Council Wants Affordable Housing as Part of YWCA Project

first_img A view from the courtyard of the Julia Morgan-designed Pasadena YWCA building, circa 1930, during a time when the facility offered housing to young women.Finalists’ proposals for the City’s dilapidated YWCA building will have to include an affordable housing element to their proposals.On Monday, City Manager Steve Mermell reported that the Council gave him that direction during a closed session meeting on the YWCA on Thursday.“Last week staff received direction from the City Council regarding the price and terms of payment as to proposals for the redevelopment of the YWCA building and the Civic Center,” Mermell said at Monday’s City Council meeting. “Specifically, the council made it clear that it wishes to see some form of affordable housing as part of any development in the Civic Center and to return with an analysis of the impact that may have on the price.”According to Mermell the project could come back to the City Council in February and then there will be an opportunity for community engagement on the proposals.Mermell said, “Staff is working as directed.”The city is in the middle of an affordable housing crisis.As of last Wednesday, there five proposals were being reviewed for the YWCA property.The proposals included a 125-150 full-service Four Seasons hotel at the YWCA site along with 25 luxury residences at the former Water and Power site by Carpenter and Company of Boston.Continental Assets Management in Arcadia proposed a four-star 167 hotel room, either a five-story 120 room market-rate unit building or a six-story 139 affordable housing unit is proposed at the Water and Power site.A proposal by Edgewood Realty Partners from nearby South Pasadena would see a 164-room boutique hotel operated by Palisociety and a 70,000 square foot, five-story office building is proposed for the Water and Power site.New Orleans-based HRI Properties LLC would create a 179-room hotel, of which 165 rooms would be in a new 83,000-square-foot building adjacent to the YWCA. Their proposal didn’t specify what the Water & Power site would be used for.The Ratkovich Company with the National Community Renaissance in Los Angeles is proposing two alternatives.The first would call for rehabbing the building for office space. The second option calls for the rehabilitation of the building with construction of a new 59,000 square foot office building, or rehabbing the building and building a 142-room hotel.On the PWP property, permanent supportive housing or permanent supportive housing and 15,000 square feet of leasable office space is proposed by Ratkovich. TOP STORY Council Wants Affordable Housing as Part of YWCA Project Mermell: ‘ Staff is working as directed.’ By DONOVAN McCRAY Published on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 | 4:54 pm 7 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Community News More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Top of the News center_img Herbeauty10 Reasons Why Ultimatums Are Unhealthy For RelationshipsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Kardashians Know How To Throw A Good Party!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Normal To Date Your BFF’s Ex?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

Education Minister asked to swot up on increased back to school…

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email WhatsApp Advertisement Twitter TAGSCllr Maurice QuinlivanEducation Minister Jan O’SullivanlimerickLimerick City and County CouncilSinn Fein Previous articleFair City star supports Limerick animal circus ban initiativeNext articleSeminar focus on adolescent mental health and wellbeing Alan Jacques Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Cllr Maurice QuinlivanWITH the results of the Barnardos Back to School Costs Survey indicating that families with two or three children are hit with school costs running to thousands of euros, Cllr Maurice Quinlivan is calling on Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan to address this issue as a matter of urgency.Now in its ninth year, Barnardos surveyed 2,000 parents and concluded that back-to-school time is hugely stressful for families as they worry about how to pay for all that is required.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Sinn Féin councillor for City North, Maurice Quinlivan, maintains the idea of free education in Ireland is a myth and pointed out that the local Minister for Education now has a responsibility to address the issues.“Parents are either buying school books or paying for book rental schemes which often charge very high amounts. Previous Ministers didn’t do anything to introduce rules to allow for generic school uniforms despite having the power to do so. This change would clearly help hard pressed families,” Cllr Quinlivan suggested.According to the Sinn Féin party leader on the merged Limerick City and County Council, children from lower income families often miss out on school trips and extra-curricular activities simply because their families cannot afford to pay for them.“We have called for the regulation of voluntary contributions and the fact is, regardless of rules already in place, children are again often excluded when their parents can’t pay by having lockers withheld and being prevented from accessing after-school activities and other events,” claimed Cllr Quinlivan.Ultimately, he said, voluntary contributions must be eradicated.“Schools should not be forced to plug the funding gap from the state by pressuring parents for extra cash. Sinn Féin has previously called for the removal of 23 per cent VAT on school ebooks and the government ignored it,” Cllr Quinlivan concluded. NewsLocal NewsEducation Minister asked to swot up on increased back to school costs in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – August 28, 2014 604 Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival last_img read more

