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Courts developments – some dates
As we reported today, council members will be thrown directly into the courts issue once their summer vacation ends next month.
While the council could be moving toward a condemnation suit to acquire land for a new fire station (Step One in their current courts plan), new Councilman Fred Howe III is asking his colleagues to explore an alternative he’s been working on with local architect Raymond Herlong (and to answer the question from a commenter on the story, Herlong has not been doing this work at city expense up to this point).
A couple of dates to put on your calendar:
Monday (Aug. 2) – Howe, Herlong and others they’ve been working with will talk about their plan on Matt Kelly’s radio show on WFVA AM at 8 a.m.
Aug. 10 – At 7 p.m. in City Council chambers, the planning and fire departments will host a public meeting to answer questions about the prospect of building a fire station at Charles, Progress and Germania streets, the site the city wishes to buy to build the relocated downtown fire station (part of the current plan, not part of Howe’s plan). Here‘s a tax map that shows that site a little more specifically. This meeting is intended to be about concerns from neighbors about what it will be like having a fire station there. More in tomorrow’s paper.