Former West Pullman school turned into senior housing

Anyone who enters the nearly block-long brick structure in West Pullman expecting to find a typical collection of apartments for seniors is in for a pleasant surprise.

Wide corridors invite chance meetups. Generously sized windows stream light deep into the building. There’s an abundance of touches too rich looking to be new, such as built-in bookcases and old doors repurposed as decoration. And there’s the big nod to the past — chalkboards in most of the 60 units. Residents use them for notes and reminders.

Also, few senior housing sites have their own auditorium and gym, even if they are off-limits for now because of the coronavirus.

The building at 11941 S. Parnell Ave. is the old West Pullman Elementary School, with part of its structure dating from 1894. It grew to allow for a capacity of 2,000 students, but dwindling enrollment led former Mayor Rahm Emanuel to close it

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Housing development proposed for Glenmore area again denied recommendation | Local Government

At a board meeting in October, Supervisor Donna Price, who represents the Scottsville District, asked the board to send the project back to the Planning Commission for a recommendation before it comes back before the board, which supervisors supported.

In addition to the decrease in density from two gross units per acre and 2.5 net units per acre to 1.6 gross units per acre and 1.9 net units per acre, the design and alignment of one of the main roads has been reconfigured to discourage traffic from entering and exiting Breezy Hill on Running Deer Drive.

More than 230 community members, nearly all against the proposed development, have reached out to commissioners and staff via email with concerns about the proposal. Many of the concerns were around language in the area’s Master Plan that says “it is essential that all of the U.S. 250 improvements be constructed before new development

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Housing development guidelines approved by county council

HURON COUNTY – Residential development proposals will soon have a comprehensive document to ensure that housing developers understand the community’s goals and expectations.

Andrea Sinclair, urban designer for MHBC Planning Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, presented the final Residential Intensification Guidelines (RIGS) to Huron County council on Nov. 4.

The motion was approved to accept the guidelines, and staff will distribute copies to local municipalities for information.

These guidelines will help when evaluating development proposals and provide the community with more housing choices.

The document mainly focuses on multi-unit development and will apply to all residential intensification projects in the county. The guidelines also address residential conversions and Additional Residential Units (ARUs).

The RIGS are intended to be used by the builder and development community to guide residential developments. The guidelines address a full range of design considerations, including site layout, building design, parking, and landscaping.

The guidelines, not meant

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock proposes its own housing development in Lebanon

LEBANON — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health officials have formally launched a plan to develop up to 400 units of rental housing geared to hospital workers on a 40-acre site along Route 120.

The Lebanon-based health organization last week issued a request for proposals from private developers to design and build a complex with an estimated 350 to 400 units at the tree-filled, sloping site just north of Centerra Business Park and south of Jesse’s, the steakhouse on the Lebanon-Hanover town line.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock owns the parcel, which is assessed at more than $4 million, and hospital officials say the project could provide below-market-rate housing for workers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, which is just a half-mile away across Route 120. DHMC is building a new $150 million patient tower that will require hiring hundreds more medical providers and other staff.

“We are trying to make sure that as we build the new pavilion and

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Affordable housing development’s approval had ‘zero transparency,’ bristles neighbors


A rendering of the proposed affordable housing development on Asheland Avenue. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

Asheville is moving forward with gifting land on Asheland Avenue for a new affordable housing development, while neighbors and members of the Black community are speaking out against a project they said is being fast-tracked while those most affected are left out.

Haywood Street Congregation, a United Methodist Church non-profit, is finalizing plans for a 42-unit, multifamily affordable housing development on a city-owned lot on Asheland Avenue. The organization is hoping to get the city to sell the $1.45 million, 1.09-acre property for $1 for the project.  

The Housing and Community Development Committee, a City Council sub-committee, voted Nov. 17 to approve the development proposal and authorize the $1 land sale, subject to deed restrictions.

The decision serves as a recommendation in support of the proposal to City Council, and in a separate motion, the

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Columbia student housing tower developer clashes again with local design board | Columbia Business

COLUMBIA — A long proposed high-rise student apartment tower planned for downtown Columbia next to Richland Library faced fresh criticism from local regulators last week, with the developer warning that time for the 17-story project to go forward is running out.

Developers of The Edge, the student housing project that features 679 beds atop a 405-space parking garage, brought a redesigned building before the city’s Design/Development Review Commission.

The developers said they considered the changes fairly minor and oriented toward making the $80 million project more affordable in an economy when companies are looking to cut costs.

“We are under new constraints,” said Jay Case, operating partner of CRG Real Estate.

Several members of the panel, however, thought the changes added up almost to a revised design. The panel declined to approve the redesign during their meeting. Instead, the board will hold a work session with the designers to make

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Akron to weigh $40 million housing development in Merriman Valley

Akron’s top planning official is recommending the approval of a conditional-use permit that would pave the way for development of the former Riverwood Golf Course site in the Merriman Valley.

Developer Sam Petros, CEO of Petros Homes in Broadview Heights, said he plans to build 197 housing units on the site, most of them townhomes for lease, at a cost of about $40 million. Petros said he is partnering with Medina-based Pride One Construction for the project, with Petros as managing partner. They expect to close on a purchase of the land, located at 1870 Akron-Peninsula Road, the week of Nov. 16, he said.

The developers need the conditional-use permit to build housing on the site, which is zoned for commercial use.

The proposed project would be built in clusters of four, six and eight townhomes, each between about 1,300 square feet and 1,600 square feet in size, Petros said,

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Computer error forces Hawaii public housing lottery reboot

HONOLULU (AP) — A computer error has required the Hawaii Public Housing Authority to conduct a new lottery to choose successful applicants for housing assistance.

A vendor experienced a software glitch causing the names of some applicants for Section 8 housing vouchers to be entered into the lottery more than once, KHON-TV reported Monday.

Applicants received e-mails saying they were selected, but shortly after were informed the process had to be repeated because of the technical error.

There are 6,900 applicants and 750 will be selected. The agency plans to conduct a new lottery this week.

Housing authority Executive Director Hakim Ouansafi said this was the first time the agency used a lottery system.

“When the internet is kind of slow on somebody and they press ‘enter’ and they don’t see results quickly, if they press ‘enter’ again, that actually put some (applications) in the system twice, and then

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