At the 2015 Carifta Trials, Akeem Bloomfield won the Under-20 400m with a stunning circuit of the National Stadium track in 45.41 seconds. The tall Kingston College prodigy went on to do great things. Just weeks later, at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, he set a national junior record of 44.93 seconds. History repeated itself last Sunday, as Christopher Taylor of Calabar won the 2017 Carifta Trials 400 metres in exactly 45.41 seconds. You can’t help but wonder if Taylor will join Bloomfield by running the Class One 400m final faster than 45 seconds. It’s an achievement some fans have been expecting for more than a year. The waiting began when Taylor won the World U18 title in Cali, Columbia with runs of 45.30 in the semi-final and 45.27 seconds in the final. Even though Cali is just on the high side of the IAAF altitude threshold of 1000 metres, sub-45 talk gathered substance. Things didn’t work out last year but that was last year. Taylor looks ready as he showed last week. First, he smiled his way to the finish in a midweek jaunt over 200m timed in 20.98 seconds to put a cherry topping on the Corporate Area Development Meet. That was his first race of the season. Then on Sunday, he capped an eventful Carifta Trials meet, with a zippy run in the 400m. If he does break the 45 second barrier, it probably won’t be in the final at Boys and Girls Championships. He and his coach prefer trying for records before the multiple rounds of Champs take their toll. He set the Class Three record of 48.70 seconds in the heats in 2014 and the Class Two record last year in the preliminary round. He broke the Class Two 200m record early as well. That strategy also helps Taylor to dodge the sprint-unfriendly breeze that typically sweeps up the grandstand straight on Champs Saturday at the time of the 400m finals. In 2014, Taylor’s former Calabar teammate Javon Francis carved a huge 0.35 second chunk off Usain Bolt’s 11 year-old Class One 400m record in front of a packed Champs Saturday crowd. Though pundits postulated that Francis’ mark of 45.00 seconds would last for donkey years, Bloomfield dazzled that same Saturday throng with his record run a year later. Be warned. Taylor doesn’t march to the same tune. Put this date and time in your diary. It’s March 28 at 6.45 pm. That’s when the first round of the Class One 400m is set to start. Nine will get you ten that Taylor will go for 44 at that time. Come to the 107th staging of the greatest high school championships in the world any later and you may miss it. One question remains. So, you rightly ask, if he misses it at Champs, when will he try again? The best guess would be on July 3. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.
Rendering of the OneNorth project in Bayside.Last updated on June 18th, 2019 at 03:47 pmAfter its proposed development that included a 30-story residential building in the village of Bayside failed to receive approval by village officials, Milwaukee-based developer Cobalt Partners LLC has submitted a new set of plans that include cutting the number of stories of the tower in half and constructing a new library.Bayside village manager Andy Pederson announced in an email newsletter sent out this morning that the village had received a request from Cobalt Partners and LaMacchia Holdings LLC to establish zoning and development parameters for the site at the northwest corner of Port Washington and Brown Deer Roads. The site is located just east of Interstate 43.While the request doesn’t provide specific development plans, it would allow a residential tower no higher than 15 stories to be built on the western portion of the site, closest to the interstate, and buildings no higher than five stories on the eastern portion. According to the newsletter, the proposed mixed-use development could include a new North Shore Library, Class A office space, luxury owner-occupied or rental residential units, destination-oriented retail and restaurants or coffee shops, among other things.This proposal replaces the $200 million OneNorth project announced last year by Cobalt Partners. That project included a 30-story apartment tower with 260 to 280 units. It additionally called for 10 townhouses and 72,000 square feet of retail with another 50 to 90 units above that, along with 60,000 to 100,000 square feet of office space.Scott Yauck, president and chief executive officer of Cobalt Partners, said the new proposal would likely have around 200,000 square feet of office space. The library would be about 25,000 square feet and would sit next to public green space. Yauck did not provide a specific number of residential units, since that number will depend on the results of updated market studies and on the specific size of the residential tower.The North Shore Library is currently trying to raise money to pay for renovations to its existing space in Glendale. Yauck said even with updates, that space is too small to fit its needs. He added that his group is in talks with the library about moving to the new site.“There’s interest and we’re trying to work through the possibility of making that work,” he said.Yauck said the project addresses some of the concerns that residents had regarding the OneNorth development, specifically their worries about the height of the building. The proposed 30-story tower would have been the first high-rise in the North Shore.“We spent many months analyzing the possibilities there and we tried to be respectful of input from some members of the community that had issues with the height,” he said. “We think we’ve addressed that as best we can and still have a project that’s viable.”Yauck added, “we think it’s a great asset for the community.”Village officials canceled an October meeting when the Community Development Authority was expected to vote on a proposed $42.6 million tax incremental financing district that would help pay for the project.The newsletter notes that the next steps for consideration of this new proposal starts with a pre-petition conference with the village’s Plan Commission, which is tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. on June 18. From there, the development will go through a number of public hearings and require a recommendation from the Plan Commission and approval from the Village Board. The board would also consider a separate development agreement related to the project.Assuming the Village Board adopts both the preliminary development plans and development agreement, each building and structure that would subsequently be proposed for the project site would also need to go through an approval process.Any proposed city financing to facilitate the development would also be considered separately. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe