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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Alderman O'Donovan Requests Magoun Items to Remain in Housing and Community Development Committee...

Tomorrow's Committee on Housing and Community Development meeting will entertain two Magoun Square issues submitted by former Ward 4 Alderman Walter Pero and Ward 5 Alderman Sean O'Donovan, but the items will remain in committee as requested by Alderman O'Donovan-who is unable to attend the meeting due to unforeseen circumstances that has him traveling. 

Item #189727 Asking That the Executive Director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development provide a written report to the Committee on Housing and Community Development after the meeting of OSPCD, the Magoun Square business owners and the Ward Five Alderman, (which will be held to work on specific concerns relating to parking and other issues affecting the decline in business in Magoun Square), detailing the progress and proposed planning for improving the business climate in Magoun Square was, somewhat, completed in 2011 under former OSPCD director Monica Lamboy and presented through this committee (then chaired by Alderman O'Donovan). The report delved into reasons why Magoun hosts unsuccessful, common-themed businesses but was deemed incomplete by attendees of the meeting in which it was presented as it did not fully explore parking issues-issues passionately complained about by business/property owners.

The most recently submitted legislative item, #192480, asks That the Executive Director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development update this Board on any and all initiatives to rectify the lack of economic growth in the Magoun Square area. This was submitted by Alderman O'Donovan at the beginning of the year and it includes focus on areas where some felt the initial OSPCD report lacked proper research.

The meeting is scheduled for 6pm in the second floor committee room of City Hall and has numerous other items on the agenda including submissions concerning the West Branch Library, The Comprehensive Plan, and Union Square.

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