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March 21, 2013

Early steps taken on Blodgett complex


The agencies will have 30 days to respond to the Planning Commission.

The meeting didn’t include time for public comments on the project. But Finn said meetings in the future will include such opportunities. He urged anyone with comments, however, to put views in writing and submit them to the city clerk.

The city has set a tentative schedule for review of the proposed Hillside Commons project. The preliminary site plan application is on the agenda for the April 17 meeting. A public meeting with engineers and code enforcement officials is planned, but no date has been penciled in.

The May 15 agenda items include a public hearing and preliminary site plan approval, according to the initial schedule, and consideration of final site plan approval will be at the June 19 meeting.

Planning Commission members are Finn, Gary Herzig, Becky Thomas, Anna Tomaino, Barry Holden, Edmond Overbey and Michelle Eastman. Planners voted for the resolution, except Eastman, who was absent.

Maureen Hennessy, First Ward representative on the Common Council, is council liaison to the commission.

Newman Development vice president Jeffrey Smetana, who reviewed initial plans at a Planning Commission meeting in January, has said if all goes well, construction could begin this summer, with a projected opening for occupancy in the 2014 academic year.

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