Thanks for the information. I was under the impression by the articles in the paper that this was a community based effort to talk about all of these projects in both the workshops and the storefronts. With that said, I think the city had a duty to be transparent regarding the OEO property.
In regards to the solar village, it would appear to me that by receiving the grant money for this specific project at this specific site, that the process needed to acquire the land (public notices, council votes, properly posting the city owned property for sale so other bids can be received) are going to be side stepped. How can a company receive grant money for upgrading a property that they don't even own? I simply can't and frankly don't want to see subsidized housing on that lot, regardless of the solar trend. In ten years it will all be subsidized as the company is set up as a non profit so it can get grants....The only grants out there have to include subsidized housing. Even the green build grants.
Dave Bunnell followed all the rules in place, went through the entire process and the property was voted to be sold by council, only for Matt Horn to say the "language needed some clarification" and that another vote would be needed. All of which was to give time for the people against it, in my opinion, to sway the councilors vote and spread disinformation about the location of the property and the impact on the local floral and fauna. Personally, I think Bunnell dodged a bullet as the property was grossly overpriced and is known to be all fill.
Ken's idea was a good one, but where is the upside? The city dumped a ton of "grant" money into remediating the soil and repiping the culverts for castle creek to make the park.It was a terrible design to begin with and done ham handedly. I can't justify paying twice for something that should have been done right the first time.
I think the Dove Building getting the amount it did was great, that building has the potential to be the anchor and face of downtown, despite it's less than redeeming architecture, it's history will undoubtedly draw foot traffic and visitors to the third story. We can't give all of the grant money for the art to the Smith Opera House. If they want new bathrooms it's simple, host some concerts and make some revenue!
200k for sign...... For that cost it had better be make out of gold and give out free orgasms on demand.
What's befuddling to me is the 800k set aside to "attract" artists to the area. If that money were set aside for downtown business owners to borrow from for updates and maintenance at a low APR it would have had five times the economic impact over the course of it's value. Just my humble observations.