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Harris County to consider plan for downtown park renovation, lynching memorial

Harris County Commissioners Court on Tuesday is expected to approve a plan to transform a one-block park in downtown Houston into a memorial to four African-American men who were lynched during the Jim Crow era.

The proposal by Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis would use the entire block that contains Quebedeaux Park — between Fannin, Congress, San Jacinto and Franklin streets — into a place where he said visitors can remember racial terror of the past and reflect

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Monument trustees approve $22 million financing plan to fund water system improvements | Thetribune

MONUMENT • The Monument Board of Trustees has authorized a major move to fund water improvement projects over the next three years.

At the board’s Sept. 21 meeting, they heard recommendations from town staff and special legal counsel regarding the potential for using the sale of revenue bonds to fund major improvements to its water system over the coming years.

However, instead of revenue bonds, it was recommended Monument create an ordinance to enter a site lease agreement and lease purchase agreement to market Certificates of Participation (COPs) — an alternate form of financing.

Town attorney Andrew Richey presented the finer details of the agreement, with bond counsel provided by Nate Eckloff of Piper Sandler and Kimberly Crawford of Butler Snow Law Firm. Both counsels recommended the certificates to help maximize the town’s budgetary flexibility in financing the water projects.

Presently, the town has a 2A water fund and an

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Worthington mall owners plan major renovation

Jim Weiker
 |  jweiker@dispatch.com

A Texas developer plans to demolish much of the Shops at Worthington Place, in an effort to save the struggling mall property by converting it into a mixed-use development called High North.

Under the plan, which is scheduled to come before the Worthington Planning Commission Thursday, the north and west sides of the mall will eventually be torn down, removing about 120,000 square feet of the 138,000-square-foot building.

The mall’s owner, the Dallas firm Direct Retail Partners, plans to initially demolish the mall’s north end, about 85,000 square feet, and replace it with a 125,000-square-foot office building, up to 10 stories high, including a parking garage.

In a second phase, the west side of the mall would be removed and replaced with another office building of similar size to the first, plus a 120-room hotel or a 100-unit residential building, a 30,000-square-foot office or retail building,

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Illinois Homeowners: How To Plan For Your Kitchen Remodel

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Use these 4 tips when preparing for your kitchen remodel.
Use these 4 tips when preparing for your kitchen remodel. (Shutterstock)

With summer coming to a close, many Illinois homeowners are ready to take their projects indoors. Why not start with a kitchen remodel to give the most popular room in the house a new look?

Make it easy for your contractor to work by clearing out your kitchen ahead of time. One week before work is scheduled to begin you can start packing up those items you won’t be using again until after the renovation. This includes dry foods, such as canned goods and

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Re-do plan to debut for long-stagnant Palm House hotel in Palm Beach


The new owner of the long-stagnant hotel project plans to present its renovation plans to the Architectural Commission.

Darrell Hofheinz
 
| Palm Beach Daily News

Palm Beach residents who have grown weary of looking at the long-vacant-and-unfinished Palm House hotel project on Royal Palm Way could get their first glimpse Wednesday of the new owner’s renovation plans.

The project is on the agenda of Wednesday’s Architectural Commission, when the board is expected to review the plans proposed by LR Palm House LLC. That limited liability company paid about $40 million for the hotel building in May 2019 in a private sale approved by a bankruptcy court.

The company is affiliated with London + Regional Properties, an international real estate investment firm specializing in hospitality projects through its L + R Hotels division.

Work at the hotel halted abruptly nearly six years ago and never re-started. The property eventually ended up

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Worthington mall owners plan major renovation – Business – The Columbus Dispatch

A Texas developer plans to demolish much of the Shops at Worthington Place, in an effort to save the struggling mall property.

Under the plan, which is scheduled to come before the Worthington Planning Commission Thursday, the north and west sides of the mall will eventually be torn down – about 120,000 square feet of the 138,000-square-foot building.

The mall’s owner, the Dallas firm Direct Retail Partners, plans to initially demolish the north end of the mall, about 85,000 square feet, and replace it with a 125,000-square-foot office building, up to 10 stories high, including a parking garage.

In a second phase, the west side of the mall would be removed and replaced with another office building of similar size to the first, a 120-room hotel or a 100-unit residential building, a 30,000-square-foot office or retail building, and an outdoor plaza.

Traffic inside the 15.7-acre property would be significantly shifted,

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Feds unveil plan to ‘reduce suffering’ for nursing home residents and staff

An independent commission set up by the Trump administration has unveiled a host of recommendations it says could help nursing homes “reduce the suffering and to save the lives of residents and staff” as they continue to wage a deadly battle against the coronavirus, though some critics say the commission didn’t go far enough to help America’s most vulnerable because it does not address enforcement of federal quality of care standards.



a person sitting at a table in front of a curtain: Certified Nursing Assistant Rachael Moreau helps Katherine Lapre at Brandon Woods nursing home in South Dartmouth, Mass., June 14, 2019.


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Certified Nursing Assistant Rachael Moreau helps Katherine Lapre at Brandon Woods nursing home in South Dartmouth, Mass., June 14, 2019.

In April, as the coronavirus pandemic swept through nursing homes across the country, Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, announced the commission would be tasked with enhancing strategies for infection control and prevention and strengthen protocols to identify COVID-19 in facilities and mitigate its spread. The

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Interior design tricks that brought calm to a chaotic open floor plan

Marta and Scott Dragos built their Winchester home with an open floor plan. Not just because that’s how today’s families live, but because Scott, a former NFL player, is a pretty big guy. “We eliminated walls so my husband wouldn’t feel like he was living in a dollhouse,” Marta says.

However, with three young children and a puppy, the first floor felt chaotic. Everyone congregated in the great room, and the television was often left on during meals at the adjacent dining table. Meanwhile the formal living room sat empty, and never mind the mess in the playroom, which was the first thing people saw when they walked in. “The synergies of the rooms were off and not suited to our life,” Marta says.

Enter Liza Kugeler and Laura Ogden of Realm Interiors, who reconfigured and redecorated. Not only did they bring order to the home, they incorporated Marta’s stylish

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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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Ames Parks And Recreation Commission Seeks Input On Capital Improvements Plan

September 15, 2020

The City of Ames Parks and Recreation Commission will host a public input session regarding development of its 2020-2025 Capital Improvements Plan (CIP). Residents are invited to provide feedback on projects currently in the plan and to share ideas about new projects for the Parks and Recreation Commission to consider. The input will take place during the Commission’s virtual meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17.

The CIP is funded through a 1-percent local option sales tax. Parks and Recreation projects average approximately $850,000 per year. The Parks and Recreation portion of the 2020-2025 CIP can be viewed at www.amesparkrec.org

Some of the more significant projects currently in the plan are:

  • Transition two tennis courts to six pickle ball courts at Emma McCarthy Lee Park
  • Installation of accessible canoe/kayak launch at Ada Hayden Heritage Park
  • Installation of a restroom at Gateway Hills Park
  • Replacement of
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