student accommodation is also close to several restaurants, cafes and other lifestyle options.

Opened in 2019, the 15-story Seven07 has 548 beds spread across 218 units, including studios and one- to four-bedroom apartments. Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, a smart TV and a washing machine and dryer. Most of the rooms in the apartments also have a private bathroom. The student accommodation asset has a range of facilities including an outdoor patio with swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, outdoor lounge with grill stations, indoor basketball court, spa with services sunbathing and sauna rooms, study rooms, club room, bicycle storage, lounge café and covered parking lots and garages. Seven07 will be managed by an independent third party operator. For more information on student accommodation, please see the annex.

Expanding ART’s student housing portfolio to strengthen income resilience

With the addition of Seven07, ART’s four student housing assets in the United States will provide a total of 2,756 beds. In September 2021, ART acquired Wildwood Lubbock, a freehold student housing asset with 1,005 beds for US $ 70.0 million (S $ 93.8 million). It has an expected EBITDA return of around 5.1%. Wildwood Lubbock serves more than 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students at Texas Tech University.

In June 2021, ART and its sponsor, The Ascott Limited, announced that they would jointly invest and develop freehold student accommodation in South Carolina, United States. ART will invest $ 55.2 million[12] (S $ 73.4 million) in the 678-bed student housing that will serve more than 35,000 students at neighboring South Carolina University. Construction of student housing began in Q3 2021 and is expected to be completed in Q2 2023. Once stabilized, the return on EBITDA is expected to be around 6.2%[13].

In February 2021, ART acquired the 525-bed Paloma West Midtown freehold property in Atlanta, Georgia for US $ 95 million (S $ 126.3 million) with an expected EBITDA return of approximately 5%. Paloma West Midtown is home to nearly 40,000 students at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

  1. The consideration for the purchase, established on the basis of a willing buyer and willing seller, is based on the agreed value of the property and the independent appraisal dated October 29, 2021 by Colliers International Valuation and Advisory Services LLC US $ 86.4 million (equivalent to approximately S $ 116.6 million)
  2. Based on the exchange rate of US $ 1 to S $ 1.35
  3. Based on the pro forma distribution for fiscal year 2020 by stapled security. The pro forma is based on ART’s audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2020, assuming that (1) the acquisition was completed on January 1, 2020 and ART has owned and operated the building until as of December 31, 2020 and (2) the acquisition will be approximately 45% financed by debt and 55% by equity
  4. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization
  5. ART will use approximately 43% of the $ 150 million raised through its private placement to finance the acquisition of Seven07. Approximately 38% was used to acquire Wildwood Lubbock in September 2021
  6. Excludes disposal of partial gross floor space of Somerset Liang Court Singapore; the property is currently being redeveloped. The five assets sold are Ascott Guangzhou, Somerset Azabu East Tokyo, Citadines Didot Montparnasse Paris, Citadines City Center Grenoble and Somerset Xu Hui Shanghai
  7. For student housing development in South Carolina, USA, the EBITDA return is a target return on a stabilized basis
  8. Based on ART’s unaudited financial statements as at September 30, 2021 and assuming the acquisition was completed on September 30, 2021
  9. “Public Ivy” refers to public schools with a reputation for academic excellence that offer a college experience similar to an Ivy League school.
  10. 2021 US News & World Report
  11. Data based on AY 2020
  12. Includes ART’s investment in the initial 45% stake, the estimated cost of the additional 5% stake that ART will acquire at fair market value, and other transaction-related expenses
  13. Based on the total ART investment

Appendix – About the student housing asset


707 South Fourth Street, Champaign, Illinois



Land tenure


Net rental area

202,162 square feet (ft²)





Mix of units

Studio: 33 units (422 – 539 ft2)

1 bedroom: 32 units (492 sq. Ft.)

2 bedrooms: 64 units (696 – 887 sq. Ft.)

3 bedrooms: 1 unit (1,148 sq. Ft.)

4 bedrooms: 88 units (1,229 – 1,447 sq. Ft.)

92% of the rooms are equipped with en-suite bathroom

Common area amenities

Outdoor terrace with swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, outdoor lounge with grill stations, indoor basketball court, spa with tanning services and sauna, study rooms, club room, bicycle storage, coffee lounge and covered parking lots and garages

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Drivers say parking in Montreal is difficult. Experts say it should be

Standing in front of empty storefronts, Denis Coderre was clear on what to do with the bike path on rue Bellechasse.

Ensemble Montréal’s mayoral candidate has announced that he will repeal part of the path along the main artery of the Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie borough.

The reason? Bringing life back to approximately 800 parking spaces that were removed when the trail was set up by the Projet Montréal administration of Valérie Plante.

“We need fluidity, to ensure that the bikes can still pass,” he said during a campaign stop in mid-September. “We are able to live together. We are not anti-bicycle, we are pro-mobility.”

The conflict between parking and other street uses, such as bicycle paths, is not unique to rue Bellechasse.

Through the city, companies and residents say that finding on-street parking is already a challenge, and that measures like pedestrian streets and bicycle lanes only exacerbate the problem.

In Côte-Des-Neiges — Notre-Dame-De-Grâce, a bicycle path on rue Terrebonne was strongly contested by citizens who lost their parking. After weeks of back and forth, the borough has finally abrogated the project.

However, many Montrealers wish to restrict car use in the city. Nearly half of Montrealers, or 48%, are in favor of limiting one car per household, according to a recent study CROP survey.

That same poll found that 60 percent of Montrealers were in favor of drastically restricting cars that use fossil fuels from entering downtown.

Flexible poles and painted bike paths lined either side of the street, eliminating all curb parking along Terrebonne Street, until the borough finally repealed the project. (Simon Nakonechny / CBC)

How much parking is there in the city and do Montrealers really need more?

According to the city of Montreal, there are between 475,000 and 515,000 street parking spaces in all the boroughs.

Among them, only 17,367 of them are equipped with meters. Another four percent is reserved for holders of residence permits.

Experts say the way elected officials manage parking policy shapes the streets of a city and has a ripple effect on all other forms of transportation.

Maybe parking shouldn’t be easy

Experts say there is a way to make parking more convenient for drivers, while encouraging Montrealers to adopt greener modes of transportation. (Warning: it may not be popular.)

The idea is to completely eliminate free street parking.

“We call free parking a fertility drug for cars,” said Todd Litman, of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute in British Columbia, noting research showing that free parking makes people buy and drive cars.

He said there is a great “injustice” in putting car storage priority over improving roads for those who walk, cycle or use public transport.

“And then the motorist says, ‘but I need this parking space‘, but they don’t really need it,” he said. “If they really needed it, they would be happy to pay for it.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, several streets, including Mont-Royal Avenue, were transformed into pedestrianized pedestrian zones, to the detriment of on-street parking in the area. (Ryan Remiorz / The Canadian Press)

The price should be high enough that most people choose other forms of public transportation. In return, Litman said those who are always willing to pay would find it easier to park.

“We’re not saying there shouldn’t be parking,” Litman said. “We’re just saying that parking should be paid for directly by users rather than indirectly by taxpayer dollars.”

Kevin Manaugh, an associate professor in McGill’s geography and environment departments who studies how cities balance environmental and economic priorities, also encouraged the idea of ​​eliminating free parking.

He said the ideal would be to have one or two empty slots on each block, so there is always space available.

“I recognize that some people need to drive cars, and cars will always be part of our multimodal transportation system,” Manaugh said.

“But we all have to recognize that this is one of the most ineffective [forms of transportation] in terms of space, in terms of fuel, in terms of energy, in terms of the danger it poses to others, ”he said.

“Anything that can discourage the use of cars in urban areas should be embraced and celebrated. “

Asked that parking in Montreal is already frustrating for many, Manaugh replied that it was not exactly a flaw in the system.

“[Parking] should be difficult, ”he said. “It shouldn’t be an easy thing to use in an urban setting when there are so many other options for walking, cycling or using public transportation. “

He said suburban areas, which have fewer alternatives to the car, would need a different approach.

European cities make parking difficult

Parking is a source of heated debate and featured prominently in Montreal’s election campaign.

Despite its importance, parking is not something people really pay attention to until it affects them personally, said Natalie Gulsrud, associate professor at the University of Copenhagen who studies urban green infrastructure.

“It’s incredibly boring so most people just don’t get going and then political decisions are made and everyone is upset,” she said.

Montreal would not be the first city to reconsider on-street parking. Gulsrud said that from the 1960s until the mid-2000s, Copenhagen regularly reduced parking in the city center.

“We realized that there were too many parking spaces and that it was stifling public life,” she explained.

Today, paid street parking in downtown Copenhagen can cost between C $ 4.25 and C $ 6.50 per hour during rush hour, depending on the region.

By comparison, paid on-street parking in Ville-Marie costs $ 3.50 an hour in the city center and $ 1.50 in the eastern part of the borough.

While the city has stopped cutting parking spaces in recent years, Gulsrud said some of the city’s local politicians now want to cut up to a third of the remaining on-street parking.

Paris, for its part, is preparing to remove half of its parking in the street, up to 70,000 spaces.

Paris is proposing to eliminate around 70,000 on-street parking spaces, to make way for an expanding cycle network and other road uses. (Michelle Gagnon / CBC)

Instead, the French capital plans to work with underground car parks, to open their spaces to public use at a fixed price.

Gulsrud said this was a “pragmatic compromise” as it leaves the streets open to the public, but with that comes the high cost of building an underground car park.

But she warns cities shouldn’t reduce parking without explaining why some people choose to drive in cities.

“A lot of times once you’ve had that sunk cost of buying the car, it’s the cheapest way to get in and the most easily accessible way to get to a city,” she said. declared.

“If we start to make it more expensive or less accessible, then we need to make sure that we have affordable housing close to where people work and development focused on public transport to get them there. “

What is on offer in Montreal?

None of the main parties in the municipal elections are proposing to eliminate free parking, but the idea has already been launched by members of Projet Montreal, according to a new book.

In Save the city, Daniel Sanger, a staff member of Projet Montréal for nearly a decade, wrote that a coalition of party officials, including the former mayor of the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, Luc Ferrandez, attempted to urge the administration to take bolder measures.

The proposals included “the elimination of all free parking in central areas of the city and higher taxes on private parking”.

However, the proposals received a “cold reception” from Plante and Benoit Dorais, chairman of the city’s executive committee, according to Sanger.

Ferrandez later cited parking taxation as an issue when he publicly resigned from Projet Montreal in 2019.

The former mayor of the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, Luc Ferrandez, called for the elimination of free downtown parking before his resignation, according to a new book. (Ivanoh Demers / Radio-Canada)

In a statement to CBC News, Projet Montreal said that when parking is removed, it is often for safety reasons or to make the streets greener.

“It is really as a last resort that we remove the parking spaces and we always try to compensate for the losses elsewhere in the neighborhood,” said a party spokesperson.

As for cost, the party said it favors the San Francisco model, which is based on supply and demand. If parking is infrequent in one area, the price is lower, while high traffic areas would have a higher price.

Project did not respond to a request for comment on Sanger’s version of events.

Christine Gosselin, former Project Montreal advisor in Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie, told CBC that parts of the city are more suburban made it difficult to govern.

“It is a somewhat schizophrenic city, with a central nucleus having a type of urban organization that predates the car… whereas the suburbs and the semi-suburbs [areas] were built entirely for the car, ”said Gosselin.

