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    by T.A. DeFeo   A global manufacturer of pet food ingredients plans to invest more than $79 million in a new Columbus facility. AFB International plans to create more than 100 new jobs over the next five years. The St. Charles, Missouri-based company develops, manufactures and sells palatant ingredients that make pet foods and supplements taste better, helping ensure pets receive needed nutrients. The project is located in a “Military Zone,” meaning it can create fewer jobs to qualify for Job Tax Credits, incentives that eliminate a company’s corporate tax liability and potentially reduce its payroll withholding requirements. State officials declined to release more information about potential tax incentives offered to the company, saying it remains an active project. “Additional details will become available once the project is no longer active,” Jessica Atwell, a Georgia Department of Economic Development communications specialist, told The Center Square. AFB’s new facility, located at the Muscogee Technology Park, a Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development Certified site, is expected to start operations in 2024. The state provided Quick Start training through the Technical College...
    West Oakland apartment complex consisting of about 420 residential units in a five-story building, located at 1357 5th St. in Oakland, concept. (BDE Architecture) OAKLAND — Hundreds of homes could replace a sixty-year-old warehouse in West Oakland on a site that’s around the corner from a busy BART station, plans on file with city officials show. The potential development could bring about 420 residential units to a property at 1357 5th St. in Oakland, according to the very preliminary proposal. The apartments in the project would all be market-rate units, states the proposal filed by real estate development firm The Martin Group. “The proposed project consists of demolition of an existing single-story commercial building and surface parking,” the proposal by the Martin Group states. “The approximately 4-acre site would be redeveloped with 420 rental dwelling units.” Entry area of a five-story, 420-unit apartment complex at 1357 5th St. in West Oakland, concept. (BDE Architecture) The property is located at the corner of 5th Street and Mandela Parkway in the Acorn Industrial district of West Oakland, the planning documents show. The existing site...
    by J.D. Davidson   Seven new industry projects are expected to create nearly 700 new jobs and retain more than 3,000 across Ohio, according to Gov. Mike DeWine. The projects, which the state says are expected to result in more than $39 million in new payroll out of $51.8 million in new investments, all received approval from the Ohio Tax Credit Authority for incentives. The largest project is in Butler County, in southwest Ohio, where Synchrony Bank is relocating to West Chester Township. Synchrony, an online bank, moved its corporate headquarters to the Centre Pointe Office Park. The state said its relocation will create 300 jobs and generate $16.5 million in new annual payroll. It should also retain $182.5 million in existing payroll. The state approved a $1.464% nine-year job creation tax credit for the project. Also in southwest Ohio, Rev4 LLC plans a new project in Cincinnati that it says will create 43 full-time positions and $4.7 million in payroll. The state approved a 2%, eight-year job creation tax credit for the project. Three projects are planned in...
    A month after the San Jose City Council approved the redevelopment of the El Paseo de Saratoga shopping center — a project that includes nearly 1,000 units of housing — a group of residents has filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging it violated a state law that requires agencies to identify and mitigate environmental impacts. At the root of the lawsuit, which was filed July 22 in Santa Clara County Superior Court by a group called Citizens for Inclusive Development, is the new urban village’s anchor store: a 40,000-square-foot Whole Foods. The natural foods grocery giant is just one component of the massive redevelopment, which will reimagine two parcels of land along Saratoga Avenue, Lawrence Expressway and Quito Road on the city’s western edge. The project includes 165,949 square feet of commercial space and 994 units of housing, with 150 of them affordable. Most of the development will take place at 1312 El Paseo de Saratoga near the existing shopping center. AMC Theatre, REI and Ulta will continue to operate there. Building heights are expected to reach 99 to...
    SAN JOSE — Plans to develop hundreds of affordable homes in San Jose are pushing ahead with a property purchase for the site of a shuttered and once-popular restaurant. Jemcor Development Partners, acting through an affiliate, has paid slightly under $10.6 million for a 1.9-acre site at 1007 Blossom Hill Road in south San Jose, according to documents filed on July 27 with the Santa Clara County Recorder’s Office. The property at present features a building where Fish Market operated a busy and popular restaurant operated for two decades until coronavirus-linked economic woes forced the dining establishment to close its doors for good in 2020. The property purchase was arranged through CBRE brokers John Shaffer, Rick Shaffer, Jefrey Henderson and Jon Teel, the commercial real estate firm stated. JS V View at Blossom Hill, the affiliate, also obtained a $9.5 million loan from Century Housing, the county records show. Culver City-based Century Housing is a nonprofit that helps to finance affordable housing in California. The proposed development is slated to consist of approximately 270 affordable apartments that would be built...
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were nominated as speakers at the UN's Nelson Mandela celebration as part of an ongoing, secret project with the Nelson Mandela Foundation arranged through their company Archewell, DailyMail.com can reveal.  The couple were also brought to New York City by the office of the South African Ambassador to the UN, Mathu Joyini, though it remains unclear if they traveled on a private jet or on a commercial flight.  Harry's speech was given 'in the context of the Foundation already working with their company Archewell on a Mandela-related project,' a spokesman for the foundation said on Tuesday.  They declined to give more details since the project is yet to be announced, but said it was rooted in 'leadership development'. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the UN in New York City on Monday. Harry was the  keynote speaker at the UN's Nelson Mandela International Day event  A spokesman for Archewell did not immediately respond to inquiries.   It explains the choice of Harry to speak at the UN - which baffled some pundits and stumped members of the South...
