But yesterday, commission chair Jackie Simon had a new message for protesters and the public. Reading from a heavily-lawyered prepared statement, Simon declared the HOC has no plans to redevelop any part of the property at this time. It does plan to purchase the Westwood Tower property it currently operates from Regency Centers, but will merely continue to operate the existing building. Of course, the legal language left open the possibility of exploring future redevelopment of the site.
The new public stance is "fake news," as HOC engaged in mediation hearings with the Macedonia Baptist Church over its plan to build the garage all summer. HOC's plans for the garage and new housing on the cemetery site were detailed and far along in the planning process up until 4:00 PM yesterday.
A major protest rally against HOC/Regency Center's garage plans is scheduled for Sunday, November 12, 2017, at 1:30 PM at the Macedonia Baptist Church at 5119 River Road. Spread the word. Be there!