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Bloomington Plan Commission Delays Decision For Lots Under Construction on Kirkwood

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The Bloomington Plan Commission held off on making a decision October 7th about the first phase of a major development project downtown along Kirkwood Avenue. The Bloomington-based firm, GMS-Pavilion Properties, has proposed development on five different lots downtown. The project would include new apartments and a new building for Old National Bank. Planning Department Director Tom Micuda described the project as an opportunity for the city and that the sites are a rare opportunity for key development.

Although Micuda said the project presented an opportunity, he went on to recommend denial of the proposal before the commission. That proposal included details for just one of the five lots that are part of the overall project.

“We’ve been looking for a comprehensive proposal for these properties,” Micuda says, “We wanted to give you the opportunity to look at a plan for all four lots and be able to look at diverse opportunities for new development. Ultimately, we weren’t able to get that.”

The building before the commission would be located on the southeast corner of Kirkwood and Lincoln. It is proposed to be three stories tall and include the new Old National Bank as well as eighteen apartments.

Steve Hoffman, with GMS-Pavilion Properties, said the firm tried to negotiate with city planners for almost a year.

“We have come an extremely long way in our discussions with the planning staff,” Hoffman says, “And we feel that we’ve worked pretty well with them.”

Hoffman said the firm reduced the number of apartments in the overall plan, at the request of planning staff. He said they also included owner-occupied condos, and what he called a fifty-foot boutique hotel, again to accommodate concerns from staff.

But he said the negotiations hit roadblocks when it came to the details. For example, Hoffman said the firm was willing to commit to building the hotel, but not to designing the building until they found a company to run it.

Micuda said the developers did suggest compromises. But he said their original proposal, which was almost all residential buildings, was so far from the Planning Department’s vision for the area that those compromises didn’t go far enough.

“There are times where we did get close, but I would not describe the city as completely unreasonable,” Micuda says, “In fact fairly early in the process, the city was straightforward in our vision for the properties. We put that information out early enough so we could reach to an agreement.”

The commission sided mostly with the Planning Department, saying they wanted a comprehensive plan for the five lots. Commission member Chris Sturbaum said the approval process might seem difficult to the developers, but he said it was that way for good reason.

“People complain about the process, but it’s like sausage: the more you work at it, the better the end product will be,” Sturbaum says, “Kirkwood is worth it and we can have the same kind of discussions if we can satisfy this legitimate concern and desire for diversity on Kirkwood.

Commission member Joe Hoffman suggested the overall project be brought forward at a future meeting as a planned unit development, or PUD. A PUD is a way of grouping multiple buildings with different uses into a single plan.

No decision was made about whether to use the PUD framework, but the Commission voted unanimously to delay a vote on the project until a future meeting.

Interchange – Toby Strout: Domestic Violence Awareness

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This week on Interchange, host Joe Crawford discusses domestic violence with Toby Strout, the executive director of Middle Way House. Strout talks about the interpersonal and structural causes of domestic violence and how it intersects with other societal issues. She also outlines the services offered by Middle Way House and how victims can seek help from the organization.

Daily Local News – October 22, 2013

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The Bloomington Police Department will be participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, October 26th; The Bloomington Plan Commission held off on making a decision October 7th about the first phase of a major development project downtown along Kirkwood Avenue; the results of their seventh annual Indiana manufacturing survey.

FEATURE
Judy Shepard Speaks
In 1998, Judy Shepard lost her son Matthew to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate. Tonight, as an activist who speaks out against anti-gay violence, Shepard comes to Indiana University to talk about her experience and her goal to make schools and communities safer for everyone. News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Shepard for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Ashley and Sarah share the top ten lessons learned from this year’s Monroe County Money Smart Week financial events and workshops, for WFHB’s weekly financial segment the Ins and Outs of Money our weekly segment providing economic education to keep your budget balanced, and connecting you to community resources that keep your finances flourishing.

CREDITS
Shayne Laughter, Nick Tumino
Today’s headlines were written by Yin Yuan and Yvonne Cheng,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer and feature producer was Harrison Wagner,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bloomington Police Collect Unwanted Prescription Drugs

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The Bloomington Police Department will be participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, October 26th. Department personnel will collect old, unwanted, and unused prescription drugs to be safely disposed.

