Chodo Fights On!
The court ruled in favor of the Community Housing Development Organization concerning the Linden Meadows project. The plaintiffs however are not satisfied and have filed an appeal.
The original suit has delayed project about a year and cost Chodo around $140,000 in court costs. The appeals process will likely increase that figure to near $250,000 in not only additional legal fees but also increases in the costs of materials to finish the project.
Pending court action makes it more difficult and expensive for the organization to borrow funds to replace that which has already gone to pay legal proceedings.
All the while, these homes could have been finished, sold, and occupied by people who live, work, spend money, and pay taxes here in New Albany! Not to mention the matching funds from the federal government that would result from these sales to build or replenish other homes to sell to still more taxpaying citizens!
Seems like a lot of wasted time and money just for the sake of a park when you look at the dollars that could go into the city coffiures once this project is finished.
Why don't we look into dedicating another of New Albany's green spaces in the name of the deceased person who left the city this land in the first place? I doubt seriously that they would mind if they were aware of the good that could result from Linden Meadows completion.