Industry: Network Rail needs to be split and sold

first_imgTuesday 21 September 2010 7:59 pm Industry: Network Rail needs to be split and sold KCS-content Share whatsapp NETWORK RAIL should be split up and sold off to help raise cash for the Treasury, while train operators should be handed more power, according to new proposals by an industry body.A paper issued by the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) to Sir Roy McNulty, who is conducting a value for money review of the rail network, said the moves would save the government up to £500m.It recommends splitting Network Rail, the owner of British tracks and stations, into regional parts and then selling them. ATOC is also suggesting that train operators should be handed more power to ensure better alignment of track and train and to put operational decision making in one place.McNulty’s report is due next year. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndocenter_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Tags: NULLlast_img read more

1xBet hit with €400k Dutch fine over unlicensed activities

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has issued 1xBet with a fine of €400,000 (£344,200/$454,500) for targeting consumers in the country without permission.The penalty relates to the companies behind two websites: 1X Corp. N.V. in Curaçao, which runs the website and, and Cyprus-based Exinvest Limited and its site.In its report, the KSA has said both sites were accessible from the Netherlands, despite neither website having the relevant approval to operate in the country. Online gambling is currently prohibited in the Netherlands.Both and also had a Dutch language feature, as well as the option to make deposits via Dutch-specific payment method ideal, which is only available to those with a Netherlands bank account.Each site featured various games of chance, including live casino games roulette and blackjack.In addition, the KSA has said both Exinvest Limited and 1X Corp. N.V. are behind another 83 gambling websites targeted at the Dutch market. Although the report did not go into full detail, the regulator said these sites were accessible using the same login details from and“Online gambling in the Netherlands is illegal; under the current legal regime for companies it is not possible to get a licence for offering online games of chance,” KSA chair René Jansen said.“Consumers are not assured of a safe game on an honest market with illegal providers.”1xBet is the latest operator to face a financial penalty for illegal operation in the Netherlands. In December, William Hill was fined €300,000 for targeting players in the country without approval, but vowed to appeal against the ruling.MRG was also fined €312,500 for failing to block Dutch players from gambling on its platforms, while Betsson Group subsidiary Corona Ltd was fined €300,000 for operating in the country without a licence. Corona later appealed against the ruling.The latest fine comes after the Dutch Senate last week moved to pass the Remote Gaming Act, paving the way for the roll-out of igaming regulation in the country.It is expected that licences will be issued from mid-2020, with operators required to develop comprehensive responsible gaming strategies to offer a high level of player protection. Operators will be taxed at 29.1% of gross revenue.Regulation could help tackle illegal gambling problems in the country, as, despite KSA efforts to crack down on unlicensed activity, a survey commissioned by land-based operator Holland Casino in January revealed that the number of citizens gambling via illegal sites had risen to around 1.8m. 26th February 2019 | By contenteditor Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has issued 1xBet with a fine of €400,000 (£344,200/$454,500) for targeting consumers in the country without permission. Casino & games Topics: Casino & games Finance Legal & compliance Tags: Online Gambling Regions: Europe Western Europe Netherlands 1xBet hit with €400k Dutch fine over unlicensed activities AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited ( HY2017 Interim Report

first_imgFidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited (  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileFidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited is a holding company providing products and services for life assurance, employee benefits, asset management, medical insurance, funeral assurance provision of actuarial services and residential property development. This includes managing pensions, funeral insurance and microfinancing in the informal banking market. Fidelity Life Assurance Zimbabwe offers additional products for individual loans, salary-based loads and loans for farmers. Its actuarial services include life and general insurance services, healthcare insurance, investments and finance and funeral assurance schemes. Its asset management services include unit trusts, money market funds, equity funds, balanced funds and advisory services. Its medical aid services include an access health package, express health package and a foundation health package. The company operates in Zimbabwe and Malawi, with the latter offering products for life assurance and pensions. Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

