What is the city’s urban renewal project?

Urban renewal is the key to sustainable development. The purpose is to develop and redevelop various areas within the City. Urban Renewal projects are used to enhance economic development.

An urban renewal governing body is established (the Redevelopment Authority) and a plan is created to demonstrate how this tool can help improve the area. The goal of urban renewal is to support economic development and community improvements by encouraging private development, and by financing public projects.

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1. What is the city’s urban renewal project?
2. Ways to achieve goals under the Urban Renewal Plan?
3. How does the city determine the Urban Renewal Area?
4. Is the city going to take my property?
5. Who will achieve the goals stated in the Urban Renewal Plan?
6. Will Mayor Kenny Holloway financially gain from the urban renewal plan?
7. Does the plan include spaces for mixed income/affordable housing?
8. What specific criteria was used to determine which properties would be included in the Urban Renewal Plan?
9. Will all Aldermen and/or Mayor who own (individually or as part of a corporation) property within the areas recuse themselves from voting of this plan?
10. What is the plan for the Ryan Youth Center?
11. Could more properties within map areas be identified as needed for Urban Renewal development at later date?
12. What is going to happen to the Juke Joint property? Will the trees be protected?
13. What about overall requirements in the Urban Renewal Plan for green spaces, protection of our beautiful trees, requirements of new businesses to provide landscaping in front of businesses?
14. Are environmental concerns being addressed and monitored by this plan?
15. Why is the Carter-Calloway House that is listed on the National Historic Register, on the city’s list for acquisition?
16. What is the city going to do to help the current owners improve their property?