Bike Financing – Cycling Fan http://www.cyclingfan.org/ Sun, 24 Jul 2022 13:06:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://www.cyclingfan.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default1-150x150.png Bike Financing – Cycling Fan http://www.cyclingfan.org/ 32 32 Trade Insights: Economic Update at NorthWestern; clean energy show at NCAT | Local http://www.cyclingfan.org/trade-insights-economic-update-at-northwestern-clean-energy-show-at-ncat-local/ Sat, 23 Jul 2022 23:00:00 +0000 http://www.cyclingfan.org/trade-insights-economic-update-at-northwestern-clean-energy-show-at-ncat-local/ The University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research will present a mid-year economic update “Supply Chain Stress: How Much Longer?” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, at the NorthWestern Energy office, 11 E. Park St. in Butte. Registration is $35 and includes an afternoon snack. For more details visit https://www.economicout…..ar.com/economic-update/ The National […]]]>

The University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research will present a mid-year economic update “Supply Chain Stress: How Much Longer?” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, at the NorthWestern Energy office, 11 E. Park St. in Butte. Registration is $35 and includes an afternoon snack. For more details visit https://www.economicout…..ar.com/economic-update/

The National Center for Appropriate Technology, 3040 Continental Drive, will host the Montana Clean Energy Fair at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 13. The free public fair is the must-attend event of the year for renewable energy education, featuring a series of 45-minute workshops on topics including renewable energy policy, solar electricity and solar heating, batteries and energy storage, finance and incentives, utility scale solar and wind, off-grid living, and much more. The workshops are for those new to these topics, those with experience, and everyone in between.

The show also offers an electric car and bicycle show with state-of-the-art vehicles. Montana’s renewable energy companies will be on hand to present their offerings and answer questions. For kids, activities include the ever-popular miniature solar car races, building a solar oven, bouncy castle, face painting and more. Raffle prizes and a visit to the local solar house will complete the event.

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MRA approves funding to convert downtown streets to two-way traffic | Local News http://www.cyclingfan.org/mra-approves-funding-to-convert-downtown-streets-to-two-way-traffic-local-news/ Thu, 21 Jul 2022 23:15:00 +0000 http://www.cyclingfan.org/mra-approves-funding-to-convert-downtown-streets-to-two-way-traffic-local-news/ A long-planned but highly complex effort to convert two of downtown Missoula’s main streets from one-way to two-way traffic received a big boost in public funding Thursday. The Missoula Redevelopment Agency’s Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to commit $233,563 in tax increment funding for design work to determine how to convert Front and Main streets […]]]>

A long-planned but highly complex effort to convert two of downtown Missoula’s main streets from one-way to two-way traffic received a big boost in public funding Thursday.

The Missoula Redevelopment Agency’s Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to commit $233,563 in tax increment funding for design work to determine how to convert Front and Main streets to two-way traffic. Essentially, the money is for a “scope change and amendment” to the original contract the city signed with a local engineering firm.

The entire project is expected to cost between $8 million and $9 million, and some of the planning funds will come from three urban renewal districts that encompass parts of downtown. The agency has the discretion to use new property taxes in neighborhoods generated by new developments. To pay for the entire project, the city will need to use a combination of sources, including federal infrastructure funds. No exact timeline for the project is yet in place as the designs are not complete.

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“Converting Front and Main streets to two-way traffic has been a top priority in both downtown master plans,” MRA Director Ellen Buchanan explained. emphasis on bicycles, pedestrians and public transport.

Protected bike lanes on the northern part of Higgins were a direct result of recommendations from the 2009 plan, she noted.

Buchanan said the community has wanted to convert the streets for decades. One-way streets are confusing for drivers and pedestrians, especially non-locals, and cause accidents and many safety issues.

“Frankly, one-way streets were designed in the days of urban flight when people worked downtown and the purpose of life was to get out of downtown as fast as possible at 5 a.m. afternoon, so you did one-way streets,” Buchanan said. “Since then, cities have been wrestling with how to return to two-way streets and how they work best.”

Buchanan said it’s complicated for planners to find a way to get enough bike lanes on streets without eliminating parking, which most downtown businesses won’t tolerate.

She said a good compromise so far has been to put protected one-way bike lanes on Front and Main, so cyclists only travel in one direction on each street. There is no perfect solution to accommodate bicycle traffic, parking, drivers and businesses, she noted.

