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Hildebrandt - to persons night to- g h broken A progressive...
to persons night to- g h broken A progressive report in itself -- the city's "Workable Program for Community Improvement," prepared by the Department of Urban Improvement -- will be submitted today for City Council approval. The program, which Commissioner of Urban Improvement George B. Schuster said during the weekend must he recertified by the regional administrator of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a condition of continued urban renewal aid each year, outlines progress made during the past year in even areas. These consist of codes and ordinances, comprehensive community planning, neighborhood analyses, administrative organization, financing, housing for displaced families and citizen participation. Referred to as a major factor in the 1966 accomplishment was the approval June 18 of the Downtown One urban renewal project. Mentioned as other milestones were the near completion of the MONY building and complex, beginning of construction of the Everson Museum of Fine,Arts, development of a general plan for the University Hill area, submission -at the year's end of the first hill project, announcement of five'proposed new developments, in downtown and the approval by Council- of the second project in Downtown On -- the Clinton Square redevelopment. The report noted progress in achieving some city goals was retarded because of shortage of federal funds. Cases mentioned in point were the Salina East project, Erie Industrial East project and the Southwest Quadrant General Neighborhood Plan (GNRP). A cutback in scope of the Clinton Square project also was attributed to monetary considerations. But the report noted the survey, and planning phase is proceeding and expectations are the city's objective of a revitalized central business district eventually will be realized. The objective of a modern and thriving University Hill area was given a boost with filing of a survey and planning application for the first project, Syracuse Hill. It was speculated new legislation, namely Model Cities, will permit the city to recast and raise its objectives in a more meaningful, and. significant way, in that a total coordinated attack can be made on urban problems which previously has not been possible. The city is preparing an application for planning funds to take advantage of this.legisla- tion. In the area of codes and ordinances 16,000 housing code inspections were made last year, planning goals under the comprehensive. community planning progressed. Well with near completion of the general plan and zoning rules and regulations and establishment of a planner training program, and in area of neighborhood analyses the Central Syracuse and University Hill Burned-Out Family of Six have updated the community renewal plan of 1964. The report said in this connection, "Certainly, nomination of Syracuse as a 'model city* and receipt of a planning grant will provide a basis for later action utilizing neighborhood analysis data." A major step in administrative organization was the creation of the position of director of community relations for the development and maintenance in urban renewal project areas of a closer liaison with neighborhood people. In financing, progress was shown in the achievement of capital improvement goals, including a considerable amount of construction which involved schools, recreational' facilities, street resurfacing, construction of a major facility for the Department of Fire, Public Works and Major Maintenance and' major public improvements linked with urban renewal projects. Achievements in housing for displaced families included completion of arrangmements for the Department of Urban Improvement to perform relocation and property management functions for the new hospital project of the State Department of Mental Hygiene. The department also is ·working with 22 families obliged to relocate because of highway construction. A significant objective for the'coming year, spoken of in the program, is in area of new housing resources. : Contemplated is a groundbreaking for Mulberry Square, a moderate income housing project to utilize part of the cleared Near East Side land. Also mentioned was progress concerning the construction of Toomey-Abbott Towers, a Syracuse Housing Authority project, designed specifically for elderly persons. Plans of the Citizens' Council on Urban Renewal to make studies of possible consolidation of governmental departments, tax relief for certain redeyelopments and the model cities' grant were revealed in outlining that .element of the program dealing with citizen participation. Directing the preparation of the workable program -- first certified in 1958 and since re- certified six times -^ was Deputy Commissioner' of Urban Improvement John W. Hildebrandt, who has the departmental assignment of coordinating workable program activities.

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  1. The Post-Standard,
  2. 27 Feb 1967, Mon,
  3. Page 35

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