By: Diane Benjamin
Want proof council meetings are really immaterial because decisions are all made in advance?
Tari formed a Downtown Study Committee before getting Council approval! That approval is on the agenda for Monday night’s meeting: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=12806
Getting approval must have been an afterthought since this item was added as an addendum. Of course there is no chance the Council won’t approve it.
According to the document attached, the City hired Doug Farr to do a downtown redevelopment plan in 2008-2009. Farr is the same guy who did Uptown. The plan is very close to Normal’s – lots of housing over commercial businesses on the main floor.
Here’s a few items included:
Will the City force the owners of the Front and Center building to tear it down?
- Mixed use is Uptown, maybe the committee can see why the condos at Ensenbergers aren’t selling before encouraging more housing.
- The second item reminds me of communist China where workers live and work in the same building.
- Employer based incentives for home ownership? Really?
- Hope Green Top doesn’t mind the competition.
The plan could be more expensive that Uptown.
Nothing is standing in Tari’s way now. The plan is already done, Tari’s committee will be looking at how to implement it.