CABII House / Nacho Carbó arquitecto

first_imgCABII House / Nacho Carbó arquitectoSave this projectSaveCABII House / Nacho Carbó arquitecto CopyAbout this officeNacho Carbó arquitectoOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCabanesSpainPublished on February 20, 2013Cite: “CABII House / Nacho Carbó arquitecto” [Casa CABII / Nacho Carbó arquitecto] 20 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesCupa PizarrasCupaclad® 101 Random in Les PalmiersUrban ApplicationsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPublic Safety Answering Center II Envelope SystemConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – Ridgelight 25-40°Porcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles – Coverlam ImperialWindowspanoramah!®ah! Vertical SlidingFastenersSchöckConcrete Façade Fasteners – Isolink®CarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Arena®CoatingsFormicaLaminate – ColorCore®2More products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Spain ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CABII House / Nacho Carbó arquitecto Architects: Nacho Carbó arquitecto Area Area of this architecture project Houses Save this picture!Cortesía de Ignacio Carbó del Moral+ 26 Share ArchDaily Projectscenter_img Save this picture!Cortesía de Ignacio Carbó del MoralText description provided by the architects. Placed in an inconspicuous street with regular buildings around it, the house turns itself looking inside at a generous patio situated in the first floor. This patio is the main character of the space, with all the main spaces in the house facing it. The patio separates also the public from the private spaces containing the main bedroom/wardrobe/bathroom which is, moreover, in a different level.Save this picture!Cortesía de Ignacio Carbó del MoralIn the second floor, the piece split up in two volumes which, in order to obtain the optimum sun exposure and ventilation, take advantage of the back courtyard, the facade and the main patio. Both volumes are articulated by means of a ramp crossing over the void of the living room connecting them, and creating meanwhile interesting walks and generous architectural experiences coming from this movement.Save this picture!Cortesía de Ignacio Carbó del MoralIn one end of the ramp we find the library and the study, in the other, the bedrooms of the children who can thus get autonomy in the whole of the house and who can also take advantage of the terrace which expands the dimensions of the patio. This terrace adds new uses and experiences of the space and the entire house.Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessEnterprise Park in Arte Sacro / Suárez Santas ArquitectosSelected ProjectsHousing in Tres Cantos / R&ASSelected Projects Share Area:  339 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” 2011 Year:  CopyHouses•Cabanes, Spain “COPY”last_img read more

