26 Jan

University begins construction on Phase II of Eddy Street Commons

first_imgThe University has broken ground on Phase II of Eddy Street Commons, according to a University press release published Dec. 19.The project, which will cost $90 million and is a joint project between the University and Kite Realty, will result in 8,500 square feet of restaurant space, a new Robinson Community Learning Center, a stand-alone grocery store and more than 400 housing units, the press release said.Phase I of the project, the press release said, will open in September 2018, and “the two phases represent a nearly $300 million investment in the Northeast Neighborhood,” located south of the University.According to the release, the “mixed-use space — retail, office and apartments — is 100 percent leased, and the condos and townhomes have all been sold.”Greg Hakanen, director of Northeast Neighborhood Redevelopment for the University, said in the release the project will benefit the neighborhood as well as Notre Dame.“Massive steps have already been taken to revitalize and regenerate the Northeast Neighborhood for the good of not only the University but the community as well, and this is the last step,” he said. “Phase II will take the biggest existing negative in the neighborhood and turn it into a major positive.”Phase II, the press release said, will include “two graduate-style apartment buildings and a new Robinson Community Learning Center on the east side of Eddy Street and two market-rate apartment buildings on the west side of Eddy Street.”According to the release, the project will include space for “small, local specialty shops, small cafes or coffee shops or insurance or law offices.”Matt Gabet, senior vice president of operational strategy with Kite Realty, said in the press release that Phase II of the project will “complement” Phase I and the neighborhood, and he credited the University for being a “true partner.”“Because of our partnership structure and collective determination, we were able to work through issues, solve problems and deliver the project you see today,” he said.Hakanen echoed Gabet’s sentiments, and said Kite Realty was vital to the process of working on the project through the housing crash from 2008 to 2012.“It was this extraordinary commitment to the project that made engaging Kite as the developer for Phase II an easy decision,” Hakanen said in the press release.South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said in the release that the project will be a welcome addition to the community.“Eddy Street Commons Phase II will build upon Phase I’s success in growing the South Bend economy and strengthening the city’s relationship with Notre Dame,” Buttigieg said. “Because the project pays for itself, it is a win-win for Notre Dame, local employers and the South Bend community.”According to the press release, the Eddy Street Commons project is one piece of “a broader effort on the part of the University, city of South Bend, South Bend Heritage Foundation, Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Organization (NNRO) and Northeast Neighborhood Council (NENC) to improve the Northeast Neighborhood with strategic investments in education, housing and infrastructure.”Completion of the project will conclude with Phase II, the press release said, which is estimated to occur in mid-2020.Tags: Eddy Street Commons, Northeast Neighborhood Council, Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Organization, Phase II, South Bend Heritage Foundationlast_img read more

16 Dec

Downtowns Are All the Rage These Days But Some Places Can’t Handle the Development

