June 27, 2016

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Meeting tonight aims to find ways to improve Medina neighborhoods

Bill Lamb

Bill Lamb

MEDINA — Councilman Bill Lamb, at-large, will be holding a forum today at 7 p.m. on developing a strategy to improve the city’s older neighborhoods.

“My perception is that what we need for the inner city is a muscular strategy to deal with decline in property value,” he said.

He hopes that meetings throughout the fall with community members will result in a strategy by the beginning of next year.

He points to the Strategic Downtown Redevelopment Plan as a basis for his ideas on the dozens of uptown neighborhoods that are struggling.

“People think that the downtown is a beautifully restored area but at the beginning it wasn’t about a perfect restoration,” he said. “It did turn into something much more wonderful than that.”

“My goal is similar, but to do it in the neighborhoods where property values have declined.”

Lamb wants the community to come up with a plan that will bring more homebuyers into the neighborhoods, which are dominated by rental communities.

“There is no investment in the upkeep and you have deterioration in the neighborhoods,” he said about nonlocal property owners who lease out houses. “People want to live there, but they want to have nice infrastructure.”

Lamb said stricter point of sale inspections and better street and sidewalk maintenance are some things that would likely go into the plan.

Lamb encourages the public to join in the discussion at the Second Baptist Church, 451 Bronson St.

“I am open to anyone’s ideas that would be effective in improving their neighborhoods,” he said. “People deserve a good neighborhood.”

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.

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Andrew Davis covered Medina city government for The Gazette from January 2014 to May 2015. Contact The Gazette's news department at (330) 721-4065 or areanews@medina-gazette.com.