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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

UCIA: Cat, dog, or pig? You decide!

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"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."
Sir Winston Churchill, WWII British Prime Minister (1874 - 1965)

Last night's Council agenda included a proposed THIRD amendment to the interlocal services agreement between the City and the UCIA (Union County Improvement Authority), designating FURTHER PROPERTIES for the UCIA to redevelop.

On the list are a remaning portion of the Tepper's block, a vacant lot at 300 Madison Avenue, another at 520-26 South Avenue, and ALL FOUR TRAIN STATIONS -- Netherwood and Downtown, and the former Grant Avenue and Clinton Avenue stations. (Somehow, PT had the idea that the train stations belonged to NJT and not the city, but this may be a POSITIONING move pre-empting future NJT actions. I'll have to check it out.)

Let's review.
  • Now a FURTHER EXPANSION of the UCIA's role in Plainfield's future is up for discussion.

  • We have SERIOUS UNFINISHED BUSINESS -- dating back to 2005 -- from the UCIA's development of the Park-Madison site, including the RECONSTRUCTION OF PARK AVENUE and the PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) monies
  • Two of the three current UCIA projects -- the North Avenue Historic District and the Marino's supermarket proposal -- are already FALLING BEHIND their original proposed schedule and are running into overtime on their plan deadlines

  • The Dornoch plan for condos and a Senior Center on East Front Street is DEFICIENT IN MEETING STATE GUIDELINES for facades on buildings over 50 feet in length
Now you can see the relevance of the bulldog Prime Minister's witticism PT quoted at the top.

So what do you think of the UCIA? Cat, dog or pig? You can vote your choice in the poll box in the right hand column.

VOTE today!

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