“It’s been a challenge because like every street out there, we’re trying to fit a size 10 foot into a size 5 shoe and somebody’s going to lose a toe somewhere,” Buchanan said. “So we keep having these ‘face ’em’ meetings where everyone sits down and puts their interests on the table and we find where the trade-offs are and we’ve done that on this project.”

The change in scope approved on Thursday means that the initial plans have been modified. From now on, the protected bike lanes will no longer be on Broadway, but on Front and Main streets.

Buchanan said city officials are planning major redevelopment of the waterfront triangle in the future, so they need to make sure roads in this area can handle additional traffic.

“We now have a different group of developers who seem to have a pretty strong interest in developing the property,” Buchanan explained.

There will be a virtual traffic simulation produced to show all the different interested parties how things will work, which will be posted on EngageMissoula.com in the near future.

Conversion project planners must also ensure that there is adequate planning for residents of the Kiwanis Park neighborhood, as a road leading to this neighborhood is private property and the owner is unwilling to to change.

Buchanan said a plan to redesign Higgins Avenue south of the river is underway with lots of public comment. Most people want to have three lanes of traffic with protected bike lanes while maintaining on-street parking. Mountain Line, Missoula’s free public bus system, also concentrates transit on Front Street and has several stops in the area.

“It is exciting to realize that the Front and Main project has truly become the backbone that connects several important downtown projects in a cohesive way,” Buchanan wrote in a memo to the agency’s board. “The increased reach needed to get this done right doesn’t come cheap, but the staff is convinced it’s necessary if we are to maximize our downtown investments.”

She said the current plan should improve traffic flow downtown.

“The revised project now provides excellent east/west cycling facilities (currently non-existent), significant investment in the eastern part of the city center which saw limited investment when it was part of Urban Renewal District I, facilitation waterfront triangle development and improvements that benefit our waterfront parks and trails,” she wrote.

The Montana Department of Transportation is also reviewing the plans. Buchanan also said a traffic light may need to be installed at the intersection of Madison and Front streets.

“I think there are a lot of good things in this application and I’m glad we’re adding them to the scope of service here,” said board member Ruth Reineking.

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EagleBank provides financing – GuruFocus.com http://www.cyclingfan.org/eaglebank-provides-financing-gurufocus-com/ Mon, 18 Jul 2022 10:02:48 +0000 http://www.cyclingfan.org/eaglebank-provides-financing-gurufocus-com/ BETHESDA, Maryland, July 18 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EagleBank, one of the largest community banks in the Washington, D.C. area, today announced that it has provided financing to Perseus TDC, Transwestern Development Company and Griffin Capital for the construction of Residencies at The Six (“The Six”)a 7-story, 313,972 square foot, 316 unit apartment complex […]]]>

BETHESDA, Maryland, July 18 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EagleBank, one of the largest community banks in the Washington, D.C. area, today announced that it has provided financing to Perseus TDC, Transwestern Development Company and Griffin Capital for the construction of Residencies at The Six (“The Six”)a 7-story, 313,972 square foot, 316 unit apartment complex located in Hyattsville, MD in Prince George’s County.

Due for completion in late summer 2024, the property is located inside the Capital Beltway at 6400 America Boulevard, Hyattsville, in vibrant downtown college. The building is designed for National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Gold certification and will feature 2,052 square feet of retail on the ground floor and a 276-space above-ground parking garage. Amenities will include a top floor pool deck and recreation area, a 2-level fitness center, an interior courtyard with seating, grills and fireplaces, a refrigerated fitness room, a storage room, a pet spa and bike storage.

A short walk from the University of Maryland and close to the Discovery District, a public-private research center, The six is located in a thriving community with easy access to public transportation – just ¼ mile from Prince George’s Plaza subway (green/yellow lines), employment hubs, educational and cultural institutions and other amenities that enhance life.

“As a trusted community lender, EagleBank is committed to providing tailored solutions to our clients across all industries and markets,” said Ryan Riel, executive vice president and chief mortgage lender. “We are proud to be part of such an exciting project in the heart of one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in Prince George’s County.

“We are proud that The six has achieved the three goals of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, which together aim to provide much-needed housing in areas considered ‘hubs of activity,'” said Nihar Shah, vice president of development at Perseus TDC. “The project also injects capital investment into an area the federal government has designated as an opportunity zone, helping to achieve regional and national goals.”

The transaction was facilitated by members of EagleBank’s experienced commercial real estate team, including Senior Vice President and Chief Market Officer Barb Mackin, and Portfolio Manager Michael Scarpaci.