“This environment produces different needs and different realities for its citizens, and it is very difficult to reconcile.”

Gulsrud said Copenhagen has the same problem of urban and suburban realities, but that hasn’t stopped the city from moving forward.

“We still have the functional green mobility city that we have,” she said. “What is to say is that these political choices that people make at the polls in Montreal, to come during your election, really matter.”

Mouvement Montreal said the city should maintain the current number of on-street parking. Its platform also offers to make parking free in town on weekends.

“It is of the utmost importance to have a smooth transition to car-free transportation, while recognizing the need for our city to remain universally accessible to all,” Movement said in a statement.

Ensemble Montréal did not respond to CBC’s request for comment on this matter.

In its platform, the party said it would “swap” bike paths and parking, make paid parking free for self-service vehicles (like Communauto) and offer reduced parking rates for those who do. carpooling or using an electric vehicle.

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Sheffield city center Arundel Gate Car Park reopens as Britannia Parking replaces NCP

Britannia Parking took over the Arundel Gate car park from NCP, which ceased operations on September 17.

In a statement, the Bournemouth-based parking operator said the car park remained open with a short-term introductory offer of £ 4.50 for all-day parking.

The new management also said it was focusing on customer service, including seasonal subscriptions, the addition of 24-hour security and loyalty programs.

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Britannia Parking has taken over the Arundel Gate car park from NCP.

Britannia Parking Managing Director Brian Parker said: “The Arundel Gate car park remains open.

“Britannia Parking has been appointed car park manager replacing NCP.

“We are implementing our parking management plan but are offering an introductory rate for all customers during this transition period.

“Fees, additional security, loyalty programs and subscription services are all reviewed to see how we can better meet the needs of the local community. “

Brian added: “We believe this is a new start for the Arundel Gate car park and we want to play our part in supporting the city center after a very difficult time.

“Although they require significant investments in safety and maintenance, well-managed parking lots have a key role in attracting more visitors to city centers and boosting local economies.

“We are a reputable and responsible company with many years of parking management experience and look forward to contributing to the success of Sheffield city center in the years to come. “

A member of the British Parking Association, Britannia Parking manages car parks from Scotland to the south of England.

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Dallas Curb Management Could Reduce Street Parking – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

A Dallas edge lane management study is underway that may reduce on-street parking in favor of other uses of this space.

The study currently includes Downtown, Uptown, Deep Ellum, and Bishop Arts, but may expand in the future.

It shows the changes taking place in the urban core of Dallas, where thousands of residents now live in large new apartments and fewer people just drive around town.

“I think Dallas has really changed over the last five years I would say,” said resident Quenita Fagan.

She was eating outside a Starbucks on the corner of Commerce and Akard Street on Thursday, across from the new AT&T Discovery District.

Drivers cannot just stop and park there on Commerce. Roadside restrictions include drop-off areas and bus lanes. With cycle lanes, these are the kinds of restrictions that could be extended to many other places with the study on curb lane management.

Fagan said visitors from outside the city center are drawn to many attractions, but that she uses public transportation and would prefer to see fewer cars.

“The attractions are here, but how do you make it work for everyone, letting them know there are people living here. And we don’t want cars everywhere, ”Fagan said.

The curb lane management study was a topic of the Dallas City Council Transportation Committee meeting this week.

Council member Cara Mendelsohn said businesses could suffer from the reduction in on-street parking because she and other residents rely on using it. Mendelsohn said public transportation would take three to four times as long, so she was driving from north Dallas.

“Frankly, there are times when I have pulled over and there is no parking. Can’t get into the valet parking, and you know what? I’m going home. So we can’t give up parking, ”Mendelsohn said.

Other committee members supported the changes, including transport chairman Omar Narvaez.

“I want to do this. I think we need to put this infrastructure in place for the lanes reserved for buses, motorcycles, mopeds, bicycles. If we don’t add this infrastructure, the people of Dallas won’t get used to it. not. And we will never get there. And I think we as the ninth largest city are probably 10 to 15 years behind the other big cities that implemented it a long time ago, ” Narvaez said.

Deep Ellum, where large new apartment structures were recently completed, is an example of change that is already happening.

A few years ago Elm Street was recently widened, landscaped sidewalks replaced some parking spaces.

The “The Stack” office building recently opened with ample parking that is available to visitors to Deep Ellum at night, helping to eliminate the need for street space.

Commerce Street will soon receive a rebuild, which will include the first dynamic loading zones in the streetside space of Dallas.

“At night they are used for carpooling customers and during the day they are used for large business needs such as FedEx and food supplier deliveries. And that’s because we know we need to maximize and share the use of the sidewalk. It’s a great asset, ”said Stephanie Keller-Hudiburg, Executive Director of the Deep Ellum Foundation.

Dallas is also considering a return of the shared scooters which became an issue when they were banned in 2020. The scooters will have dedicated curbside parking areas to limit nuisance when they are re-authorized, Keller- Hudiburg.

” We are learning. We have to adapt to changing needs. For example, carpools, scooters, all those things that require the use of the sidewalk and we have to be able to adapt to those needs, ”she said.

Some drivers are not convinced. Juan Garcia secured one of the few curbside parking spots on Elm Street, near the triple underpass tourist area.

Garcia said he supports public transportation, but it is not used much in Dallas and more bus lanes are not needed.

“We don’t have that culture, like in Europe or elsewhere,” Garcia said. “I think they’re trying to create a culture where there isn’t one.”

There will be public comment on the results of this study before any changes are made.

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Dobson’s fifth-grader learns about the American flag

The Mount Airy Council of Commissioners earmarked nearly $ 300,000 for a list of downtown projects, in a 3-2 vote that reflected the concerns of some officials about making such a pledge in a context of funding uncertainties.

“Where does the money come from?” Tom Koch of the board asked Thursday afternoon as commissioners debated the allocation of $ 295,000 from a yet-to-be determined budget source for five of the six projects proposed for an estimated total cost of $ 592,000.

Plans call for the remainder – just over half of the total – to come from the Mount Airy Downtown Inc. group, which administers the funds generated by the municipal service district tax on landowners in the central business district. It is paid in addition to regular property taxes to cover common downtown improvements, a mechanism that has been in place for many years.

Projects currently under consideration, as outlined to Commissioners Thursday by Main Street Coordinator Lizzie Morrison of the Downtown Organization, include:

• An updated master plan to guide future investments in the central business district, both public and private, in a cost-effective manner. This includes identifying development opportunities; public parking solutions; an analysis of traffic flows and possible changes such as removing traffic lights along Main Street North and making it two-way rather than one-way; and burial of overhead power lines, among others.

The total cost of $ 75,000 of this must come from the municipality. The last master plan covering the city center was completed in 2004.

• A public washroom in the 400 block of North Main, to be installed in an area of ​​a municipal parking lot between Brannock and Hiatt Furniture and Old North State Winery. Morrison said this would result in two unisex units. The only other public toilets are in an area further down the street, where there is a new mural in honor of the musical group The Easter Brothers.

The city government has also been asked to provide the full estimated cost of $ 100,000 for this project.

• Improvements to outdoor spaces focused on public art, including a large-scale mural by Andy Griffith on a wall at Brannock and Hiatt Furniture and other work in Melva’s Alley now containing a mural by late local singer Melva Houston. As part of Thursday’s action, the city will pay $ 50,000 for a total price tag of $ 85,000.

• A public driveway remediation and safety initiative, the key element of which involves a request for $ 50,000 from officials at Mount Airy to repave an alley on Oak Street and implement remediation solutions there. This part of the package, to which Mount Airy Downtown will contribute $ 6,000, also covers security cameras.

• New banners for Main and Market streets, a $ 26,000 item for which the downtown group will provide $ 6,000.

Based on the Morrison outage, Mount Airy Downtown agreed to cover the total expense of $ 150,000 to develop a “pocket park” on Willow Street near the Sparger Building on Spencer’s former property which is in view of the future. ‘hotel.

The Council discusses the timetable

In response to Commissioner Koch’s question about where the money was coming from, two possible sources emerged on Thursday afternoon:

“Either the ARP or the general fund,” said Commissioner Marie Wood, who introduced a motion to provide the city’s share of the nearly $ 600,000 cost of downtown projects.

In April, his fellow municipal officials appointed Wood to the board of directors of Mount Airy Downtown Inc. as an ex-officio non-voting member representing the municipal government and serving as a liaison between it and the central group. city.

Wood’s motion was seconded by fellow board members Steve Yokeley and new sworn in Joe Zalescik. Koch and Commissioner Jon Cawley spoke in dissent.

“ARP” refers to the American Rescue Plan Act, the federal economic stimulus measure approved earlier this year to help the country recover from the effects of COVID-19 – for which Mount Airy has been allocated about $ 3 million .

The general fund, also known as the city’s surplus or savings, has been the go-to source to draw on over the years for major spending and to balance the annual city budget.

But Koch said Mount Airy had other items he said were more urgent than downtown upgrades, including replacing old fire and garbage trucks and an HVAC upgrade at the community center in Reeves.

“We all have these needs,” he said of the potential alternative uses of the suggested sources.

Koch added that he was not in favor of using ARP money for “special interest” projects that were to fall, which also recently included a request for $ 300,000 for a renovation project for the historic Satterfield House.

“So I am against it,” he said of the plan presented by Morrison, who made it clear Thursday that she was not specifically seeking American Rescue Plan Act funds, although there are many projects under consideration. ” align “with its approved project. uses.

The exact rules regarding eligible ARP expenses are still being worked out, Acting City Manager Darren Lewis told commissioners on Thursday.

Given this uncertainty and other issues, Cawley called the vote on Wood’s motion “premature.”

He also expressed concerns about the $ 50,000 being asked for a single lane on Oak Street in the plan, in which four restaurants are returning, based on the discussion.

“Are we going to set a precedent? He said of the fact that there are other alleys in town where business owners could look for improvements.

Cawley made it clear that he was not against the proposal put forward by the Main Street coordinator himself.

“I really like what’s in there,” he said of the list of projects. “But I want to vote on it one by one.”

Koch also questioned the use of city funding to pay for new sanitation facilities. “It would be a first for Mount Airy,” he said of the fact that those for the existing rest area were being provided by municipal service district revenues.

An investment

The majority of commissioners were in favor of advancing downtown projects.

Commissioner Yokeley said the terminology for Thursday’s approval should be reassessed to emphasize that an “investment” is involved.

“There is a big difference in the investment rather than the expense,” said Yokeley, who believes the projects will produce huge rewards in the future that far exceed the initial costs.

Yokeley said he supports using the money from the fund balance, but “if we can take it out of the ARP money that would be great.”

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New Cornell Scott site in West Haven to improve care by leaps and bounds

WEST HAVEN – A newly opened health center on Campbell Avenue can make breathing easier, literally.

Officials have welcomed the opening of a new Cornell Scott Hill Health Center at 410 Campbell Avenue, which they say will dramatically improve health outcomes in the city. The community health center offers sliding scale rates for medical services to uninsured or underinsured people, so that health care costs do not place a huge burden on residents.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reported by the New Haven-based nonprofit, between 10.5% and 13.5% of adults in West Haven had asthma in 2018, according to the place where they live in the city, but in the neighboring neighborhood. As a wealthier city of Orange, asthma rates among adults ranged from 9.5 percent to 10.5 percent in all census tracts.

