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Brodart site housing plan can meet many of the city's needs

January 18, 2013

The Brodart warehouse site at Memorial Avenue and Oliver Street has been sitting vacant for a lot of years. It's a depressing look, to be honest....

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Jan-30-13 6:06 PM

Interesting; I didn't realize Williamsport Village and Kennedy King Manor were filled with low-income renters past capacity.

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Jan-25-13 5:18 PM

Can anyone Even Fathom the cost!??! Convert a vacant firetrap into an overcrowded firetrap... Is Gabe testing a theory?

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Jan-24-13 2:51 PM

2 years it has been vacant...

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Jan-24-13 8:14 AM

To hit on the other posters' comments the whole..Martin Luther King Blvd 'renaming' of Memorial Ave, which I'm sure has been discussed previously, some time ridiculous. Stop catering based on race.

Secondly, I too hope that if Brodart were to be used as an appartment complex, they would be respectable, quality apartments with, respectable, quality tenants.

However in'll likely be people who sell drugs while collecting welfare, who get welfare because they're addicts..who will just continue to bring down the surrounding neighborhood. Like it or not, while that might be an exaggeration it's probably not fair from the truth either.

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Jan-24-13 8:10 AM

Here's the two questions I have about this idea.

1) Is it going to be open to everyone? What I mean is, a lot of these "low income housing" places have unrealistic requirements. See Newberry Estates.

2) Is it going to be open to drug users/criminals?

Sorry but it shouldn't be. Provide the housing to the good, honest citizens of the city who are desperately looking for affordable housing and are working their *** off to make ends me trying to make an honest living. Those are the people that should be getting the housing.

Oh and just so no one is misunderstanding me, I don't give a crap what color your skin is. If you're a good, honest, hardworking (or disabled and unable to work) citizen, who just can't afford anything but low income housing, you should be eligible.

If you're non of the shouldn't be.

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Jan-18-13 5:51 PM

Sadly, it may well become all the previous posters envision. I hope they are wrong, and maybe some better housing will encourage the rest of the neighborhood to get their collective acts together. Probably just a pipe dream.

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Jan-18-13 12:38 PM

The act like they are going to be high end apartments. We all know what kind of tenants will be there. Why not use it as a factory or a prison.

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Jan-18-13 7:32 AM

Great idea Billtown!!!

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Jan-18-13 6:17 AM

Why not convert it into a prison AND low income housing apartments, and put a courtroom in the basement... THAT way, everything needed will be under 1 roof.

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