Today at 7:30 PM at the Orion Academy, 1798 Queen City Ave, the community will have the opportunity to examine and raise issues regarding MSD Plans to demolish the central business district of Fairmount for what many are calling a "glorified drainage ditch" .
The controversial plan has been further complicated by MSD recent acquisition of 84 properties and lots within the basin but OUTSIDE the actual project. Many are concerned that MSD's removal of that many properties from the tax base could result in increase in property taxes and have concerns about how the lots and properties will be maintained.
Others question what will happen during 'drought' situations where the creek could dry out completely or water flow slowed to a point that the project will attract rats and mosquitoes. Many also wonder what the long range costs will be of maintaining paths and landscaping on a project that is expected to routinely flood.
There are also big environmental concerns about the project such as the carbon footprint of tons of debris being hauled to landfill and the costs of escalating to remove contaminated soil so the 'recreated stream' can be located
Many questions, few answers...perhaps the community will have some tonight!