The location isn’t the first for the city – the center has operated a location for years on Main Street – but system CEO Michael Taylor said the new site would improve the quality of care at “no cost.” giant ”. The old location, he said, has been converted from a three-story house to a doctor’s office, and it has become “untenable.”

“Not only is it obsolete, but it was inefficient for our operational needs, there was no parking for patients unless you were considering two spaces, there were stairs that patients had to face, which was impossible for any patient with a physical challenge because of three sets of stairs and the capacity of the examination room was limited: five examination rooms and one consultation room, ”he said. “We couldn’t have more than two providers in the building comfortably for medicine and couldn’t accommodate specialties at night. The exam rooms were undersized so we couldn’t put in services like an OBGYN or podiatry, and those services are needed in West Haven.

Taylor said the wait time between appointments at the Main Street location was often 10 to 12 weeks; he said West Haven residents often had to visit a New Haven Cornell Scott Hill Health site to be treated in a timely manner.

The new location, he said, is considerably larger.

“Now we have 14 examination rooms, two of which are oversized to accommodate procedures such as gynecological procedures and podiatry. they choose – and we’ve expanded the behavioral health capacity, ”he said. “We now have 50 parking spaces on the new location. All the things that were missing from the old facility, we now have them at the new location at 410 Campbell Ave., and on top of that, we’re located literally across from the pharmacy, where people can fill their (prescriptions).

According to the DataHaven report, there are considerable racial gaps in health care in the city, including gynecology: for every 1,000 live births, there is an infant mortality rate of 12.4 for residents of Black West Haven compared to 7.4 for white residents of West Haven. West Haven’s average death rate of 6.9 per 1,000 live births is higher than the state average of 4.6 per 1,000 live births, the report notes.

Mayor Nancy Rossi said her office receives calls from residents seeking medical services and not having insurance; she said her office is trying to refer them. From there, she said she knows gynecological services are in high demand in the city and there is a relative shortage.

“I’m very, very excited about this,” she said. “They have a sliding scale (payment structure) and they take some uninsured patients, and that’s really very, very important because if you’re sick you have to be treated.”

City council member Bridgette Hoskie, D-1, whose district includes the new center, said she recalled going to a place in New Haven several times while growing up – something she thinks she was. of great help to his family.

“Growing up with a single mother, health insurance and medical care were not always readily available,” she said. “These medical insecurities were real life for us.”

Hoskie said she believes the easy and accessible location would be of great benefit to underinsured or uninsured residents.

She believes the expansion of behavioral health services will be crucial for city residents as they deal with the effects of an unprecedented pandemic on the lives of residents. She said she has a friend who seeks mental health services for her child, but has to pay thousands of dollars before she can reach her deductible. Hoskie said she was able to recommend the center to her friend.

“There has always been a need for behavioral health services everywhere, but now there is an extraordinary demand that was really triggered by the experiences people have had with the pandemic: isolation, depression,” Taylor said. “So now we have an increased capacity in the facility and the staff to respond to it. “

Neil Cavallaro, principal of West Haven schools, said the district was “excited” about forming a partnership in the new facilities at the center.

“It is a first-class health center that will be able to deal with physical and mental health issues,” he said.

Cavallaro said that although the district has a school health center in its high school, the district has external health partners to provide additional services.

“Given the stressful times we live in, they often need support that in many cases schools simply cannot provide,” he said.

Anthony Santella, acting chair of the University of New Haven’s Department of Health Administration and Policy, said community health centers such as Cornell Scott Hill Health “play a very important role in promoting health. ‘equity in health’.

“Often laypersons don’t really recognize them for their contributions because they think it’s another clinic or doctor’s office, but the power of community health centers is that they can do so much more than they do. it seems, ”he said, as“ promoting access to high quality and affordable primary care, behavioral health, specialized care – including dental care, vision – which is often put aside and which are an equally important part of maintaining good health and well-being.

Santella said that despite this, the pandemic could draw more attention to the role of these centers.

“COVID has really caused us to reimagine the role of health and healthcare in our lives. Now more than ever, people have come to appreciate the role health plays in their overall success and well-being, ”he said.

Santella said the “real test” of the centre’s long-term success on Campbell Avenue will be its relationship with the community.

“It will be determined by who they hire, what type of community partner they are, how friendly their services are to the public in terms of language, culture, hours and menu of services,” he said. declared. “As someone who works in West Haven, I will be delighted to see the good service they provide to the community.”

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Car-free future: how European cities are experimenting with green transport

A snack in a parking lot can be like something out of Alice in Wonderland.

But views like these, of the parklet countryside in London last month, or of people strolling the middle of the Champs-Elysees in Paris, are increasingly common as we reinvent our city centers.

Greener cities come in many shades, and it’s not just about banning cars, but offering inspiring alternatives.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the travel revolution in some places, with widened gateways and thriving cycling infrastructure. As further proof of the adverse effects of air pollution is emerging, should we regain even more ground?

These are some of the strategies used across Europe to help improve the lives of citizens, as defined by the climate charity Possible.

Redraw the streets

Once you stop taking the presence of cars for granted, many new possibilities open up.

In Oslo, most of the street parking has been replaced with street furniture like benches and mini-parks, as well as larger cycle lanes and sidewalks. While some businesses feared a loss of trade, the city center actually saw its footfall increase by 10% after the reduction measures.

One British man who has taken charge of town planning is Adam Tranter, Mayor of Coventry. When the mini-garden he built in a parking lot was removed by the local council, Adam found a loophole in replant your parklet on top of a truck.

London Parklets Campaign founder Brenda Puech has big ambitions for parklets. On the first “People Parking Day” in September, Londoners requisitioned some of the city’s 1 million parking spaces for fun and games.

“Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a private garden, so providing social spaces near homes is essential,” she said.

With a third of UK carbon emissions coming from travel – and private cars the biggest contributors – the push for parklets is not just a colorful performance but a vital intervention.

Invest in bicycles

The medieval city of Ghent saw its narrow streets submerged in traffic in the 1980s.

After banning cars from its historic center in 1997, the German city invested in cycling exhibitions – resulting in cultural change – and built 300 km of cycle paths and rental bicycles to navigate them.

In many other cities in Europe, e-bike programs are booming. In his sustainable guide “How to Thrive in the Next Economy,” John Thackara writes that an “ecosystem of bikes, some of which are electrically assisted, will meet most of our needs for connecting and dealing with each other using 5 % or less of car and train based systems.

Bicycle and mobility lanes are undoubtedly an important part of future infrastructure, but they are not suitable for everyone. Some people with disabilities need vehicles to get around; as Possible put it, a “car-free city” is free from the dangers, pollution and emissions caused by massive private car ownership. It is not a city without cars at all.

More accessible public transport systems like streetcars are also ripe for expansion.

Better town planning

Reducing the need to travel is another obvious way to reduce our carbon footprint.

Planning new developments for homes and businesses close to public transport like the tram has been an important part of Freiburg’s journey to become Germany’s unofficial “environmental capital”. Nine in ten residents now live in areas where traffic cannot exceed 19 mph – even 5 mph on some streets – a clear sign that public transport has priority.

In Milan, COVID-19 has sparked an “Open Streets” initiative, expanding cycle lanes, sidewalks and places where children can play.

One area has become a low traffic neighborhood (LTN) and is now being considered for a “15 minute neighborhood” pilot, where everything people need is within walking distance.

Although Milan and other Italian cities have a crowded recent past, the famous squares in towns and cities across the country suggest other ways of life. His ‘Open squaresis another key to the traffic-free future of Milan.

Hold on to cars

Either way, reducing the number of cars in city centers is key to meeting national climate goals and improving our health.

In northern Spain, the city of Pontevedra banned cars in its 300,000 square meter medieval center in the early 2000s, and its residents have reaped the economic, social and health benefits ever since. CO2 emissions have fallen by 70%, and the center of Pontevedra attracted some 12,000 new residents.

Things that initially seemed unpopular quickly won over people too. When Stockholm first introduced congestion charges in 2006, it encountered stiff opposition, with around seven in ten people against. Five years later, the numbers have changed to show majority support for the program.

Strasbourg in France was the first city to use an “intelligent traffic management system”, reducing the number of stop-and-go waves along its roads. This reduced emissions of nitrogen oxides and harmful particles from dragging vehicles by 8% and 9% respectively.

During her stay in Paris, Mayor Anne Marie Hidalgo experimented with a series of traffic control measures, including the ban on diesel vehicles manufactured before 2006 in the city during the week.

The capital’s annual car-free day allows pedestrians to walk “face to face” with landmarks like the Arc-de-Triomphe, providing a glimpse of what a larger, cleaner city might look like.

Decontaminating historic cities in Europe 365 days a year is a daunting task, but as more green projects gain public approval, it is a challenge the continent can take on.

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Additional parking plans put in place to help cope with foreign visitors

Doune could get a new parking lot in an effort to help the community deal with the so-called “Outlander effect”.

Design consultants Boyd Brothers Ltd have applied to Stirling Council planners to create the parking lot for the old Stirling Council depot in the village.

In addition to at least 34 parking spaces, the project also includes two disabled parking areas, four charging stations for electric vehicles, 12 spaces for bicycles, four spaces for camper vans and a minimum of 16 spaces for motorcycles.

The area has seen an increase in tourist activity after Doune Castle was used for the filming of the cult television series Outlander.

As the village continued to welcome visitors, there was a ripple effect for parking and congestion.

Boyd Brothers has produced a design and access statement on behalf of the Stirling Council for the reallocation of the abandoned depot site on the outskirts of Doune into a public car / bicycle park.

In this, they said: “The community has identified the increase in parking and the flow of vehicles among visitors to the Chateau de Doune as a problem. The proposal addresses this problem by providing overflow parking which, when used, is expected to increase footfall to local businesses, visitors using the parking lot and walking around town to the castle, while reducing car travel. in the city.

“The site has been designed for the future by providing four charging areas for electric vehicles and four areas for motorhomes, given the emphasis on tourism.

“It is primarily owned by the Stirling Council, the surrounding lands belonging to the estate of Moray. The purpose of the design is to respond to the increase in traffic and associated parking by visitors to Doune Castle and the city center, which has increased significantly in recent years.

Data provided by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) showed that in 2013/14 there were around 40,000 visitors to Doune. By 2019/20, that number had grown to 150,000 visitors – a growth of 300% – putting strain on the limited availability of parking.

In 2019, council began the process of consulting with the community regarding a community parking management plan (CMP).

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The statement added, “It was clear from the parking data collected, qualitative responses gathered during the consultation and the PPC Steering Group that the lack of available parking to serve the community was a problem.

“In addition, the community and local elected officials have long viewed the Green Shed as a potential solution to parking problems in the village. The depot building was demolished in 2020 and work to advance the designs continued in discussion with the PPC steering group.

“A footpath connects the site to the town and to the castle, so the site lends itself well to the parking available. There is currently no street lighting on the site itself, so lighting will be required. ”

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People Gather to ‘Celebrate Downtown’ | News, Sports, Jobs

TR PHOTOS BY JOE FISHER People gathered in the parking lot behind the Tremont building to listen to music and “Celebrate Downtown” on Thursday.

