Two items related to recommendations of the Milwaukee St Special Area Plan are on the agenda at Tuesday’s council meeting. If you are following the future of the Voit Farm, please pay attention! I asked for referral of approval of the proposed revisions of the Official Map to reserve future streets (9) to the next CC meeting in order to discuss the proposed Chicago Ave extension with affected property owners on N Fair Oaks. Leo Ritter Co, LLC, the property owner for 3630 3650 Milwaukee St (which contains the Amazon package distribution facility and parking for approximately 700 vehicles and is zoned IL and TR C1), has filed a protest petition objecting to the proposed rezoning their property to TR U1 and TSS (61).
The cops did come to Nobadeer Beach that day, quashing the party before it really got started. A motorcade of teenage drivers left in their Jeeps, carrying flags and frowns. The residents of Nantucket got their calm day; I got a pensive one. Last week the McGrath Property Group announced their decision to terminate their offer to purchase the Essen Haus properties. This was disappointing news but not surprising based on the complexity of the site and the layers of regulations that affect it (Landmarks ordinance, First Settlement historic district standards, the Downtown Plan (as part of the comprehensive plan), FS neighborhood plan, and the National Register of Historic Places E Wilson St District). The next step is to work with the property owner Bob Worm, First Settlement neighbors, other interested parties, and city staff to get an understanding of what an approvable project might look like.
After the BBC’s “Deep Blue,” “Earth” and Terence Malick’s “Voyage of Time,” Berlin based Sophisticated Films is partnering Finland’s MRP Matila Rhr Productions on their mythological natural history feature “Tale of the Sleeping Giants.” Sophisticated Films’ managing director Sophokles Tasioulis will serve as associate producer, in charge of marketing and sales outside Finland. Cheng Lei was a high profile TV anchor working in Beijing at China state owned news channel CGTN, but she was detained last August on suspicion of illegally supplying state secrets overseas. The power vacuum and divisions between political leaders was a boost to the al Qaeda linked al Shabaab insurgency, a Somali security analyst warned, citing a spate of recent attacks in a relatively peaceful part of the country.
In an oddity that never happened again, the Academy actually handed out two Best Picture Oscars that evening in 1929. Paramount’s war epic “Wings” won for Outstanding Picture, and Fox’s “Sunrise” for Unique and Artistic Picture, considered by film scholars as one of cinema’s most lyrical films ever produced. Murnau (“Nosferatu,” “The Last Laugh”)..