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Group 2 Discussion – Housing and Community Development

  • Zoning and code enforcement changes being fast tracked. Residents are concerned that new emphasis on code enforcement focus on the major violators not low income homeowners or the elderly who cannot afford all improvements

  • Observation that the vast majority of homes in the neighborhood are zoned 2 family

  • Density reduction must be part of the plan’s strategy . There has not been enough demolition of sub-standard structures. Funding to pay for conversions is needed and may be more effective than a tax incentive

  • Suggestion that area between the 200 Block of Altamont Avenue (between Mullin and to corner of Hamburg and California should all be made commerical

  • Can the Code enforcement office work with the SHIP Program to document violations?

  • The moratorium on “down zoningconversions should be made permanent

  • Cutler/Davis Terrace/Glendale (“the flockies”) are a potential redevelopment area for single family homes or parkland

  • Problem properties:

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      There is a possible demolition/redevelopment site at 1327-1329 on Fourth Avenue (between Congress and Crane).

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        738 Congress Street @ corner of Third is a junk yard

  • Big target area should be First and Second Avenue with Orchard Park. There are great views and the hillside needs to be stabilized anyway. Orchard Park is land locked and not safe; willing to trade park away for development

Important to enhance Crane Street Create more single family homes at lower end of State Street toward Downtown

Is there opportunity to designate historic resources in the neighborhood

Really need restaurant as

a family market/co-op/neighborhood scale centerpiece. The last market suffered because

grocery store it didn’t have a

and meat

family market

and because neighborhood residents didn’t support it Would like increased video monitoring on Crane Street. Successful when crime hits. Have to have a city where no one is SCARED Should pursue development of a youth safety zone at a Crane Street

businesses cut hours

Police sub-station

Rotterdam border streets have industrial commercial/industrial site needs to be found Mt. Pleasant schools are bursting at the seams

potential.

A

larger,

buildable,

Storm sewer back-up are a problem and there is concern about protecting water quality Parks are not well maintained. Although it was noted that 10th and Webster Park and Grout Park are nice parks. Neighborhood Association trying to get money for fixing pagoda and parks (Fifth and Congress Park) Fire Chief suggested that it might be possible to consolidate fire/police/Mohawk ambulance into a new facility at Crane and Lakeview? Residents asked if Sheriff could be included too. That would enable the City to redevelop old existing firehouse into something new Look at countywide consolidation of police/fire/ambulance How to control landlords who rent to “problem” or criminal tenants?

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