Music echoed through downtown last night as the Marshall County Arts and Culture Alliance and Marshalltown Central Business District hosted Celebrate Downtown.

The event took place in the newly reconstructed parking lot behind the Tremont building. It was organized to celebrate the revitalization of the downtown district and recognize how far Marshalltown has come in the three years since the tornado.

Amber Danielson, director of arts and cultural alliance, said art is an important part of the downtown master plan. Parking behind the Tremont was another project included in the plan.

“This is really the first fully implemented project in the entire city center master plan”, Danielson said. “To me he shouts ‘We’re recovering.’ We come back better than before. This is just the start of progress downtown.

The event featured performances by local musicians Austin Chadderdon and Bon Jecci. The backdrop to it all; a freshly painted fresco spanning the south side of Tremont. It was painted by Justin Nethercut, an artist from Baltimore.

Local musician Austin Chadderdon opened the Celebrate Downtown event with the Justin Nethercut mural as a backdrop.

“It’s really the icing on the cake of the final touch of this project” Danielson said. “It’s been such a long trip and seeing the painting on the wall and the community reaction to this piece and their enthusiasm, it’s been super exciting.”

Those who were able to attend were equally excited to see the progress and the new lively space to come together.

“We are so happy to see everything come back to life after the tornado and the derecho” said Heidi Draisey. “We are delighted to be able to be here and together. I think it’s just a testament to all the good we’ve done, can do, and will continue to do in the future.

Kendra Sorensen said she loved the new mural and was excited about what’s yet to come downtown.

“It’s great that we have more open green space available. So you can have a little of this exterior element ”, she said. “I love Marshalltown for its diverse culture and I really feel like this mural represents that.”

Before the music started playing, a tape cut took place for the redeveloped parking lot. The parking lot was rebuilt by Con-Struct Inc. from Ames. Its reconstruction was funded in part by $ 290,000 from the State Revolving Fund and a $ 100,000 grant from the Water Quality Grant from the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship of the ‘Iowa. The city also borrowed for the project.

“This project and this space have been an effort in the works for 2 years. It feels good to see that come together and to see people come together in this space ”, Danielson said. “We really hope this is just the first of many events here.”

There will be even more public art coming this year. Danielson said the arts and culture alliance is not done bringing murals and exhibits to town.

“We’re wrapping up our mural season next week with three more murals. We’ll have a mural taking place at Thompson True Value, a mural at the Chop Shop in the 13th Street District, and then a surprise. Much work is also underway for the future.

The kids danced to music played by local artist Austin Chadderdon during Celebrate Downtown on Thursday.

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Report: Councils Should Introduce Sliding Scale for Parking Fines | Yle Uutiset

Parking too close to crosswalks can be dangerous for pedestrians.

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Some city officials in Helsinki and Tampere want to introduce increasing fines for parking infractions that pose safety risks.

If the parking violation fines were staggered, parking costs would be higher for parking too close to a streetcar track or zebra crossing compared to parking a vehicle for too long.

Currently, parking fines in major Finnish cities are generally two-tiered, depending on whether they are in the city center or on the outskirts, but do not take into account the dangers or inconveniences posed by improper parking.

For example, the fines for parking violation in Helsinki and Tampere are 60 euros, but in the more expensive areas they can go up to 80 euros.

However, bringing a sliding scale to parking fines would require a change in the law.

The conversation over changing the parking infraction fine provisions was sparked earlier this month after the city of Helsinki released a report on the city’s revised parking policy, which was covered by the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper.

Prepared by experts, the report said fines for parking violations should be staggered according to the severity of the violation – so that fines are higher for violations that endanger road safety.

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One of Tampere’s new trams.

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Experts wrote that the fines should be at least equal to the road traffic fines imposed on drivers who disregard road signs. The current traffic violation fine for such non-compliance on the roads is 100 euros.

The Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee is studying a bill that would limit monitoring of parking to a state-owned company. According to a Helsinki parking task force, such an arrangement would set increasing fines.

The City of Tampere Parking Inspector, Sami Hurinki, said the city should consider the possibility of implementing tiered or escalating fines.

Tampere’s brand new tram system has already caused parking problems.

Hurinki explained that some cars park too close to the tracks when stopping to unload vehicles.

When a mode of public transport such as a streetcar is blocked, it can cause delays for many people with the potential to result in significant penalties and costs to society, but the maximum fine for parking violation is currently 80 euros.

“Sometimes it seems like 60 or 80 euros is not enough to dissuade things from changing,” Hurinki said.

Noting that he is in favor of staggered parking fines, he said people with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to poor parking decisions by other drivers.

“In situations which involve a risk of danger or inconvenience, the fines may well be doubled,” said Hurinki.

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Portland General Council candidates share their positions on housing, shelter and other priorities

The four candidates vying for general seat on Portland City Council in the Nov. 2 election have similar perspectives on prioritizing the city’s shortage of affordable and available housing and the need to provide services to the homeless , but they differ in their approaches.

Travis Curran, candidate for mayor in 2019; President of the Planning Council Brandon Mazer; member of the Roberto Rodriguez school board; and attorney Stuart Tisdale Jr. are running for the seat vacated by Nick Mavodones, who has served on the board for nearly 25 years.

Curran focuses on housing, in part by applying the city’s cap on short-term rentals, he said, as those rentals take homes off the market.

The city has already capped Airbnb rentals and rentals of owned and investment properties, ”Curran said. “There is very little oversight on the application of these policies. WWe must enforce them. Wi need those houses and we don’t need small hotels, and there is way more than the ceiling.

Curran would also like to see zoning reform to allow more apartments and multi-family homes in the city suburbs, further away from the city center.

Mazer said the supply of housing in the city must be increased. Changes can be made to allow more multi-unit housing projects, such as relaxing parking requirements and providing developers with incentives to build in ways that allow for greater density.

“Wi need incite more family housing, ”said Mazer. “We need to look at our main corridors, like Brighton Aplace, Forest Aplace, the corridors adjacent to the peninsula where there could be more density to lighten the peninsula pressure.”

The housing problem must be solved, Rodriguez said, but he would rely on experts to solve it.

“YouCandidates don’t need to have the idea or plan that will solve our problems. There are a lot of very good proposals and people doing this work in the city and the state, ”Rodriguez said.

Tisdale also said housing solutions are best left to experts, but argues those efforts should focus on the middle class.

“If teachers who teach young people in a community can’t afford to live there, I don’t agree with that,” he said. “YesYou have the people who are assisted in finding housing by the housing authority, which helps eligible people, and then you have the people who live in the luxury condos, but you don’t have an average population.

Candidates differ on whether the 200-bed homeless service center planned for the Riverton area or smaller shelters would be best for the city.

Curran, who said he has experienced homelessness in the past, said the large shelter is a start, but smaller shelters are also needed.

“IF There are a problem in a shelter, you may be the victim of a criminal intrusion, and you are beautiful not allowed entry for a full year, ”Curran said. “Melder wthe inters are rough. If there is only one installation and it affects you, then what is it? “

A large facility provides good quality services, Mazer said, while the city may struggle to staff many small shelters.

“Have four or five emergency shelters offering the services that the Riverside shelter will provide.” goi am difficult because of staff and funding perspective,” Mazer noted. “From that perspective, I think a centralized shelter that can be open 24/7 with onsite services makes more sense.

Rodriguez, too, focused on quality rather than size.

We need this waiting this side centralized objective, which means high quality services to members of our homeless community, ”said Rodriguez.

Tisdale said he supported the large shelter rather than the small facilities “if there is to be a shelter,” noting that many shelters in the neighborhoods would be “impossible” to pass for advice.

At the same time, Tisdale would like to see proposals to reduce the number of “beggars” in the city, especially those who might be able to work.

“The proliferation of begging… makes a bad impression,” Tisdale said. “There is no need for that. Shops around can not find enough people work, social services are numerous. When beggars are in front of a business, it discourages people from entering the business. This‘s allow a group of people to that are not helped by being activated. “

The candidates also cite a number of other priorities.

Curran said he would like to see a local option of sales taxes for tourism services to ease property taxes, such as cruises; more work done in harm reduction to address the opioid epidemic, such as supervised injection sites; the expansion of public transport at night; and an increase in the number of municipal parking lots.

Mazer said he would also like to focus on improving transit options.

Rodriguez highlighted the collaboration and representation of all his constituents. He would focus his efforts on getting marginalized groups, whose views might otherwise be ignored, to speak at board meetings. He cited as an example a group of loud activists who wanted to remove police from schools and succeeded.

If I see that there are a handful of privileged people defend for something, I have to ask myself who is not in the room and for whom we are not hearing a plea, ”Rodriguez said. “What we lack is the political will to move these things forward.”

Tisdale said he will also focus on collaboration. He said there was a lack of moderate votes in the city, and although he was an “embarrassed Republican” after the Trump presidency, he would often vote regardless of party, he said.

The election takes place on November 2. Polling stations, which can be found online at the city clerk’s website, open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

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Regeneration of Midtown – Greater Auckland

Earlier this year, work on the downtown core was finally completed after three years of work. The works included the reinforcement of the sea wall, the reconstruction of Quay St into a more user-friendly space, the new public space of Te Wananga, the new docks of the ferry terminal, Te Komititanga and the renovated building of the main post office, the city ​​center bus interchange. There has also been a private development with Commercial Bay. Additionally, recently we saw the completion of the Karangahape Rd upgrade to improve the south end of downtown.

Now the council’s attention in the city is shifting to the city center which will integrate and complement the new Aotea station delivered as part of the city rail link.

When it opens, Aotea station will be New Zealand’s busiest with more people entering or exiting than any other.

It is a key element of the transit-oriented development described as Transformational Move 5 in the City Center Masterplan, which was widely consulted and unanimously approved by the Auckland Council in 2020. It is an element key to the rebirth of the city center.

Today Auckland Council and Auckland Transport unveil their Midtown program, describing the area as: “a part of Auckland where our history, art and culture can be seen and heard and will spread into public life; where people choose to hang out and socialize; a place that is attractive and feels inclusive and safe. ‘

Midtown is the district that radiates from Aotea Square, comprising landmarks such as Auckland’s historic Town Hall, Civic Theater, Auckland Toi o Tāmaki Art Gallery and SkyTower, two universities, the intimate lanes comprising Federal, Elliott, High and Lorne streets, and treasured city parks – Myers Park and Rangipuke Albert Park.

It is at the heart of a significant change in the way people move in, out and through the city and its regeneration is expected to be a catalyst for growth, productivity, a healthier and more sustainable downtown and a dynamic artistic and cultural center. heart of Auckland.

These are the projects listed today by Auckland Council and Auckland Transport to help regenerate downtown Auckland for the thousands of people who will get there by train and bus every day.

The projects include:

  • CRL Aotea Station – The station sill designs, woven with mana whenua narratives, won a WAFX Cultural Identity Award from the World Architecture Festival in 2019.
  • Stage 1 of the Wellesley Street Bus Improvement Project (Albert Street to Queen Street) – an improved environment for bus users and pedestrians
  • Te Hā Noa Stage 1 – Victoria Street Linear Park (Albert Street to Kitchener Street)
  • Modernization of Federal Street, extension of the shared road lane circuit
  • Wai Horotiu Queen Street Project
  • Improved Myers Park Underpass
  • Aotea on the development of the station by MRCB, enabled by Eke Panuku
  • High Street upgrade
  • Hobson Street Improvement (Victoria Street to Wellesley Street)
  • Renovation of the Aotea Center
  • Completion of the Albert Street upgrade between Wyndham Street and Wellesley Street

Excluding the Aotea station itself, the upper station development and the Watercare sewage upgrade, the Auckland council will invest more than $ 133 million in the city center over the years. next five years.

