By: Diane Benjamin
Renner isn’t responding to the market, he’s trying to create one. Just like he claims bike paths and buses are the future, he continues to claim Bloomington’s future is downtown. Decades of massive spending haven’t been enough.
Here’s a little Renner history. Not included are the Downtown Streetscape Plan and the Downtown Master Plan.
12/9/2013 Downtown Bloomington Strategy: http://www.cityblm.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=6034
Lead consultant was Farr Associates. I don’t know the total cost, but Farr was paid $7000 on 10/10/13 and $1810 on 1/9/14. Numerous other consultants are listed on page two.
$30,000 approved 12/9/2013 for the Downtown Hotel Feasibility Study: http://www.cityblm.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=6313
(It’s now immaterial because conditions have changed)
Who voted for it?
Don’t forget the first Giebelhausen plan. For $8.5 million he wanted to give the City a blank canvas by tearing down the Front and Center building and a few surrounding buildings.
Just two days ago Tari Renner was on WJBC: https://audioboom.com/boos/4814794-tari-renner-bloomington-mayor-7-13-16
He gave NO indication the deal was failing apart. He claims the consultant below told him the plan wasn’t viable. This is payment just in 2016:
Many staff hours have been wasted trying to put together a deal for a downtown hotel. Financing might have killed this deal, but I believe the hotel involved didn’t want to rehab the Front & Center building. They wanted land ready to build on. Paying off the Huff loans at CEFCU and the demolition costs make that impossible.
Renner keeps claiming any deal has to protect Bloomington taxpayers. He didn’t care when he:
- instituted an amusement tax
- raised utility taxes
- raised garbage fees
- raised the sales tax
- raised the gas tax
- raised liquor fees
- exploded the City budget
Mayor: The Farmers Market Works. Expand on the easy stuff and quit wasting time and money – you will never get a plan that works without fleecing citizens.