|The 5 vacant city lots on Malden, vacant since at least the early 1970s|
This time, voting members voted it down by an ultra-slim margin of 5 votes, yet in the block club's letter to Alderman Cappleman, the vote is called a "clear majority."
The final tally of votes was curiously not included in the letter to the alderman, but was sent out to residents who voted on the project in an email last night which was sent to Uptown Update.
Block club members paid a $10 membership fee for the right to vote on the proposal, with a total of 31 members voting.
18 AGAINST the zoning change
13 FOR the zoning change
Interesting to think that for 5 votes, or $50 worth of votes, a $10M project was turned down by a block club. Not a great voter turnout when you think that many of the buildings in the Magnolia Malden boundaries have more than 31 residents in a single building.
The project will still proceed to the 46th Ward Zoning & Development Committee with letters of support from Uptown United, Graceland Wilson Neighbors Association and Beacon Block Club, which shares an alley with the proposal. Those letters are now posted on Alderman Cappleman's website along with the letter from MM Neighbors stating a "clear majority" were against the upzone request. Is a 5 vote difference a clear majority?
We trust that cooler heads will prevail at the next meeting.