Lake Manitouwabing Residence / MJMA

first_imgCopyHouses•McKellar, Canada Photographs Projects Architects: MJMA Area Area of this architecture project Interior Design: Landscape Architect: Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Canada Lake Manitouwabing Residence / MJMASave this projectSaveLake Manitouwabing Residence / MJMA Structural Engineer: CopyAbout this officeMJMAOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlass#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMcKellarCanadaPublished on February 12, 2019Cite: “Lake Manitouwabing Residence / MJMA” 12 Feb 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MSun Control Window Film in MarkthalBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsCabinetsFlorenseCabinet – FloAirWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagStair Railing – CELLON®LightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt GardenBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USAHigh Speed Hand Dryers – Aerix+BoardsForestOneLaminate – EGGER laminatesAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®Metal PanelsRHEINZINKPanel Systems – Horizontal PanelWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightAccolade Wall Light at River Dental OfficeBricksStröherClinker Brick Slips – StiltreuMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs:  Shai Gil Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Save this picture!© Shai Gil+ 15Curated by Martita Vial Share 2018 MJMA Area:  2 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Manufacturers: Western Window Systems, Legrand, Owen Sound Ledgerock, Stuv, Elemental, Muskoka Custom Cabinets, Phantom Screens ArchDaily MJMA Year:  Blackwell City:McKellarCountry:CanadaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Shai GilRecommended ProductsWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWoodEGGERLaminatesDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesText description provided by the architects. A Toronto family required a new four-season residence to replace their existing 1930s structure on a west-facing peninsula with the goal of maximizing outdoor living and entertaining. An interlocking plan allows for indoor spaces to support a central outdoor living space as a weather protected microclimate extending seasonal use. The definitively modern structure is designed to cascade and hover over the grade, to blend with the landscape, and to have a quiet presence from the water.Save this picture!© Shai GilThe project was developed around the goal of enhanced outdoor living and social gathering. A rectangular plan is carved to create interlocking outdoor terrace and courtyard spaces featuring an expansive and levitating lake deck and screened porch. Extensive flat roofs recall warmer latitude mid-century precedents and float outward to frame the quintessential Canadian shield horizon. The greater plan has a clear singularity with its opaque outer shell retaining the intimacy and humility of cottage vernacular. At the heart of the design is a central courtyard, featuring a uniquely clefted rock, curated to speak to the power of its place as well as its affinity to the project’s design parti. A large screened porch has three sides of retractable insect screen – wide open or bug-free – dependent on season. The plan is divided into three east-west program bars with public living placed on the south west, private living on the north east, framing the outdoor living space in between. A ‘sharkfin’ clerestory roof captures morning light to internal rooms.Save this picture!© Shai GilThe site’s orientation is south and west, collecting warmth, light and views throughout the day. The building sits low on the land and steps along its length to connect with the landscape. The building sits quietly back from the water behind a stand of archetypal pines. The flat roof bungalow shelters both indoor and outdoor living spaces and presents two dominant relationships based on orientation – transparent and open to the south west, opaque and protected to the north east. The main living and eating areas backstop the length of the outdoor space and is oriented directly to a view of the spring and fall equinox sunsets which disappear precisely into an open channel between two islands at the far side of the lake. A bar of bedrooms is located along the private portion of the site opening out to a southern lagoon, affording east morning light and oblique lake views. Save this picture!© Shai GilThe residence is designed to take advantage of passive heating and cooling orientations and to create a shelter outdoor microclimate. Deep overhangs and large glazed areas on the south and west were modeled to protect from solar build up in summer and allow for heating gains in winter. North and East faces are heavily opaque, minimally articulated, and highly insulated to protect from winds and heat loss. Operable windows on all sides are designed for cross ventilation and passive cooling. Concrete radiant floor heating contributes to energy conservation and creates a heat sinks through the day and night. A high efficiency boiler, HRV, and convection wood stove reduce overall energy consumption. A taught envelope design, R-35 roof, and low-E glazing maximize performance. The building reuses the clearing of the existing structure and careful tree protection minimizes tree loss. Save this picture!PlanSave this picture!SectionThe clients wished to remain connected with the land and to dwell outdoors as much as possible to help achieve greater health and wellness. The design focused on these goals – a low and stepping siting, large percentage of operable windows, maximized wood finishes and cladding, simple bold exterior, sheltered space within the building roofs, and solar modeling. All elements conspire to create fluid indoor/outdoor spaces and greater connection with nature.Save this picture!© Shai GilThe project strives to embraces outdoor living and extend it through the seasons. In doing this it generates a formal response driven by the site and a clear client driven goal creating highly social and healthy outdoor space. In doing this it develops and reconciles the building’s formal language with the requirements of the site and orientation. It provides clean lines, abundant light, and connection with nature while achieving a humble and contextual form that harmonizes with its context.Project gallerySee allShow lessTZ Office / AE ArchitectsSelected ProjectsARIA Resort and Casino / Pelli Clarke Pelli ArchitectsSelected Projects Share Lake Manitouwabing Residence / MJMA “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboardlast_img read more

Poundland raises £3m for Macmillan Cancer Support

first_img High street retailer Poundland has raised £3 million for Macmillan Cancer Support during its eight year charity partnership.The company originally embarked on a one-year partnership but it proved so popular amongst Poundland staff and customers that it continues to this day.Staff have taken part in fundraising challenges such as marathons, Land’s End to John O’ Groats cycle rides, Dragon Boat races and more.Poundland has donated money to Macmillan through the sale of 5p carrier bags, Christmas cards and pin badges.  131 total views,  1 views today Advertisement Tagged with: corporate What would you do with £3m?To mark the milestone, Poundland and Macmillan conducted research into what people would do if they received a windfall of £3 million. The survey of 2,077 British people by YouGov shows that despite an increased cost of living, many would choose to give some or all of it to charity.Those surveyed were asked to rank in order of importance which three things they would do if they were given £3 million. Of those who answered:• 33% said they would donate to charity• 29% would put it in a savings account for their children• 27% would take early retirement• 22% would save it for retirementNicola Keith, Head of Partnership Management at Macmillan Cancer Support said: “Since the partnership began in 2009, colleagues and customers have inspired us with their enthusiasm and energy and the money they have raised makes a real difference to lives of people living with cancer and their families.” Poundland raises £3m for Macmillan Cancer Support  132 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Howard Lake | 4 September 2017 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

