Despite a hiccup from council, downtown redevelopment continues

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Craig and Daria Allen's dream of living above their home renovation business was on the bubble when council members questioned their matching $50,000 grant application.

The static came despite the application's meeting all the guidelines for the Downtown Matching Fund Grant program that City Council already approved.

“I can't tell my constituents their tax dollars are going to fix up someone's home,” District 4 Councilman Joe Baxter said. “I'm going to vote no, and I just wanted to tell you why.”

District 5 Councilwoman Dana Goolsby, however, questioned how council members could oppose a grant application that was done properly, under a program the City Council already approved.

“These people (the Allens) did everything we asked of them,” she said. “We can't penalize them now because we don't like the terms of a grant that we, as a council, approved.”

District 3 Councilwoman Vickey Chivers joined Baxter in voting against the application, which passed by a 4-2 vote. District 2 Councilman Mitchell Jordan was not present.

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