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Homeowners' voices heard in City Council decision

Home owner and Marvin Planning member discuss with the City Council about declaring a mostly vacant 80-acre tract "substandard and blighted". Those who spoke at tonight's City Council meeting said they were relieved when the City Council voted against moving forward with the project. The City Council voted 7 to 1 against the project.  (SOURCE: Kaylie Crowe KNOP-TV)
Home owner and Marvin Planning member discuss with the City Council about declaring a mostly vacant 80-acre tract "substandard and blighted". Those who spoke at tonight's City Council meeting said they were relieved when the City Council voted against moving forward with the project. The City Council voted 7 to 1 against the project. (SOURCE: Kaylie Crowe KNOP-TV)(KNOP)
Published: Jun. 2, 2020 at 10:15 PM CDT
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Marvin Planning Consultants and Wilk Builders LLC, wanting to improve the land along South Lakeview Boulevard. The City Council heard from planners and homeowners, and voted.

It's a "no" vote for a development project on the west side of town. The city council voted against declaring a mostly vacant 80-acre tract "substandard and blighted". The request submitted by Wilk Builders LLC with a goal to build homes on the South end of South Lakeview Boulevard.

Wilk Builders LLC came under fire for including 24 homes along Sugarberry road in a blighted and substandard study. The homes are just barely old enough to be considered useful in legally gaining TIF eligibility for the project. The homes included in the study, averaging 40 years old. And the homeowners were offended.

Home owners from 21 of the 24 homes on Sugarberry Road signed a petition against the study. Home owners plead with the City Council. Arguing about the condition of their homes and neighborhood, saying the terms subsidized and blighted were negative and insulting.

Marvin Planning argued improvements would increase the value of the neighborhood and in result make those homes more valuable.

Lisa Girard, a concerned home owner spoke as well as her husband Ron about their concerns.

"Because one person stands to benefit financially, we may not be able to afford our home if taxes continue to rise, which they will if that area is improved for one person. I will lose my home I wont be able to sell it," said Lisa Girad.

"Stop blighting neighborhoods that really don't need to be blighted and let's move on and let's bring in some worth while manufacturing jobs, jobs that pay, and make this town strong again," said Ron Girad.

Those who spoke at tonight's City Council meeting said they were relieved when the City Council voted against moving forward with the project. The City Council voted 7 to 1 against the project.

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