About Eagle Bancorp, Inc. and EagleBank
Eagle Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company of EagleBank, which began operations in 1998. EagleBank is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, and operates comprehensive commercial banking services through 17 offices, located in suburban, Maryland, Washington , DC and Northern Virginia. EagleBank is focused on building relationships with businesses, professionals and individuals in its market.

About Perseus TDC
Perseus TDC, a subsidiary of Transwestern Development Company, invests alongside its financial partners in well-located properties in the Washington, D.C. metro area, adding value through planning, design, risk management and operations qualified. The company draws on the expertise of its leaders in the development of offices, hospitality, multi-family, retail and mixed-use properties, honed through decades of experience. Based in Washington, DC, Perseus TDC exercises the capabilities of a national company with the dexterity of a local developer. Visit perseustdc.com for more information.

About Griffin Capital Company

Griffin Capital is a leading alternative investment asset manager headquartered in El Segundo, California. Founded in 1995, Griffin Capital has owned, managed, sponsored or co-sponsored investment programs representing approximately $22 billion in assets.1 The firm’s senior executives and employees have co-invested more than $300 million in various investment verticals, aligning Griffin Capital’s interests with those of its more than 200,000 investors. The firm leverages the breadth and depth of its cycle-tested investment management teams to capitalize on long-term economic trends and secular growth opportunities in the real estate industry through direct investment strategies.

1Includes total estimated project costs for assets under construction.

Additional information is available at: www.griffincapital.com.

About Transwestern Development Company
Transwestern Development Company (TDC®) creates value by executing development projects for itself, its partners and valued customers across the United States. Part of the Transwestern Companies, the diversified firm develops logistics, multi-family, office, mixed-use and healthcare properties, with a pipeline of projects underway or completed since 2012 exceeding $7.1 billion.

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New West Fargo Fire Headquarters on track for spring completion – InForum http://www.cyclingfan.org/new-west-fargo-fire-headquarters-on-track-for-spring-completion-inforum/ Wed, 13 Jul 2022 11:01:00 +0000 http://www.cyclingfan.org/new-west-fargo-fire-headquarters-on-track-for-spring-completion-inforum/ WEST FARGO – A fairly dry summer allowed work on the new West Fargo Fire Department headquarters to proceed on schedule. The new headquarters at 1201 10th Ave. E. is estimated to be around $18.5 million, nearly double his original estimate of $10 million. It will be funded by the capital improvement sales tax, cash […]]]>

WEST FARGO – A fairly dry summer allowed work on the new West Fargo Fire Department headquarters to proceed on schedule.

The new headquarters at 1201 10th Ave. E. is estimated to be around $18.5 million, nearly double his original estimate of $10 million. It will be funded by the capital improvement sales tax, cash reserves and a $10 million bond.

Headquarters will house new, additional full-time crews to reduce response times and reduce fire casualties in West Fargo. Currently, all full-time crews are based at West Fargo Fire Department South Station, with only part-time crews servicing the leased North Station.

The West Fargo Fire Department has leased North Station, where the administrative offices are located, from the West Fargo Rural Fire Department since 2017. The offices will be moved from the station to 106 1st St., and the Rural Dept. will keep the old station after the city moves.

“This new headquarters will allow our department to reduce response times to better serve West Fargo residents,” said Fire Chief Dan Fuller.

The teams inaugurated the project in May and it should be finished in the spring.

An architect’s rendering of the new West Fargo Fire Headquarters to be built in 2022.

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West Fargo is working on the rehabilitation of the city’s sanitary sewer collection system and a new multi-use bike path in the older part of town.

Severe deterioration of the manholes on the north side of the sewer system prompted the city to undertake the $4.6 million project.

The teams are working on around 40 looks this summer. Twenty will be coated with an epoxy coating, while the other 20 will be reinforced with inserts.

The city pointed out that work on the manholes is being paid for through the city’s capital improvement sales tax and sewer service rates rather than special assessments, part of West Fargo’s efforts to reduce the use of special assessments through strategic planning, funding and policy development.

Also on the city’s agenda this year is the extension of a north-south bike and pedestrian path from Seventh Avenue East to Main Avenue near the city post office.

Assistant city engineer Jerrold Wallace said it was one of the first such trails in the older part of town.

Last year, the first phase was to build the 10-foot trail from 13th Avenue to 7th Avenue partially through Service Club Park. The trail runs along the drainage ditch near Fourth Street East.

The trail connects to others in the city and is paid for with a $290,000 grant from the North Dakota Department of Transportation, with the rest of the $632,000 project coming from the sales tax improvement fund. city ​​assets. There are no special assessments involved.