Many of these projects have been discussed in one way or another over the past decade, so it’s great to finally see funding and commitment put in place to make them happen. I guess a lot of that cost also comes from the downtown target rate paid by businesses and residents.

It appears that the council has focused on bringing all of these projects together into one comprehensive delivery program and this appears to be a positive step instead of the more piecemeal street-by-street approach. I understand that as part of that, they just brought back most of the teams that were behind the downtown program to the downtown one.

As for the above projects, the one that perhaps interests me the most is the Victoria St Linear Park. We are only getting the part of Albert Street to Kitchener Street to begin with, but this will be important to help manage the pedestrian volumes of the City Rail Link, but also to set the tone for the eventual extension to the park. Victoria. It is also a project that we have fought hard to keep in the plans.

The project we are probably least familiar with is the modernization of Hobson St from Victoria St to Wellesley. The CCMP is claiming it as part of the transformation of Hobson St and Nelson St into “green and more livable twin avenues adapted to their urban context in what constitutes the densest residential area of ​​New Zealand“.

He also suggests that this would be achieved by:

  • reduce the number of traffic lanes and turns at intersections
  • possibly change them to two-way streets
  • wider paths and priority for pedestrians at intersections as well as at mid-way crossings
  • more bike trails, including on Hobson St
  • more street trees

It would also be helpful if this section closed the access ramps to the Skycity parking lot.

Perhaps the key pieces missing from this announcement, along with the Queen Street details released last week, are the commitment to deliver other parts of the downtown master plan at the same time. In particular the zero emission zone for the Queen Street valley and access for all. These are essential elements of the plan to improve air quality, reduce private vehicle trips and make the city center more user-friendly. These things need to be discussed at every step to make the public aware of their need, to come and to help ensure that they are not ruled out by project teams as “someone else’s job to do”.

As designs for these projects form, it would also be great to focus a lot more on delivering more street trees to the city.

When completed the main parts of the city center will look pretty good and a huge improvement over what they used to be / are now. I wonder where else in the downtown and region the council could take this broader program approach to improvements.

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Maintaining Momentum – Forum Applied Concord, Meredith’s Ideas to Downtown Development

Lakeviews, the first forum in a series on how to revitalize downtown Laconia, drew around 150 people from the Lake District and 25 online viewers for a community conversation Tuesday on what works and what doesn’t. not when it comes to making the city’s economic recovery last. .

The goal now is to capitalize on the spark provided by regional arts venues, the restored Colonial Theater and Lakeport Opera House, and to make the downtown area a destination for locals, tourists and culture seekers – as well as for a larger workforce that will want to live here.

Lakeviews: Downtown Development Panel Discussion and Artful Networking Reception, moderated by local businessman Mike Seymour, included Laconia Mayor Andrew Hosmer, Concord developer Stephen Duprey, Meredith developer Rusty McLear and local restaurateur Karen Bassett.

“Downtown revitalization is about keeping our community alive,” said Daily sun of Laconia publisher Adam Hirshan, who organized the event.

Building on downtown’s success comes down to rallying and spreading interest and support, the panelists said. This includes securing support from the city and private investors, providing tax and other incentives to businesses that open here, and creating a lifestyle conducive to lifestyle that offers quality housing at cost. moderate, attractive storefronts, sidewalk and restaurant lighting, and within easy walking distance. parking lot, as well as restaurants and shops that stay open overnight and on weekends, according to panel members.

The advantages of Laconia, besides being a commercial hub in a four-season recreation area, include a municipal airport and community college as well as a network of new art venues with wide appeal.

“We have a foundation in this city that is remarkably strong and resilient and serves as a launching pad for a strong city. We have the ability to build the community we want, ”Hosmer said. He added that the policies and responsiveness of the city government can accelerate this, serving as a “tailwind that supports business people” and maintains momentum.

McLear, who turned Meredith into a tourist destination in the 1980s, said team building and community support helped overcome barriers and skeptics who doubted a wholesale transformation was even possible.

There were very few people who were interested and thought it might be successful. What we started to do is make sure we have as many people on board as possible, ”said McLear.

McLear began by creating a market that included men’s and women’s clothing stores, a restaurant, bar, and an art gallery. “After a while, some gave up. But at the beginning, something new and different drew a lot of people, ”said McLear. The construction and expansion of hotels has also made a big difference. Adding 22 rooms to the first 55 hotel rooms increased the occupancy rate by 15% in the first year and 35% in the second, he said.

Stephen Duprey, who spearheaded the revival of downtown Concord, helping the Capitol Arts Center project and developing businesses and offices across the street, and more recently the Bank of New Hampshire Stage, remembers a dreary state capital that seemed frozen in the 1950s, with narrow sidewalks, businesses that closed at 5 p.m. and downtown traffic unsafe for pedestrians crossing the street Hand.

In addition to involving city leaders, Duprey organized eight to ten stakeholder committee meetings, then held 29 three- to four-hour meetings for community members on topics ranging from trees to forest. traffic in the parking lot.

“We let the public speak. They came to a consensus on what downtown might look like and they accepted what it might do, ”Duprey said. Growth increases goods and services without raising taxes, he said. “It took 14 months to build Main Street. It took three years to apply for grants and decide what we could do. “

“You just have to build consensus with people who are willing to talk,” said McLear, recalling his experience at Meredith. “Never lecture them. When he couldn’t find a contractor to do a parking survey, McLear did one himself, photographing lots in town at different times of the day.

Basset, who, along with her husband Reuben Bassett, has opened or bought four restaurants in downtown Laconia and Lakeport, said their experience makes her positive about the curatorial capacity of local consumers, and the arts don’t. than extend it. “This city keeps appearing. Whether we have the arts or not, this city presents itself for good business and good products ”and art venues are poised to attract more consumers.

Bassett, a Seattle native and former kindergarten teacher, said she opened Wayfarer Coffee Roasters in 2015 to create a community meeting place “where respectful conversations can take place.” Pedestrian traffic in the city center has since taken off, with a critical mass of destination stores. “We now bring 300 to 500 people a day to Main Street,” Bassett said. “I see them having their Wayfarer coffee and shopping.”

“They created a product, but also an atmosphere that attracts people,” Hosmer said of Wayfarer and a second location in Lakeport. The obligation of elected officials and municipal staff is to listen to and support the efforts of new businesses, including through tax breaks and fiscal districts that further promote business development. Hosmer advocates public-private partnerships. “They are our community builders, and we want to help them,” he said.

Now the downtown area needs more restaurants, especially sit-down restaurants that serve dinner and are open at night. What’s driving that is the landlords who are willing to give tenants four months of free rent while they build their location for the opening, Bassett said. “We value building owners who are willing to put our feet up in the ground and start making money,” she said.

Laconia has daytime cafes that serve a lot, but not bistros that stay open at night – which prolongs visitor traffic and prolongs downtown life, said John Bethell, co-owner of Piedmont Print and Frame on Canal. Street, who attended the event. “Traders continue to go downtown,” Bethell said. “But Saturday after 3 or 5, we roll the sidewalks. If we can run three hair salons in two blocks, we can find a way to do it.

Widening downtown sidewalks has created more places for people to dine outside, improving the visitor experience, Duprey said.

Parking is a perennial problem that plagues New Hampshire towns, panel moderator Seymour said.

McLear said the town of Claremont helped McLear and restaurateur Alex Ray build a hotel in the Claremont factory building by creating a parking garage, sewer, and sidewalks that served it.

Duprey said there is a lingering misperception as to whether parking is required directly in front of stores. The reconfiguration of traffic and sidewalks on Main Street in Concord has sacrificed some parking spaces – a prospect that frightens store owners.

“It really changed mentalities. People will easily trade the convenience of parking for activity and excitement, ”he said, highlighting the success of Portsmouth town center, which does not have much on-street parking in the neighborhood. trader. “Even the most cynical will say the old idea that you have to park in front of a store is gone. What is needed are multiple stores, attractions and restaurants that add up to a stimulating pedestrian experience, a place where you can spend a day and an evening.

A future goal that will require consensus building is the extension of the WOW Trail to Weirs Beach and Meredith, McLear said. “You have older people who want to exercise and young children on their bikes. We at Meredith will do whatever we can to try to be a part of it, ”he said.

Duprey cites the popularity of Lebanon’s Boscawen cycle path, which attracts cyclists to Concord, which has about 100 miles of walking trails within city limits, Duprey said. He said there is currently sufficient federal funding for infrastructure projects, including rail trails. “I bet you can get grants for 50% of the cost,” Duprey said.

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Franklin downtown park won’t be ready for fall festivals

A rainy week again slowed progress at a downtown park under construction south of the Farmer’s Market parking lot in Franklin.

It was hoped that Youngs Creek Park would be ready to host the Franklin Fall Festival this weekend, but setbacks early in the process to consolidate the ground beneath the amphitheater and weather delays delayed the project for a few months, Chip Orner said. , city parks and recreation director.

The annual festival, which runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., will take place one last time in its traditional setting around the Johnson County Courthouse. Halloween Town, scheduled for October 23 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., will also be in the courthouse square.

Part of the $ 9 million park is expected to be completed by mid-November, with playground equipment, bathrooms and parking available for use later this fall and winter. The rest of the park, including the city’s first playground, an amphitheater with capacity for 5,000 people, eight pickleball courts, walking trails and a vendor area will open in the spring, Orner said.

At the moment, the playing field, which will be the largest in the city, is under construction, the play area is about 60% complete and the vendor areas are nearing completion, as well as the performance area of the amphitheater, he said.

Work on the irrigation system for the amphitheater lawn and the paving of the parking lot is expected to begin soon. Work on the pickleball fields will begin later this fall, Orner said.

The parks department is planning an opening celebration on May 20, which will be the first event with the park fully open to the public. Details of that event, along with a full schedule of concerts, films and festivals to be held in the park, will be shared in January, he said.

Plans for the park were implemented after businesses formerly on the site were severely flooded for the second time in 2017. Once opened, the park’s green space will function like a sponge to soak up water from annual flooding. at Youngs Creek. City officials paved the way in the summer of 2020, about a year after Franklin bought and demolished the last pieces of property needed to make way for the park, which is primarily funded by tax increase funding, or TIF, in dollars, but also with the help of a grant of $ 250,000 from the American Water Charitable Foundation for the water jet, nicknamed Spray Park.

The American Water Charitable Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the parent company of the water supplier in Franklin, Indiana American Water. The grant is very competitive and was awarded to only two communities served by the national water utility. Indiana American Water will also help the city connect Youngs Creek Park and the Franklin Greenway Trail along Jefferson Street by creating a small park around its downtown water tower and connecting the two sections of the trail. The company plans to remove the fence around the water tower, build a shelter and create an outdoor educational space to educate passers-by about the water system.

The utility is also working with the Franklin Public Art Advisory Board on the project to beautify the water tower with a mural, which is still being designed.