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York On Long Island these days, downtowns are happening places—at least in policy circles. From the governor’s office to the local village, it’s the buzz word that everybody’s talking about.In Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s current budget proposal, 10 regions across New York State can each get up to $10 million to help spur downtown redevelopment efforts. But interested municipalities first will have to apply for the grants before they can start putting the money to work. Shepherding the application process here is the ever-active Long Island Regional Economic Development Council (LIREDC), charged with jumpstarting our region’s anemic growth. Details remain to be ironed out as the state’s budget takes final shape.The Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency, a public benefit corporation of New York State, has supposedly been hot to trot on spurring downtown redevelopment. For some reason the IDA recently hired what Newsday simply reported was “a planning group” to assist Amityville, Kings Park and Smithtown with their efforts. The unnamed group turned out to be the New York City-based Regional Plan Association (RPA), which has been increasing its workload across Suffolk County as of late. In the past, the RPA and Suffolk had a relatively arms-length relationship. Under the current Bellone administration, however, the RPA has been making inroads.This begs the question: why is the Suffolk County IDA hiring an outside, New York City-centric organization to conduct planning work that could easily be done through the county’s myriad in-house professional departments including Planning and Economic Development, the Department of Public Works, and the Department of Health Services?These departments have a strong history of tackling much more complex issues than the redevelopment of these relatively simple downtown areas—and they’ve conducted robust studies and analyses on that subject, too. Empowered by Suffolk County Legislature resolution No. 212-2000, “Establishing a ‘Smart Growth’ Policy for Suffolk County Implementation,” the Department of Planning went full-steam ahead, examining the relevant issues associated with the notion of integrating density within downtown areas over the last 16 years.Examples of their efforts include a publication entitled Smart Communities Through Smart Growth: Applying Smart Growth principles to Suffolk County Towns and Villages from March of 2000, or November of 2003’s Analysis and Prioritization of the Recommendations of the Smart Growth Policy Plan for Suffolk County, which said in its executive summary: “Encourage the development of area-wide or regional Smart Growth plans that address the protection of drinking water resources as well as provide a plan for a reallocation of density to permit compact centers of development and open space.”Suffolk County published one especially helpful document on downtown redevelopment in May 2006 entitled Shopping Centers and Downtowns, which took detailed inventory of downtown conditions. Smithtown, Amityville and Kings Park were highlighted alongside other areas in this report, which presented an interesting finding: “While some downtown areas are in need of improvement and have had chronic vacancy problems, it is a mistake to state that downtown areas are in decline. On the contrary, many downtown areas are thriving.”Granted, these findings were reached before the housing crisis and subsequent nosedive of the economy, but Long Island’s land use patterns changed very little in the years during and after the Great Recession.So, the question remains: Why is the IDA outsourcing their efforts?The simple truth is that Suffolk County didn’t like the answers its in-house departments provided, and the administration went searching for another organization to provide solutions that aligned with its pro-development agenda.It fits the pattern of behavior coming from the Dennison Building as of late, which seems to favor building over more balanced approaches to foster growth. You would expect the LIREDC to promote economic development through new construction, but Suffolk County and its agencies should strive to balance the environmental, social and economic needs of the region, not be outsourcing work to fit the administration’s narrative.The downtown areas being targeted for growth simply lack the infrastructure to handle explosive development. In addition, these locales are too far from New York City for its residents to take advantage of their proximity to the LIRR. If the RPA can suggest modest improvements that take into account the limitations of these areas, this planning exercise would be fruitful, but it seems these days everyone wants their downtown to become the next Mineola or Patchogue.But we cannot trust local officials to always make the right decision for their municipalities, which is unfortunate, because these decisions often resonate across the region. The LIREDC should work with local, county and state officials to find which area would best utilize the $10 million now on the table, not only for the downtown to be impacted by the scope of funding, but find out which one would generate the widest benefits to all Long Islanders—not just those residents.For too long, our municipalities have fought each other for scraps while other states eat our lunch. Why is Suffolk’s IDA working on downtown redevelopments instead of working with the Nassau IDA to save jobs on Long Island? Why isn’t the RPA joining with officials from across the spectrum to explore where the governor’s money would have the most impact?We must look beyond the walls of our political fiefdoms and consider the big picture before we make the lights brighter in just our downtowns.Rich Murdocco writes about Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran master planner. Murdocco is a regular contributor to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on www.TheFoggiestIdea.org or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea.last_img read more

14 May

Halep on the quarantine in Romania: “We have the military on the street”

first_imgHalep seems to be at the optimistic aspect of confinement, as the circuit break has caught him in full restoration from a foot harm, though he maintains contact together with his bodily coach and coaches. “I have been lucky in half as a result of the coronavirus scenario began simply as I used to be fighting a foot harm. So this additional time provides me an opportunity to heal my foot appropriately and having time to work on my restoration with out worrying about lacking a number of tournaments. I’m nonetheless in contact with my bodily coach and my trainers Darren Cahill and Arti Apostu-Efremov. I nonetheless haven’t been capable of hit balls however I hope to do it quickly when the scenario improves and restrictions are lifted. “The Romanian tennis participant additionally expressed her expectations about the return of the competitors and ensures that having the ability to play once more in September can be an entire success. “I feel if we return to enjoying tennis in September we are going to have already received, as a result of it will imply that we have completed with the menace of the virus. At this level we will dream of enjoying a Grand Slam however I help that it’s celebrated and naturally I’ll attempt to play if doable. It’s bizarre not understanding after we’ll have the ability to play tournaments once more. On what floor will we do it? In what nation? We don’t have solutions but, so it’s onerous to plan. “ Simona Halep spends her days of confinement in her native Romania as tennis tournaments await her resumption after the disaster of the coronavirus pandemic, which has compelled to cancel the exercise in the circuit till July 13.In an interview with CNN, the Romanian tennis participant analyzed what the scenario is like in Romania, the place the coronavirus has already left greater than 10,000 confirmed instances and 545 deaths. “I have not been exterior since the starting of the quarantine. I’m an individual who takes issues very critically and is nervous about this example. Confinement is being very strict in Romania. We have the military on the road and we’re not allowed to go exterior. “ Halep, who has contributed to the buy of respirators to assist the nation’s hospitals, prefers to not see the information about what is going on. “The scenario in Romania is terrifying. I attempt to not see or learn a lot of the information as a result of I discover it very worrying. I favor to focus on serving to as a lot as I can and placing my greatest on staying at dwelling. and, after all, staying robust and optimistic. It is rather unusual to not have tennis in my life for such an extended interval. The longest of my profession. “last_img read more