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Newport Daily News: Newport passes resolution to market Cranston-Calvert units to young tenants


Posted: May 9, 2019 at 6:05 PM

The resolution Wednesday calls on the city administration to encourage the purchaser of the former Cranston-Calvert School to develop “legally permissible advertising and marketing programs that would attract rentals by young people who work or plan to work in Newport.”

NEWPORT — The City Council split 4-3 in passing a resolution Wednesday night that calls on the city administration to encourage the purchaser of the former Cranston-Calvert School to develop “legally permissible advertising and marketing programs that would attract rentals by young people who work or plan to work in Newport."

This was a revision of an ordinance sponsored by Mayor Jamie Bova and Councilman Justin McLaughlin two weeks ago that ran into opposition and did not win majority approval. The initial ordinance called for the preference for young people to be “incorporated into the closing documents language” when the sale takes place.

Councilwoman Kathryn Leonard argued at that time the resolution would encourage action that could be a violation of the Rhode Island Fair Housing Practices Act, if young people were to be selected over other age groups to occupy new apartments in the former school.

City Solicitor Christopher Behan helped redraft that resolution language so the focus is now on advertising and marketing.

However, Leonard and council members Jeanne-Marie Napolitano and Lynn Underwood Ceglie remained opposed to the resolution.

“This is feel-good stuff that has no teeth in it,” Leonard said.

Bova, McLaughlin, Vice Chairwoman Susan Taylor and Councilwoman Angela McCalla formed the majority behind passage of the resolution.

“This is not us saying we don’t want anyone besides young people,” Bova said. “Instead, it is us opening our arms and welcoming people.”

It is often difficult for young people to find affordable housing in Newport and it is a goal of the city and the council to attract young people and families to live and work here, Bova said. In some cases, graduates of Rogers High School working elsewhere may be attracted back to their home city, she said.

The council approved last year a purchase-and-sales agreement for the former school with BCM Realty Partners and the Newport Project Development Co., a consortium of private companies working with the city, but the closing on the sale is still pending.

The council in February approved a zoning change that will allow the developers to put 34 apartments in the building: 22 two-bedroom units and 12 single-bedroom units.

All these smaller units would be more affordable for moderate-income individuals, according to the justification behind the development plan.

sflynn@newportri.com

Courtesy of Newport Daily News 

 



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