Waiting to break ground on Newhall redevelopment

first_img They envision a movie theater, a restaurant and retail and commercial office space occupying their triple-story structure. The theater’s offerings – independent and foreign films – could fill a void in the community. Another piece of land – the largest undeveloped lot on the block at 25,000 square feet – is owned by C and C Development Ventures LLC, a partnership between local businessmen Tim Crissman and Joe Caso. They bought the lot three years ago. The partners are planning to wrap a multistory building around the parking structure designated for the site. The space, which also will include development on the parking structure’s roof, will cater to entertainment, office and retail tenants. They hope to have commitments from tenants by the first half of next year. Historically, properties purchased before redevelopment or specific plans build steam have increased afterward. Crissman said the true value of the property remains to be seen. It will depend on whether the metamorphosis takes place. Ahrens is talking with prospective tenants and hopes to have some contracts signed by early 2006. The developer serves on the city’s 13-member New Redevelopment Committee, a quasi-official panel that makes recommendations to the Santa Clarita Planning Commission. Ahrens’ four-year term ends January 2009. Ahrens is working with city staff members and other developers to “coordinate” development on the block of San Fernando Road between 5th and 6th streets. One of the parking structures could be built there. “The idea is to do as much of the block (as possible) at the same time,” Ahrens said. In the meantime, vendors will continue to hawk their wares at the farmers market until construction gobbles up the space. The Downtown Newhall Specific Plan was not the first measure aimed at sprucing up the district. The Freedman Plan, floated in 1997, proposed similar improvements in the area but did not allow for mixed use or provide a zoning code. It fizzled before being realized. Senior planner Jason Smisko said he is pleased local property owners who live and work in Santa Clarita are on board. “We spent almost a year-and-a-half designing the plan,” he said. “It’s awesome to see some energy getting it built on the ground instead of seeing it on paper.” He said full-block proposals are an effective way to go. City staff members will cast a wide net in the coming weeks. They will ask prospective companies who may want to venture into the area for requests for qualifications. The list will be whittled down to identify companies that will then be asked for requests for proposals to develop, Smisko said. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Councilwoman Laurene Weste recused herself from the vote to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest because she lives near the project area. The city has earmarked $7 million for rejuvenating the aging district. Initially, $250,000 will be paid to consultants who will help negotiate development proposals, ensure architectural proposals meet the plan’s goals, explain redevelopment law implications and help with project management. Public parking structures would dot the recast “Main Street” along San Fernando Road, which would dead-end at Lyons Avenue. Some residents and business owners worry existing shops and homes on the main drag and in East Newhall will be forced out by a tidal wave of gentrification. City officials say retooled zoning codes that permit denser commercial development will help developers squeeze more usable space from the lots and will provide more opportunities across the board. “It’s the crux of the whole thing,” Ahrens said. He could wring a three-story building from his 22,000-square-foot lot, where just a one-story building was allowed before. Ahrens and his partner snapped up the land about three years ago. They cannot wait to build up. NEWHALL – Years before the current plan to improve the downtown core crystallized, some local businessmen staked a claim in the potential gold mine on San Fernando Road. A couple of business partners bought a vacant corner lot where the weekly seasonal farmers market sets up shop, at San Fernando Road and 6th Street. And then they became involved in the snowballing renewal plan. “We kind of planned on building smaller,” said John Ahrens, a developer and one of the two partners. “We started recognizing the city was heading down the path of making change down there. We were thankfully in the right place at the right time.” On Tuesday, Santa Clarita City Council members voted 4-0 to adopt a comprehensive plan to renovate 50 blocks in the downtown area – including Ahrens’ plot – and recast it as a retail and entertainment magnet. The bulldozer ballet can begin after the plan takes effect Dec. 22. last_img read more

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JUDGE RULES HE CANNOT HEAR CASE BETWEEN TWO DONEGAL SOLICITORS

first_imgA judge has said he cannot hear a civil case between two former legal partners.The case between Kieran O’Gorman and Michael Cunningham, who were formerly business partners at O’Gorman Cunningham Solicitors, was due to be heard today.However, when Judge Conal Gibbons arrived at Letterkenny District Court, he announced he could not hear the case. Judge Gibbons said he knew both solicitors involved and that it would be unfair to hear the case.He said he would contact the office of the president of the High Court to arrange a new date for a Judge who was not known to both solicitors.JUDGE RULES HE CANNOT HEAR CASE BETWEEN TWO DONEGAL SOLICITORS was last modified: May 25th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalJudge Conal GibbonsO’Gorman Cunningham Solicitorslast_img read more

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Irish Water unveil new traffic plans as Letterkenny gridlock continues

first_imgIrish Water has announced a number of minor changes to the current upgrade projects that have caused gridlock in Letterkenny in recent months.There have been calls for the disruptive works on Pearse Road to stop this week as local businesses suffer loses of up to 30%.Irish Water revealed new traffic management plans at a meeting with Letterkenny municipal district councillors this morning. The authority said that the left hand turn from Paddy Harte Road into the Pearse Road will not be reinstated until mid—July.Works on the sewer upgrade will also be extended to Saturdays.They confirmed that the project will cease for the Donegal International Rally and the weekend of July 12.Irish Water has apologised for the inconvenience of works and thanked the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, traders and elected officials for the ongoing engagement throughout the project. They said they will also continue to work with An Garda Siochána to facilitate the free movement of traffic around the town.Letterkenny businesses call for roadworks to stop as jobs threatened     Irish Water unveil new traffic plans as Letterkenny gridlock continues was last modified: June 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Irish Waterletterkennyroadworkslast_img read more

