Council meeting wrap
Though last week’s council meeting was brief, there were a couple of highlights.
The most contentious issue on the agenda on Sept. 6 was pulled at the last minute, when developer Bob Bisno told the town that he would be withdrawing his appeal to replace the 77 moderate income housing rentals at Vintage Oaks with an in lieu fee of $750,000.
In August, the council had rejected his first attempt to change the terms of the original agreement with the town, asking him to come back with a better offer. Bisno had argued that the moderate housing rents proposed by the town’s consultant were above market rate, and that including the moderate income housing for 10 years, per the stipulation in the deal, would not serve housing applicants with moderate incomes. Community Development Director Ken McNab told the council that the original agreement would likely stand now that Bisno had withdrawn his request.
In a subsequent interview, Mayor Debora Fudge said she was happy the application was withdrawn.
“It very important that we build affordable housing in Windsor downtown and especially near the SMART train,” she said. “To me, it wasn’t about any amount of money he may or may not have given us in exchange — the only option was for him to build that housing.”
Local athlete thanks council
Windsor High School graduate and para athletics running star Brandon Walton presented the council with a framed photo of him running in the 800-meter race at the World Para Athletics Junior Championships in Nottwil,…
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