By Diane C2: “Things Norwalkers Really Should Know”
NORWALK, Conn. – File this under several of my column categories:
- This Means That?!
- You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!
- Are You Kidding Me?
- You’re Not Going To Believe This, But…
From the upcoming Jan. 8th Common Council Agenda:
WHAT IS SAYS:
D. PLANNING COMMITTEE
1. Approve as to terms the referenced Day Street Option Agreement subject to final form as determined by Corporation Counsel. Authorize the Mayor to execute the Option Agreement.
WHAT IT REALLY MEANS:
Authorize the mayor to execute an option agreement to sell city-owned parcels valued in excess of $2 million to the Norwalk Housing Authority for $1 dollar, who will in turn give it to a private developer (Trinity Financial – Boston) to develop mixed rate, affordable and public housing priced units. The sale will be automatic if the Housing Authority is the recipient of a 2013 HUD Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Grant.
Note from Diane C2: This item originally passed the Planning Committee unanimously last summer, and was en route to council, but has subsequently been tweaked. It now has been advanced to the council with NO committee discussion, at the discretion of Committee Chair Nick Kydes, in the absence of a quorum at Thursday night’s Planning Committee meeting.
To read more, see the agenda package for the Jan. 3 Planning Committee meeting via this link: Planning Committee agenda 1-3-13
If you don’t think we should be giving away millions of dollars of land for $1, and you question the credibility and effectiveness of the Norwalk Housing Authority, please read the supporting documents that are attached with the agenda, write your council, and show up Tuesday Jan. 8 at Common Council to voice your concerns…..