    PORTSMOUTH—Scioto County Commissioners met on Thursday to discuss agenda items which, in part, addressed progress to public development and Scioto County Courthouse repairs. Item 9 of the 15-item agenda addressed the lease agreement between the Commissioners and the U.S. Department of the Army for the abutment site recreation area on the Ohio side of the Greenup Locks and Dam. The lease for the park is a 25-year lease which took effect on July 1 of this year. According to Commissioner Scottie Powell, Commissioners were able to secure $200,000 towards the park from the capital budget and expressed gratitude to Ohio Senators and Representatives. Commissioners have already received the go-ahead from the Army Corps to prepare the site for development and planning by cutting grass and maintaining the property. The ongoing project has an ultimate goal of accessibility for all individuals at the park, with Commissioners reviewing bids and collaborating with Matt Purcell of the Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities for guidance. The bids currently being reviewed for the park’s development range from about $198,000 to about $350,00, according to...
    (CNN)New England's first LGBTQ+ friendly housing development for seniors in Boston was vandalized with hate speech over the weekend, according to a Facebook post by the nonprofit LGBTQ Senior Housing Inc.Signs posted on the chain-link fence surrounding the development were vandalized with messages overnight Saturday reading "die soon" and "we will burn this," among other comments, photos show."This is the second straight weekend of Boston being marred by hatred and intolerance," Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden said in a statement Sunday. "My office will prosecute threats to the LGBTQ+ community wherever and whenever they occur." Over the Fourth of July weekend, a large group of people bearing White nationalist flags marched along Boston's Freedom Trail on the Fourth of July weekend.Boston Police told CNN they are still investigating. Boston Police are invesitgating after signs outside The Pryde, the city's up and coming LGBTQ- welcoming affordable senior housing development.Boston residents rallied outside of the development, dubbed "The Pryde," late Sunday and covered the vandalized banners with posters with messages of love and inclusion.Read More"Hate speech and intimidation towards our LGBTQ+...
    SAN JOSE — Miro, a two-tower housing complex in downtown San Jose, has landed a big financing package that points to confidence in the landmark project as well as the city’s urban core. The residential highrises, located on East Santa Clara Street between North Fourth Street and North Fifth Street across from San Jose City Hall, have received a long-term refinance loan of $345 million, according to JLL, a commercial real estate firm that arranged the transaction. Bayview Development Group is the principal developer of the 28-story project, which consists of a pair of towers with a combined total of 630 units. The mixed-use development also features ground-floor retail consisting of an Italian restaurant and a Starbucks coffee shop. Pacific Life Insurance Co., based in the Orange County city of Newport Beach, provided the $345 million in permanent financing that also paid off a construction loan on the project. A residential unit in Miro, a 630-unit housing complex consisting of two towers located at 181 E. Santa Clara St. in downtown San Jose. (Bayview Development Group) “Our new lender sees the...
    SAN JOSE — An affordable housing development in San Jose that will include homes for people with and without disabilities is now underway and has landed a real estate deal to assure its availability for low-income residents. The Kelsey Ayer Station, an affordable housing project, has begun construction alongside the light rail line at 447 N. First St. in San Jose, just north of the city’s downtown area in the Ryland district. The housing development is expected to take about two years to complete, according to Micaela Connery, co-founder of The Kelsey. The project is being co-developed by The Kelsey, Devine and Gong, and Sares Regis Group of Northern California. “It’s great to see The Kelsey getting started,” Connery said. “We need more affordable housing.” The project has a $75 million development cost, including the construction financing and other expenses, according to Connery. “The project features shared community amenities and outdoor space with disability-forward design features to support diverse accessibility,” officials with The Kelsey state. The housing development will offer on-site “inclusion concierges” to connect residents to each other, the...
    JOHNSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — When President Joe Biden applauded a decision by Intel Corp. to build a $20 billion semiconductor operation on “1,000 empty acres of land” in Ohio, it didn’t sit well with Tressie Corsi. The 85-year-old woman has lived on 7 acres of that land since she and her late husband, Paul, built a house there 50 years ago. They raised four children there and welcomed multiple generations of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including some who lived right next door. “You can see it’s not vacant land,” Corsi said on a recent warm summer day as she sat on her porch. Corsi and more than 50 other homeowners on the Intel site aren’t being forcibly removed. Two holding companies working on behalf of Intel have spent millions on offers to homeowners, often well-above market rates. The companies paid Corsi just over $1 million, and Intel is putting her up in a house rent-free before she moves to her new home. But money was never the issue, Corsi said. “It was the happiness that we had,” she said. “That’s what...
    Last February, HBO announced that Jeremy O. Harris, the playwright behind the groundbreaking Slave Play, would serve as a writer and executive producer on The Vanishing Half, the cable network’s adaptation of Brit Bennett’s best-selling novel about the decades-spanning relationship between two identical twin sisters—both light-skinned and Black—whose paths deviate and converge as they contend with lynching, domestic abuse, and colorism in America. Joining him as EPs were Issa Rae, Aziza Barnes, and Stephanie Allain. “One of the few highlights of 2020 was the evening I spent on my birthday curled on my couch screaming at Stella Vignes, ‘HOW COULD YOU’ so loudly my neighbor thought something was wrong,” Harris said at the time. “To know that I get the privilege to collaborate with Brit and one of my favorite playwrights Aziza in translating that moment to millions around the world is an honor.” Harris, who is an active presence on Twitter, had been posting periodic—and enthusiastic—updates from the writers’ room about the show’s progress, though the posts stopped around March of this year. The Daily Beast has learned that...