A wish ‘to feel normal’

first_img Sponsored Content By The Penny Hoarder Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Published 8:56 pm Friday, October 15, 2010 Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Jaine Treadwell Having cystic fibrosis isn’t a random thing. It’s something that Cassie has to deal with day after day and night after night.“The nights are usually the worst,” she said. “Most of the time I don’t sleep and I’m tired in the mornings and sleep a lot during the day. And, I have to do things perfectly to stay healthy. It’s hard to do and sometimes I break down and cry.”But Cassie doesn’t feel sorry for herself very long. She knows that she “has it” much better than many of the friends she has made at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.“Cystic fibrosis affects people different ways,” she said. “It affects your lungs and your stomach. It has affected my stomach more but now that I’m older, 18, I have more issues with my lungs. But, I’m stronger than most people that have the disease.” The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day “What a beautiful name for such a terrible disease.”Cassie said although the disease is terrible, life is beautiful – as beautiful as “sixty-five roses.”“That’s why I got the tattoo,” Cassie said. “It’s a purple ribbon with a rose in the middle that is a symbol of ‘sixty-five roses,’” she said. “When I was thinking about getting a tattoo, I didn’t want some random tattoo. I wanted one that meant something. I wanted something that would be with me forever. My tattoo is sentimental.” Cassie and the CF friends that she has met at Children’s compare notes on Facebook about medications and health issues and other things, too.“We are curious about each other and what their lives are like,” Cassie said. “It would be good to have those friends around because we have so much in common, but we can’t be together. We are only contagious to each other. There are certain bugs that we can swap back and forth and swapping makes some of them stronger. But it would be nice to be real friends.”Cassie attended private kindergarten and then public school before being home-schooled.Her days were much the same as she took her morning pills and did her aerosol treatment and then put on the chest therapy vest that shakes her to help clear her lungs. The same procedure was repeated in late afternoon.The rest of the day was hers to sleep, play the guitar and drums and bond with the computer.“I’m in the hospital a lot of the time so I don’t have time to make a lot of friends,” Cassie said. “But my best friend has always been my sister, Christan. She understands me the best. She’s a good person and, if I didn’t have her, I don’t know if I could go through each day.”There is an 11-month age difference between the sisters, and Christan is the older. The sisters are attending Wallace College in Dothan together.Christan is studying speech pathology and Cassie’s interest is cosmetology.“I wanted to be a nurse but I knew that I would have to be in the hospital every six to eight week and I would miss a lot of classes and not be able to catch up,” Cassie said. “But I had always been interested in cosmetology so that’s what I’m studying and I really like it.”Cassie attends class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and now, she working the other days.She now has a job at Brooke’s Beauty Salon in Troy.“I’m excited about working,” she said. “I do shampoos, make appointments and clean up and it’s a good way for me to learn more about cosmetology. I don’t work much so I don’t make a lot but a little is enough for me. I want to make enough to buy a laptop to use when I’m in the hospital.”The hospital is a second home to Cassie and she is close to several of the nurses and staff members so, along with her CF friends, she has an extended family at Children’s Hospital.Her mom, dad, brother and other family members are caring, loving and supportive. They keep her spirits high bringing joy to her life.And, the closeness she and her sister share is extra special. They have formed a mutual admiration society.Cassie calls her disease “sixty-five roses” her sister shows her how beautiful life is, even those a terrible disease has invaded her body.“Christan takes me with her and we hang out with friends and have such a good time,” Cassie said. “And, we have fun just being together. I don’t know what I would do without her.”And, the feeling is mutual.“We are really best friends,” Christan said. “Even when we were little, we were best friends but I didn’t understand about CF. But, when Cassie was in the hospital, I would go and stay with her and try to make it as much fun as possible.”Now that Christan is older, she understands that “sixty-five roses” is a terrible disease and she takes her sister under her wing.“Cassie is the toughest person I know,” she said. “I don’t know how she could go through so much. When I don’t feel good or things aren’t going my way, I think about Cassie and see her smile and that changes things for me. She has to go through so much and still she is happy. She is my inspiration.”Christan is excited about Cassie’s work opportunity because it is bringing her so much happiness.“Cassie never wakes up feeling good,” she said. “I want her to know what it feels like to wake up and feel good. If I had only one wish, it would be that – for her to know what it’s like to feel good. I wish that so much.” Cassie Buffy, right, and her sister, Christian are best friends, whose time together helps the Pike County teen cope with the daily struggles of life with cystistic fibrosis, a debilitating disease. Cassie says her one wish in life would be to know just one day with a “normal body.” They are attending Wallace Community College in Dothan, where Cassie is studying cosmetology. (Submitted Photo)If Cassie Buffy could have anything in the world that she wanted, it would be to know for “one day – just one day” what it feels like to be a “normal body.”Cassie was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was five months old. But it wasn’t until she was 10 years old that she really realized what a terrible disease it is.Most children misspeak the disease and say instead, “sixty-five roses.” Book Nook to reopen A wish ‘to feel normal’ You Might Like Bluegrass party keeps ’em coming Rex Locklar jokes that he can’t keep the fans away from his annual bluegrass festival at Henderson. The event draws… read more Latest Stories Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Skip Print Article Email the authorlast_img read more