The Bloomington Common Council discussed last night an ordinance to develop a seven acre wooded plot in Bloomington’s west side into 35 Habitat for Humanity homes.
The project, developed over the last three years, is part of Monroe County Habitat for Humanity’s plan to eliminate poverty housing in Bloomington. Habitat’s petitioners say that this project will help stabilize the neighborhood as well as neighborhood schools by making some transitory residents permanent ones.
Most public comment was in favor of the development, except a few people that were concerned about the environmental consequences of clearing the trees.
The council took a preliminary vote, and the council had 3 yes, 1 no and 5 passes. The council decided to revisit the project with more discussion and evaluation.
Council member-at-large Susan Sandberg knows where she stands on the issue but conceded that more discussion was needed.
“The greater good for me at this stage in the discussion is to support Habitat for Humanity in this PUD project, although my vote tonight was a pass, because of course, the lateness of the hour did cause many questions to be left on the table,” Sandberg said.
Kerry Thomson, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity in Monroe County was satisfied with the outcome.
“This is another step forward in the public process in getting a great neighborhood for habitat families,” Thomson said.
The land in consideration is south of the intersection of Diamond Street and West Cottage Grove Avenue in downtown Bloomington.
The council will discuss the project again on March 12, and the final vote will be March 26.