Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton has appointed Don Griffin Jr. as deputy mayor, replacing Mick Renneisen, who is retiring on April 23. He will oversee 16 city departments and 850 employees working to implement the Hamilton administration's policies and goals.
Don Griffin is owner of Griffin Realty Holdings, a Chamber member. He is president of the Bloomington Redevelopment Commission. He has served on many local nonprofit boards, including current appointments to the boards of the Eskenazi Museum of Art, the Monroe County History Center and The Project School, and past service on the boards of Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County, Lotus World Music Festival, and the Bloomington Board of Realtors, among others.
Read the city's press release here.
At a meeting that lasted over nine hours, a homeless encampment ordinance was defeated on a 4-4 vote of the Bloomington Council.
The Chamber had opposed the ordinance, which would have allowed encampments in public parks under certain conditions. It was supported by co-sponsors Matt Flaherty, Isabel Piedmont-Smith and Kate Rosenbarger, as well as Steve Volan. Voting against it were Dave Rollo, Susan Sandberg, Sue Sgambelluri and Ron Smith. Council president Jim Sims was absent due to a death in his family.
Read coverage in the Bloomington Herald-Times (paywall), WFIU and the B Square Beacon. CATS video of the meeting can be viewed here.
The City of Bloomington has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for development of the Kohr Building, as part of a broader redevelopment of the Bloomington Hospital site.
The RFI is for an affordable or mixed-income, multi-family residential project. Built in 1947, the 23,000-square-foot building was recently designated as a historic structure.
Responses are due by April 2 at 4 p.m. Click here for the complete RFI document. And learn more about the hospital site redevelopment project here.