Despite heavy public opposition in written and oral testimony, the council went straight to a vote without any discussion.
Despite heavy public opposition in written and oral testimony, the council went straight to a vote without any discussion.It is possible there are reasons why the council members chose substantial silence.
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Another interesting tidbit for future concern arose with a statement to the council by Tate White, the chief planner. She said creating a single, wider paved path down the center of some blocks would allow better access for maintenance vehicles. Since the park has survived some 150 years without that pavement, adding more hardscape to the leafy, green blocks will become an obvious flash point.
Commissioner Dan Ryan proposed that no demolition occur until a committee yet to be names recommends how the building and the history it represents can be memorialized at the same location. Ryan’s proposed committee would include one or more representatives from the Japanese community, the Old Town Chinatown Neighborhood Association, a historian, the developer of any proposed new building and a Blanchet House representative. Since a Blanchet representative mentioned a desire to include a low-income health clinic on the site of the old building, a clinic representative was added to the group.
Blanchet moved from the old building in 2012 to a new structure on the
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