Stukes proposes task force to help relocate Fairfield, Heights residents

October 27, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Sixth District Councilman Melvin L. Stukes introduced a resolution last night calling for establishment of a task force to find funding to relocate residents of two tiny south side neighborhoods -- Fairfield and the Heights -- that sit in the shadow of chemical and oil plants.

Stukes represents both neighborhoods, which are home to about 30 people. The neighborhoods had been included in a residents' proposal for a government and industry-financed buyout of nearby Wagner's Point and its 270 residents.

But while the city has moved to buy out residents in Wagner's Point to make room for a sewage plant expansion, it has balked at doing the same for Fairfield and the Heights.

The proposed task force would include residents, representatives of the mayor and City Council president, planning Director Charles Graves, housing commissioner Daniel P. Henson III, and top officials of Baltimore Development Corp. and federal empowerment zone.

Pub Date: 10/27/98

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