The January edition of the Mount Hope Monitor is now online.
Tenants living in 1892 Morris Ave. have taken taken their nonprofit landlord, Mount Hope Housing Company, to court for neglecting the building and ignoring their maintenance requests.
In better news for Mount Hope, we heard today that the organization's beautiful but much delayed community center has moved a step closer to opening. According to staff, the Temporary Certificate of Occupancy has just come through, meaning it can be "legally occupied." Soon is the operative word.
A look at who's eyeing Council Member Helen Diane Foster's District 16 seat. (We tried - and failed - to get Foster on the phone to clarify whether or not she'll seek another four years in office. Her chief-of-staff, Jim Fairbanks, said "she hasn't told me" when asked about his boss' future plans.)
More on Middle School 399 and the DOE's decision to gradually shut it down. The 700-plus student school is housed in a majestic building on 184th Street, just three blocks from PS 79, another school that's being phased out. MS 399 will be replaced by two smaller middle schools that will occupy the same building.