‘Seaplane facility akin to basketball court on runway’

first_imgNewsLocal News‘Seaplane facility akin to basketball court on runway’By admin – April 29, 2011 590 Linkedin Facebook Twitter Print Previous articleO’Connell on bench for Amlin SemiNext articleRiverfest to harness €20m for local economy admincenter_img Email WhatsApp St Michael’s Boat Club express fears for safety of oarsmenMEMBERS of St Michael’s Rowing Club, preparing for the annual Limerick Regatta at O’Briensbridge this weekend, have voiced fears about the pontoon landing facility for a seaplane on the Shannon.The 110 year-old rowing club made a formal objection to An Bord Pleanala.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Planning for the pontoon at the Clarion Hotel on Steamboat Quay, was recently granted to Harbour Flights Ireland Limited.Pierce McGann, St Michael’s Rowing Club, is adamant city council should not have granted permission.“How can your operate a rowing club where you have aircraft landing?“This is a stretch of water where 16 boats and 85 oars people, aged between 13 and 60, are in operation.“We don’t believe city council have the wherewithal to monitor such a facility.“We don’t own the river, but what they are trying to do is akin to having a basketball court on a runway”.He made the remarks ahead of the 2011 Limerick Regatta this Saturday, April 30, at O’Briensbridge. Speaking at the launch, chairman, Rob Le Gear, said:“It is this support of willing volunteers that has sustained the regatta for more than 140 years”.He acknowledged two past chairmen for their contributions over the years.“Tony Tynne, Limerick Boat Club, has served 46 years on the regatta committee from 1964 to 2010, and Dermot Henihan, St. Michael’s Rowing Club, served 33 years, 1977 – 2010.“Both men have been at the heart of Limerick Regatta for decades and it was their foresight that orchestrated the delivery of the regatta site in O’Briensbridge that gives us access to a wonderful stretch of water”.Over 50 separate events are scheduled, involving 1,000 athletes.Racing will take place every five minutes from 8.00am to 6.30pm on the full four-lane course.There will also be rowing in the city as part of the Sports on the Shannon element of the Riverfest festival on Sunday May 1.Local clubs will compete in a race from the Courthouse to Shannon Bridge at 6.30pm. Advertisementlast_img read more

Council backed groups will have to account for funding expenditure

first_img Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton WhatsApp Twitter Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Twitter Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson WhatsApp Letterkenny Councillor Dessie Larkin says it’s time that groups, facilities and events being funded by the council should come before the council to brief members on how that money is being spent.Cllr Larkin also says work programmes and plans should be submitted to the council before money is handed over to ensure that value for money is being achieved.The council has agreed to begin the process by asking what Cllr Larkin referred to as “the big three” – An Grianan Theatre, Regional Cultural Centre and the County Museum to make submissions.Speaking to Highland Radio at the meeting, he said ratepayers deserve to know where their money is going:[podcast][/podcast] Previous articleMan due in court on Derry bomb chargesNext articleMan pleads guilty to Donegal child rape and abuse charges News Highland Google+ Google+center_img Facebook Pinterest Council backed groups will have to account for funding expenditure RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Newsx Adverts Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Pinterest By News Highland – February 14, 2012 Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Facebooklast_img read more