Another infrastructure project is scheduled for later this summer and involves city-wide concrete repairs of deteriorated panels, extending the life of pavements.

The largest sign replacement will take place on Ninth Street near West Fargo High School. It will take about eight weeks and will affect traffic.

Due to extreme weather conditions, First Avenue East was scheduled to close on Monday, July 11, between Fifth Street East and Sixth Street East, for concrete repairs due to the road buckling. Repairs should be complete by Monday, July 25, depending on weather conditions.

Road buckling can occur when the air temperature changes from moderate to extreme heat. The higher the temperature, the more the pavement material expands, resulting in warping.

Ninth Street Northwest will be closed Wednesday, July 13 through Tuesday, July 19, from Main Avenue West to Second Avenue Northwest for waterline upgrades. Traffic will detour to Center Street and 12th Avenue NW.

The improvements will continue a project launched in 2021 to replace the isolated water main in the area with an appropriately sized loop water main for improved capacity. Looping the main water line provides multiple routes in the distribution system to improve water pressure.

The project estimate is just over $1 million and is partially funded by the North Dakota State Water Commission grant. The rest of the funding will come from water utility revenues and capital improvement sales tax. The project will not use special assessments.

2nd Avenue East will close as of Monday, July 18, between

Fifth

East Street and

Seventh

East Street, for asphalt repairs. Repairs should be complete by Wednesday, July 20, depending on weather conditions. Residential access will be maintained.

Journalist Barry Amundson contributed to this report.

Readers can contact West Fargo editor Wendy Reuer at

wreuer@forumcomm.com

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Ajith Kumar heads to Paris after his London bike trip http://www.cyclingfan.org/ajith-kumar-heads-to-paris-after-his-london-bike-trip/ Mon, 11 Jul 2022 12:13:34 +0000 http://www.cyclingfan.org/ajith-kumar-heads-to-paris-after-his-london-bike-trip/ As you may already know, Ajith Kumar is currently enjoying his European bike tour, and after stopping in London, he will continue to Paris. Recently, a video of Thala visiting the Eiffel Tower made the rounds on social media. While there, the actor spoke with a few fans and even signed one of their football […]]]>

As you may already know, Ajith Kumar is currently enjoying his European bike tour, and after stopping in London, he will continue to Paris. Recently, a video of Thala visiting the Eiffel Tower made the rounds on social media. While there, the actor spoke with a few fans and even signed one of their football shirts. Ever since Ajith Kumar went on vacation with his bike, the internet has been flooded with exciting updates.

Before that, a photo of him standing with a small fan went viral online and, as always, he looked lively. He has already been seen in London in a food mall. He also traded with the trader.

In terms of work, Ajith Kumar’s next film, tentatively titled AK61, is being directed by H. Vinoth. The most recent rumor regarding this highly anticipated project is that the title and the first trailer of the film will be released on August 13 this year. Nothing, however, has been verified.

Samuthirakani, John Kokken and Kavin also play prominent roles in the film, which stars Manju Warrier as the leading lady opposite Ajith Kumar. The filmmakers are likely to travel to Pune to begin shooting the film’s second schedule after the actor returns to the country. After that, Chennai is supposed to host the third and final schedule for AK61.

In addition to this, Ajith Kumar has also teamed up with filmmaker Vignesh Shivan for the venture titled AK62. Anirudh Ravichander is on the AK 62 team as music director and the Lyca Productions banner is funding the venture.

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Norm Dean remembered for his contributions to Greeley, his compassion for others – Greeley Tribune http://www.cyclingfan.org/norm-dean-remembered-for-his-contributions-to-greeley-his-compassion-for-others-greeley-tribune/ Sat, 09 Jul 2022 05:07:53 +0000 http://www.cyclingfan.org/norm-dean-remembered-for-his-contributions-to-greeley-his-compassion-for-others-greeley-tribune/ Norm Dean is remembered by friends and community leaders in Greeley as someone people could truly look up to. Wes Sargent, in fact, grew up hearing his mother say, “You stand up straight like Norm Dean,” before leaving home. “He stood out in every room. When he walked in, you knew who Norm Dean was,” […]]]>

Norm Dean is remembered by friends and community leaders in Greeley as someone people could truly look up to.

Wes Sargent, in fact, grew up hearing his mother say, “You stand up straight like Norm Dean,” before leaving home.

