22 hours ago

Updated 6 min ago

More Subsidized Housing in Humboldt

Many of you may have seen this already but I wanted to post it so that people can comment. My first thought is that I have seen other articles that say the building will be 60 feet tall and 4 stories. If each floor is ten feet high, wouldn't that make the building 40 feet tall? Then I see the picture and it is 5 stories tall. Either way it is too tall for a residential street.

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Many of you may have seen this already but I wanted to post it so that people can comment. My first thought is that I have seen other articles that say the building will be 60 feet tall and 4 stories. If each floor is ten feet high, wouldn't that make the building 40 feet tall? Then I see the picture and it is 5 stories tall. Either way it is too tall for a residential street.

The article pulls at your heart strings by saying there are homeless veterans out there, but these are rentals. So how are the veterans that are homeless going to be able to rent here?

Also, it is being built once again by Hispanic Housing. Championed by the PR Agenda to shore up their voting base. Here it is

http://oururbantimes.com/health/new-affordable-housing-veterans-coming-west-town

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    No, It will be at Richmond between Cortez and Thomas, it is currently the site of two employee parking lots. Picture is a five story high building and will be like a sky scraper among the two flats there.

  • And ownership will mysteriously transfer after a period of time, like it did on the SRO at the corner of Christiana and Division. If experience has any bearing, it will transfer ownership in 7 years.

    Imagine the wealth that can be built owning a 48 unit building and not having...

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    And ownership will mysteriously transfer after a period of time, like it did on the SRO at the corner of Christiana and Division. If experience has any bearing, it will transfer ownership in 7 years.

    Imagine the wealth that can be built owning a 48 unit building and not having to pay property taxes...

    And the "use" of the building is wide open for re-interpretation with the transfer of new ownership. Any contract, covenants, agreements and understandings you have with the original owner will be null & void.

    So it could be PR Veterans for 7 years, and then 5 stories of who knows what thereafter.

    Good luck with that. I have posted previously about what the SRO mentioned above has sustained in my neighborhood. While the current management seems to be quite a bit better than it was a year ago, there are still at least one founding member of the Latin Kings living there & selling drugs. He is good at what he does, and it is difficult for the cops to catch him.

    The grandson or nephew of this guy was hyped up and did about $10,000 worth of damage to one of my neighbors cars a few years ago. My neighbor was woken up by a phone call from another neighbor telling him that someone was breaking into his car.

    He came out to discover that the thieves had pried the trunk lid open to steal the spare tire. They were trying to fit the stolen spare onto their car. They also did extensive damage to the dashboard and interior trying to steal the radio and speakers which were all destroyed.

    The spare they stole didn't even fit their car.

    The police showed up, there was blood and fingerprint evidence everywhere, and after my neighbor pressed charges, this LK living in the SRO came over and threatened his life. The kid is serving the tail end of his 5 years, but we are not looking forward to his jail graduation party.

    Our tax dollars hard at work.

    Currently LUCHA owns it, and uses the address 3339 W. Division, as well as 1152-1158 N. Division.

3 hours ago

Updated 9 min ago

Guy who walks around talking to himself, and when he sees me he calls me "White Trash"

Anybody seen or had an encounter with this guy, around the 1700 block of Spaulding? I believe he is Hispanic and in his 20's, and when confronted he starts to talk a bunch of $&it, even though he walks by me and calls me white trash. Its happened twice, and the second time I just let it go. I'm not really sure whats going on, and just wondered if anyone knew. I figured he's got some mental issues or something.

  • Sounds like a mentally unstable bigot, unless you are white trash than it was just an observation :-). Regardless I would avoid that individual.

  • Brandon G Brewer. Engineer. Human.

    I'm not, and I have. Thanks for the advice.

  • Brandon G Brewer. Engineer. Human.

    Also, its really hard to avoid him when I come out of my gate and hes walking in front of my house. It's just a really weird thing.

20 hours ago

Updated 57 min ago

General Bicycle Safety

Growing up in the big city has taught me a lot about safety while cycling in and around traffic. I have ridden through all neighborhoods in this city. I know it is hard to imagine doing so but I have been riding all around for 40 years and intend to do so for another 40.

