Saturday, in this posting, I alerted readers that according to Tamara Finocchiario, owner of the Pythian Castle, the City Council would be considering whether to "spot blight" the Pythian Castle through a resolution presented on the July 27, City Council agenda.
A designation of blight would pave the way for Finocchiaro to, possibly, qualify for a HUD loan to assist in bringing the historic property into compliance with City code requirements.
Tuesday, Finocchiaro alerted me that the resolution has been postponed.
Springfield Planning and Development Department Grants Administrator Vern Morgan informed Finocchiaro the resolution would be delayed in an email on Monday.
In the email, Morgan informed Finocchiaro the Law Department had decided the City can't request an exception for a single project, and the rule change needs to be written broadly enough that other properties, under similar circumstances, might also qualify for the "spot blight" designation.
Morgan, who will re-write the resolution, said the deadline for including the amended, proposed resolution has passed for including it on the July 27 agenda but, according to Morgan, it will be re-scheduled for first reading and public hearing at the August 10 City Council meeting.