5 takeaways about Ithaca development from the 2018 Planning Report

first_imgThis year, however, thanks to the relative dearth of projects, it kinda ends up all over the place. Cornell has its big project; Stewart Park has its playground; 128 West Falls Street and Falls Park are Fall Creek and Fall Creek adjacent; GreenStar and 327 West Seneca Street are on the West End; and in the State Street Corridor respectively; while Maguire and 744 South Meadow Street are down in the big box mecca of Southwest Ithaca.In fact, there are no Downtown or Collegetown projects in the list of new site applications filed, which is a first since they started putting these reports together about a decade ago. Once again, this probably is more a statistical quirk in timing than those neighborhoods suddenly looking like terrible investments.4. Student housing’s lost its luster. Affordable housing creation is still struggling.If you look at the past decade of new housing creation in the city of Ithaca, the majority of it is private student housing. Since 2008, 1,550 housing units have been built, which includes 34 LMI/affordable for-sale units, and 23 affordable market-rate for-sale units. Of the 1,493 rentals, 1,103 are student rentals, 189 are LMI/affordable rentals, and 201 are market-rate rentals geared towards the general public. Long story short, 71 percent of the housing units built since 2008 are geared towards students, which is not something most of the public wants to see or hear.However, over the past couple of years, the housing pipeline has taken on a decidedly different mix. There are 473 housing units underway right now across the city. Nine of those 473 are geared to students, just 2 percent. The reason for that is purely pragmatic. The student housing developers are hesitant to add more to the market because they know Cornell’s readying itself to add 2,000 beds to the student market and mandating sophomores live on campus, actions which will make a significant dent in the student market. Plus, the addition of Maplewood in the town of Ithaca has already created a little more slack than the student housing developers are used to, or want for that matter. So they’re holding off for a few years, plain and simple.However, of the remaining 464, none are LMI/affordable, and none are for-sale. They’re general market apartments, projects like Harold’s Square and City Centre and Library Place (the Old Library site, which is senior housing but still gets grouped in this category).Photos: A look at City Centre progress as construction end nearsThe major problem with affordable housing isn’t getting projects in the pipeline – it’s getting them funded. As previously covered here, it’s a very competitive and complicated process to get the grants and tax credits needed to secure construction loans, since affordable housing doesn’t have the profit margins needed to secure bank financing. Only one project, Visum Development’s 327 West Seneca Street, has committed to a 2019 construction start, and Visum has a little more flexibility than most affordable developers because it has student housing in Collegetown to help subsidize the costs. Secondly, its affordable units are slotted on the moderate side of LMI, 80-90 percent of area median income, vs. the 30-80 percent or 50-80 percent seen with most affordable housing developers. Meanwhile, projects from Lakeview and Finger Lakes ReUse are still trying to obtain funds to build their affordable housing plans.5. There are very big plans in the works for Ithaca.If you’re an avid reader of the Voice, most are these are familiar. Carpenter Business Park. South Hill student housing, which is 815 South Aurora (and actually has 49 units with 141 beds, not 151). The Visum projects on West State and West Seneca. City Harbor. The Green Street Garage Redevelopment by The Vecino Group. The Immaculate Conception redevelopment by INHS (which has a community meeting on the 12th to scope out ideas on how to get those 50-75 units). The Chain Works District, which instead of the 915 units over 15 years as is often said, the figure used is 444 units over 5-10 years.Then there’s that last one, “Collegetown Projects.” That’s new. It’s been rumored for a couple of months now, but this is the first time there’s been any mention of it in a public document.“As for the Collegetown project, we can’t give a statement other to say that we expect a Planned Unit Development application in time for the March 13th Planning Committee Meeting. We do think it will be transformational for the City. More to come,” said City of Ithaca Planning Director JoAnn Cornish.In the meanwhile, if the Voice has any news to break on that mystery project, we will get it out there as soon as possible. 3. No one neighborhood dominates this year’s report.In previous years, the Planning Report is primarily filled with projects in Collegetown and Downtown, which given the city’s 2014 revision of zoning in Collegetown, and its push for urban mixed-use spaces, that made a lot of sense. Brian Crandall reports on housing and development for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached at [email protected] More by Brian Crandall Your government news is made possible with support from: ITHACA, N.Y. — As it always does around this time each year, the City of Ithaca’s Planning Department has released its annual report of activity – completed, underway and soon to come. Like a post-season analysis, this report is useful in getting an idea on what the status of real estate development is at this time, and what needs to be considered as the city moves ahead into 2019.Here at The Ithaca Voice, we’ve delved into the numbers and identified key points and surprising details from the 2018 report, including mention of a major 900,000 square-foot mixed-use project planned for Collegetown.1. It’s an annual snapshot. But that doesn’t mean it’s a good snapshot.The opening line to the report says this:“As with any annual report – this one is a snapshot in time that may not accurately reflect the larger context.”There’s a reason for that. Look at the number of site plan approvals in 2018. The number plunged to only six approvals, a total not seen since the Great Recession. The number of staff approvals, which are typically for new single-family homes or other smaller development plans, was fairly consistent with previous years.Another value that plunged – the number of housing units approved for construction. In 2018, a grand total of 19 were approved. Twelve of those are LMI (low-moderate income, another phrase for affordable housing) units at 327 West Seneca Street. Another five are in 128 West Falls Street, which was a re-approval of a project that was first greenlighted four years ago. The other two approved units are not described; they fall under “scattered-site development”, the catch-all for the staff-level approvals mentioned above.For comparison, 2017 was a really big year for approved development in the city, when a grand total of 568 housing units are approved. Looking further back, in 2016, the city approved 62 housing units, 95 units in 2015, and 129 units in 2014. So once again, 2018 was the lowest total for new housing units since the recession.The dismal housing production statistic for 2018 is not an issue. It’s a statistical quirk. For the record, 473 housing units are under construction in the city at the moment, it just so happens that most of those were approved in 2017 (and most of the 203 housing units expected to start construction in 2019 were also approved in 2017). Meanwhile, other big projects like Cornell’s 2,000-bed North Campus Expansion went through most of their environmental review in 2018, but have yet to be approved. This is the equivalent of being told you got a score of 60 percent on a test, only to find out the average was 60 percent. You don’t get the full picture with one year.2. Cornell paid the city some hefty project feesWhile housing permits and site plan reviews were way down in 2018, it was actually the most lucrative year ever for planning department fees, a little over $208,000. That’s because of Cornell.The 800-pound gorilla of projects, the Cornell North Campus Residential Expansion is expected to add over 2,000 beds and about 800,000 square feet of institutional/dormitory space on Cornell’s North Campus. As one would expect for a very large project, it comes with a large construction cost, which the city estimated at $128 million (the project is worth $175 million, but that higher figure includes soft costs like design, engineering and legal work, and is reflective of what it would be if assessed for market value, not what it costs to build).As one might expect, such a large project generates a large fee. On the city’s graduated system ($1.50 per $1,000 for construction projects that cost $100,000 or more), that meant $192,000 in fees, the vast majority of the fund received in 2018.Side note – if you look closely, the two charts above have different fee totals for 2018, with the figure in the first chart stating $201,000. 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Rejected Propertymark Vice President candidate says process is “undemocratic”