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Franklin Fall Festival

Details: Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., downtown Franklin

What: From the early hours of the morning to the last fireworks display, this year’s Franklin Fall Festival will make people feel the excitement with a plethora of activities, food, drink, and vendors of all kinds to keep people going. engaged.

Put on your dancing shoes for Rock Around the Block and fundraise for the Moyra McCain Memorial Foundation. Catch performances from the Style Dance Academy, the cast of “Cinderella” from Franklin Community High School Drama Club and the LeRose Dance Academy. Along the streets, the traditional parade winds through the city center.

Silly Safaris brings you close to wild animals, while performers Hill Valley Ramblers, Hank Ruff and Clayton Anderson rock the crowd. The day ends with a fireworks display above the city center.

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Some Midwest residents face traffic detours, parking issues surrounding the start of phase two of the electrical work

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – The renovation of General Electric’s former campus into Electric Works is doing wonders for the site’s appearance and helping to increase property values ​​in the West Central neighborhood.

But the price of progress will force some residents to face inconvenience that should drag on for months or even years.

The first phase of Electric Works involves teams renovating old GE buildings into a new global headquarters for Do it Best Corporation, as well as space for new restaurants, educational centers and an open farmer’s market all year.

Next week we will see the start of phase two, just north of a set of railroad tracks crossing the outskirts of the city center.

Through October, crews will demolish 14 properties on Broadway or just west of Broadway and move three more homes to make way for the construction of a large parking lot, 280 apartments, new retail stores and a nursery.

Several streets in part of the West Central neighborhood will be demolished, including Lavina Street, where residents will lose their on-street parking for more than two years.

Tyler Bowers bought a house near Wilt Street.

He is luckier than some of his neighbors.

“Fortunately, we are a little spared, we have two or three weeks of impacted parking, but there are residents where if there is street or plumbing work under the road, they may be closed for about a year to three years… We are all trying to come together to try to find solutions to provide these people with available parking so that they don’t have to walk more than a block and a half to get to their home. them, ”said Bowers, vice president of the West Central Neighborhood Association.

“When we had an empty campus here, it didn’t do much for the property tax base. What is happening (with Electric Works) is really going to dramatically improve that… I think we’re already seeing these results.” , Kody said. Tinnel, the president of the Packard Area Planning Alliance.

This is because the value of properties in the Midwest and other areas surrounding electrical works has increased significantly since the start of the project.

Weigand Construction, the developers of Electric Works, leaders of the West Central neighborhood and the city of Fort Wayne are working together to try to alleviate short-term parking problems, which in some cases are not so short.

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

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

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

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

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Douglas S Bruce, Penicuik, Midlothian

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

David Millar, Lauder, Berwickshire

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

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

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

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

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

Richard Allison, Edinburgh

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

David Watson, Leith, Edinburgh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steuart Campbell, Edinburgh

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

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

Andrew HN Gray, Edinburgh

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Peterborough Civic Society comments on Northminster plans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Concerns about public toilets in Mold

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flintshire’s local toilet strategy is available on the website at:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Parking Management Market: Deployment Overview

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

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

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Springdale Council Supports Plans for Downtown Park and Farmers Market

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Biff-Burger has a new owner, the ICOT Center offices have been acquired • St Pete Catalyst

The iconic Biff-Burger joint is acquired by a local investor. The Clearwater ICOT center, among other offices, is taken over by a single entity. The property across from Derby Lane where the greyhound races were held could be used for multi-family development. A home in Clearwater Beach sells for $ 10.5 million, making it the highest home sale in Pinellas County. The home of a former St. Pete mayor hits the market.

Here is this week’s roundup of local real estate offers:

Property across Derby Lane may be used for multi-family development

Two vacant commercial plots opposite the Derby Lane site have been purchased.

10491, boulevard Gandy N. in Saint-Pierre. Google Maps.

St. Tropez Investment Co. LLC has sold two lots at 10491 Gandy Blvd. N. in a $ 2.3 million agreement with MD Gandy LLC, which is related to Clearwater-based HC JV LLC, managed by Loci Capital Management Co. LLC.

The acquired lots are directly across from the Tortuga Point apartments and are described as an ideal location to build a multi-family development.

The area surrounding the Derby Lane track is one place the developers are keeping a close eye on.

Since the Derby Lane track closed in 2020, due to the passage of an amendment banning greyhound racing, local officials have said they could potentially see the Tampa Bay Rays build a new stadium on the site.

However, no effort has been reported to move the conversation forward on the Rays potentially occupying the stadium, and although greyhound racing has ended inside the stadium, the popular Derby Lane poker room remains open.

Biff-Burger and Buffy’s BBQ have a new owner

The nostalgic Biff-Burger and Buffy’s BBQ adjoining St. Pete are new owners.

Biff-Burger. Photo by Bill DeYoung.

Justin Basil, director of Tampa-based Rockwell Investments, purchased the two plots at 3939 49th St. N. in a $ 1.4 million deal.

He was interested in the property because of its frontage on 49th Street. Basil’s wife Lauren Basil operates the Mosh Posh consignment store in Tampa, which has closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Basil told the St. Pete Catalyst that restaurant operations will continue.

The Biff-Burger restaurant in St. Pete first opened in the 1950s and has had several different owners over the years, but has remained mostly the same.

Biff-Burger. Photo by Bill DeYoung.Today, only two known locations of the former Punch-The burger chain still exists – one in Greensboro, NC, renamed Beef Burger, and the other in St. Pete.

This location also has many elements of the “classic” Punch-Architecture and characteristics of the burger, with an existing original road sign, as described by the company.

Next to Biff-Burger is Buffy’s Southern Pit BBQ, recognizable by the pink Chevrolet 57 on the roof.

Buffy’s BBQ next to Biff-Burger. Google Maps.

California company takes over office complexes, including ICOT Center in Clearwater

A California-based management company has acquired several offices at the ICOT Center in Clearwater, a 262-acre business park on Ulmerton Road in Clearwater, as well as several others for a total of approximately $ 42.18 million.

Offices of the ICOT Center. Loopnet.

The procuring entity is related to Birtcher Anderson Realty Management Inc., a property management services company that acquires and sells office, industrial and commercial buildings.

The largest purchases included: five packages within the ICOT Center for $ 8.22 million; the Turtle Creek Office complex in Clearwater for approximately $ 11.26 million; and three plots in the Starkey Business Center for about $ 18.1 million, according to Pinellas County public records.

Pasadena Mall Sells To Big Shopping Buyer

In New York acquired a shopping center anchored in the Walmart Neighborhood Market at 6818 Gulfport Blvd. in southern Pasadena.

It was sold from Branch South Pasadena Associates LLC to South Pasadena RG2 in a $ 32.65 million deal.

South Pasadena RG2 is linked to RPT Realty, which is the same company that recently purchased plots in and around the Walmart Neighborhood Market anchored plaza in the East Lake Woodlands neighborhood.

RPT has dozens of shopping centers across the country.

The mall consists of eight buildings totaling 166,188 square feet and has over 30 tenants, including Anytime Fitness and Ace Hardware.

Mandalay Point house sells for $ 10.5 million, making it the most expensive sale in the county

A house in Mandalay Point, a closed subdivision of Clearwater Beach, sold for $ 10.5 million, making it the most expensive sale in Pinellas County this year.

House at 1150 Mandalay Point in Clearwater. Loopnet.

Beach Investment Holdings LLC, which is linked to a Florida-based law firm, sold ta waterfront home at 1150 Manadaly Point to Michael and Allyson Hyer.

House at 1150 Mandalay Point in Clearwater. Loopnet.

The 3,338 square foot home, built in 1949, offers views of the bay that stretches to Caladesi Island.

It has four bedrooms and five bathrooms as well as a veranda and a swimming pool.

House at 1150 Mandalay Point in Clearwater. Loopnet.

Tech exec sells its Tarpon Springs home located on a finger of land

Shereef Moawad, owner of Tarpon Springs-based Inc., sold his Tarpon Springs home for approximately $ 2.43 million.

156 George St. S., Tarpon Springs. Zillow.

His business, which includes CarChat24, helps car dealers sell more vehicles by converting a higher percentage of their website visitors into quality leads.

The 5,521 square foot home located at 156 George Street S. sits on a piece of land that juts out onto Tarpon Lake and is surrounded by water on three sides.

The house has four bedrooms which each open onto the roof terrace.

156 George St. S., Tarpon Springs. Zillow.

Outside is a swimming pool, an infinity spa, an outdoor kitchen and a private dock with two slides.

A 2,600 square foot humidity controlled garage is also unique to the house.

The old house of St. Pete Mayor comes to the market

The home of St. Petersburg mayor Randolph Wedding is back on the market and awaiting sale.

The Snell Isle Estate at 990 31st Ave. NE, is a 5,878 square foot home built in 1968. The asking price is $ 2.5 million.

The house, whose design was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, has five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms and overlooks a canal.

990 31st Ave. NE, St. Pete. Zillow.

The home has floor to ceiling windows and sits on half an acre with lush landscaping, a pool, and an outdoor kitchen.

990 31st Ave. NE, St. Pete. Zillow.

The listing agent is Emil Suileman of EXP Realty LLC.

Wedding, who died in 2012, was mayor from 1973 to 1975 and helped persuade the state to build highways 375 and 175 and connect them to the city center.

He was also known by his architectural firm, which designed the original Busch Gardens theme park.

990 31st Ave. NE, St. Pete. Zillow.

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City of Billings leaders move closer to purchase of Stillwater Building

BILLINGS – With a 10-1 vote on Monday night, Billings City Council gave the mayor the power to sign a buy / sell agreement, signaling the city’s intention to purchase the Stillwater building with possible plans to build the space of a center of law and justice.

“This idea is a long-term investment. It’s not just about kick-starting another problem that another board will have to address in 10 or 15 years,” said Kendra Shaw, member. of the council, which represents district 1.

Alaska-based WC Commercial LLC currently owns the building, walkway, and nearby parking across North 26th Street.

Once Mayor Bill Cole officially signs the document, the city will have 60 days to do their due diligence to inspect the building for any issues that may cause city staff or council to reconsider their decision. . September 15 is the date scheduled for the city to close the deal.

MTN News / Mitch Lagge

Members of Billings City Council are discussing the possible purchase of the Stillwater building to add more room to city services at their Monday night meeting.

The city negotiated a price of $ 17 million for the building and its land. Construction was estimated at an additional $ 10 million and could take between three and four years. The construction price does not include the cost of furniture, fixtures and equipment.

Part of the money to buy the building would come from $ 20 million of money freed up from the general fund. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city paid for part of its public safety services using federal COVID-19 relief dollars from the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act, freeing up money from the general fund to spend on other things.

The Stillwater Building was originally built in 1960 and was once a federal courthouse. The building has five floors, a basement with parking and an underground access for the transport of prisoners.

The idea of ​​the purchase is to have a central location for all of the City of Billings services. The Planning and Community Development Department, Zoning Department, Code Enforcement Department, Building Division, Public Works, City Court, and Police Department could all be located under the roof of the Stillwater Building at over the next few years if the city agrees to buy the property.

City services are currently spread over three sites in the city center. After a tour of the current city hall, council member Mike Boyett said everyone was too crowded for space.

