By Jill Terreri
Today is packed with meetings here in City Hall. Here's a run-down:
- The Planning Board meets at 8:15 a.m. today in Room 901. The agenda includes plans for a new doctor's office at 501 Seventh St., a new 300-space parking lot for the Larkin building, and exterior renovations to Trinity Tower Apartments at 33 Linwood Ave. and to Sinatra Realty's building at 400 Elmwood Ave., south of Bryant Street. James Nash will ask the board to re-establish a restaurant at 162 Allen St., and Crust Buffalo will ask to re-open a sit-in restaurant at 244 Allen St. T-Mobile will also appear before the board again about locating a 90-foot cell tower at 535 Northampton St. The board won't meet again until Sept. 10.
- The Common Council will hold a special session at 3 p.m. today to tie up loose ends before the Council takes its annual August break. Votes are expected on contracts for public works projects and other items that can't wait for September.
- The Council will have several committee meetings as well, including Civil Service at 9:45 a.m., Finance at 10 a.m., Community Development at 1 p.m. and Legislation at 2 p.m. All committees meet in Council Chambers. Discussion of "zombie foreclosures" will take place during the Finance Committee, specifically about what elected officials can do. Discussion of new proposals regarding what Buffalo can do to reform its own foreclosure process is also possible at 10 a.m. At 2 p.m., the Legislation Committee will hear from residents upset with Time Warner, and the city's head of telecommunications, Tom Tarapacki, will update the committee about concerns at the Apollo Theatre.
- Over at the IDA headquarters at 143 Genesee St., the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. will meet at noon. The BUDC is expected to award a three-year contract for operations, monitoring and maintenance of the RiverBend site in South Buffalo to TurnKey Environmental Restoration. The first year will cost $93,340, and the subsequent two years will be negotiated.