    Dave Chappelle has purchased a block of land in the small Ohio town where he lives in an attempt to stop a building firm from constructing a $39million development in the area.  The new development would potentially have reached right up to the border of Chappelle's property, according to zoning plans. But now it appears the comedian has purchased around 19 acres of land in Yellow Springs, which had previously been owned by Oberer Land Developers, Ltd.  Oberer's grand plans that would have occupied some 52 acres.  It's believed Chappelle owns the southern portion of the block of land in order to create some distance between his own property and any new construction that may arise. Dave Chappelle has purchased a block of land in the small Ohio town where he lives in an attempt to block a building firm from constructing a $39million development in the area Chappelle has now bought 19 acres of land in the small Ohio village of Yellow Springs where he lives and plans to build his own restaurant and comedy venue Chappelle, who is worth an estimated $50...
    (CBS DETROIT) — The Detroit City Council has delayed a vote on a $60 million tax break for the Hudson’s site development. The council was expected to make a decision last week; however, there has been pushback from some residents living in surrounding neighborhoods who fear what the tax break means for them. READ MORE: Crime Stoppers Offering $2,500 Reward For Information After Willie Hawkins Pulled From Burning Car In DetroitDan Gilbert’s Bedrock firm is asking for the break on top of the $200 million it received in government incentives. Despite the postponement, Mayor Mike Duggan says he is in support of the tax break, noting how many job opportunities the project will add. It is expected to be completed in 2024. READ MORE: General Motors Delivers 150 Electric Vans To FedExIn May, Bedrock unveiled a first look inside the new development on the site of the former Hudson’s Department Store. Images including anticipated office spaces, destination retail, event spaces and public rooftop amenities. “The significance of this development goes beyond its unique and distinctive physical presence. Once complete, along...
    Evan Agostini, Getty Cue the siren and break out the red text: Matt Drudge is coming to the big screen. A pair of biopics on the famed conservative internet aggregator have been greenlit, with scripts already having been written. CNN reports that production company Prospect Park has acquired the film rights to The Drudge Revolution: The Untold Story of How Talk Radio, Fox News, and a Gift Shop Clerk with an Internet Connection Took Down the Mainstream Media — a biography written by Matthew Lysiak, who has also penned a screenplay. The report of this project comes days after the news (first reported by Deadline) that Cross Creek Pictures also has a Drudge film in the works. Screenwriter Cody Brotter has completed a script for that production. The two new portrayals of the famously-reclusive web traffic rainmaker follow last year’s Impeachment: American Crime Story — in which Drudge was played by Billy Eichner. But Drudge was a side character in that drama, which was centered on the Clintons. This time, the mysterious man himself is under the spotlight. Ben Hurwitz, who...
    To keep the A’s in Oakland and to develop the waterfront, the Oakland City Council appears poised to open the city treasury to billionaire team owner John Fisher for his $12 billion Howard Terminal project. This is not only an unconscionable expenditure of city resources based on uncertain returns, it would be fiscally irresponsible. While Fisher apparently has the council votes lined up, the people of Oakland must step in and demand that the council condition approval on an independent financial analysis showing that the project’s benefits outweigh its burdens. The A’s pressure on the council is intense. I know; I was an Oakland Port commissioner when team President Dave Kaval pushed us to approve the concept. I voted yes. Now I see what a mistake that was. I believed the A’s promise to address numerous problems that would be created by building a ballpark in the congested downtown and port area. Fisher is continuing his high-pressure campaign and proposing only Band-Aids to address traffic gridlock and the environmental damage that his huge development would impose on the port, West...
    The State of Tennessee was recently honored at Area Development’s annual Shovel Awards by being the recipient of the first-ever “Platinum Shovel” which “recognizes states that went beyond the Gold standard for job creation and investment.” ???? PSA ???? Tennessee went above and beyond the gold standard to win @AreaDevelopments first-ever Platinum Shovel award. ???? This award recognizes the Volunteer States significant job creation and investment in 2021. Read more here ➡️ https://t.co/MapCZxJZTJ pic.twitter.com/MP3qOdX2UU — TNECD (@TNECD) June 6, 2022 The 2022 Shovel Awards “recognize states for their achievements in attracting high-value investment projects that will create a significant number of new jobs in their communities” and are ”based on information provided by economic development officials,” according to Area Development. Tennessee was awarded the “Platinum Shovel” due to its outstanding economic development efforts in the past year, including five projects promising a thousand or more jobs in diverse sectors, three of them with investments topping a billion dollars. Tennessee’s biggest economic investments from the past year include landing the Ford Motor Company and SK Innovation’s $5.6 billion project, Ultium...
    BAY POINTA 384-unit affordable housing development with retail space and a public library is on track to be built in unincorporated Bay Point near the BART station. Contra Costa County Supervisors unanimously gave the go-ahead for the long-planned project last week, approving an agreement with Pacific West Communities Inc. to develop seven acres of county-owned property between State Route 4, Bailey Road, East Leland and Ambrose Park. All of the units will be at “various levels of affordability” and be deed-restricted, county deputy director of policy planning Maureen Toms said during her presentation. “A household will have to make a certain percentage of the area median income in order to be able to rent,” she said, noting that will be the case for at least 55 years in accordance with the agreement for the affordable housing project. The multi-family units will be rent-restricted with 38 units affordable to extremely low-, 38 for very low-, and 304 low-income households, earning between 30% and 80% of the Area Median Income. For the first phase, someone who earns 30% of AMI, would pay...
