Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Quick Updates to Oct. 2007 News Items

Land use variance denied. The Bloomington Zoning Authority (BZA) voted against the variance requested by Dee Harlow (see the October 2007 issue). The BZA ordered the properties brought into compliance with code.

Seeking funding. The BPNA is seeking a Small and Simple Grant from the city to upgrade the dog-waste bag dispensers.

Fund-raising completed. Thanks to the property owners on Henderson, funds were secured for repairs to the historic limestone sidewalks on Henderson.

Safe Routes grant received. In mid-November 2007, the City received a $250,000 Safe Routes to School grant to build a sidewalk along the west side of Henderson St., from Allen St. to Hillside Dr. and the crossing to Templeton School. BPNA is very pleased with the preliminary engineering plans, with a few reservations about pedestrian safety. For details, see “BPNA Response” at http://www.bloomington.in.us/~bpna/sidewalk.htm.

Zoning changes on S. Washington. As reflected in the new zoning code, a number of multiple-occupancy properties reverted back to single-family homes as a result of sales and discontinued rental use.

Snow busters. If you need help shoveling your sidewalk or if you want exercise while helping your neighbors on snowy days, contact us for a match-up.

For more information, contact Jan Sorby, BPNA President, at jansorby@sbcglobal.net

From BPNA Neighborhood News, published January 2008