Berwyn District Civic Association Meeting
February 20, 2020
Meeting came to order at 7:35
p.m. Meeting held in Fealy Hall. BDCA
Board Members in attendance: Bob Catlin, Jim Nealis, Lily Fountain, Christy
Dollymore, Karyn Keating-Volke, Ron Cameau.
Bob Catlin asked for and received approval of the November, 2019 and January, 2020 minutes. .
Jim Nealis gave a short presentation about the upcoming census and the Census Palooza event at Duvall Field on March 21, Noon – 3 p.m. All city residents are invited for games, food, and census presentations.
Dan Lynch from Cruz said
applications had been filed for their Branchville apartment project in November.
The building is “work force” housing, with 81 units (20 1-BR, 56 2-BR, 5 3-BR).
5 floors of residences, 2 floors parking
plus some parking lot spaces (128 total, 37 on lot). They are still awaiting Park & Planning
approvals, then will go to city, maybe by June/July. Mr. Lynch asked attendees to submit concerns
to them soon, before final plans are submitted.
The two lower parking floors will have windows or screening to help
‘hide’ the parking structure. Lower
floors will be brick-covered, upper two floors will be wood or board. One entry/exit driveway from
A heated discussion erupted when Chad Stern asked if there were requirements that residents had to be gainfully employed, or at least a certain share of them did. He was concerned that the building would possibly be occupied by folks with ‘Section 8’ housing vouchers, and the idea of housing for the ‘work force’ would fall by the wayside. Cruz representatives tried to claim such questions were discriminatory, and said Cruz can’t control who moves into the building – i.e., they can’t ‘discriminate’ against renters with such vouchers. This caused some consternation among attendees. As planned, the top income a potential tenant can have would be 60% or less than the area-wide median income.
Lynch told us the building would
be secure, have cameras, parking permits needed to park, etc. Management will be present during the
day. Mr. Tanner asked about fire truck
access around the building and was told to submit his question in writing to
the architect. Tanner also said the
parking lot, when full of cars, would not have room for fire trucks to turn
around. Lily Fountain asked about noise
reduction – they will look into that. Cruz estimates about 50% of units will be for
families – the bldg. will need to pay the school facilities surcharge, perhaps
$9,000 per unit. They are not applying
No old business, so we moved on
to new business. PJ Brennan said the trolley trail will finally be completed
across the open area along
The new Alloy Apt. bldg. on
Kevin Young told us he did not pursue the issues he raised last month about the Cruz bldg. not meeting the agreements Cruz signed with the BDCA 30 years ago because those issues will come up in future discussions.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 p.m.
Notes compiled by Jim Nealis