“It is not (handicapped accessible). When I broke my ankle, I had a hard time walking through this building. There are people in the cupboards. There are people in the boiler room. Yes, there’s another building in Billings, but let’s let all the kids play in one place. Let’s make room for expansion, “Boyett said.

City administrator Chris Kukulski said the plan would first be to address the immediate need for a legal and judicial center. Then other departments could move in as leases expire on their current spaces over the next two years.

“We are also renting out several different spaces in the city center. We are tenants today of several of our office services and this is money that taxpayers are paying and will not pay anymore,” Kukulski said. .


MTN News / Mitch Lagge

The front side of the Stillwater Building in downtown Billings which is connected to the Stillwater Parking Garage across North 26th Street via an overhead bridge.

The city would occupy only about two floors of the Stillwater Building and would have the option of leasing the remaining space. Kukulski said the goal would be to get state or federal law-related services located in the building.

“My interest is not to go out and compete per se and try to book retail operations or other operations in this building. It is to put other local government departments or state departments or federal services that complement the local government services we provide, ”Kukulski mentioned.

The Yellowstone County government already occupies 7,000 square feet of office space on the third floor of the building. The county pays approximately $ 365,000 per year to lease space at WC Commercial. The lease ends in 2025.

Kukulski mentioned that the Yellowstone County Council of Commissioners recently took a 2-1 vote to sign a buy / sell agreement to purchase the Miller Building at 301 N 29th St.

“They are one of our most likely tenants. If they determine that they are going to move out after 2025, long before we know that answer,” Kukulski said.

The need for more space for municipal government was first identified after the completion of a facilities master plan in 2015. Over the past 18 months, the city has entered into negotiations regarding the Stillwater Building. As a price was not agreed, negotiations turned to evaluations.

Jessica Iverson, City Construction Manager and Facilities Manager, provided the background to the assessments. Elkhorn Appraisal valued the building at $ 22 million and NVC Appraisal at $ 12 million, Iverson said. An evaluator-reviser was then called upon to analyze the methods of the other evaluators. Review appraiser Dave Thomas valued the building at $ 13.5 million.

“What determination of market value the review appraiser seeks to find is based on a typical buyer or investor in the market. This does not take into account the value of the specific benefits that the city has. The negotiating committee took this into account during negotiations to determine the price with the seller and concluded that the building has greater value to the city than the review’s assessment suggests, which is why a price The higher purchase price was offered to the seller, ”Iverson said.

With the price tag of $ 17 million, the city would purchase the building for $ 85 / square foot. Much less than the $ 375 / square foot it would cost to build a new building.

Council member Shaun Brown said he was concerned that the city was paying more than appraised value and disliked the possibility that a majority of the building would remain vacant if the city could not find space. tenants.

“Is this going to sit empty for years? I’m struggling with this, but I’m working really hard to support this as an opportunity we wouldn’t have had otherwise, but it’s still $ 4 million So I’m fighting with that, but I will support it, ”Brown said.

Ward 4 representative Penny Ronning, a council member, was the only one to vote against approving the buy / sell agreement. Ronning said she supported the move to the Stillwater Building, that there was not enough public commentary on how the city should spend the money freed up thanks to the federal government.

“I don’t think that’s good government the way this process has worked,” Ronning said.

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MTN News / Mitch Lagge

Penny Ronning, a member of Billings City Council, who represents Ward 4, shares her position on the Stillwater Building buy / sell agreement with council.

“Not a single request to the public on how the public wants to use this money. Not a single presentation on our options for using this money. Could we build an 8 fire station, where 40,000 Billings Heights members could actually be? served with additional fire departments? What else could we use this money for in terms of public safety services where our crime is so high it’s unbelievable. I don’t dispute that we need it? ‘additional space for the town hall. I do not dispute that we need the space of the center of law and justice, I do not disagree with that at all, but I do not agree with the fact that it is the only option that is even given to us and presented by our municipal administration for the use of these funds, ”Ronning added.

RELATED: Billings Could Buy $ 17 Million Stillwater Building for Law and Justice Center.

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Boise, Id envisions the future of an expanded dining room on 8th Street

Boise restaurants have taken to the streets – literally – at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, but what’s next?

Last summer, Boise City Council and the Ada County Road District relaxed regulations around the right-of-way to allow restaurants and bars to take over. parking spaces in the city center to allow more socially distant meals. The city also closed 8th Street to vehicular traffic, and restaurants moved their patios to the curb to make more room for outdoor tables when indoor capacity was limited.

[Portion of Boise’s 8th Street will get a makeover: bikes, sidewalks, patios]

Ongoing improvements to come

Customers and 8th Street businesses have widely embraced the change, reveling in the increased space to sit outside and space to stroll around the two blocks of Restaurant Row. from 8th street. But now that the pandemic is abating, Boise’s director of economic development Sean Keithly said the city was considering how to move forward with the downtown area filling up.

“Going back to how it happened, it was done quickly and in a somewhat organic fashion and we don’t want to lose any of those benefits, but since this was an emergency response, we didn’t have time to really dig deep with stakeholders and companies and think about how we would do it in a way that could consider longer term implementation, ”Keithly said.” C ‘what we want to do is think about what we have learned and be more intentional. “

Visitors stroll 8th Street in July 2021. Photo: Margaret Carmel / BoiseDev

Keithly said Mayor Lauren McLean and other city leaders have yet to decide what the next phase of 8th Street will look like. The city is currently taking the feedback into account and examining its options, including how to plan for traffic in the area, accessibility for deliveries, pedestrian and cyclist safety, and access to lanes.

8th Street is currently bordered by temporary bright orange traffic barriers to ensure traffic stays off the closed street and visually impaired pedestrians know where the pedestrian street ends. The city is currently looking for a company to offer permanent ADA improvements at intersections.

What about parklets?

The expanded restoration has occurred in more places than 8th Street.

Around Boise, restaurants and bars have been granted permission under a new ordinance to place diners in parking lots or on sidewalks outside their restaurants to make more room. Idaho’s Alcohol Beverage Control also gave them permission to serve drinks in these new right-of-way dining rooms.

This ordinance allowing the changes will expire in April 2022, but in the meantime, companies that have grown to trust it are wondering what will happen when the rule is renewed.

Molly Leadbetter, one of the co-owners of Meriwether Cider Company, said the extra space gave her the boost she needed to get through the pandemic. But, she said, until the city and CDHA make a firmer decision on what to do next, her company is reluctant to invest a lot of money in improvements.

A parklet outside Barbarian Brewing. Photo: Margaret Carmel / BoiseDev

“If we could make these parking spaces ours all the time or just for the hot weather, we could invest in real construction so that we can build parklets and make it really nice,” Leadbetter said. “For that, it’s like we don’t want to spend too much, too much money because when that is done, we’ll have all the material, but if we can get some direction, maybe we can make it really pretty. . “

Nearby Barbarian Brewing also benefited from three parking spaces for a parklet, but co-owner BreAnne Hovley said she was not counting on that option in the future.

“People love the extra seats downtown and the fact that it’s in a parking spot doesn’t deter people from sitting down and enjoying the action,” Hovely said. “But, we know that our park situation is not a viable option in the long term due to the orange barriers and the need to rent the equipment to block them.”

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Suburban rail station options featured in the Capitol Corridor study

The team that is undertaking the preliminary design and engineering work for the Capitol Corridor Project, which would extend MBTA commuter rail service 30 miles to Nashua and Manchester, presented proposals for the siting of stations at Manchester and Nashua.

FHI Studio of Hartford, Connecticut, a subcontractor to Aecom Technical Services Inc., prepared options for each city.

In Manchester, the preferred station locations are Granite Street and Valley Street. In either location, the station would feature an 800-foot platform, partially topped by a canopy. In addition, Manchester would also host a stopover yard to house trains overnight. In Nashua, three locations have been identified: Crown Street Park and Ride, Spit Brook Road and Pheasant Lane Mall.

In Manchester, a station at Granite Street would be close to the city center and the Millyard and not far from UNH-Manchester or Southern New Hampshire University.

While on-site parking space would be scarce, nearby public parking is deemed sufficient to preclude the need to acquire more land.

A station at Valley Street would complement the transit-focused development plan, which envisions a wholesale redevelopment of the area between Granite Street and Queen City Avenue, once the site of the Boston and Maine rail yard. The station would be within the project boundaries and would be part of a mixed development that could include up to 1,800 residential units, 154 hotel rooms, 785,000 square feet of office space and 198,000 square feet of space. sale to detail.

After reviewing eight possible stopover sites, the list was narrowed down to two – the so-called Pan Am South, the existing rail station between the Northeast Delta Stadium and the Queen City Bridge, and the water treatment plant. Manchester, just south of Interstate 293 – with Pan Am South is the preferred location. The site should have space for four or five trains of 900 to 1000 feet each as well as a staff building and a footprint for electrical service.

Nashua locations

In Nashua, according to the FHI Studio study, the Crown Street Park and Ride offers a city location with 209 parking spaces 209 parking spaces adjacent to highways 111 and 101A with connections to three city bus lines. However, two-lane streets are the only access to the site.

The two sites in southern Nashua are accessible from the Daniel Webster Highway by several routes.

The Spit Brook Road site sits north of a 44-acre expanse along the Merrimack River where Dow Chemical was once operated and which is under redevelopment. The developer identified a “donation parcel” with space for an 800-foot platform and 454 parking spaces.

The Simon Properties Group, which owns the Pheasant Lane shopping center, has not indicated whether or not it would be interested in hosting a train station. However, the company, which owns and operates more than 200 properties across the country, has started transforming its malls into mixed-use destinations with hospitality, leisure, business, residential and warehousing components to reduce their cost. dependence on conventional retail.

Meanwhile, CSX Transportation, which continues to acquire Pan Am Railways, told the New Hampshire Department of Transportation that it was “committed” to track upgrades on the New Hampshire main line between Nashua and Concord, which is owned and operated by Pan. Am, to allow the speed of freight trains to increase to 25 mph. However, additional investment in infrastructure would be needed to accommodate the much higher speed of commuter train service.

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Transformation of a multi-storey car park into 116 apartments and a gym

A city center multi-storey car park could be transformed into a 116-unit apartment complex with a “cotton mill style” facade next to a gym and shops.

Developers Wright Investments and Queensbridge Homes have released detailed plans for converting the multi-story concrete parking lot at Crown Street and Bow Street in downtown Bolton.

In planning documents submitted this week, they describe a development called The Link.

READ MORE: Popular Bolton pub announces sudden closure – leaving staff ‘shocked’

It would be a mixed-use site with 55 two-bed apartments, 15 one-bedroom apartments, and four larger three-bed units.

There would also be 18 townhouses on the roof and 23 on the ground floor.

What will the new complex look like

The complex would include a gymnasium and two retail units as well as parking space for 93 vehicles and storage units.

Architects Max Design Consultancy produced design concepts for The Link.

They said: “A first diagram has been developed to allow the client to examine the commercial viability of the site.

What does the parking lot look like now

“This is a city center location mostly surrounded by retail shops, offices, pubs and other public buildings.

“The nomination is not in a conservation area, but it overlooks the Deansgate, St Georges and Church Gate conservation areas.

“Therefore, the design must take into consideration the impact that a large development can have from a conservation point of view. “

The Splash Academy Pool is a tenant seated on site in a section of one of the lower levels.

The plans were filed this week

The developer said detailed proposals will be formed around this unit so that it can be kept.

