Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Heritage House Blight Condemns City Of Greensboro

Well the Greensboro City Council tipped their hand today and continued with their lies. From the Greensboro News & Record:

"It wants Heritage House declared a “blighted property,” a process that could prove lengthy, complicated and expensive.

The designation would give the city the power to buy each of the 177 units through eminent domain — a law that lets governments buy private property even if it isn’t for sale, then convert it to public use."

The problem for the Greensboro City Council is in that declaring Heritage House a blighted property the City of Greensboro is confessing to having caused NC § 160A-501.  Findings and declaration of policy, Urban Redevelopment Law, the very statute under which the City Council hopes to use to take the property.

"(4)        That the foregoing conditions are beyond remedy or control entirely by regulatory processes in the exercise of the police power and cannot be effectively dealt with by private enterprise under existing law without the additional aids herein granted."

You see, the City of Greensboro has already issued press releases that stated the problems at Heritage House were being solved by better policing and those press releases were picked up by various media sources which I've linked to below:

"The Greensboro Police Department and Dr. Kevin Williams, pastor of the New Jerusalem Cathedral, are rallying the local community to clean up the rundown area surrounding the Heritage House in the south side of Greensboro, an area widely considered one of the most troubled areas in the city of Greensboro. "

Also this:

" Dr. Kevin Williams is a noted minister, acclaimed motivational speaker, author and media personality. As the Pastor of the New Jerusalem Cathedral in Greensboro, Williams oversees a congregation of more than 4,000 members. Williams’ sermons are broadcast every week on the ABC and Fox affiliates in the Carolinas as well as radio stations from Alabama to Pennsylvania, reaching an audience of millions throughout the South and into the Northeast. Williams is also the house Pastor at Monument of Praise Ministries in High Point, North Carolina."

May 10, 2014:

"Partnering with the Greensboro Police Department. Help clean up local community as well as plant flowers and lay mulch. Help the community feel a since of home and comfort by beautifying the grounds."

May 10, 2014:

"GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Greensboro Police Department worked with community members Saturday morning to clean up the area around the Heritage House."

May 16, 2014: 

"The Greensboro Police Department in partnership with Dr. Kevin Williams and the New Jerusalem Cathedral will oversee a second weekend of community cleanup and outreach at the Heritage House and surrounding area, widely considered one of the most troubled areas in the city of Greensboro."

June 25, 2014:

"City leaders in Greensboro, including council member Sharon Hightower and Neighborhood Development Director Barbara Harris, gave an update on the Heritage House.

They also did a room-by-room inspection of the building to identify any code enforcement issues. In a news release the city said this is a first step toward finding a sustainable solution to the ongoing issues at the property."

Remember folks, while some problems were found not one single unit out of 177 was condemned.

June 29, 2014:

"Greensboro officials are continuing to work toward improving the conditions at the Heritage House."

Now folks, you tell me how it is possible that at the exact same time, Heritage House is both getting better and worse? The Greensboro City Council is again lying to you in the hope they can make it all go quietly away while they secretly pad the pockets of some well connected developer.