Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Another Town Meeting

From an email:

Carbondale’s annual Neighborhood Alliance Meeting will take place on Saturday, January 23rd, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at First United Methodist Church, 214 W Main Street.  Organized by the Carbondale Neighborhood Action Group, the meeting is open to all who call Carbondale home.  This year’s meeting focuses on two aspects of housing in Carbondale: homelessness, and the nature and issues surrounding Carbondale’s housing market and stock.  A panel consisting of neighborhood representatives, realtors, and City staff will provide an overview of issues and information, followed by discussion and questions from those attending.

The Alliance  meeting begins with a short memorial to members of our community who died in 2016.  This is followed by updates on homelessness, neighborhood groups, and some City Commissions. The remainder of the meeting focuses on Carbondale housing trends from the perspectives of would-be buyers, neighborhood representatives, realtors, and City staff.   Members of the Alliance hope to   initiate an ongoing, community-based discussion on issues surrounding renting and buying a home in Carbondale.  These include financial literacy, lenders in Carbondale, as well as those issues listed in Carbondale’s 2009 Comprehensive Plan: “Historic disinvestment in rental units aimed at a captive student population, recent increase in rental market supply created by new housing options near campus, and an aging housing stock that without rehabilitation is approaching obsolescence.” 

This discussion will begin with presentations by members of neighborhood organizations, realtors, and City staff on the Carbondale housing trends, and it concludes with small-group discussion and identification of housing issues. 

For more information contact Daniel Presley (626)487-9747 or Mary O’Hara (618) 713-0820

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