Also Wednesday, Edwards said construction on the East End park near Dixie Street is moving along. Contractors have built columns to support the main entry arch, he said.
"The only challenge is AEP came to us. They previously wanted to bury the line that runs overhead in an underground conduit. Now they want to take it down an alley. They said they want to get their largest truck to all of the conduit and the transformer. So that has added some cost -- another $5,000 to $7,000."
In other matters, Edwards gave updates on several issues board members discussed in executive session Wednesday:
| The state Department of Environmental Protection continues its cleanup of the former Sunoco gas station site at the corner of Greendale Drive and West Washington Street, which CURA would like to see redeveloped.
"Obviously that's the first step," he said. "We have to make a decision once it's cleaned up whether to acquire it. If we do, we'll have to market it for redevelopment, which could range from a public space all the way to a commercial development.
| A bankruptcy judge has appointed a trustee to see off properties owned by the Dandy family trust, including the building at 1601 Washington St. E that CURA has been trying to get redeveloped. The trust filed for bankruptcy in 2011 after CURA said it would use its eminent domain power to acquire the building.
| CURA has advertised for proposals to develop CURA-owned property at 1002-1018 Quarrier St., former site of the Holley and Worthy hotels. The CURA board will invite prospective developers to its June meeting, Edwards said.
| CURA is also seeking proposals for a small block the agency owns at Dickinson, Lewis, Christopher and Shrewsbury streets, he said, in the heart of the city's black historic district. "That location is really not a commercial office or retail area. I think it's a multifamily residential site."
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