Thursday, August 10, 2006

Freetown Commissioners Appointed

At the City-Parish Council meeting on the 8th of August 2006, the people who will be responsible for administrating the $200,000 'impact fee' to be paid by Capstone Development in order to build their misconceived student apartments in the Freetown neighborhood. The appointed commissioners are Dr. Istvan Berkeley, a contributor to this site, and David Domingue. A third commissioner will be appointed by Capstone.

The charge of the commission, according to the motion approved by the City-Parish Council derives from the following text:

On or before June 27th, 2006, the Developer [Capstone Development, of Birmingham, AL] shall either (a) deposit the sum of $200,000.00 into an escrow account to implement the conditions set forth below, to be administered by the Committee in its sole discretion, or (b) submit to the Director of Planning, Zoning and Codes Department an agreement, executed by the Committee, to effectuate (sic) the off-site improvements as determined by the Committee which are consistent with the cultural and historical nature and significance of such District [i.e. Freetown].

Comments and suggestions for the Freetown District Commission should be posted to the comments section of this site, until another method to hear from members of the Freetown Community can be set up.


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