    CONCORD — The companies tasked with building 13,000 new homes at the former Naval Weapons Station in Concord won’t receive the substantial piece of leverage that they’ve spent months trying to extract from the city. But they also will not be shown the door. Instead, tentative master developer Concord First Partners will have until the end of next January to figure out initial plans and cost estimates for the largest housing development in the East Bay’s recent history. On Tuesday, a day before a seven-month negotiation period between the two sides was set to expire, the City Council denied a request by the development team to begin acquiring the 2,300-acre Navy-owned property before committing to any of the project’s details. The developers’ request, which blindsided city officials, could have made the city liable to reimburse Concord First for its investments down the line if the team walked away from the project and another developer picked up where it left off. In a 4-1 vote, the council rejected Concord First’s proposed change to the negotiations, giving the team until Jan. 31,...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A historic landmark along the Mississippi River in St. Paul is bridging the past to the future — quite literally. For nearly a century, the St. Paul Ford Assembly Plant rolled out everything from the Model T to Ranger pickup trucks. READ MORE: CBD, Some THC To Be Allowed In Food, Drinks Sold In MinnesotaNow, developers are shifting gears to transform the Capitol City. What do you do with a 122-acre clean slate? It’s a question that took 10 years to answer. “This last year has really been the vertical development, which is what you’re starting to see now and people are taking notice of,” said Maureen Michalski, Ryan Companies vice president of real estate development. Highland Bridge is the name of the wide-ranging project going in St. Paul’s Highland Park neighborhood, where the Ford Motor Company had an assembly plant for more than 80 years. It produced its last car in 2011. “It’s great for them to finally have them come to a decision on what can be put there,” said Vadnais Heights resident...
    CONCORD — The largest housing project in the East Bay’s recent history could hit another snag as negotiations between the city and its master developer appear to be on a collision path. Concord First Partners, a development team linked to multi-generational building companies owned by the Seeno family, wants to acquire property rights at the former Concord Naval Weapons Station site before it commits to any details of the project. That way, if the city’s vision for listing a quarter of the 13,000 planned homes at affordable prices doesn’t meet Concord First Partners’ profit goals, the development team can drop the project and be reimbursed for planning-related costs, according to a staff report for Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The council can choose to either start transferring the Navy-owned property to Concord First Partners right away and lose leverage over the project’s future, or deny the request and risk seeing a second a master developer walk away in three years. City officials say they were blindsided by the maneuver after the development team agreed last year to collaborate in planning the...
    SAN PEDRO, Calif. (KABC) -- West Harbor Development says the L.A. Waterfront is a $150 million project that's coming to San Pedro. The new waterfront area will break ground where the Ports O'Call Village use to be.Co-developers the Ratkovich Company and Jerico Development have been working on this project for ten years.The project is 43 acres and the first phase includes about 150,000 square feet of new retail, dining and entertainment space."Opening of the first phase, we call building 1A, will be early 2024. After that we'll follow with building 1b eight to nine months later, and after that North Park will finish out. So, it's probably about two and a half years total before we're all the way through the North Park part of the site," said Eric Johnson, President of Jerico Development.One of the big attractions in the L.A. Waterfront will be the amphitheater which will allow 6,200 spectators. There will be an 80,000 square foot terrace lawn."We think it's kind of maybe filling the doughnut hole in the entertainment space that is the South Bay. Having grown...
    A years-long, million-dollar effort to develop Richmond’s Point Molate has unraveled and hundreds of acres of prime Bay Area shoreline property now may be sold for a bargain $400 to the Native American tribe that once wanted to build a mega casino there. It’s unclear what the Guidiville Rancheria of California tribe and its developer, Upstream Point Molate, LLC, will do with the land. Their attorney could not be reached for comment. The envisioned development was officially killed when the Richmond City Council voted 4-2 Tuesday against proceeding with a planned $45 million sale of the land to to Winehaven Legacy LLC. Mayor Tom Butt and Councilmember Nathaniel Bates dissented and Councilmember Demnlus Johnson was absent. Winehaven had proposed building more than 1,450 homes and 400,000 square feet of commercial space on a 270-acre section of Point Molate. After a previous City Council approved the development in September 2020, the current council majority said it wasn’t convinced Winehaven and its investors could raise enough money to finance the first phase of construction without counting on city funding. In backing off...
    SAN JOSE — A San Jose housing tower with hundreds of homes has received the city’s approval and could sprout a few blocks from Google’s proposed Downtown West transit village. The housing highrise would add 263 apartment homes to a site at 860 W. San Carlos St. in San Jose, which is a short distance from the Downtown West neighborhood that Google intends to develop. The project is being jointly developed by two San Jose-based real estate firms, Swenson and Republic Urban Properties, and has now received the city entitlements that are required for the project to be built. The newly approved residential project is the third of three housing complexes near the corner of West San Carlos Street and Sunol Street. Two of the three projects have been built on the site, which once was a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus maintenance and storage yard. The three housing developments were born in 2006 when Republic Urban and Swenson’s Green Valley Corp. were selected as the preferred builders for the three-phase project. The VTA sold the land for the...
    SAN JOSE — A residential development of more than 500 homes proposed for a San Jose surface parking lot would consist of two housing highrises that would tower over the office buildings in the vicinity, new plans show. The project would be built at 1737 N. First St. in San Jose at a parking lot tucked away in a north San Jose area that’s dotted with the operations and future sites of a number of tech titans. Pacific Resources Stevenson, the owner of the site, which also includes a six-story office building that totals 84,500 square feet, filed the preliminary plans for the residential development. The project would be about 12 stories high, a review of the plans filed with the city show. The housing development would feature two towers with 10 levels of housing that would sit atop a podium that would be two stories high. The office buildings in the vicinity are about six to eight stories high, which means the project would be one of the landmarks in the area. The residences would sit atop a parking...