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Flies Turn on a Dime

first_img51; A fly can turn 180 degrees in one tenth the time it takes you to blink an eye.  Beating their wings 250 times a second, they don’t even have to think about each wing beat, PhysOrg said about studies at Brown University using high-speed cameras and image tracking software.  “[Attila] Bergou discovered that flies rely less on their brains than previously thought and more on the clever design of their wings,” the article said.  “To make a turn, a fly simply twitches a muscle that rolls its shoulder slightly.  The wing does the rest, naturally adjusting over the course of a few beats, tilting by about 9 degrees, and creating drag forces that wheel the insect around.”  The article includes a 32-second video clip that allows you to watch the turn in slow motion.    The U-turn of the fly is much faster than anything man-made can achieve.  A scientist at Harvard is looking enviously at the fly, the article said, for envisioning electrical flying robots that may some day come close to matching the fly’s design specifications.Evolution makes sense when you think in generalities.  When you look at things in detail, and measure what is required to make them function, you start thinking in terms of design specifications.  You want to imitate them.  When you try to imitate them, and find out how hard it is, you become an intelligent design believer.  Darwinian excuses like, “Evolution had a million year head start,” begin to sound like desperate question-begging attempts to hang onto an obsolete dogma that has lost its credibility in the details.(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Minister instigated looting: Tripura villagers

first_imgAbout 300 people of West Tripura district, who had fled the area after their homes were torched and looted over the alleged molestation of a girl, said on Saturday that they were scared to return.They alleged that the looting and ransacking of their houses in Lalit Bazaar locality under the Ranir Bazaar police station limit was instigated by Revenue Minister and prominent tribal leader N.C. Debbarma.Mr. Debbarma, president of the Indigenous People’s Front Tripura (IPFT), declined to comment on the charge. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Cr.PC was promulgated in the area for 48 hours from 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sub-divisional Magistrate Subhasish Bandopaddhyaya said.A group of tribal youths started torching and looting houses only after the Minister’s visit on Friday, said the villagers who have taken shelter in a school. “The ransacking and looting of our houses started only after N.C. Debbarma visited the spot. He came here at 9 a.m. and looting of our houses started around an hour later,” 50-year-old Samena Khatun alleged.Scared to returnSulekha Khatun, aged 45, said, “My house was set ablaze, my belongings looted. I do not want to return. Let the police shoot me dead. I will not return.” The conflict began when a girl, along with her boyfriend, had come to Ranir Bazaar area on Thursday from a nearby locality to see Durga idols there and four youths allegedly molested her and snatched her phone. The girl and boy went back to their locality and returned with a large group of people who tried to attack the houses of those who reportedly molested the girl. The four accused were arrested on Friday but the attack on the village continued. A large contingent of police has been deployed in the area.last_img read more

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Cray not concerned with tight schedule ahead

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next (From L) USA’s Kerron Clement, Philippines’ Eric Cray and Kenya’s Boniface Mucheru Tumuti compete in the Men’s 400m Hurdles Semifinal during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PEDRO UGARTEKUALA LUMPUR — Eric Cray, the face of Philippine athletics, will need even stronger legs for Tuesday’s “killer schedule.”The Philippine-born, Texas USA-based Cray will vie in the heats of 100-meter dash at 3:30 p.m. and 400m hurdles at 4:30 p.m. He won both events two years ago in Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Fil-American Zion Nelson Corrales will take up the cudgels for the Philippines in the women’s century dash as last SEAG champ Kayla Richardson decided to skip the event to focus on the 200m and hurdles.Aries Toledo will also take the spotlight when he competes in men’s decathlon, while Rosie Vilarito and Evalyn Palabrica see action in women’s javelin throw.The country won five golds two years ago and is eyeing seven this time, with one already chalked up by marathon queen Mary Joy Tabal.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. If successful, the 400m hurdles and century dash finals will be at 8:20 p.m. and 9:40 p.m., respectively.But the 28-year-old Cray doesn’t mind the tight schedule.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHe said he will “just go out there and run” as the SEA Games’ centrepiece sport goes full blast at 85,000-seater Bukit Jalil National Stadium.Joining Cray in the century dash heats is three-time US NCAA sprints champ Anfernee Lopena. Gilas nearly pays price for playing ‘bad game’ vs Thais Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARlast_img read more

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Virginia Ports Authority Extends VIG Lease to 2065

first_imgzoom The Port of Virginia, one of major ports on the US East Coast, has signed a new, long-term lease for Virginia International Gateway (VIG) that clears the way for the port to begin work on doubling capacity at the deep-water container terminal.The new lease, which was negotiated during a two-year period, will give the port oversight of and operating rights at the terminal until 2065. Further, the lease allows the port to begin work on a USD 320 million project to build the terminal’s second phase, with the construction expected to begin this year.The lease is between the Virginia Ports Authority (VPA) and Virginia International Gateway Inc., which is owned by Alinda Capital Partners and Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). The lease is scheduled to go into effect on November 1.“Within the existing footprint, we will have the capability and capacity to process a total of 1.2 million (container) lifts – 2 million TEUs — annually through VIG,” said Aubrey L. Layne, Virginia secretary of transportation. “The negotiation process was a collaborative effort with both the Alinda, USS team and the port making a significant investment in resources and time. Everyone worked together to reach this agreement knowing the long-term benefits to the port and throughout Virginia.”Presently, VIG is processing 600,000 container lifts annually. The terminal is served by eight ship-to-shore cranes and has on-dock rail with service provided by both CSX and Norfolk Southern. The expansion will take an estimated three years to complete and result in a longer berth, an expanded rail operation, an expanded container yard and four new ship-to-shore cranes.VIG is a privately owned marine container terminal located along the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth. The facility was commissioned in July 2007, and is the largest privately-owned container terminal in the United States. In July 2010, the VPA and VIG entered into a 20-year lease agreement under which the VPA is currently operating VIG.last_img read more

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