“He stood out in every room. When he walked in, you knew who Norm Dean was,” Sargent said. “His good posture was just a trademark.”

Dean, a former banker, vice chairman of the city’s 1958 Charter for Home Rule committee and World War II veteran, died June 27 of heart disease at the age of 102. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Bonnie, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Sargent, whose mother was the same age as Dean, said Dean was “always one of those guys who knew you”. Dean moved to Greeley in 1946 with his first wife, Margaret – who was Sargent’s Sunday school teacher – and joined his stepfather at the Hibbs men’s clothing store, where Sargent remembers his parents and his grandparents were shopping and getting to know Dean.

Eleven years later, Dean was invited to join the board of directors of Weld County Bank and began his 28-year career in banking. He became CEO and President of United Bank of Greeley, served as a board member and president of the Colorado Bankers Association, and as a board member of the American Bankers Association.

Sargent’s grandparents financed their farm through the bank, where Sargent said he met Dean.

In 1968 Dean oversaw the design and construction of a building for the United Bank which now serves as Greeley’s town hall, as well as an annex also owned by the town and housing the office of Becky Safarik, director municipal deputy, who came to know Dean as a bank president and later as a member of the Greeley Water and Sewer Board as well as a member of the Greeley Rotary Club.

“He was deeply engaged and passionate about his community and tried to make decisions that were for his betterment,” Safarik said.

GREELEY, CO – NOVEMBER 17: Greeley Town Hall, located at 1000 10th St., is seen at sunset in downtown Greeley on November 17, 2021. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)

In addition to serving on the original committee that crafted the city’s Home Rule charter, Dean served on the committee that updated the charter in 2009, Safarik said. Harold Evans, chairman of the Greeley Water and Sewer Board, said Dean’s work on the town’s charter helped lay the groundwork for the town’s water management, with the charter establishing the council of the water and sewage.

“We have to give a lot of credit to Norm and his contemporaries at this time for the way they structured Greeley’s governmental constitution,” Evans said.

Dean then served on the board for 15 years, running at the suggestion of WD Farr, who had already established a reputation in local water affairs. At this time the council passed the Water Master Plan 2003, acquired significant water rights and began construction of the 60 inch treated water main which carries water to Greeley from Bellvue.

“He was one of those people it was always a pleasure to work with. He was always friendly,” Evans said. “And you could always count on him. If you had a project, you could always count on Norm to help you.

Roy Otto, director of development at the Weld Trust and former city manager, was a benefactor of Dean’s aid, receiving a Norm Dean scholarship while in high school. Otto had decided in high school that he wanted to be a city manager and, after earning a master’s degree in public administration from the University of South Florida, returned in 1999 to start a job as an assistant city manager, becoming a city manager six years later. late.

When Otto moved into his first office with the city, he said he had a “surreal” moment – he realized that was where he had interviewed for the scholarship. As City Manager, Otto also served on the Water and Sewer Board alongside Dean.

“It’s kind of a Greeley story, the way I see it. The community is pretty well connected,” Otto said.

Otto helped oversee the development of a city program to facilitate high school internships and saw Dean and his wife at a fundraiser for the program after the DoubleTree Hotel opened downtown. Seeing Dean there reminded Otto of Dean’s impact on his own career and his motivation to help the next generation.

Jean Morrell, former dean of students at the University of Northern Colorado, said Dean is always looking to the future. Dean once told the Rotary Club how he traveled in a biplane with his father’s $1, Morrell said, and several years later crossed the ocean in the supersonic Concorde.

“Even though he had a lot of memories of the past, he always looked forward to the future,” Morrell said.

Dean, whose interests ranged from cultural events and travel to sports and dancing, was the kind of person who always cared about others and remembered details. Morrell said his mind was as “sharp as a tac” even at 102 years old.

Sargent said he thought Dean was in good spirits from the start. In addition to funding Sargent’s father’s bank and Sargent’s first bicycle, Dean sponsored a city league basketball team through the bank, Sargent recalled.

“He really set an example for all of us on how to really be an active member of our community,” Evans said.

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A stretch of downtown Lincoln sidewalk gets a makeover | local government http://www.cyclingfan.org/a-stretch-of-downtown-lincoln-sidewalk-gets-a-makeover-local-government/ Thu, 07 Jul 2022 02:00:00 +0000 http://www.cyclingfan.org/a-stretch-of-downtown-lincoln-sidewalk-gets-a-makeover-local-government/ Sidewalks and curbs along a stretch of 14th Street in downtown Lincoln are getting a facelift, improvements that will be paid for with tax increase funding from a 14-year-old project year. City council recently approved a resolution to extend TIF — a financing tool that allows future property taxes generated by redevelopment to pay certain […]]]>

Sidewalks and curbs along a stretch of 14th Street in downtown Lincoln are getting a facelift, improvements that will be paid for with tax increase funding from a 14-year-old project year.

