Higher tax proposed to support ‘homes for all’ in Kalamazoo County

KALAMAZOO, MI — A tax proposal is back on the ballot for Kalamazoo County voters in 2020 to continue and expand support for rent subsidies and affordable housing first passed by voters in 2015.



a man holding a sign: Homes for All co-chairs Stephanie Hoffman and Chris Burns are advocating to pass the housing millage on the Nov. 3 ballot.


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Homes for All co-chairs Stephanie Hoffman and Chris Burns are advocating to pass the housing millage on the Nov. 3 ballot.

The new millage purposes a 0.75-mill property tax for eight years, 2021 through 2028, to provide rental subsidies, permanent housing and related supportive services for residents of Kalamazoo County.

The previous millage was a 0.1-mill tax and was estimated to raise about $800,000 annually, for a period of six years. So far, the money has helped more than 500 families with children. The millage passed in 2015 with 18,971 votes cast in favor and 14,639 against.

The 2020 millage expands the language beyond helping families with school-age children. Housing

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Medical offices proposed for Timberlyne Chapel Hill theater

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The Regal Timberlyne movie theater opened in 1993 at 120 Banks Drive near the Timberlyne Shopping Center in Chapel Hill. The theater has been closed since March because of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions.

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One of Chapel Hill’s last chain movie theaters might not reopen post-COVID if a Cary developer moves ahead with plans for a new medical office.

Regal Timberlyne, which opened in 1993, is one of 18 Regal Theatre locations in North Carolina. Other Triangle locations are in Raleigh, Cary, Garner and Apex.

The six-screen, 1,350-seat theater, located at 120 Banks Drive near the Timberlyne shopping center, closed in March when the state shut down to stem COVID-19 infections. The state has not yet lifted its restrictions on movie theaters.

Online postings show Foundry Commercial had listed the theater property for sale in January. Cary-based Parkway Holdings Phase 2 LLC plans to close on the

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Homes geared to empty nesters proposed near Charlestowne Mall

ST. CHARLES – A developer wants to build single-family houses and townhomes near Charlestowne Mall on the city’s east side that are geared to empty nesters.

Plan commissioners on Tuesday started reviewing the concept plans, which call for 37 single-family homes and 23 attached single family buildings containing 92 townhouse units to be built on 28.54 acres of vacant land northeast of Charlestowne Mall and south of Foxfield Road. Joe Segobiano, of STCPR Consulting Inc., was seeking feedback on the plans. He is part of an investment company that has a contract to purchase the property.

STCPR Consulting Inc. is working with NVR, Inc., the parent company of builder Ryan Homes.

‘We really like this demographic,” said Scott Shelton of NVR, Inc., in talking to commissioners about the plans. “We think it’s under served in the greater Chicago area.”

Ryan Homes recently developed the Highland Woods subdivision in Elgin.

The

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