The plans for the townhouses on the roof of the parking lot were inspired by a similar development in France.

The report adds: “The roof extension was inspired by a multi-storey car park development in Bordeaux.

“The architects used a traditional Bordeaux housing complex to inspire the layout of the roof extension.

“We took a similar approach to mimic a row of townhouses with a contemporary feel.

What does the parking lot look like now

“We incorporated a glass atrium into the design to try to achieve the same feel and look in the central part of the building.”

The report concludes: “Our design process grew out of the glass atrium concept which is our proven solution to the lack of natural light.

“Due to the fact that the property is surrounded by the Bolton town center conservation areas, we visualize the structure blending into and enhancing the area.

An artist’s impression of The Link

“Our vision will be realized by a facade inspired by a historic cotton mill, a magnificent glass atrium combining history and modernity.”

Planners are Bolton going to deliberate on the plans at a date yet to be decided.

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T20 Blast Essentials: Birmingham Bears vs. Yorkshire Vikings

Match schedules, continuous information, tickets and trips, team news, weather forecast, form, predictions and everything you need to know before the last round of Vitality Blast …

Fixation: Birmingham Bears vs. Yorkshire Vikings

Location: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Dated: Wednesday June 30, 2021

Start time: 6.30 p.m.

What is the truth ?

The Birmingham host flying to Yorkshire as the battle to secure a quarterfinal spot in the Northern Group intensifies. The Bears, the top pointers with four wins in their first five games, have since lost three in a row to drop in the standings, but the overwhelming nature of some of those early wins means they maintain a positive net run rate.

Yorkshire, meanwhile, sit atop the standings with six of nine wins, and is a tough proposition for a Bears team looking to bounce back.

The Vikings won the reverse match of that encounter at Headingley in what was the opening game for both teams in the 2021 tournament. After limiting Birmingham to 144 for 8, the Vikings returned home with nine balls and six wickets to resell.

They’ve lost just twice since then and have secured a particularly complete victory over Northamptonshire in their last outing on Saturday night, scoring a brutal 224 for 3 before beating the Steelbacks for 142 to reclaim the top spot from the Notts Outlaws .

Birmingham rebounded from their loss in their opener by continuing that impressive four-game winning streak, culminating in an 18-point loss to champions Notts at Trent Bridge after posting 229 for 5 on the first batter. However, since then their fortress has fallen, as has their position in the ranking.

This is their third consecutive home game, and having lost the previous two to Derbyshire and Durham, respectively, it is imperative to bounce back if they are to get back into the top four.

Who is in good shape?

Raised at No.3, versatile Yorkshire player Jordan Thompson hammered 74 out of just 35 balls during the Northants demolition on Saturday, with his assault of 49 minutes including seven maximums. He now totals 162 runs in the 2021 Blast at an average of 54.00, but even that is being pushed into the shadows by the number of his teammate Harry Brook. He made 45 points against Northants, which pushed him past 300 points this season, which averaged a stunning 86.00.

Thompson is also having a good season with the ball, as his 11 wickets, including one more against Northants, mark him as the Vikings’ main wicket-taker. Matt Fisher, who is finally enjoying a long run in the team after a few years of injury, took two wickets on Saturday and has nine for the season. Also beware of England spinner Dom Bess, who finished three for 17 on four overs against Northants and is tied with Fisher on nine scalps.

There has been little to complain about for Birmingham in recent games, but away acquisition Carlos Brathwaite has continued to prove his worth, leading the Bears table with 15 scalps. He selected three more against Durham on Saturday, including his former nemesis Ben Stokes. Fellow fashion designer Tim Bresnan, formerly of Yorkshire, also struck twice to bring his tally to nine, but the Bears are sorely lacking in control of isolator Jake Lintott, who could return after this game and who has eight so far. counters.

Middle-order hitter Sam Hain has been a cut above with the bat, scoring 288 runs in eight innings so far, although he has touched the pads in the last two games. Luckily for the Bears, skipper Will Rhodes made 45 on Saturday and topped 200 for the season himself, but youngster Matt Lamb has also touched a touch of form. Since entering the T20 squad for the first time this season against Derbyshire, he has recorded scores of 22 and 39, the latter of which is second to Rhodes for the highest score of the innings.

What are the team’s news?

Birmingham Bear: Coming soon

Yorkshire Vikings: Coming soon

Latest five T20 results (most recent first)

Birmingham Bear: LLLAW

Yorkshire Vikings: WLWWA


Record T20 face to face

Total number of matches: 15

Birmingham Bears win: 6

Yorkshire Vikings wins: 6

Related: 1

Abandoned: 4

No result: 2

Latest Birmingham Bears News

Latest from the Yorkshire Vikings

What’s the weather like?

Keep up to date with the MetOffice rolling forecast for Edgbaston: Click here

Go to the game?


Tickets are on sale for £ 19 for adults while those under 16 are admitted free. Click here for the Edgbaston box office.


Address: Edgbaston Stadium, Edgbaston Road, Birmingham, B5 7QU

Car park: There will be no parking available for purchase in advance or on the same day for this fixture.

Parking will be available on site for annual parking pass holders only. A small number of disabled parking spaces will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Public parking may also be available for payment and display in Cannon Hill Park and / or the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Center. These car parks are not operated by Edgbaston.

By bus: There are regular local ground buses from southwest Birmingham and the city center. National Express buses 45 and 47 serve downtown and Pershore Road, a two-minute walk from the ground.

More information on local buses can be found by click here.

By train: Birmingham New Street Station is the city’s main rail hub with connections from across the country.

How to follow the match?

Birmingham will offer live coverage of the game through their website: Click here

All T20 Blast matches are also available through the ECB’s central hub: Click here

The matches can also be viewed on mobile via the BCE app.

Radio: All Vitality Blast devices will be available on local BBC radio stations with extended coverage also on 5 Live Sports Extra.

Digital: Cricketer will broadcast live scoreboards and updates from every Vitality Blast match in 2021, along with the latest breaking county news and exclusive features. Visit our County center for more.


It’s time for the Birmingham Bears to get their season back on track. Home victory.


North Group

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Aldi asks people to show interest now in positions at its next new store in Coventry

Aldi is currently inviting people to show interest in positions at its next new store in Coventry – which is slated to open this year.

Aldi plans to open its sixth store in Coventry later this year at Alvis Retail Park, not far from the city center.

In April, a spokesperson for Aldi told CoventryLive that there had been no specific update at that time on the opening of the Alvis Retail Park store.

Work has yet to begin on the store, which will be located in Curry’s former PC World outlet.

Aldi previously advertised a number of positions in the Alvis Retail Park store and offered the opportunity for people to express interest in other positions.

Now this recruitment drive has grown, with people having the opportunity to express their interest in seven advertised positions.

It is not known how many people in total Aldi is looking to hire at the new store.

Roles range from career starter to assistant manager.

The positions currently advertised for those wishing to express an interest are as follows:

Beginner apprentice

Pay: £ 6.34 per hour

The specification says, “One thing is for sure, as a newbie apprentice in retail you will never be bored.

“By balancing theory and practical in-store, you’ll have to work hard on this one-year program.

“There is a real family spirit here and we are all part of a tight-knit team.

“And since there is always a lot of support from those around you, from store managers to store assistants, you’ll never feel like you’re struggling.

“In this fast-paced environment, you will learn something new every day in a business that thrives on being different.

“As someone who wants to make a difference, you will find that all of this adds up to an exciting challenge.

“Time will pass and before you know it you will have your Level 2 Retail Qualification and be working as a full-fledged Store Assistant with real opportunities for advancement in the future.”

The former Currys PC World unit at Alvis Retail Park which will become a new Aldi supermarket

Janitor / cleaner

Pay: £ 9.50 per hour

The specification says, “As a dedicated and hard worker, you will perform essential work to the highest standards and ensure that your store is always in top condition.

“This will allow you to tackle tasks such as removing garbage and debris from the parking lot and loading bay. Wash exterior windows and glass doors until they shine. Or making sure the carts are clean and free of litter, just the way our customers like them.

“We are good at a lot of things at Aldi, but we are particularly good at taking care of our people.

“It’s just another of the many things that set us apart head and shoulders from others.

“And we’ll do everything we can to show our appreciation, with some of the best pay rates in the industry and a friendly and supportive work environment.”

The former Currys PC World unit at Alvis Retail Park which will become a new Aldi supermarket
The former Currys PC World unit at Alvis Retail Park which will become a new Aldi supermarket

Deputy director

Pay £ 10.55 to £ 11.57 per hour

The specifications say, “In this incredibly diverse role, you will help run a store that is better and more successful than ever.

“You will take real pride in maximizing sales, providing excellent customer service, minimizing costs and maximizing productivity.

“There is also a real responsibility. In the absence of the Store Manager and Assistant Store Manager, you will be fully responsible for the store, gaining valuable experience to help you take your next step in management.

“That means you’ll tackle everything from ordering inventory to training employees, and checking product displays to achieving sales targets.

“It’s great to be part of a company that does things its own way and achieves fantastic results while doing it. “

The former Currys PC World unit at Alvis Retail Park which will become a new Aldi supermarket
The former Currys PC World unit at Alvis Retail Park which will become a new Aldi supermarket

Stock assistant

Pay: £ 9.50 per hour

The specification says, “It’s great to be part of a company that does things its own way and gets fantastic results while doing it.

“This is what you will feel as a Stock Assistant at Aldi.

“It’s a very dynamic environment, so there is certainly no risk of getting bored.

“And everyone here understands exactly what needs to happen to make their store a success – and continues to do so. But the team is quite small, so if you don’t contribute it will show soon.

“Time will pass as you work hard to minimize stock loss, assist with inventory counts, verify deliveries, and ensure shelves are stocked with attractive and well-presented products. “And, of course, you will provide excellent customer service at all times by responding to customer needs in a prompt and friendly manner.”

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Store assistant (CDD and CDI)

Pay: £ 9.55 to £ 10.57 per hour

The specifications say: “At Aldi, you will never be bored and you will be twiddling your thumbs on the cash register as a store assistant. In fact, time will pass.

“You’ll do everything from checking deliveries to handling inquiries to ensuring shelves are stocked with well-presented products.

“And, of course, you will provide excellent customer service at all times by responding to customer needs in a quick and friendly manner.

“It’s a very dynamic environment, and everyone understands exactly what needs to happen to make their store a success – and is getting down to it.

“There is a real family spirit here, and we are all part of a tight-knit team. “

Apprentice in store management

Pay: £ 6.34 to £ 9.44 per hour

The specification says, “One thing is for sure, as a retail store management apprentice you will never be bored.

“Balancing theory and practical in-store, you’ll have to work hard on this three-year program.

“There is a real family spirit here and we are all part of a tight-knit team.

“And since there is always a lot of support from those around you, from store managers to store assistants, you’ll never feel like you’re struggling.

Fast paced environment

“In this fast-paced environment, you will learn something new every day in a business that thrives on being different.

“As someone who wants to make a difference, you will find that all of this adds up to an exciting challenge.

“Time will pass and before you know it you will have your Level 3 Retail Team Leader qualification and work as a full-fledged Assistant Store Manager with real opportunities for advancement in the future. . “

To express your interest in the jobs created in the Alvis Retail ParkAldi store, click here.

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