City council recently approved a resolution to extend TIF — a financing tool that allows future property taxes generated by redevelopment to pay certain costs — on a project first approved in 2008.

Next, the city authorized $764,000 in TIF for the Lincoln Flats/Bank of the West project to renovate a commercial building at 1314 O St. into first-floor commercial space and 24 condominiums. Lincoln Flats opened in 2013.

At the time, the city was more conservative in its use of TIF, in part because the city often held the notes on the loans, said Hallie Salem, redevelopment manager for the city’s urban development department.

Changes to how funding is set up and how future redevelopments are calculated now allow the developer to take on more risk, so city development directors asked – and city council approved – to allow up to $500,000 in additional TIFs.

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Council members Richard Meginnis and James Michael Bowers voted against the proposal. Meginnis said he viewed the move as a “money grab” by the city for something it didn’t need before. He said he didn’t pass the “but for” test – but for the money, the project wouldn’t happen.

Salem said she understands Meginnis’ concerns, but said streetscapes were identified early on in the Lincoln Flats project, but because the city was trying to be conservative, removed those improvements from the list. priorities.

Now the money will be used to improve the sidewalk and curbs on the west side of 14th Street along the University Square parking garage. The ground floor of the garage was once a drive-thru for Bank of the West, but is now used for parking.

A developer plans to turn this first-floor parking lot into commercial space, and the city’s sidewalk upgrades would go along with it, Salem said.

Further streetscape improvements could be made to the exterior of condominiums along the north side of O Street between 13th and 14th Streets and one lane north of Lincoln Flats.

In more general terms, the improvements are part of the Downtown Core Corridor Project, an ambitious project to revitalize the main entrances and streetscapes of the downtown core. Part of that is creating a music district, which will likely involve this stretch of 14th Street.

Planners approve O Street projects in Lincoln

Apartments planned as part of O Street redevelopment in Lincoln

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Ned Lamont now has the support of a super PAC, although it is unclear to what extent http://www.cyclingfan.org/ned-lamont-now-has-the-support-of-a-super-pac-although-it-is-unclear-to-what-extent/ Sun, 03 Jul 2022 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.cyclingfan.org/ned-lamont-now-has-the-support-of-a-super-pac-although-it-is-unclear-to-what-extent/ As a super PAC attacks Governor Ned Lamont on TV, the Democratic Governors Association registered its own PAC in Connecticut this week, a necessary first step if the DGA is to defend the Democratic incumbent. The DGA declined Thursday to discuss its plans or budget for Stronger CT, a super PAC registered Wednesday with no […]]]>

As a super PAC attacks Governor Ned Lamont on TV, the Democratic Governors Association registered its own PAC in Connecticut this week, a necessary first step if the DGA is to defend the Democratic incumbent.

The DGA declined Thursday to discuss its plans or budget for Stronger CT, a super PAC registered Wednesday with no mention of its affiliation. But it is chaired by Andrew Whalen, who oversees the DGA’s independent spending.

Treasurer Bernadette Hennessy is the chief financial officer of Mission Control Inc., a Democratic direct mail consulting firm. Past clients include Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016.


Four years ago, the DGA played only a modest role in Connecticut, where there was no incumbent to defend and the Democratic candidate was Lamont, a wealthy self-financer with a $15 million budget and little need for external support.

Now Republican Bob Stefanowski has deposited $10 million into his own campaign account, and two independent spending groups are helping the GOP with digital and TV ads opposing Lamont.

One such group, CT Truth PAC, ran an ad blaming Lamont on high gas prices and ending with a quirky slogan: “Tired of being beeped at the pump? Fire Ned Lamont.

The announcement suggests passing legislation legalizing recreational cannabis in 2021, which was supported by the public, was more of a priority than gasoline prices in 2022.