first_imgOne of the agents nominated for the role of Propertymark Vice President says he is disappointed with the way the election is being conducted.Penzance agent and long-time outspoken critic of the industry’s status-quo Chris Wood (pictured, left), managing director of PDQ Properties, says in the past there were half a dozen people who eventually stood for the post after being nominated, and who were then voted on.He says that this time around he was told nominations for the post would have to be approved by a panel and then interviewed before standing for election.“I was happy to play along with at first because I assumed there had been a change in the rules – but I can’t see that there have been any,” says Chris.“I attended the interview and then received a letter that I had been unsuccessful from Christopher Hamer [the current executive chairman] on the day the candidates were announced.”Not democraticChris says he disagrees with this way of filtering candidates and that it was “not democratic”.“I’ll happily stand and face my peers in a vote, and if I get voted off for being a gobby so-and-so and occasional loose cannon then that’s fine, but this way of doing things only allows ‘yes’ men to go through.”The reasons given by NAEA Propertymark for Mark’s rejection following his interview are that Chris has only recently re-joined the organisation and therefore “those voting would perhaps question the credibility of Propertymark in putting forward someone with a possible lack of knowledge of the organisational strategy”.NAEA Propertymark were also worried that if Chris Wood were elected there would not be a “consistent line” between himself and the current President.“The position of vice-president is an important one for which we need to make sure every candidate is fully aware of the time commitment and responsibilities involved and can fully discharge their duties.  It would be inappropriate to comment on individual candidates,” Mark Hayward, NAEA Propertymark Chief Executive, told The Negotiator.Following the interviews and selection of candidates, voting is now open after the short-list of candidates was emailed to members. Members have until 14th June to respond.The current Presidents Elect of NAEA and ARLA; Katie Griffin (NAEA) and Sally Lawson (ARLA) will take office as respective Presidents, replacing David Mackie (NAEA) and Nik Madan (ARLA). The current Vice Presidents, Mark Bentley (NAEA) and Claire Lloyd (ARLA), will take office as the Presidents Elect.NAEA Propertymark PDQ Properties chris Wood May 23, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » Rejected Propertymark Vice President candidate says process is “undemocratic” previous nextAssociations & BodiesRejected Propertymark Vice President candidate says process is “undemocratic”Chris Wood tells The Negotiator that the old system of transparent nominations was better.Nigel Lewis23rd May 20170959 Viewslast_img read more