By: Diane Benjamin
If you haven’t figured it out, anything discussed at Committee of the Whole meetings is already a done deal. It’s a setup for upcoming votes.
First on the agenda is a riveting discussion of changing the building codes. Included are links to previous meetings:
I have no intention of watching them, but this statement says all you need to know:
Raising construction/operating costs does not ensure availability!
The minutes have little information, but they do reference “demolition by neglect”. I doubt that includes the buildings downtown that have been vacant for years. Interested parties need to inform themselves.
One recommendation in the old Downtown Task Force report was public art. It didn’t take long for this to appear, the report was just resurrected.
There is public art downtown now, look north of the library. No public funds were involved. This will be discussed at tonight’s Committee of the Whole meeting:
The difference between the public art now and what Bloomington is looking at is: You get to pay for it.
The documentation shows downtown first and then mentions possible other areas after. It is about downtown!
Flashback to April 2018: https://blnnews.com/2018/04/17/downtown-downtown-downtown/
The task force presented their report. This story has some interesting highlights of the thinking 2 1/2 years ago. Like this line:
The Front and Center building came up. Around 1:04 Renner talked about using eminent domain. City Manager Steve Rasmussen claimed they are working on something they will bring back to the Council.
Still waiting . . . .