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Meet Sky McLean, founder of Western Canada’s fastest growing hospitality brand. – Women of influence http://www.cyclingfan.org/meet-sky-mclean-founder-of-western-canadas-fastest-growing-hospitality-brand-women-of-influence/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 01:59:46 +0000 http://www.cyclingfan.org/meet-sky-mclean-founder-of-western-canadas-fastest-growing-hospitality-brand-women-of-influence/ Sky McLean is a canadian entrepreneur in the hotel space who built a successful empire with his business Basecamp Resorts, a company that offers modern boutique hotels in locations across Alberta and British Columbia. After earning his MBA in Real Estate from York University’s Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Sky moved to Calgary, Alberta […]]]>

Sky McLean is a canadian entrepreneur in the hotel space who built a successful empire with his business Basecamp Resorts, a company that offers modern boutique hotels in locations across Alberta and British Columbia. After earning his MBA in Real Estate from York University’s Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Sky moved to Calgary, Alberta to work with a local developer. There, Sky became interested in Airbnb’s business model and managed to secure a bank loan to open its first mountain hotel. Since then, Sky and his team have succeeded in making Basecamp Resorts the fastest growing hotel brand in Western Canada. Currently, Basecamp Resorts operates seven modern mountain boutique hotels and Sky plans to open six more locations over the next three years.

My very first job was… Childcare to 12 years old, every day after school. It was for a family with three children, two dogs, two turtles and a cat. I took care of homework, piano lessons, dates with friends and just about everything else in between! It was a mess!

I first became interested in real estate when… I was a child. My parents liked to watch open houses and I got dragged along with them.

I decided to become an entrepreneur because… I was frustrated with the way other people did things and the way they planned to do business. I thought there was a better way.

I decided to launch my first mountain boutique hotel, Basecamp Resorts, in 2017 because… I believe in the home away from home model. It’s the best way to travel. I was and still am on a quest to brand what I offer with Basecamp Resorts – we provide guests with all the comforts of home in our suites like kitchens, living areas, washer/dryers and multiple bedrooms , but we also have all the amenities and conveniences of a hotel like 24-hour concierges, room cleaning services, hot tubs, and more.

I developed the Basecamp Resorts brand because… I believe that the modern traveler has a desire to stay in this type of establishment, where they feel at home while traveling. Canada is home to some of the most scenic mountain destinations in the world, and I want to provide meaningful experiences for people who come to explore and have adventures in these beautiful communities, from couples to groups of friends to families.

“If I had to choose one thing that has helped me succeed, it would be the fact that I am royally determined to grow this business no matter what.”

I am passionate about hospitality because… I enjoy traveling the world while having the comforts of home while I’m away. I always knew that I wanted to offer this experience to all my guests.

My proudest accomplishment is… Have my two children. In business, he would open the doors to the first Basecamp Resorts property in Canmore in August 2017.

My biggest setback was… Getting debt financing for my first Basecamp Resorts property.

I overcame it by… Persevering.

My advice for budding entrepreneurs is… Listen to your heart and guts, and don’t let anyone influence you on what to do if it’s not what you really think is right.

The only advice I give that I have trouble following myself is… There are times when you have to say no to a deal.

What I love most about what I do is… The people; from working daily with my incredibly talented team to meeting all of the wonderful guests who stay with us.

If I had to pick one thing that helped me succeed, it would be… The fact that I am royally determined to grow this business no matter what.

If you Googled me, you still wouldn’t know… I cycled 8,000 km across Canada on a road bike.

I remain inspired by….. To continue having my passions outside of the company, such as mountain biking and skiing.

The future excites me because… I love what I do and who I do it with.

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The Power of the Old (COLUMN BY DAVID NEESE) – Trentonian http://www.cyclingfan.org/the-power-of-the-old-column-by-david-neese-trentonian/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 20:12:05 +0000 http://www.cyclingfan.org/the-power-of-the-old-column-by-david-neese-trentonian/ “Old Guys Rule!” So says the T-shirt an old man wears as he stands in front of the bar. “And you?” it is asked. “Do you govern under your own roof? Now tell the truth. “Well no.” said the old man thinking. “I’m number three, actually. Behind the woman and the dog…. A distant number […]]]>

“Old Guys Rule!”

So says the T-shirt an old man wears as he stands in front of the bar.

“And you?” it is asked. “Do you govern under your own roof? Now tell the truth.

“Well no.” said the old man thinking. “I’m number three, actually. Behind the woman and the dog…. A distant number three, ”he adds after reflection.

The old guys might not exactly be in power, but they’re certainly prevalent in the news, with Joe Biden nearing 80 and falling down the stairs from Air Force I and his bike.

Old maids are also making headlines. Don’t forget the Machiavellian ditz, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, second in the line of presidential succession, four points plus two, because Abe Lincoln could politely count his age.

