By: Diane Benjamin
Remember when Tari had to have a hotel downtown to “benefit the Coliseum”?
Remember when he said over and over developers were lining up to get projects started downtown?
Today Tari’s Downtown Task Force has the brilliant idea of moving the library and creating a bus transfer station.
Neither will be private investments.
Neither will bring money downtown – the library is free and nobody who rides the bus owns a Mercedes.
Put the pieces together.
Why is their catalyst project a library and transfer station?
Could it be because NOBODY wants to put their money downtown?
Jeff Giebelhausen utters big plans occasionally, but in the past he wanted your money to fund his profits. He mentioned developing the Front and Center building into a hotel without taxpayer money months ago, if it was really happening Tari would be all over it. David Bentley still hasn’t finished the CII East building
Alderman Bray thinks the catalyst project should be another ice rink. She mentioned the Pepsi Ice Center makes money. They do make a little, but NOTHING close to paying for another building. Unit 5 is expecting enrollment to decrease in the future. I don’t know if that means the population is aging and little ones aren’t being created as fast as they used to be, or if Unit 5 recognizes people are leaving. Either doesn’t bode well for a new rink. Besides, the Coliseum is a rink the Pepsi Ice Center pays to rent! Fire VenuWorks since they manage the BCPA now, quit doing shows and anything not needing ice.
Wasn’t the Coliseum a catalyst project in the first place?
Wasn’t the BCPA a catalyst project?
Wasn’t the Visitor’s Center in the History Museum a catalyst project?
How many Failures are the citizens going to tolerate?
I wonder if Grossinger Motors is regretting their decision to put their name on Felony Central?