Postpone Marywood South Zoning Hearing, Oct 10, 2018

Postpone Marywood South Zoning Hearing, Oct 10, 2018

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Until reading the Times article on Oct 1st, I was hopeful that the Marywood South properties would become a beautiful and historical addition to the neighborhood. My mother and I discussed her retirement into one of the apartments to be closer to her grandchildren.  On behalf of a community group, Greenridge Revitalization Committee, I have been reaching out to the developer, Lance Robbin, team since August. He knew of our interest and our mission: To assist stakeholders in assuring a safe, useful, and sustainable transformation of the Greenridge Community, while maintaining its historical integrity.

I was hopeful that Marywood South would be like Mr. Robbin’s property in Ohio. This property was part of the city’s Franklin Development Association (FDA) long-term strategic plan to turn around the crime-ridden area. The FDA has collaborative partnerships, including a George Bellows Grant Program, which funds arts projects. These have helped to make art happen organically in Franklin, Ohio.

Unfortunately, Mr. Robbin’s failed to invite our community group into the discussion. Rather, they spoke with Council, behind closed doors, to discuss zoning variances. Due to Mr. Robbin’s known history and most recent legal struggles in Belville, NC and Pawtucket Falls, RI, I would ask that the zoning hearing of October 10, 2018 be postponed until the community is invited as a collaborative partner.

 

More information regarding Mr. Robbins is below:

Lance “Robbins is one of the most dishonest and unscrupulous people I have come across in my career working for vulnerable tenants and consumers. I cannot imagine entrusting any (public) money to him” states one of the top advocacy lawyers in the country, Lauren Saunders, who is Associate Director of the National Consumer Law Center in Washington, DC.  http://www.golocalprov.com/news/golocal-investigation-leads-to-reforms-on-3.6m-commerce-deal-with-ca-slumlo

Specifically, Mr. Robbins has had 105 health and building code violations, 7 criminal charges for building code violations, has lost his real estate license, and has been admonished by the California State bar. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2006-06-24/news/0606240142_1_tax-credits-income-tax-renovation Robbins lost his real estate license; http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20150830/belville-and-usg---anatomy-of-a-failed-partnership; and http://blog.oregonlive.com/visualarts/2007/05/a_look_back_at_disjecta_part_i_1.html

In July 2015, “Belville (NC) alleges in the suit that USG (Lance Robbin’s group, Urban Smart Growth) breached the 2007 agreement with the town to develop Belville’s depressed downtown area.” “Any hope for a phoenix-like resurrection of downtown now appears dead.” http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/NC/20150708/News/605044141/WM/ and http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20150830/belville-and-usg---anatomy-of-a-failed-partnership

In 2015, city officials of Pawtucket, RI, “worked out a payment plan with representatives from M&L Financial and Urban Smart Growth, …that will allow them to collect the $241,616 in taxes owed…” Furthermore, in 2017, “an ongoing investigation into a $3.6 million deal between the RI Commerce Corporation and California developer Lance Robbins has led to major reforms in the agreement with the state placing an oversight structure to monitor Robbins and his operation.” http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20140216-tax-delinquent-complexes-both-a-burden-and-a-source-of-economic-hope-in-pawtucket-and-central-falls.ece and http://www.golocalprov.com/news/golocal-investigation-leads-to-reforms-on-3.6m-commerce-deal-with-ca-slumlo

 

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