Apologies-couldn't find the most recent thread about this, but I wanted to pick this back up again. This ran in The Blade today:
Things that continue to feed my skepticism about this project
- Lack of transparency of logistics conversations with the Collins administration-City Council seems to be in the dark about this
- The full-on PR campaign going on right now as they announce that without the garage at that location (waterfront) the deal is dead
- The buried tidbit about asking for the property between Imagination station and the Key bank building.
- No one knows if this property will be acquired for free or with any sort of purchase price. I'm betting on free.
I want to like this plan, I really do. I know this would be great for downtown. Unless I'm missing something, I don't feel that either party negotiating is being upfront about what this involves regarding what is arguably the most valuable parcel of property in NW Ohio. I'll agree that it has been woefully underutilized. And this is the first time I've seen any sort of artist drawing of what the garage would look like, and i have to say, it's not quite as bad as I thought it would be. They do have it offset from the river quite a bit, and it's obviously no taller than surrounding structures. I still have an issue with the size of it's footprint. Something to remember-Promedica makes it's substantial money from the residents of Toledo and surrounding environs. It's not like they can just move out of the area. It is a benefit to them to be centrally located, so let's not act like this is the ultimate act of kindness. Promedica has done a great job investing in the community, but they have a long game on this whole deal, otherwise, it wouldn't make sense.
Promedica has a responsibility to make money and be competitive, and when they do nice things for the community-it's gravy and should be applauded, but we need to try to hold our elected officials accountable for these dealings. I don't feel that Collins is working in the best interest of the city, and once again, needs more transparency before he sells the island of Manhattan.