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Re: “Hood's Off: Burlington White Nationalist Attended Charlottesville Rally

Wonder what his view on ceding back American lands taken by force from Indian nations. All of us except for native Americans are immigrants and foreigners. Tony Redington Burlington

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Posted by Tony Redington on 08/15/2017 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Sinex to Proceed With BTC Mall Redevelopment After Stay Denied

One of the recent mis-statements by the Mayor and Sinex says the Planning Commission approved the Sinex project--it not only did not review the project but stated clearly in open session it was not judging one way or the other the zoning change, merely handing back to the Council the question. The important aspect here is that now many these issues will be argued as facts not as opinions. And all can eventually be appealed and decided by higher courts. Tony Redington Burlington

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Posted by Tony Redington on 05/28/2017 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Sinex to Proceed With BTC Mall Redevelopment After Stay Denied

It is ironic that perhaps the most important aspect of the Sinex/Weinberger/City Council design--the valet parking and loss of 500+ parking spaces for the Marketplace-- gets tossed aside at this point in court as it would if ever completed damage the very essence of what Burlington has stood up for decades: insuring the economic viability and strengthening small businesses along the Marketplace. Tony Redinbgton Burlington

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Posted by Tony Redington on 05/23/2017 at 5:51 AM

Re: “To Veto Budget, Scott May Have to Kill His Own Housing Plan

Sad that the Governor's housing plan and that of Dems/Progressives ignores the true needs today of "livable rents" (no more than 25-30% of income for housing) and "shelter security" (insures cost of housing adjusts to income changes in household from illness, loss of job, etc. VT does not need more housing units it needs help for those without housing or paying too much--most of the housing bond expense does not go to that purpose. No great loss if it doe not go forward. Legislature must step up in face of declining assistance housing dating over a 14 year period. Just some more devolutionary politics from Montpelier. Tony Redington Burlington

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Posted by Tony Redington on 05/18/2017 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Not So Fast: Opposition to Appeal Burlington Town Center Permit

The latest private report shows rental vacancies in "healthy range" of 3-5% (Chittenden Regional Planning figure), first time in a generation--about 500 empty rentals in BTV today!--and likely to grow as student numbers drop at UVM/Champlain, 600 student beds get added at those two by summer 2018, and 75 new units come online at the BC orphanage building, many more at S. D. Ireland on Grove St;--part of over 2,000 units since 2013 building season jumping rental supply in BTV by 20%. Landlords are suffering from no tenants! Rents have plateaued--all without a single unit from Sinex where not one apartment will come in at 25% of a low income household. We need "livable rents" not the misleading "affordables" pedaled by the City Administration which start t $950 a month! Sinex rents if project were ever built--now very unlikely--might nudge into $2,000 a month--we do no know for sure because the rent numbers were censored in the economic study handed out the the public.

Tony Redington http://TonyRVT.blogspot.com

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Posted by Tony Redington on 03/17/2017 at 5:44 PM

Re: “After 27 Years, Burlington Will Examine Affordable Housing Policy

Regarding Genese Grill "bashed the report"--so do most others who have actually read the report as it reflects a housing crisis of four years ago before the 2,000+ tsunami of housing development inundated the Burlington leaving a likely higher than healthy rental vacancy rate in the City before year end and as far as the eye can see now. Besides, IZ housing is a very small slice--though beneficial--element of the rental housing market. Viewed from today the IZ report is a solution in search of a problem that disappeared about two years ago.

Tony Redington

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Posted by Tony Redington on 02/06/2017 at 7:30 PM

Re: “After 27 Years, Burlington Will Examine Affordable Housing Policy

Burlington goes it alone with inclusionary housing requirements for developers in the County--S. Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, etc., not lifting a finger. Now for the first time in a generation the County has a rental vacancy rate more of 4.7%, more than double the 0-2.5% dating from the mid-nineties at least. Burlington with 2000+ rental housing units built, underway or close to final approvals (not including any from the stalled Sinex Mall project) has about 500 empty rental apartments and single family houses today. We need to keep the "inclusionary zoning" (IZ) requirements with minor modifications--but no need for City financial incentives with housing to waste today. IZ units today start at $1,000 for one-bedroom and "affordable" is a misnomer for them. They do help but the crying need of the poor and the disenfranchised today is for deep subsidy down to $0 income--a proposal is before the legilature to do just that, provide about 1,500 such units statewide including about 400 for Chittenden County, many of them deservedly coming to Burlington which has expended so much effort to housing the moderate and low income. Tony Redington

7 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Tony Redington on 02/06/2017 at 7:26 PM

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