    In response to community outcry, the Los Angeles City Council has ordered that additional testing for potential toxic waste be performed outside the boundary of an embattled housing and retail development in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood. In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the City Council directed the Bureau of Sanitation to test the soil, storm water and wastewater surrounding the the development site on Avenue 34. Testing has already been conducted within the project site, but residents have called for additional testing on property near their homes. Councilmember Gil Cedillo who represents the area, proposed the action after community activists and media reports called to light a long-forgotten criminal case in which more than 250 barrels of toxic chemicals were illegally buried in the area where developers now plan to build a five-story apartment complex, retail space and an underground parking garage. “With the site being located adjacent to a residential population and sensitive uses, such as an elementary school, there is an absolute need for us to act today,” wrote Cedillo, who is up for re-election. ...
    DUBLIN — A proposal to build 573 houses in the east Dublin hills is moving forward following a unanimous City Council approval. The decision marks the latest chapter in a back-and-forth between the city and the developer, and a group of residents who earlier petitioned to halt the proposal and who could still bring further legal challenges against the project. The plans from San Ramon developer Trumark Homes would add even more housing and parks across a 165-acre site called East Ranch, near an area where thousands of homes have gone up over the past two decades. The land where Trumark wants to build the houses was formerly known as the Croak Property, and straddles Croak Road, north of Interstate 580. The council approved the project in December, over the objections of some residents who said the city should do an updated environmental review for the area and address the potential for school overcrowding before signing off on the homes. But the council had to walk back its approval in March after a successful petition by a residents group opposed...
    (CBS DETROIT) – A new development will soon help disabled low-income Detroiters have a place to call home to fit their needs. “It provides four barrier-free apartments,” said Detroit Housing Commission Executive Director Sandra B. Henriquez. READ MORE: Viking Octantis Cruise Ship Kicks Off Great Lakes Expedition, Makes Stop In Detroit“The entire property, 13 of the 14 units are visitable, which means people with mobility disabilities are able to get through to visit friends and neighbors.” Wednesday Mayor Mike Duggan joined city officials and Nova Development Group of Detroit to break ground on the Mack Alter Homes. “Disabled does not mean unable,” Andrew Creamer of Nova Development Group of Detroit. “We’re looking forward to providing housing for people in Detroit, everyone in Detroit has empowering opportunity.” The ground was broke here on Ashland Street near Mack Avenue where 14 units will be built to provide affordable housing to the disabled community. READ MORE: Beaumont Doctor Seeing Large Increase In Flu CasesThe $5.4 million project is funded through federal and local dollars including federal HOME Funds and a Community Development Block Grant....
    DUBLIN — A developer’s proposal to build 573 houses in the east Dublin hills is expected to be approved by the Dublin City Council on Tuesday, just two months after it reluctantly quashed the project. A petition by a group of residents opposed to the plans forced the council to scrap its previous approval of the project from Trumark Homes, a San Ramon developer. However, under state laws meant to encourage homebuilding in areas cities have previously designated for housing, this latest proposal cannot be rejected by the city council, city staff reports said. Trumark plans to build the houses on 165 acres of land at a site called East Ranch, formerly known as the Croak Property, which straddles Croak Road, adding even more housing to an area where thousands of homes have gone up over the past two decades. The land sits north of Interstate 580, east of Fallon Road and the Jordan Ranch housing development, south of the Positano housing development, and extends to the city’s eastern boundary. Tuesday’s review of the proposal will mark the third time...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF/BCN) – The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously denied an appeal from a group of residents trying to stop a 144-unit residential subdivision project, on 78.2 acres just outside Martinez, east of Interstate Highway 680 in the Vine Hill area. Seeno/Discovery Homes’ Bayview Estates Residential Project will have detached single-family homes and associated roads on 31.8 acres of the site. It will also include approximately 42 acres of open space, marshes, and undeveloped land, including 20.1 acres of the upper hill area. There will also be a 4.5-acre private neighborhood park. READ MORE: UPDATE: Kidnapped San Jose Infant Brandon Alexis Cuellar Found; 3 Suspects In CustodyCentral Avenue will be the subdivision’s main access road, though the neighborhood will also be accessible via Palms Drive. READ MORE: University Of California Waiving Tuition For Native American Students Map from a draft environmental impact report of the Bayview Estates Residential Project near Martinez. (Contra Costa County) Residents of private Palms Drive spoke against the project, saying the lack of roads in and out of the project will make...
    CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — Officials in Camden will break ground on an enhancement project Tuesday morning. The project will cost $2.3 million with funding provided by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the state Economic Development Authority. The groundbreaking is at 11 a.m. Tuesday and will be streamed on CBS News Philly. What: The Board of Commissioners will join Camden City Mayor Victor Carstarphen, Congressman Donald Norcross and other elected officials to break ground on an enhancement project between Linden Street and Elm Street on 7th Street When: Tuesday, April 26 Time: 11 a.m. Where: In the player above or on your streaming device through CBS News Philly
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As Virginia-based Dominion Energy seeks to build what it calls the country’s largest offshore wind farm in the Atlantic Ocean, the company and its supporters have touted the economic development opportunities expected to accompany the 176-turbine project. But state regulators, who are currently considering whether to grant approval for the massive project, say the economic picture might not be so rosy. In testimony filed earlier this month, regulators said that in claiming the wind farm will create jobs and tax growth, the company relied on a “stale” study that didn’t account for the impact of its Virginia electric utility ratepayers bearing the cost of the nearly $10 billion project. The State Corporation Commission’s own analysis found the project was expected to come with an economic cost — including 1,100 lost jobs in the first five rate-years of the project — that might negate any “speculative” benefits. “Any economic benefits that are likely to arise will do so as a result of new investment in industries in Hampton Roads and Virginia that support offshore wind facility development....