Joe Qualters, captain of the Department’s Detective Division, says this is a bi-annual event sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“The goal is to get all those unneeded and unwanted prescriptions out of the home to avoid the possibility of abuse or theft,” Qualters says, “Many times it’s difficult to find a place to dispose of these types of drugs and this provides an initiative to provide a collection point for those drugs.”

“I think it’s important to know that since the DEA has intitiated this, they have collected over 2.8 billion pounds of drugs,” Qualters says, “We in Bloomington have participated three times before and we’ve collected over 500 pounds of prescription drugs for disposal.”

The event will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The collection site will be set up on South Lincoln Street, on the east side of the Bloomington Police Department.

Latest Study Finds Indiana Manufacturing Industry Strong and Growing

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Earlier this month, the certified public accounting firm Katz, Sapper & Miller LLP released the results of their seventh annual Indiana manufacturing survey.

The statewide study of employers in Indiana’s largest industry shows growth in Hoosier manufacturing.

According to the survey, nearly 80 percent of respondents over the last two annual surveys describe their businesses as “healthy” or “stable,” while nearly half used the term “challenged” to characterize their operations in 2009 and 2010.

The survey finds more than 70 percent of Hoosier manufacturers are actively investing in capital and labor, while less than 5 percent are continuing to cut costs across the board.

Human capital also continues to be a major obstacle confronting Indiana manufacturers. Survey respondents identified skilled production workers as the most significant labor shortage facing their companies.

The survey was commissioned by Katz, Sapper & Miller and developed in partnership with the IU Kelley School of Business – Indianapolis, Conexus Indiana and the Indiana Manufacturers Association.

 

Daily Local News – October 22, 2013

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Bring It On! – October 21, 2013

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Bev Smith and Cornelius Wright welcome Vincent Isom, director of the Atkins LLC; and students Shanika Daniels, Christina Slaughter and Marlon Williams.

PART ONE
A group of Indiana University students, with the Thomas I. Atkins Living Learning Center, have been studying African-American’s buried in Southern Indiana cemeteries. The bulk of their research has centered upon the black settlers who lived in Owen County, Indiana in the 1800’s.

They recently presented their progress-to-date and future plans for the project at the Owen County Historical and Genealogical Association in Spencer, IN.  Joining us to talk about this and more are Vincent Isom, director of the Atkins LLC; and students Shanika Daniels, Christina Slaughter and Marlon Williams.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: Bev Smith and Cornelius Wright
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

IU student brings message of acceptance to Bloomington

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Indiana University Junior Kaleb Crain will see the culmination of a years-long effort to spread acceptance and support for Indiana University students when Judy Sheppard  brings her lecture “The Meaning of Matthew” to Whittenberger Auditorium tomorrow evening.

As an IU freshmen, Crain, a Bloomington native,  experienced hate slurs from an anti-gay demonstrator on campus,  who singled out Crain in front of a crowd and stated that he was wheelchair-bound because of homosexual sins. While this angered Crain, it was a second personal tragedy that showed Crain that there was a need for supportive voices like those of Judy Shepard on campus.

WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Crain about the effort behind tomorrow’s lecture.

bloomingOUT – October 17, 2013

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Assistant Professor in IUB School of Public Health Beth Meyerson and PhD nursing student in clinical science and part-time faculty member at IUB School of Nursing Greg Carter discuss issues around coming out to one’s health provider as well as their planned research focusing on LGBT health disclosure. Michael is joined by IU School of Public Health researcher Deborah Herbenick in a conversation about her latest research concerning the role lubricants play in sexual activity on a new edition of Sexual Health Matters.  Featured artist is the American Roots/Celtic Soul duo Switchback and musical selections is “Pour Me.”

www.linkedin.com/pub/beth-meyerson/7/690/40b

http://info.publichealth.indiana.edu/faculty/current/herbenick-debra.shtml

www.publichealth.indiana.edu

www.waygoodmusic.com

 
Producer Carol Fischer

Executive producer Alycin Bektesh

Associate Producer Sarah Hetrick

News Director Josh Vidrich,

Original theme music provided by Mikial Robertson

Announcer Sarah Hetrick

EcoReport – October 17, 2013

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Members of the Bloomington Food Policy Council talk about their proposal to include ambitious local food production goals in the city’s Imagine Bloomington urban growth vision.

EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally conscious.

Anchors: Kelly Miller and Trish Kerle
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, Stephanie Stewart and Dan Young. This week’s feature was engineered by Dan Young. This week’s calendar was compiled by Kristina Wiltsee. Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Kelly Miller and Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

 

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