City Council postpones vote on Vance Avenue Collaborative - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

City Council postpones vote on Vance Avenue Collaborative Transformation Plan

(WMC-TV) - Memphis City Council members postponed the discussion Vance Avenue Community Transformation Plan Tuesday night.  

A plan some community leaders are rallying behind to try to save their neighborhood.

This afternoon the Vance Avenue Collaborative held a rally with residents of Foote Homes and the Vance Avenue Neighborhood and other stakeholders.

The group is asking the full city council to adopt the resolution for the Land Use Control Board to hear the Vance Avenue Community Transformation Plan.  

The group wants to renovate and preserve Foote Homes by providing residents with more social services and economic opportunities. They want to add greenways, gardens and emphasize the neighborhood's rich cultural history.

"We want to make sure that the future conditions in the neighborhood and the resources and assets reflect what current residents, business owners, investors, and institutional leaders like church leaders and school principals feel is most important," said member of Vance Avenue Collaborative Ken Reardon.

According to Reardon, council members decided they needed to take six items off the agenda and this was one of them.  

The city wants to demolish Foote Homes and relocate its more than 400 families to make way for a larger commercial and residential development.

Action News 5 was told that there will be a full discussion and vote Dec. 4.

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