    by T.A. DeFeo   Georgia officials have lauded the decisions of companies to either relocate their headquarters or expand their operations in Georgia. Whether the state of Georgia offered tax incentives to those companies is a closely-guarded secret, and taxpayers will not know until the state says the project is complete and no longer “in progress.” Earlier this month, state officials announced Norma Precision Ammunition, a subsidiary of Swiss-based ammunition manufacturer RUAG Ammotec, established its U.S. headquarters, a manufacturing site and warehousing and distribution operations in Chatham County. “This remains an active project, so the state is not able to comment beyond the release at this time,” Marie Gordon​, director of communications of marketing, communications and international engagement for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, told The Center Square. The state similarly declined to divulge whether it offered any incentives to Boehringer Ingelheim, a German pharmaceutical development and manufacturing company. The company plans to invest $57 million to increase laboratory space and bring additional research and development capabilities to its Athens location, including 55 new positions. In another instance,...
    SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- An empty lot at Vermont and Manchester avenues in South Los Angeles was once buzzing with activity, businesses and more.It was destroyed during the 1992 civil unrest triggered by the "not guilty" verdicts for four LAPD officers who beat Rodney King.But after 30 years, it's being redeveloped and a groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday.READ ALSO | 5 Days that Changed LA: Impact of 1992 civil unrest after police acquittal in Rodney King beatingLos Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, who represents the city's 8th district, had been fighting for this move for years."I want to start by congratulating you for bringing this to victory," said Dawson during Friday's groundbreaking.Dawson said it took bold moves by the city to retain the land through eminent domain in order to finally break ground on what will be a redeveloped hub filled with retail, housing and on one side, a boarding school that's already under construction for at risk youth.READ ALSO | Civil rights leaders discuss role of news media in '92 LA uprisingEMBED More News Videos Asian Americans Advancing...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Mayor Brandon Scott announced on Saturday that he would be restarting of the Key’s Pointe development project in O’Donnell Heights, which was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate President Bill Ferguson, Delegate Brooke Lierman, Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen, Housing Authority of Baltimore City President & CEO Janet Abrahams, and some community leaders joined Scott for the announcement.  READ MORE: Man Found Dead In South Baltimore Apartment Saturday, Police SayLast month, Scott committed $2.9 million from the American Rescue Plan Act funding to restart the stalled community development.  That money will go toward  Phase 2A of the project, which includes the construction of a 60-unit mixed-income rental development, city officials said. Thirty of the rental housing units will be made available to current and former O’Donnell Heights residents, according to city officials. The other 30 rental housing units will be available to households earning less than 60% of the area median income, city officials said. The high-quality units will have modern amenities and be energy-efficient. READ MORE: Man Killed During Shooting Involving Harford County Deputies, Sheriff...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- It was five days that changed Los Angeles - civil unrest triggered by the "not guilty" verdicts for four LAPD officers who beat Rodney King.At the intersection of Vermont and Manchester avenues, a lot that was set ablaze almost 30 years ago has remained abandoned."I saw this lot burning April 29, 1992. And that began the downward spiral of economic development and economic investment in this neighborhood," said Mark Wilson, who grew up in South L.A. and is part of the Coalition for Responsible Community Development.He recalls the area was a place where his family and neighbors shopped.The unrest stretched over five days - 63 people were killed, thousands of jobs lost, businesses destroyed.Watch the special, "5 Days that Changed L.A." on Saturday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. wherever you stream ABC7.After the unrest in 1992, the four-acre lot at Manchester and Vermont sat vacant - a blight on the community. But now it's rising out of the ashes."Now we're excited because a school is being built here," said L.A. City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson. "This is...
    After nearly three years of smoke and mirrors from politicians, a disingenuous community-benefits process and blatant lack of financial transparency, there may finally be a chance for Oakland residents to be heard about whether they want hundreds of millions of their tax dollars to be spent supporting the for-profit project of a billionaire. Oakland City Council members Carroll Fife and Noel Gallo are proposing council actions to ensure Oakland residents have a say. The first is a ballot measure allowing Oakland voters to decide whether it’s appropriate and responsible to spend nearly a billion dollars of public funds to build a privately developed project. The second is a requirement that a full, independent economic analysis be performed before a decision is made on the A’s Howard Terminal development. The ballot measure and financial analysis are the right things to do when so much is at stake, especially when Oakland has so many very immediate needs to address. It is not unreasonable — or without precedent — to allow Oakland residents the right to vote on the future of their community...
    A judge has upheld Save Mount Diablo’s victory in its recent legal challenge to a developer’s plans for a large housing project on Pittsburg’s scenic hills. The Seeno/Discovery Builders development group has proposed building 1,650 homes in the hills that overlook the Concord Naval Weapons Station. The 606-acre project, known as Faria/Southwest Hills, was unanimously approved by the Pittsburg City Council last year despite opposition from hundreds of residents. Following the approval, though, environmentalists, including Save Mount Diablo, immediately challenged the decision in court, arguing that the project’s environmental impact report failed to properly analyze the project’s impacts on air quality, traffic, Pittsburg’s water supply and special-status plant species. Contra Costa County Superior Judge Edward G. Well agreed, ruling in early Februrary that the city’s environmental review of the project was inadequate. Discovery Builders then asked for a retrial, which the court rejected on April 4, upholding the previous ruling. “This is a major victory for Pittsburg residents,” Save Mount Diablo Land Conservation Director Seth Adams said in a statement. “This was the worst environmental impact report we’ve ever seen...
