August 2, 2010

City Council president challenging Habitat for Humanity in Racine

Ald. Jeff Coe is challenging the city's relationship with Habit for Humanity with three proposals scheduled to be introduced to the Common Council tonight.

Coe is seeking 60-day moratoriums on city plans to demolish a home at 1132 Irving Place and to turn it over to Habitat, on all in-fill home construction in the city and on transfers of city-owned property to Habitat for Humanity.

The city's Loan Board of Review voted last month to buy 1132 Irving Place, demolish it, and turn the property over to Habitat for new construction. Coe's requests may delay this action.

Coe, the Common Council president, wants the city to review its policies and procedures involved in selecting property developers and constructions, including the role of the city as general contractor.

All three proposals are scheduled to be sent to the Committee of the Whole, which is the entire Common Council meeting as a committee.

More as this develops ...

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