City Council hires contractor for new police station, other buildings | The Calhoun Times

The Calhoun City Council unanimously approved the recommendation of architect Gregg Sims to hire Felker Construction Co. Inc., with a low bid of $4.8 million, to build the new police station, vehicle service building and recreation parks maintenance building at McDaniel Station Road and Recreation Drive.

City Manager Paul Worley said 11 bids from across the state were received for the 2018 Special Purpose, Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) project, and that Felker not only had the lowest bid but also the confidence of the architect.

The project includes a 13,754-square-feet police station, a 5,000-square-feet vehicle service building and a 4,000-square-feet maintenance building for the parks department. Worley said the new buildings will allow the police department to be housed under the same roof for the first time in a long time, will create a dedicated location for working and cleaning city vehicles, will included a dedicated kennel and related

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Allentown City Council votes down Atiyeh rezoning for 200 homes on former industrial site

For now, a 21-acre former industrial site in Allentown’s Union Terrace neighborhood will remain undeveloped.



diagram, map: A map of the Union Terrace tracts Abe Atiyeh and Stephen Rohrbach are requesting Allentown rezone for medium-density residential development.


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A map of the Union Terrace tracts Abe Atiyeh and Stephen Rohrbach are requesting Allentown rezone for medium-density residential development.

City Council on Wednesday night voted down a rezoning request for the two parcels that comprise the site where Abe Atiyeh and Stephen Rohrbach had planned to build up to 200 homes. The developers argued that rezoning the land for medium-density residential development would be more productive than the current parkland zoning.

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The site includes a former quarry that has since been filled in, and contamination precludes the city from developing the land into a park. Allentown planning staff had said housing would be a more viable use.

But City Council rejected the zoning change in a vote of 5-2, citing concerns that

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Small homes made of Maine materials could boost economy, aid climate, council says

The Maine Climate Council has suggested a strategy that draws on the potential for constructing fuel efficient, modestly priced homes with locally sourced wood to help address the state’s affordable housing shortage while boosting the economy.



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Sustainably harvested wood – particularly when transport is minimal – is more sensible when compared with steel and concrete, which have a denser carbon footprint, Stephen Shaler, associate director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine, told the Maine Monitor.

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Using locally sourced wood to build homes could expand job opportunities in construction, design and forest products, revitalize former mill towns, help trade school programs and strengthen university research and development, the climate council reported.

While Maine is known for producing traditional hardwood from spruce and pine, engineered wood like laminated strand lumber is a newer industry. Wood fiber

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Anaheim City Council approves $150-million cash stadium sale to Angels owner

The Anaheim City Council voted early Wednesday to approve a revised deal with Angels owner Arte Moreno, selling Angel Stadium and the surrounding land for $150 million in cash in return for the team’s commitment to stay in Anaheim through 2050.



a sign above a store with Angel Stadium of Anaheim in the background: Angel Stadium in Anaheim. (Danny Moloshok / Associated Press)


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Angel Stadium in Anaheim. (Danny Moloshok / Associated Press)

The council had voted last December to sell the 150-acre site to Moreno’s company, SRB Management, for $325 million. The city this month proposed to credit SRB for $170 million of that price, with the company agreeing to build almost 500 units of affordable housing and a seven-acre park within the community that will rise from the stadium parking lots.

After almost eight hours of debate — and after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday — the council approved the revised deal on a 5-2 vote, with Council Members Jose Moreno and Denise Barnes opposed. The council

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