After hearing nearly three hours of public protest over the proposed $54.3-million Jeffrey-Lynne Revitalization Project, City Council members late Tuesday night drew scattered applause when they unanimously agreed to postpone a vote on the issue until July 13. Additionally, the council asked city staff to form an advisory board of tenants to be included in the decision-making process for their neighborhood. Council members heard from more than 30 critics of the project; much of the opposition centered on the plan to demolish 71 one-bedroom apartment units in the heart of the neighborhood to make way for a greenbelt with a community center. Critics contend the plan will displace more than 200 families and individuals, many of whom work in the Resort Area, and leave them without a safety net. But Redevelopment Director Elisa Stipkovich said the city would pay for relocating displaced tenants and subsidize rents for some under the proposed plan.
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