A while back (2006) the City Council passed a zoning change for the Taylor school property. It was based on 5 conditions. Here are the five conditions that were part of the Council’s approval for the rezoning to R-5M for Taylor School:
1. that the use be limited to elderly housing;
2. that paving for parking be kept to the minimum needed;
3. that any building mounted or free standing signage be approved by the City of Davenport’s Historic Preservation Commission;
4. that any additional exterior lighting (if any) be limited to downcast luminaries and be directed away from residential properties with the exception that lighting to spotlight architectural and/or landscape features may be approved by the Historic Preservation Commission;
5. that a site plan (including a landscape plan) complying with Chapter 17.56 of the Davenport Municipal Code be submitted to city staff for review and approval.
Now that a new entity has stepped up to develop this property, that zoning no longer applies. Just a number of around 4 people per acre in residence, but a difference. It is zoned for 35.9 per acre as opposed to the proposed 40. While Mr. Malin is the City Administrator, we can’t understand his refusal to include these in the negotiations with the new owner. He seems to feel he knows what’s better for this SoLo area than the Alderman and the Taylor Heights Neighborhood Assn. We beg to differ Mr. Malin.
You have once again put the cart before the horse, kept Council members in the dark, disregarded the wishes of some members of said Council, and ignored the citizens of our city. We neither work for you, are here to tolerate your whims, nor care for your management style. This is far from a done deal, but we hope cool heads prevail.
We have heard, and don’t doubt, the Mr. Malin is an intelligent person. But we also know there is more than one kind of intelligence. While Mr. Malin is book smart, we feel he is very lacking in street smarts. Those of us who choose to live SoLo know volumns more about our area than even Mr. Malin claims to know. Somethings you can’t research online. Please don’t have the audacity to come to our area and tell us what we need.
With the dawn of the election on us we can only hope more people who think like Alderman Meyer get elected. We believe he’s the one who got the wheels in motion on this oversite. We tire of giving developers everything but the kitchen sink to build, with no consequences for bad behavior. If Alderman Meyer hadn’t raised some eyebrows this would have sailed through the Council. We have to ask; is he really an againster for wanting to protect the city? The negative press is out there for a reason, Malin and company don’t want him to get back in. Follow the facts, get informed, then vote. If you think these 5 conditions are out of line, we’d like to hear how.