Planning Commission member Tracie Zamiska to Peter Rubin, President of the Coral Company:
“…You sell something and now there’s not a delivery…”
“…There is not one resident in this city that believes in this plan. There is not one person who thinks that this is going to be successful…”
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Video below: A few items to note – as illustrated in the video highlights, Planning Commission member Tracie Zamiska contradicts all previous public statements put forth by any member of the Administration or Council regarding the Cedar Center project. This level of dissent has never before come from behind the walls of City Hall. Notice the reaction from Planning Commission Chairman, Art Goddard as Zamiska lambastes the plans presented for Cedar Center.
What is a Charrette?
A charrette is an intensive planning session where citizens, designers and others collaborate on a vision for development.
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After the meeting ended, Peter Rubin was questioned about the residential component at Cedar Center. He disclosed there would be no housing at Cedar Center.
Some facts on why it is interesting there will be no residential component:
The original proposal was 30 years, 100% exemption. Over the years these terms have changed many times (length, TIF vs. abatement, etc.) and are currently being negotiated through legal counsel.
The district’s position has always been that we would expect to receive no less than what we received from the old Cedar Center strip (approximately $320,000 annually). We have been willing to forego anything more being sensitive to economic conditions. The city has placed the property in a land bank and it is currently bringing us nothing.
The city had over $19 million in outstanding notes related to this property (purchase and other costs). The current auditor value of that property is $4.5 million."
For further information regarding Cedar Center, please see the previous SEOversight posts:
Lapsed Contract Kept Under Wraps
A Desperate Chase
Why Did Ordinance: 35-10 Go Away?
The Camera Doesn’t Lie
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