By: Diane Benjamin
Years ago a guy wanted to buy the old Coachman Motel property on East Washington and turn it into a parking lot.
Instead of collecting money and handing over the property title, the City told him they didn’t want a parking lot there.
Instead, under City ownership, this is what it looks like:
Allowing citizens to make free market decisions isn’t an option.
I wonder who else hasn’t been allowed to buy this property because they weren’t the “right” fit?
Expect more of this in your future.
Meanwhile, staff has to mow it occasionally. No property tax revenue is generated. An eyesore 4 blocks from downtown does nothing to create a destination.
Tonight the Council will discuss AGAIN how to change that. Government will again fail.
It’s way past time for a Council who understands their job. Developer isn’t one of them.