Reilly Enters Council Race

February 20, 2015

Brennan Reilly, a West U resident who has been a leading opponent of the city’s so-called “Super Block,” officially filed as a candidate Friday for the West U City Council.

Reilly also opposes a proposed new zoning ordinance for commercial properties in the city.

In particular, Reilly has spoken out against a provision in the proposed zoning ordinance that would allow property owners in the new “Town Center Commercial District” to opt out of the new zoning rules by seeking a special exception from the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

That proposed new ordinance will be considered for preliminary approval Monday by the West U City Council.

The council also has scheduled an executive session Monday on real estate transactions with West U Baptist Church. Although the council is not expected to take any action, the real estate deal is part of a long-range master plan for city facilities.

The plan for a new campus of municipal buildings on the block bordered by University, Auden, Amherst and College Streets would require the city to “swap” land now owned by the church on Amherst St. for city-owned property on Milton.

Reilly has joined several other West U residents, including former Mayor Bob Kelly, in opposing the deal with the church.