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City advances application for building additions, improvements at Ladue Middle School | Metro

Proposed site improvements would include a new drive at the receiving dock located at the east end of the new storm shelter addition and a retaining wall at the northwest academic addition.

The commission will review the project in October, with Council likely voting on final approval in November, Sukanek said.

Other business

Also on Monday, the Council approved authorizing a contract with Geissler Roofing Company, Inc. for the removal of the existing roof and installation of a new roof and replacement of the gutter/scupper system and downspouts on the police department’s main building, portico and carport.

The cost will be $187,870, as well as approval for up to $7,500 in additional funds, if needed, for replacement of plywood decking and boards.

Laura Rider, assistant to the mayor/city clerk, said the Council, in July, had approved a contract with Heath Roofing LLC.

“Heath was unable to meet the bond requirements

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The Latest: New Zealand to End Restrictions Except in 1 City | World News

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: All remaining virus restrictions will be lifted across much of New Zealand from late Monday with the exception of the largest city, Auckland, which will continue to have some restrictions for at least another 16 days. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement Monday after meeting with top lawmakers. The nation of 5 million re-imposed some restrictions last month after an Auckland outbreak which now appears to be under control. Under the plan, maximum gathering sizes in Auckland will be increased from 10 to 100 on Wednesday and then caps removed two weeks after that. “Auckland needs more time,” Ardern told reporters in the city. “Whilst we have reasonable confidence we are on the right track, there is still a need in Auckland for that cautious approach.” Health authorities reported no new cases on Monday. The number of active cases is 62, with 33 from community spread

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Mark Cunningham Creates a Chef’s Dream Kitchen in New York City

New York City isn’t exactly known for its generous kitchen space, but a professional chef’s needs go beyond the gloomy galley setups many urbanites are accustomed to at home. When one such culinary master and his husband called up designer Mark Cunningham for help with their duplex home in the West Village, he dreamed up a spin on the open-concept kitchen and living room.

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Back-of-House Prep Area Behind a jib door built into the cabinetry, Cunningham designed a hyperfunctional butler’s pantry, which contains a coffee station, a second dishwasher, and a pull-down
stool to access ceiling-height storage. The space allows the homeowners to keep the main island clear while hosting.

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You won’t find a sprawling white marble island or bare shelving here: With the space’s industrial bones, “the biggest thing was trying to bring warmth,” explains the designer, who worked with Michael Gilmore of Weddle Gilmore on the

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City presents jail renovation plan to council committee as an alternative to new mental health facility

At a meeting of the New Orleans City Council’s Criminal Justice Committee last week, city officials presented the most detailed look yet at plans to retrofit a single floor of the New Orleans jail in order to create a suitable space to house detainees with acute and subacute mental illness — and to avoid the construction of a controversial new 89-bed jail facility known as Phase III.

The meeting on Thursday also signaled a shift in thinking by members of the City Council — in particular City Council President and District Attorney candidate Jason Williams — who in 2017 voted to move forward with the Phase III building and declined to advance the possibility of a retrofit option. Williams, at the time, called the Phase III facility a “moral obligation.”

The only member of the City Council to vote against moving forward with Phase III in 2017 was LaToya Cantrell,

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‘Windy City Rehab’ Returns With Its Riskiest Renovation Yet

With home renovation shows happening in towns and cities across the U.S., it was only a matter of time before Chicago got its own. “Windy City Rehab” has just returned for Season 2.

This may come as a surprise to some followers, since the HGTV show’s stars—designer Alison Victoria and contractor Donovan Eckhardt—are mired in legal trouble. Two couples who’d bought their homes in Season 1 have filed lawsuits claiming shoddy construction and demanding their money back. (The court cases are currently unresolved.)

Meanwhile, Victoria claims to have unearthed some shady budgeting moves by Eckhardt, which may explain why he barely makes an appearance in the Season 2 premiere, “Spend More to Make More.” On this episode, Victoria now seems to be muddling through her renovation solo—and with a budget that’s already been blown.

