Independent Coalition for Our Neighborhoods

A Note From Steve

To ICON Members and Participants

Last Tuesday the ordinance promoted by ICON regarding increased fines and time limits on correcting violations was introduced by Cory Jobe, Doris Turner, Gail Simpson, and Kris Theilen at the Council meeting. This coming Tuesday, October 11th, 5:30 p.m. the Committee of the Whole will review the ordinance for final passage on Tuesday, October 18th. I hope all of you will clear your schedules to attend next Tuesday’s hearing. It would also be helpful if you would contact your aldermen to seek his/her support in establishing these proposed guidelines to eliminate problem properties and the blight they bring to our neighborhoods. For the exact language go to the City’s website, click on Government, City Clerk, City Council Agenda. Go to the Oct 4th Agenda and scroll down to First Reading 2011-390 which shows all of Chapter 170. Scan through this Chapter for underlined sections which has the new language being proposed. Hope to see you there next Tuesday.

If you’re looking for a change of pace this weekend, come join us this Saturday, October 8th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the Enos Park Urban Pioneer Tour. We will be unveiling 7 of the boarded properties currently being land banked by the Enos Park Development LLC. We’re looking for some Urban Pioneers who are interested and qualified in helping us renovate these properties and revitalize the neighborhood. In addition there will be 3 privately owned properties open for your review include the latest Old Neighborhood Rehab project almost completed at 630 North 5th Street. The Tour starts at the Springfield Art Association (700 North 4th Street). Check in at the registration desk, get your map and description of the properties. There will also be representatives from lending institutes, Habitat for Humanity, Robert Morris University, and Enos Park Development LLC to answer your questions about financing, affordable housing, design standards, and criteria to qualify for these properties. I’ve attached the October edition of Enos Park Banner. The lead article provides more information about the Urban Pioneer Tour. Hope to see you Saturday….dress accordingly!

Steve Combs

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