The sales of Edgewater Manor and the former Dunham’s store to a private developers, if they move forward, could be the last major actions of the city of Stevens Point’s Community Development Authority (CDA). City leadership is again considering disbanding the agency.
The CDA Board was scheduled to discuss the restructuring at its meeting Thursday, Jan. 10.
Halverson sent an email to city alderpersons last week briefly outlining a plan to disband the CDA, reconstitute a housing authority and move redevelopment activities back to the Common Council.
“This move will allow you to be more involved in redevelopment matters as the elected officials of the city, as you had expressed a sincere interest in the past to do,” said Mayor Andrew Halverson, who also chairs the CDA Board, in the email.
In February 2011, days before a referendum passed to fund a nearly $6 million downtown mall redevelopment initiative, Halverson announced plans to dissolve the CDA and place the mall project and future redevelopment projects under the direct control of the Common Council. Under that plan, as in the current plan, the city’s Housing Authority would have been reconstituted as a separate entity.
“We told the city that we were going to do this, we still want to do this,” said Halverson.