Take side streets as much as possible especially during rush hour. Less exposure to heavy traffic is better. I have ridden on a majority of...

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Growing up in the big city has taught me a lot about safety while cycling in and around traffic. I have ridden through all neighborhoods in this city. I know it is hard to imagine doing so but I have been riding all around for 40 years and intend to do so for another 40.

Take side streets as much as possible especially during rush hour. Less exposure to heavy traffic is better. I have ridden on a majority of the main streets here in the city and even long distances, but always prefer to take side streets. The only time this does not apply for me is in the middle of the night when there is not much traffic, it is at those times that I prefer the major roads.

Don't wear headphones, it interferes with your personal awareness about your immediate situation. Ride with traffic, use hand signals, inform drivers where you are going. Make noise, keep an eye on upcoming parked cars for potential drivers coming out of the car or out of the parking spot. Wear bright clothes, wear a headlight, plus bike lights. Flash up coming parked cars to identify yourself. Flash on coming cars behind you.

After 40 years I find it safer to ride in the street than on the sidewalk. Especially at alleyways. The majority of drivers do not stop before the sidewalk when coming out of an alleyway, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE LEGALLY REQUIRED TO DO SO. This is where I have seen a majority of my accidents. Riding in the street in this situation allows for more time on both sides of the situation, you and the driver to spot each other. Typically the sidewalk is a blind corner to the driver and sometimes the pedestrian.

I personally only feel compelled to use bicycle helmets when I am doing off road riding. Here's why: LINK: http://www.bath.ac.uk/news/articles/releases/overtaking110906.html Posts are limited to 2000 characters, comment below.

Safe travels,

Wendel

  • Y_2_K I aspire to be who I am.

    Much of this is great. Headphones OMFG, what are people thinking.

    Last part though, totally bad advice. ALWAYS wear a helmet. ALWAYS. All it takes in one dinger to the head, like you come across an alley, car does too, doesn't stop, pushes you off your bike n you crack your head. Utter game over. Always wear a helmet.

Oct 17

Updated 1 hour ago

Norweigan Hospital try to change zoning for huge 4 story Housing Development

The Hispanic Housing Development Corporation together with the Norweigan-American Hospital Inc. has sent in an application for a change in zoning to build a hugh 60 feet high 4 story, 49 unit building in the middle of the neighborhood. If the hospital does this to one of its properties it can do it to other areas as well and the entire neighborhood will be blocked by huge unsightly buildings. This will bring down the property values for every property owner....

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The Hispanic Housing Development Corporation together with the Norweigan-American Hospital Inc. has sent in an application for a change in zoning to build a hugh 60 feet high 4 story, 49 unit building in the middle of the neighborhood. If the hospital does this to one of its properties it can do it to other areas as well and the entire neighborhood will be blocked by huge unsightly buildings. This will bring down the property values for every property owner. This company is, also, responsible for other ugly buildings in Humboldt Park.

The property is located at 1045 N Sacramento Avenue, 1049 N Francisco Ave. The building will include 49 affordable dwelling units, tenant ancilliary areas such as recreation areas and library as well as 42 exterior parking spaces. They want to change the zoning from 2 story houses and create this huge complex instead. I see this as a big problem.

The way to fight this rezoning is described in the following websites:

http://www.useful-community-development.org/re-zoning-opposition.html
http://real-estate-law.freeadvice.com/real-estate law/zoning/proposed_rezoning_change.htm
http://real-estate-law.freeadvice.com/real-estate-law/zoning/object_neighbor_zoning.htm

Let's keep this discussion ongoing on this site until this is resolved. Please tell others.

  • City Dude Living in Humboldt Park

    Why are the Hispanic Development Corporation's buildings ugly low income housing with huge structural problems?

    When I talked to the residents at PLAZA TAINO they were angry at the Hispanic Development Corporation which made them mention insights/rumors about the company's income and owner's profits. They wanted me to know that...

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    Why are the Hispanic Development Corporation's buildings ugly low income housing with huge structural problems?

    When I talked to the residents at PLAZA TAINO they were angry at the Hispanic Development Corporation which made them mention insights/rumors about the company's income and owner's profits. They wanted me to know that the Hispanic Development Corporation's owners made large amount of money on the resident's behalf. I have not checked this information but I will share what I heard and maybe someone knows weather this is facts or not.

