By: Diane Benjamin
The only way to know what both developers proposed last night is to watch the video of the meeting. Nothing was included for either developer in meeting documentation to the Council.
The Giebelhausen presentation was vague. He claims to have 3 hotels interested, but only if they get taxpayer money. Why invest here is they can go to other cities who will pay part of the cost? – That’s Jeff’s line.
Bentley presented a more defined plan, but it won’t happen without taxpayer money either.
Giebelhausen starts at 51:50.
Bentley starts at 1:22:00
Giebelhausen presents some interesting “facts” on how many people support downtown redevelopment. He also claims to have read the “blogs”.
Comments to the birdcage liner story don’t support his “facts”.
Watch both and decide for yourself. Meanwhile, the City is spending staff time and paying Steve Friedman to narrow the choices.
How many past projects have taken lots of taxpayer money in staff time and legal expense – then went nowhere? Paradigm? The last Giebelhausen proposal? Probably more. How many projects did happen with projections being WAY off? (Coliseum?)
Nothing presented last night is a done deal. Citizens standing up to the Council does make a difference! If you don’t want to pay for Uptown Bloomington – it’s up to you to stop it.
I hear the Marriott talked to Bloomington about occupancy. They are not at the 70% Steve Friedman reported is needed. Local hotel management needs to speak up before Tari uses public money to destroy their businesses.