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Council wants more time to study condo issue

 

April 18, 2019



The City Council on Tuesday, April 16, voted to spend a little more time on an issue that led to emotional moments among public comment speakers, the mayor and councilmembers.

A problem has risen for condo owners who are in "nonconforming buildings" that have more existing units than are now allowed under the City’s code. Many of the buildings identified are on Fifth Avenue South.

Some condo owners have complained that when they try to sell their units, banks are refusing to finance the purchase by a new owner. That can be a problem for both owners who want to sell and for people who want to buy the existing condos.

So far, City staff has learned of more than 20 multifamily sites affected by the nonconformance requirement because they have a greater number of units than would be allowed now.

Each of these sites has from 1 to 19 more units than would be allowed under the City's current code if the development were to be rebuilt.

The problem is that City code has changed over the years.

Although Councilmember Mike Nelson wanted to pass an emergency ordinance, it was voted down, with Neil Tibbott, Tom Mesaros, Dave Teitzel and Krisitiana Johsno voting against, and Nelson, Diane Buckshnis and Adrienne Fraley-Monillas voting for.

Mayor Dave Earling also said that he would veto the vote if it passed, as he felt the issue needed further study and should be sent to the Planning Board.

 

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