Members of my office and the steering committee have met with the redevelopers L&M and Toll Brothers to discuss community concerns expressed over the last several months, restate city priorities, and to direct them on providing the city with revised concept plans for the redevelopment area.
In Subdistrict 3, we have asked for a project plan that proposes a much smaller building or buildings with fewer residential units that support the goals outlined in the Master Plan. Further, we have re-emphasized our need for affordable housing and on-site parking that comports with the redevelopment plan.
Council will communicate clearly with the community about next steps in the coming days and weeks. There will soon be updates provided on the city website and a mailer with updated information that outline next steps pertaining to the redevelopment area.
Future action items will include forming a working group that consists of professionals from the community with expertise in commercial real estate and finance to assist the city in project negotiations, engaging city advisory commissions in the planning process to provide input, and hosting additional public meetings in the fall.
As the city's chief administrative officer, council and Mayor Radest have made clear to me that they understand the unique opportunity presented by redevelopment of Broad Street West, and that we will continue to progress with it purposefully and with meaningful community engagement.