The City of Inglewood took another step forward toward making it more affordable to live at Tuesday’s council meeting.
Michael Wegmann, Principal and Founder of Wegmann Properties, LLC, has been quietly buying and renovating properties in Inglewood for residential use. He is currently working on a project on Prairie Avenue, which he calls “Home on the Prairie.” A designer, branding expert and real estate developer, Wegmann presented an impressive rendering of the project.
As he concluded, Mayor James Butts said. “Tell us about the money!”
Wegmann then announced his company would be donating 4 percent of the profit made on each project to the City. He started off with a $5,000 check.
The mayor said the City will use the money to help subsidize affordable housing in Inglewood. “I was talking to a realtor in Westchester. He said Inglewood is depressing home prices. People would rather live here. We want to continue to have an affordable component in the city, so there will still be a place for people to stay here,” Butts said.
Inglewood councilmembers voted to purchase LED lighting fixtures and award two contracts for residential sound insulation. The contracts will go to the lowest responsible bidder for RSI Project XV, Groups 3 and 4.
Treasurer Wanda Brown announced that she almost has 50 interns in her financial literacy group. Students will learn how to budget and build credit, and get an education on how City Hall is run during the 4-week program.
The mayor commended Brown on organizing the workshop to help young people in Inglewood. “She doesn’t have to do this. She gives it as a community resource,” he said. “When I talked to the kids, they were ‘dialed in.’ You could see they were taking it seriously. This is the best thing you can do for our children. No applause, no accolades. You do it because it’s right.”
Councilman George Dotson reminded everyone of the District 1 Christmas Toy Drive on Thursday, Dec. 7 at St. Mary’s Academy, 701 Grace Avenue. Warren Lane and Kelso Elementary schools will be represented.
Councilman Alex Padilla encouraged everyone to honor veterans on Saturday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day. “Everyday is Veterans Day to me,” Padilla said, “because I pray for the veterans and their families everyday.”