Commission: Target CDC neighborhoods for street repairWritten by Michael Miller | Editor in Chief Emeritus | firstname.lastname@example.org
A street and sidewalk repair recommendation from the Toledo-Lucas County Planning Commission suggests funds be targeted to neighborhoods with existing community development corporations (CDCs).
In its review of the 2012-16 Capital Improvement Program, the commission states, “The CIP funding for street and sidewalk repair and improvements be targeted to areas where housing programs funded by community development block grant and other sources are undertaken in order to secure the investment being made in the housing stock in these areas.”
Currently, there are CDCs in Districts 1, 3 and 4, but not in the Districts of councilpeople Lindsay Webb (6-Point Place) Tom Waniewski (5-West End) or D. Michael Collins (2-South end).
According to audio from a March 15 meeting, Deputy Mayor Steve Herwat said Mayor Mike Bell’s office supports the recommendations.
Tom Givens, principal planner for the County Planning Commission, said “target” does not mean exclusive — that funds could be used outside CDCs — but older areas of the city where CDCs are tend to need the repairs.
Councilman Waniewski said he does not agree with the recommendation.
“I’m not in favor of it,” he said. “Saying the funds can be used outside the target zone doesn’t erase the fact that they plan to focus attention in CDC areas. Those older areas are not as heavily traveled as some in other districts, so I’m not sure of the thoughts behind targeting CDC areas. We pay a good chunk of change to UT to study and tell us which areas need improvement, why not use those recommendations?
The recommendation will be before the HR, IT & Finance Committee of Toledo City Council on Monday, March 26 and then will go before the full City Council sometime in April.