The rumors are flying, but investigation shows no evidence that the Fleetwood is about to close/be redeveloped.
The livejournal version of the rumor reads,
Little Birdy says the city has finally approved the developments that would turn the 300 block of South Ashley into 100 condominiums, removing the current Fleetwood Diner.
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For at least the past year, the block has been for sale. For nearly that long, there has been an interested buyer, a developer from Chicago who wants to clear the block to make way for new… when he came by a few weeks ago to measure the place, I asked him if the deal was through yet, he said “not quite, but nearly”...
Today, it was confirmed that the city has supposedly agreed to his terms and the sale is going through.
I don’t care if you believe it. What I’m wondering is, what does it mean to the community, will the community be willing to take action to wrench these plans, and HOW?
After asking several members of City Planning staff and Planning Commission, here’s what I find credible information:
- A developer (probably Freed) has been looking at the “Nalli” properties – Fleetwood, Pizza Arbor, Lucky Monkey, and may have already bought them.
- No plans have been submitted to the city for any part of that block.
- No plans have been approved by Planning Commission, let alone City Council.
- The Fleetwood is within a Historic District, and we’ve seen what happens when Freed comes up against the Historic District Commission…
Conclusion: Don’t panic. Further updates as events warrant.
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