    LIVERMORE — A housing development more than a decade in the making is now on hold, following a state appeal court ruling that the city’s environmental review process for the project was flawed. The March 30 decision from a three-judge panel of California’s First District Court of Appeal notches a big victory for a group of residents who sued to block development of a nearly 32-acre plot of the Garaventa Hills area in north Livermore because they want to see the environmentally sensitive hillside land preserved. San Ramon developer Lafferty Communities wants to build 44 houses on the parcel, which the Livermore City Council approved in 2019. But the panel of judges said Livermore’s environmental impact report didn’t properly and thoroughly evaluate the “no-project alternative” — the option of not developing the land at all — making the report inadequate under state law. “I am grateful to the three appellate court justices who heard what we were saying,” said Bianca Covarelli, a member of the group called Save the Hill, which sued Livermore in 2019 over its approval of the...
    # Morocco : Attijariwafa Bank’s Africa Development Club and SCB Cameron hosted the official launch of the SUFAWE Support and Promotion Program for Women Entrepreneurs in the CEMAC Zone (Economic and Monetary Society of Central Africa) “Stand for African Women Entrepreneurs”. The event, which was attended by more than 300 companies from Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Chad, Tunisia, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Egypt and Morocco, was effectively attended by Cameroonian Finance Minister Luis Paul Motஸs. Newsletter of Club Africa Development. Furthermore, the project was carried out by SCP Cameron in collaboration with Attijari Bank Chad, Union Capone de Bank, Credit to Congo and Dar Al Mougail (House of Entrepreneurs) to emphasize that this project is an unprecedented activity. Moroccan VSEs, project promoters, self-employed, clients or customers of the bank or not, as well as Dar al-Machari (project houses), support the same idea developed by Attijari Bank Tunisie. Female entrepreneurs benefiting from the SUFAWE Initiative will, in this case, receive services from the Africa Development Club, Business Corridors and various support and promotion programs of the Atijarivafa Bank Group. Alexandre Beziaud, CEO of...
    Arlington County’s planning commission on Monday unanimously approved rezoning plans for Amazon’s latest development and most ambitious development for its second headquarters. The Pentagon City development in Virginia will feature the Helix, a 350-foot spiraling glass building with walkable landscapes that circle it all the way to the top. More Arlington News More Business News “It will have uninterrupted views to the north, above the highway toward the Pentagon, the Potomac and Washington D.C.,” John Savo, the lead architect on the project, told the commission. The block, known as PenPlace, is about 12.5 acres on Army-Navy Drive near the Pentagon. Besides the Helix, it would also feature three additional 22-story office buildings and three retail pavilions. Designers said they’ve spent the last year making the additional three office buildings more distinguished, as well as focusing on green space.  “There were some big changes, but we’ve got it done,” landscape architect Kate Orff told the commission Monday. “And the plan is the better for it. The result is a greener, more pedestrian-friendly plan.” Some changes include green space in...
    OAKLAND — The Oakland A’s proposed plan to build a massive ballpark and mixed-use housing development at the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal is facing a lawsuit over the city’s approval of its environmental impact report. The group who sued is a coalition of shipping companies, truckers and workers who have stood adamantly opposed to the proposed development at the port. They say the development’s impact on logistics at the port will be too burdensome, leading to challenges for the companies that transport goods in and out of the port and their workers alike. The lawsuit — which is filed in Alameda County Superior Court by the East Oakland Stadium Alliance, Schnitzer Steel, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, the Harbor Trucking Association, California Trucking Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union — argues that the City Council approved a flawed environmental impact report for the project. The council certified the report about a month ago, declaring then that the proposed project meets the requirements under state law for evaluating the environmental impacts and mitigation measures. The lawsuit contends the report...
    OAKLAND — A West Coast logistics giant has leased a huge warehouse complex at the Port of Oakland, a deal that marks a successful first phase of the redevelopment of the long-defunct Oakland Army Base site. PCC Logistics has leased a building that totals 460,800 square feet, the project’s developer, CenterPoint Properties, said Tuesday. That amount of square footage is equivalent to eight football fields. “Our team met its goals, to build a fop-flight facility and anchor port expansion and modernization, help make a significant positive impact on the city and region, and partner with a terrific tenant in PCC,” said Michael Murphy, CenterPoint’s chief development officer. The just-leased building is the first of two phases in the redevelopment of the former Oakland Army Base. CenterPoint broke ground in 2019 on the building. The Port of Oakland hopes that the seaport will be able to operate more efficiently with a major logistics endeavor situated within the port rather than at an off-site location. Brokers Jason Ovadia and Patrick Metzger of commercial real estate firm JLL and Sam Higgins of commercial...
