blight http://kbia.org en Voters limit Columbia's eminent domain power http://kbia.org/post/voters-limit-columbias-eminent-domain-power <p>Many Columbia property owners are cheering after City of Columbia Proposition One passed yesterday with nearly 70 percent of the vote.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 14:04:39 +0000 Khaliah Henderson 31431 at http://kbia.org Voters limit Columbia's eminent domain power Columbia voters to decide on "blight" prop and the city's use of eminent domain http://kbia.org/post/columbia-voters-decide-blight-prop-and-citys-use-eminent-domain <p></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 14:19:42 +0000 jake godin 31199 at http://kbia.org Columbia voters to decide on "blight" prop and the city's use of eminent domain REDI to Columbia city council: rescind EEZ ordinance http://kbia.org/post/redi-columbia-city-council-rescind-eez-ordinance <p>Columbia’s economic development leaders are officially asking the Columbia City Council to effectively drop the effort to create an enhanced enterprise zone, or EEZ, in the city. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 00:04:17 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 25839 at http://kbia.org REDI to Columbia city council: rescind EEZ ordinance Columbia activists fight urban blight label http://kbia.org/post/columbia-activists-fight-urban-blight-label <p>A city of Columbia&#39;s effort to classify certain neighborhoods as blighted to help businesses secure tax credits continues to draw fire from local activists.</p><p>The &quot;blight&quot; label is required by the state Department of Economic Development to create Enhanced Enterprise Zones. The zones are distinct areas where businesses can receive tax breaks in return for adding new facilities or jobs.</p><p>Opponents say the label will lower property values and could make it easier for local government to seize property under eminent domain laws.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 21:25:57 +0000 Associated Press 15025 at http://kbia.org Columbia activists fight urban blight label Inside the EEZ Part 1: A fit for Columbia? http://kbia.org/post/inside-eez-part-1-fit-columbia <p>A proposed enhanced enterprise zone in Columbia has generated a lot of discussion for the last few months. Concerns about the designation of blight required for the EEZ have been widely discussed in the news and at city council meetings. On Monday, Columbia City Council voted to throw out the original proposal and possibly start the process over. &nbsp;In part 1 of her 3 part series on the EEZ program, KBIA&rsquo;s Sarah Redohl explores whether Columbia is different from other EEZs. Wed, 09 May 2012 14:30:33 +0000 Sarah Redohl 13784 at http://kbia.org Inside the EEZ Part 1: A fit for Columbia? Columbia City Council votes to rescind blight decree http://kbia.org/post/columbia-city-council-votes-rescind-blight-decree <p>The City Council passed Resolution 20-12A to declare some parts of Columbia as &ldquo;blighted&rdquo; in February. While the blight decree caused a large amount of backlash from Columbia residents, it was the legality of the resolution that caught the council&rsquo;s attention.&nbsp; Tue, 08 May 2012 13:55:38 +0000 Emily Hauger 13753 at http://kbia.org Columbia City Council votes to rescind blight decree More changes to columbia's blight zone http://kbia.org/post/more-changes-columbias-blight-zone <p>The Enhanced Enterprise Zone Advising Board considered two options for reducing the size of the zone in Columbia at its meeting Friday.</p><p> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 21:02:26 +0000 Sarah Redohl 10716 at http://kbia.org More changes to columbia's blight zone Blight Decree proposal ramifications discussed by city council http://kbia.org/post/blight-decree-proposal-ramifications-discussed-city-council <p sab="818">Concerns about a &ldquo;blight&rdquo; designation in the city of Columbia are continuing to come out in public forums. Issues such as using outdated census data from the year 2000, incorporating the first ward in the blighted zone, and potential employment of felons in the new &ldquo;blighted&rdquo; areas are among concerns being raised.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 22:23:01 +0000 Janet Saidi & Katherine Biek 10647 at http://kbia.org Blight Decree proposal ramifications discussed by city council Enhanced enterprise zones in Columbia http://kbia.org/post/enhanced-enterprise-zones-columbia <p><strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">Watch the show and join the conversation on the<a href="http://intersectkbia.weebly.com/" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); ">&nbsp;Intersection website.</a></strong></p><p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 23:07:47 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 10421 at http://kbia.org Enhanced enterprise zones in Columbia Columbia makes changes to its EEZ proposal http://kbia.org/post/columbia-makes-changes-its-eez-proposal <p>The ongoing debate over the Enhanced Enterprise Zone in Columbia prompted a change today. The proposed blight zone for Columbia is now a little bit smaller.&nbsp; The Enhanced Enterprise Zone Advisory Board unanimously voted in favor of eliminating six portions of the original blight zone.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 23:00:39 +0000 Emily Hauger 10291 at http://kbia.org Columbia makes changes to its EEZ proposal Newscast for March 8, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-march-8-2012 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:</p><ul><li>House budget would cut services to the blind, restore higher education dollars</li><li>City takes aim at energy efficiency in rental units</li><li>Opponents of blight designation voice concerns</li></ul> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 16:17:54 +0000 Jacob Fenston 10183 at http://kbia.org Newscast for March 8, 2012 Opponents of blight designation voice concerns http://kbia.org/post/opponents-blight-designation-voice-concerns-0 <p>In Columbia, civic leaders and residents continue to voice concerns about plans to classify nearly half of the city as an &quot;enhanced enterprise zone,&quot; designed to attract business.</p><p> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 14:53:59 +0000 Sarah Redohl 10177 at http://kbia.org Opponents of blight designation voice concerns