DiCicco Introduces Bill #030299

On May 1, 2003 Councilman Frank DiCicco introduced the legislation (Bill #030299) requesting that the Redevelopment Authority (RDA) acquire the property where the garden is located, as part of its South Central Urban Renewal program through the Mayor’s Neighborhood Transformation Initiative.

A public hearing was held on the bill before the Committee on Rules on June 3, 2003 in City Hall. Councilman DiCicco invited several of the S. Bodine Street gardeners to testify in support of the bill. Gardeners Mike Legacki, Lisa Buscaglia, and Rob Buscaglia spoke to the Committee, detailing the history and value of the garden in the community, and requesting that the properties be condemned and confiscated by the Redevelopment Authority and turned over to the Neighborhood Garden Association.

The South Central Urban Renewal legislation that includes the South Bodine Street Community Garden property will be voted on by the full Council next Thursday, June 12, the last day of session before the summer break. If it is passed, Mayor Street will need to sign it and the RDA will then need to officially take the property and give it to the Neighborhood Gardens Association.

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