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Old 06-11-2014, 09:51 PM
 
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round two up for tomorrow nite....more "entertainment" for the masses!
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Old 06-12-2014, 01:52 AM
 
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yeah, screw the Sheetz
Really? What would you do with that building that takes up a half block, sits empty, is decaying and paying no taxes? Just curious.
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:28 AM
 
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round two up for tomorrow nite....more "entertainment" for the masses!
The ones supporting the student housing better show up. Put Biafora in his place. I'll be glad to see that pr!ck take his big shiny ball and go elsewhere.
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Old 06-12-2014, 09:07 PM
 
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Really? What would you do with that building that takes up a half block, sits empty, is decaying and paying no taxes? Just curious.
The car dealership building is already looking bad. Sheetz will definitely be more attractive. Anyone know when the construction is going to start?
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Old 06-13-2014, 12:42 AM
 
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The ones supporting the student housing better show up. Put Biafora in his place. I'll be glad to see that pr!ck take his big shiny ball and go elsewhere.
How did the meeting go?
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Old 06-13-2014, 05:00 AM
 
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the building was voted down, 5-3.
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Old 06-13-2014, 06:56 AM
 
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What's this I'm reading... if they add 25 parking spaced and 5 unloading spaces within 1000 feet it is a go?
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Old 06-13-2014, 07:16 AM
 
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I wonder if they can re-apply or contest this ruling in court? The word at my local watering hole (Gene's) is an additional series of lawsuits will be filed against the city and its management. I'm not sure how reliable that information is, but people are starting to wonder what is going on with trying to hinder new development. Hopefully they will come to a compromise. The VFW building has become very dilapidated. Maybe 11 stories is too much, I don't know. But I hope they all agree that corner needs redeveloped.
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Old 06-13-2014, 07:39 AM
 
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What's this I'm reading... if they add 25 parking spaced and 5 unloading spaces within 1000 feet it is a go?
Unfortunately not. The additional 25 parking spots and 5 unloading spaces were a condition of the proposal on which the commission voted. One of the commissioners took the original proposal and made a motion to vote to approve the site plan with conditions of 1) taking into account certain "staff recommendations" which were described but too lengthy to recall, 2) 25 additional parking spots within 1,000 feet, and 3) 5 unloading spaces. That was voted down 5-3.

I watched most of the discussion, which lasted 4.5 hours, and it was pretty clear that the commissioners had their minds made up from the very beginning. I'm no expert, but it seemed like a case of small-mindedness and an inability/unwillingness to open up to the positive effects that a development like this could bring to the downtown area, both directly and indirectly. The major points of contention were, predictably, the parking-to-people ratio, the overall scale (too high, too large of a footprint), and the fact that there's a playground next door whose supporters feel would be negatively impacted by having a large student housing building adjacent to it.

As someone who is very pro-development, particularly in the downtown area, it was disappointing to watch. I thought this project would have been a net positive and would have added the first high quality new student housing of any real quantity in the immediate downtown area.
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Old 06-13-2014, 07:42 AM
 
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**** you David Biafora. There is a special place in hell for people like you.

So mad right now.
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