I am not sure I understand all of the implications of this Gorman
project..however, unlike Mary Pulliam, I never walk past any place with my
dogs and hope for a tall glass building..I hope for a site where people can
be friendly to each other and their dogs perhaps, but never a tall
building..there must be a way to develop east wash that doesn't involve a
huge structure. I do not believe that is the only way to develop east
wash..and perhaps Gorman could come back with something less magnificent,
but more neighbor friendly. I love the Yahara River Project by
Commonwealth..it is low and good looking and neighbor friendly. Dana
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rebecca Krantz" <einpc@...>
Sent: Wednesday, March 01, 2006 6:21 PM
Subject: [einpc] Fwd: [EINPC-board] 800 E. Washington development dead?
>>From: David Waugh <waugh@...>
>>Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 23:03:33 -0600
>>Subject: [EINPC-board] 800 E. Washington development dead?
>>Dear neighbors, as many of you know, the Gary Gorman development project
>>for the 800block of East Washington is in jeopardy. I'm not sure what
>>more can be done, but I do think that Gorman and the city need to stay
>>at the table and work out a compromise. This is an important project
>>for so many reasons that a compromise should be reached. At this point,
>>I believe only the Mayor can save this project and direct city staff to
>>continue working out a solution. If folks agree, please consider
>>writing a letter to the mayor in the next day or two and urge him to
>>find a solution. If he doesn't hear from enough of us, he is going to
>>let this drop. A letter to the newspaper would also be helpful.
>>PHONE: (608) 266-4611
>>My neighbor, Mary Pulliam, had this to say:
>>I greatly regretted to learn the city and the development company could
>>not come to terms on the finance package. I do not question anyone's
>>sincerity in the negotiations, though there are questions -- now moot --
>>I would put to both sides. I am not left with the belief the company
>>pulled a bait-and-switch on the neighborhood in making a TIF request
>>after all the numbers came clear, in case anyone is wondering on that
>>count. These are complex accountings that will be reviewed by many eyes
>>and no one benefits by being disingenuous. Instead, I believe the
>>breakdown took place when both sides allowed their positions to harden
>>and a negotiation apparently turned into a standoff. Nobody won this
>>one, and although the city has protected its financial interest -- which
>>is one of its responsibilities -- it has apparently lost the opportunity
>>for a highly desirable, forward-looking project to begin the renewal of
>>the east downtown.
>>The page layout in the State Journal with Dean Mosiman's two articles on
>>the same day tells another big part of the story. In the view of the
>>public, the 800 Block project was asking for TIF money simultaneous with
>>the Allied Drive project. Making a call for our necessarily limited city
>>support to go to E. Wash over Allied would have been politically hard to
>>defend, especially after the city gave TIF backing to the Monroe Street
>>store and apartments. That isn't our fault, any of us here. It was just
>>an existing condition, however unfortunate, we had to work around. I
>>will leave it to others to decide what lessons can be drawn from that.
>>I want to thank Brenda for her organizational skills, leadership,
>>and even risk-taking on this one. We've got a truly outstanding city
>>council representative and we know it.
>>I walk my dog past the Don Miller lot at least twice a day, and every
>>single time I look at the Paterson-Washington corner and picture a nifty
>>glass and brick tower in the air overlooking Breese Stevens field. I'm
>>sorry it'll have to stay right where it is -- in my mind.
>>At least we tried. I think in the big picture, properly done,
>>development is a way to leave a gift to the whole city, to future
>>generations. This would have been a visionary and memorable one.
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