    SAN JOSE — A big mixed-use development of homes, retail and a senior care center might replace a San Jose commercial site now occupied by a drug store and clothing store, plans being pitched at City Hall show. The project would bring 396 homes to a big commercial site near the corner of Southwest Expressway and Leigh Avenue in San Jose, according to very preliminary plans being reviewed by the city. A senior care center and ground-floor retail are also envisioned for the site, which has addresses of 1097 Leigh Ave. and 1792 Southwest Expressway. SummerHill Apartment Communities, a veteran Bay Area developer based in San Ramon, is developing the property, according to Erik Schoennauer, a land-use consultant for the project. “As a local company, we are excited by the opportunity to help San Jose meet its housing and jobs goals all in one project,” said Elaine Breeze, senior vice president of development with SummerHill Apartment Communities. The development site totals 4.4 acres, including 3.2 acres for the apartments and retail buildings and 1.2 acres for the senior care assisted...
    SAN LEANDRO — Construction of almost 500 shoreline housing units, including townhouses and apartments, could start as early as next year, as San Leandro develops its marina after plans were stalled because of the pandemic. “This is going to be a win-win for the community in a lot of ways,” Councilmember Corina Lopez said of the Monarch Bay Shoreline Development Project at a recent council meeting. “It’s going to be a lot of new housing and amenities for our public and it’ll bring a lot of new energy and revenue and life, as well as having tangible community benefits.” Though they have not yet given official approval to the latest version of the proposed development, most council members said they supported the project at the March 14 City Council meeting. The development will include 285 apartments and about 200 townhouses. There will be a local preference for buyers and renters; people living in San Leandro will have first choice. There will be 21 affordable townhouses for sale, 13 of which will be available for those whose income is not more...
    SAN JOSE — A new San Jose housing development with scores of affordable homes is edging closer to a construction launch with a city assessment that the project won’t have a major environmental impact. The project, located at 555 Keyes St. in San Jose, would add 100 residences, of which 99 would be affordable apartments, according to documents on file with city officials. One of the 100 units would be a manager’s dwelling that would be offered at a market rate. The six-story residential development would sprout near San Jose’s Happy Hollow Park & Zoo on Keyes Street between South 12th Street and Senter Road. Affordable housing development in San Jose at 555 Keyes St., concept. (David Baker Architects) “The city of San Jose has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment” and as a result, the city doesn’t intend to prepare an environmental impact statement. Charities Housing is the developer of the project, which has an overall cost of $83.6 million, according to city planners. The Santa Clara County Housing Authority has also agreed...
    SAN JOSE — A huge residential development that would create nearly 600 homes in San Jose next to a train station has landed a crucial development loan that clears the way for construction to begin within weeks. The housing development, located at 1330 S. Bascom Ave. in San Jose, has landed a construction loan totaling $284 million, according to Newmark, a commercial real estate firm that arranged the vital financing. The loan will enable the project’s developers, Bay West Development and Forum Real Estate Group, to build and complete the housing, Newmark said. The construction loan is a welcome counterpoint to the sour financing picture for countless commercial real estate projects during a time when the coronavirus unleashed economic woes and uncertainties worldwide. Financiers turned queasy about providing construction funding during the worst times of the coronavirus outbreak. Lenders now are becoming more active, said Matt Gingery, a principal executive with Bay West Development. “The capital markets tightened up during COVID, but as rents and normalcy returned in the last six months, we saw great interest in the project,” Gingery...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African court has suspended construction work on a huge new business park that will house Amazon’s Africa headquarters in Cape Town after a challenge by Indigenous groups who say the development will spoil an area that’s sacred to them. The First Nations Indigenous groups — whose ancestors are recognized as the first inhabitants of South Africa — have been working for years to permanently stop the $300 million River Club project. The development near the city’s famed Table Mountain is set to put offices, shopping malls and housing on more than 37 acres of land that currently includes a wetlands area and a point where two rivers meet. Amazon is to be the main tenant, according to the developers and city officials. But the First Nations groups say the area is the site of some of their people’s earliest resistance against European colonizers in the 16th century and also has spiritual significance for them because of the meeting of the Liesbeek and Black rivers. Last week’s judgment by the Western Cape High Court put...
    SAN JOSE — An old research and office site in north San Jose could be transformed into a modern industrial center for advanced manufacturing or tech-oriented logistics under a plan being floated at City Hall. A development group intends to bulldoze an existing four-decade-old structure at the corner of Lundy Avenue and Concourse Drive in San Jose and replace the property with a brand-new industrial building, plans on file with city officials show. The new building would sprout on a 4.1-acre site that has addresses of 2105 Lundy Ave. and 2031 Concourse Drive, according to the development proposal. 9th St. Partners, a real estate company that state business records show is based in the Los Angeles-area city of Manhattan Beach, has proposed the project’s development. 2105 Lundy Ave. and 2031 Concourse Drive, a 4.1-acre site in north San Jose. (Google Maps) The proposed building would total 102,000 square feet if it is developed, the project plans show. The project would represent a big increase in the size of the building on the property. A 24,900-square-foot building constructed in 1983 now occupies...
    (CBS Detroit) — The State of Michigan is moving forward with plans to replace Interstate 375, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday. Officials say the freeway will be replaced with an “urban boulevard to spur economic development and provide easier access between adjacent areas of Detroit.” READ MORE: Detroit Moms, Attorney Plan To File Lawsuits Against Abbott Nutrition Following Infants Illness Possibly Linked To Recalled FormulaThe project will advance to the design phase this spring after the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) concluded its environmental review process after securing a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The FONSI is available on MDOT’s website and at the following locations: Detroit Public Library, Main Branch, 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit Wayne County Community College District, 1001 W. Fort St., Detroit  “With the conclusion of the environmental clearance phase, we will continue moving forward on the I-375 project,” Whitmer said. “As we continue getting things done on the roads, however, we must take a closer look at the unjust legacy of so many of our freeways. READ MORE: Oakland Hills Fire...