    For development projects such as PLAZA TAINO and the new planned low income housing at 1045 N. Sacramento Avenue the Hispanic Development Corporation gets a fixed amount of money from the government based on the number of units they build. Every dollar they can save on building materials and construction work end up in the pocket of the owners of The Hispanic Development Corporation. The Hispanic Development Corporation is a not-for-profit corporation which means that the company does not make any money so the owners take out all profit as salaries. This means that the cheaper they can make a building the more money end up in their own pockets.

    Before the city decides what company should receive the development contract for veteran housing more companies should compete against the funding. The building will provide housing for veterans for 99 years and the Hispanic Development Corporation has a record of failure on all levels. In case the Hispanic Development Corporation wins the contract a smaller, less risky building would suit Hispanic Development Corporation's skills and management level better.

  • City Dude Living in Humboldt Park

    How does the Hispanic Development Corporation's owners make continuous high salaries year after years?

    The residents at PLAZA TAINO furthered to express their dissatisfaction about their building to include complaints about the owner's of the company. They explained how their rent ended up into the Hispanic Development Corporation owner's pockets....

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    How does the Hispanic Development Corporation's owners make continuous high salaries year after years?

    The residents at PLAZA TAINO furthered to express their dissatisfaction about their building to include complaints about the owner's of the company. They explained how their rent ended up into the Hispanic Development Corporation owner's pockets. As low income people the residents pay very little rent out of their own pockets. I do not know if the amount they mentioned is true because it sounded beyond my imagination. I was told that they pay something like $50 out of their own pocket and then the Hispanic Development Corporation bill the government for over $1000 in rent. (Does anybody have reliable numbers for this?)

    If this is true, or something close to it, I think that the Hispanic Development Corporation scam us all for charging premium rent for badly built housing that makes the residents sick. Remember that these buildings are planned to stand for 99 years and that the the Hispanic Development Corporation are being paid for high quality housing meant to stand the time and then they are paid to manage the property correctly year after year. However, they deliver cheaply made, badly designed buildings that fall apart just some few years after being built while making the residents sick. The city needs to stop the Hispanic Development Corporation from further contracts and funding because of fraud.

2 hours ago

If you lost keys on Humboldt Blvd...

Yesterday in the 1600 block, I have them. There are 3 keys & a Mariano's card on the key chain

2 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Any affordable vets that will do shots vaccines n emergencies for seizures?

Hi recently just found out my dog has epilepsy. I'm a city college graduate kid working part time who just coughed up 3,000 for er(life savings) I want to know of a vet that will do shots vaccines n real emergency procedures without forcing me to go in debt n if possible make payments as Banfield dropped the ball :(

  • They always need newspapers (and old towels) and thru out the year I drop off my newspapers...and I usually get a discounted office call....just an idea to save money. If you don't have a source (or get newspapers) I can pass mine over to you if they will discount your shots. (They don't take the glossy kind,,just news print.)

  • (I love my dog, too...)

2 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Division and Central Park / Grand Ave - Building

Does anyone know what they are doing with this building? I see they are adding trees to the parking lot, and maybe getting it ready to be re-surfaced. Just curious.

  • MANogueras HUMBOLDT PARK MAN

    A much needed addition to the area!

  • Taladrina humboldt park warrior

    Can not wait until they finish it. It will be $10 a month and $20 if you want to take the classes and be able to bring a friend. Their other locations has zumba classes. I cannot wait to cancel my Planet Fitness membership. That gym is horrible.

3 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

3244 W. cortez Heavy car traffic and drug activity

Heavy car traffic at alley and drug dealing. New neighbors really hurting the peace and quiet of this neighborhood. Please call police and report so that its more than just a few people calling !!!

I need your help !!!
It was so quiet but someone rented to these people. And now we have loud noise, mechanic work, heavy car traffic and drug dealing. As well as lots of unwanted people in and out . Lets all call police, if we see this until they go elsewhere.

  • @rob, I'm in agreement. We've continually worked hard to make the Spaulding block a great place to live.

  • If you read my previous comments, I'm worried about my neighbors dealing. But thanks for the rude reply!

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