Victoria and Eckhardt had originally purchased the house for $678,000, but then knocked down the

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Akron City Council approves improvements to Akron Executive Airport, paving way for development on nearby land

AKRON, Ohio – City Council on Monday approved plans for more than $6 million in work at Akron Executive Airport, including improved runway lights and reconstruction of a runway that would allow for development of nearby land.

The city is slated to pay for $149,500, or 5%, of $2.99 million for improvements to runway lights and signs, pavement markings and the reconstruction of about 6,000 feet of the fence around the airport perimeter, and is asking the Ohio Department of Transportation to cover the other 95%,

Public Service Director Chris Ludle said the city’s request for a grant could be funded in part or in full, and while state funding is limited, “if we don’t apply, there’s no chance to get it.”

The second project, estimated at $3.73 million, will be covered entirely by the Federal Aviation Administration, and includes a reconfiguration of one of the airport’s two runways.

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How The Coronavirus Sparked An Unprecedented Home Improvement Boom In Kansas City | KCUR 89.3

The sound of power tools is roaring in neighborhoods across the United States.

In the Brookside neighborhood in central Kansas City, Mo., John Buhr has do-it-yourself projects going from the top of the garage to the basement.

“As soon as COVID hit, we needed someplace the kids could play,” Buhr says, noting that neighborhood parks were closed. “So we put a playhouse down [in the basement] first and then found the kids liked it so much that we went ahead and built a living room. And then my wife needed the space to work.”

So now Buhr is building an office for his wife in what was an unfinished attic above the garage. He’s also working on a self-contained apartment for his parents and in-laws to use when they’re in town for extended babysitting visits.

“This all kind of became immediately necessary, thanks to COVID,” Buhr says.

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Woodbury City Hall Remodeling Begins Week Of September 14

September 10, 2020

At its Sept. 9 meeting, the Woodbury City Council approved health, safety and security improvements to City Hall. Remodeling will begin the week of Sept. 14 and continue through at least November, with some improvements taking place into spring 2021.

About the project

The purpose of the project is to improve safety and security, and further protect public and staff health by allowing for appropriate physical distancing, along with improvements to maximize the efficiencies of the current building layout. The proposed new building layout will isolate customers and visitors primarily to the lobby area, similar to the configuration at the Public Works and Public Safety Buildings.

Public impact

City Hall will remain open during construction. However, the public is encouraged to continue conducting business with the city remotely as much as possible. City staff will be available via phone or email to help with service requests. Some

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Airport, city to see improvements | News

“This will trash up the currently peaceful drive into Skiatook,” Windsor stated.

Michael Render, who owns 25 acres directly across Highway 20 from the mini storage was concerned that the city was thinking too small in their plans for the corridor from Highway 75 into Skiatook. He stated the developer has a very good plan, but wondered if the storage facility met the bigger picture of what the city sees as the potential for the corridor. He recommended tabling or disproving the proposal.

Clay Staires said, “I don’t know about a storage unit to welcome people to town. It looks like a beautiful little place, but it’s a storage unit.” He also stated that the council did not have to approve the proposal.

Chris Tracy recently bought a house in the area and was concerned about his grandkids being near a storage facility.

City Lawyer Joel Barnaby informed the council

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Home Depot does not buy into new death of the American city rhetoric

  • The coronavirus pandemic isn’t killing cities, according to Home Depot CEO Craig Menear.
  • Much has been made about the coronavirus pandemic sending millennials packing for the suburbs.
  • Speaking at a Goldman Sachs conference on Thursday, the home improvement executive said that millennials were always set to relocate to more spacious, affordable locations.
  • Menear stressed that generalized and incorrect assumptions have long been made about millennial migration.
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Reports of the COVID-19-related death of the American city are greatly exaggerated, according to Home Depot CEO Craig Menear.

As the pandemic continues to hamper city life, many reports and op-eds have highlighted the migration of young professionals out of urban areas. But speaking on Thursday at Goldman Sachs’ annual Global Retailing Virtual Conference, Menear said a good portion of millennials were always going to drift to the suburbs, coronavirus pandemic or no coronavirus pandemic.

In response

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