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Bloomington To Consider Restrictions For Downtown Development

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The changes would regulate the interim period between now and the adoption of the city's Comprehensive Plan.

Bloomington city leaders want tightened regulations for new developments due to residents’ concerns over a rapidly-growing downtown.

The city wants to regulate downtown density and the heights of buildings. The proposed changes to Title 20 of city code would deny most new construction over three stories.

Developments at the same height as buildings like the Graduate Hotel and the currently in-development Urban Station 2 would no longer be allowed under the proposal.

If approved, the changes would remain in place until the city adopts an updated Unified Development Ordinance next year.

City Communications Director Mary Catherine Carmichael says Mayor John Hamilton made the changes a priority when he started campaigning for office in 2015.

“A very consistent concern that he’s heard from residents is the size and number and location of typically student housing projects going on in the downtown area,” she says.

The Bloomington Plan Commission will hear the proposals on December 11th.

Memo to Plan Commission: Interim Downtown Changes by Indiana Public Media News on Scribd

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  • AH

    Too little too late. The Graduate Hotel is already going up, blotting out the sun, and providing parking for only 30% of its guests and 5 of its employees. Why are taxpayers being asked to pay for The Graduate Hotel’s parking needs? Because this means the CEO’s can have move money. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is about economic development for Bloomington; this is about nothing other than greed. This is the same reason the city is considering a 1% tax on all dining out in Bloomington – to fund a major expansion to the Convention Center. What’s the matter? Are the owners of the Convention Center not wealthy enough to fund the expansion themselves? Quite the contrary. They are the elite, ultra-wealthy and they are greedy and powerful; so they will get the little guy to pay for the expansion and make them even wealthier. Wake up people. Until we “little guys” start saying “no” to these big bullies, we will continue making ourselves their door mats.

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