City Councilor Etel Haxhiaj on the former Big D property

Dec 22, 2022

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District 5 City Councilor Etel Haxhiaj recently spoke to Talk of the Commonwealth about her efforts to revitalize Mill Street, which has been plagued by an abandoned property for the past two decades. The former Big D property has been left vacant for far too long, and Haxhiaj is determined to bring about change. She has proposed designating the area an Urban Center Housing TIF Zone, which could be the key to unlocking the potential of the area and bringing much-needed progress to the community.

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