Republicans like to point to Biden as a cataclysmic codger, but they’ve also had their elders with challenges.

Indeed, you could say they pioneered the concept of Old Guys Rule, first with former general, Ike Eisenhower, and then with former Gipper, Ronald Reagan. The two must have wondered as president if their fastball had lost its zip.

Wherever you look in Washington today, you see men getting out of big black chauffeured vehicles. Today’s top Republican on Capitol Hill, Senator Mitch “The Turtle” McConnell, is on his 81st lap around the sun.

Then there’s the Great Orange Menace, at 76, not spring chicken itself, as they say.

Abundant in girth, the hyperactive, pugnacious, insult-throwing Trump, scolding Big Macs and guzzling sodas contrary to all health advice, seems to defy actuarial charts.

“If only the aging process imposed constraints on this fool,” says one detractor.

But alas, the years only seem to make Trump more obnoxious and combative – something like how the Greek mythological figure Antaeus grew stronger in battle when he was knocked to the ground.

The call of the elders clearly indicates a kind of geezerarchy or gerontocracy.

The nation’s law enforcement chief, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, is heading towards 70, and the Senate’s top dog, Democrat Chuck Schumer, isn’t a puppy either at 71 .

Grandmother-like Treasury Secretary Janet Yelin, 76, is given the mission of slaying the dragon of inflation and financing the gargantuan national debt.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell knocks on the 70-year-old’s door. Senior Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is 74.

Former President Jimmy Carter, 97, and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, 99, are on the sidelines but prone, as the old are, to ring the bell whenever the mood strikes them.

Bill Clinton, soon to be 76, and his wife Hillary, 74, also like to pop in occasionally, reminding people they still exist. (Obama,
still wet behind the ears, comparatively speaking, is old enough for AARP at 60 but not quite eminence-grie status yet.)

Old age is a subject on which I have some personal knowledge, should I say in full transparency.

The year I was born, the Reds won the World Series from the Tigers in seven years, Indiana beat Kansas for the college basketball national championship, Hemingway released his novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls, and the hot names on Broadway was Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.

In the years since, the elderly have become a powerful political demographic, and I include myself in the ranks of the most feared interest groups – the “seniors”. No one dares play a joke on us.

Uh, well, at least so far they haven’t.

Joe Biden with his squinty Mr. Magoo routine and his nose-dived poll numbers may be changing all that. There are open grumblings now that Biden’s tenure is starting to look like a dumpster fire and his age is a factor.

Being “an old man,” as Biden puts it of himself, he has numbers on his side — apparently. There are 49 million seniors in America, and their ranks are growing rapidly.

From 2010 to 2020, the ranks of people aged 65 to 74 increased by 34%, while whippersnappers aged 18 and under decreased by 1.5%.

Thanks to Social Security and Medicare, the elderly are by far the most voracious consumers of taxpayers’ money, although they are quick to point out that they have paid into these programs. for decades.

Having time off – not long-term, perhaps, but short-term – geezers vote. And they do it in large numbers. And they have, arguably, Washington’s most feared lobby — the 38 million-member AARP, which shrewdly enlists those over 50 to boost its ranks.

But do such numbers increase Joe Biden’s prospects? Or undermine them? Questionable.

Biden likes to take a quick jog across the White House lawn to the Marine 1 helicopter, just to show off his vigour. But are the president’s colleagues impressed?

Maybe not. One thing old people know well is being old. Many can see Biden taking his little jog and saying, “Boy, he’s going to be in pain tomorrow.”

Fox News avidly chronicles Biden’s blunders and fumbling, gleefully attributing his misrepresentations and missteps to his over-the-hill status. But even Democrats are starting to factor in Biden’s advanced mileage.

Offering a kind of compromise assessment on the age issue, Atlantic magazine, a reliable source of progressive doctrine, recently said that Biden is okay for now but definitely not for a second term.

“He’s too old,” writer Mark Leibovich said, cutting to the chase.

His Atlantic article waved a snarling finger at Republican “smears” regarding Biden’s age. Depictions of him as “a spoiled old puppet” are “rubbish” and best ignored, Leibovich advised.

Whereupon, however, the writer began ticking off a list of damning cognitive dysfunctions — barely a vote of confidence — including, he said, Biden’s propensity to blank names, lose his train of thought, to merge even with his teleprompter lines and deviate from the script to rambling nonsense.

It boils down to this: Democrats are in a difficult position that many American families know all too well. How to tell Grandpa that he has to stop driving?

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