By Kevin Schofield, SCC Insight
Published on May 28th, 2019
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This morning Geoff Wentlandt of the Office of Planning and Community Development let the Council know that it would be a while before it could implement the MHA program across the rest of the University District because it needed to complete a new environmental impact statement (EIS).
The U District was the first area of the city to be rezoned to implement MHA, back in 2017. At the time, however, businesses along “The Ave” objected, arguing that redevelopment would force them out, so The Ave and a handful of other blocks were carved out of the rezone area — with the intent to include them in the city-wide MHA legislation. However, earlier this year when the city-wide MHA came up for deliberations and vote, at the 11th hour the Ave was once again removed from the rezone area. At the time, it was explained that this was done to allow for the area merchants to complete their “small business vulnerability survey.”