On the agenda: Money, development, money (and anger)

05.6.2008 by André Natta · → 8 Comments

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So the big news for this morning’s City Council meeting is not necessarily one that is on the agenda, but an item that will be brought up during Mayor Langford’s comments, at least according to this morning’s Birmingham News. They reported that the mayor, upset with City Councilor Valerie Abbott over the situation represented in this video (use of a city car), will be pulling his compromise plan for the former Knights of Columbus property in Glen Iris, frustrating a community that one could say was already quite frustrated. This will allow Formation Methods the opportunity to develop apartments on the property. Check out the links and see what you think.

Now on to the agenda

Item 15 is the one that raises the most eyebrows. Submitted by Mayor Langford, it would allow the $19 million generated from the tax increases implemented in the early days of the administration towards the development and operation among other things of a mass transit system (if the council decides to not approve construction of a domed stadium).

Item 6 calls for the council to approve $20 million as an incentive package for our Children’s Hospital.

Workers along the railroad tracks

Employees take a break from cleaning up debris on property adjacent to the tracks running through downtown. acnatta/Flickr.

Item 9 is on consent and allows the mayor to enter an agreement to begin development of a multi-use trail as part of the Railroad Reservation Park master plan. Coincidentally, some of the land that would be the focus of the trail has recently been cleaned by city crews (as seen above).

Item 10 would serve as a compromise to allow for free bus service to begin for residents on May 10. It’s the result of an interesting end to last week.

Watch if you want to online. Fun starts at 9:30 a.m.

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pretty helmet
pretty helmet

ms. abbott spoke vaguely about this issue at our neighborhood meeting tuesday night (south avondale/forest park) and i am with her whole heartedly. placing an apartment building in a historic neighborhood such as glen iris is a blight on the community, i don't care how high you make the rent. langford is being his typical vindictive self and taking his "wee man" frustrations out on good, honest tax payers.

pretty helmet
pretty helmet

ms. abbott spoke vaguely about this issue at our neighborhood meeting tuesday night (south avondale/forest park) and i am with her whole heartedly. placing an apartment building in a historic neighborhood such as glen iris is a blight on the community, i don't care how high you make the rent. langford is being his typical vindictive self and taking his "wee man" frustrations out on good, honest tax payers.

Dave(not that one, the other one)
Dave(not that one, the other one)

I cannot express in the written word, how angry this makes me. To take his anger at Abbot on the citizens of her district is just beyond the pale. It is petty and unfair. And i don't even live in Glen Iris, i can only imagine how angry this must make them.

Dave(not that one, the other o
Dave(not that one, the other o

I cannot express in the written word, how angry this makes me. To take his anger at Abbot on the citizens of her district is just beyond the pale. It is petty and unfair. And i don't even live in Glen Iris, i can only imagine how angry this must make them.

3choBoomer
3choBoomer

Ah, I just read the article... Larry's vindictive nature is going to get the city in almost as much trouble as his spend, spend, spend mentality....

3choBoomer
3choBoomer

Ah, I just read the article... Larry's vindictive nature is going to get the city in almost as much trouble as his spend, spend, spend mentality....

3choBoomer
3choBoomer

The mayor compromising? What is this world coming to? Also, what does Valerie have to do with Joel Montgomery using a city car? (your link is broken BTW)...

3choBoomer
3choBoomer

The mayor compromising? What is this world coming to? Also, what does Valerie have to do with Joel Montgomery using a city car? (your link is broken BTW)...