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"The board also discussed using Community Redevelopment Area or CRA funds, a concept that was presented to the public in 2008 and rejected by city council. Board member Bill Trotter said the public was woefully misinformed about using CRA money, and at least one councilor he knew did not understand the benefits either."
Disagree, I believe the public was well informed if they cared to listen! And those that spoke publicly, at least those in the area deemed to benefit from a CRA had concerns, in spite of all the information provided. In fact, I thought the auto shops in the "blighted zone" listened attentively and rejected the proposal.
Sometimes, some businesses do not wish to improve properties beyond that which is needed to increase sales or visibility. Unless, the city can offer businesses lower cost alternatives, why would they care.....unless it was about improving an asset to sell it at higher price. But now the higher price of assets to new owner would just increase the cost of service to consumers on the island. Is that not a current complaint, that residents do not use local vendors because of costs. And ask yourself, is the city really promoting a healthier business climate or simply higher property valuations for tax revenue?
Or will we use the benefits of a CRA to build parking garages for a pedestrian centric Midtown district for a community that is essentially attracts tourist because of its beach, and private full and part-time residences who enjoy boating, golfing and fishing or just plain good weather, with a plan laid out to include businesses to support a community.
Is this government trying to manage the hospitality industry by offering cheaper inland lots with higher density vs waterfront lots with unused density credits. Essentially, increasing density on Collier Blvd while simultaneously promoting "traffic calming devices" per the city's "Future of Midtown" presentation. Are we trying to increase traffic or reduce it?
And the toolkit includes: CRA/TIF and TDR (transfer of development rights). The result increase traffic, but reduce its impact.
But if you have the power than you can pretty much manage any program with improvements (or inconveniences) that increase density in an area that has an open park that eventually will serve as the performance arts venue.
I guess hotels alongside will add to the ambiance? Really, is this the plan, or are we just seeing if we can entice another hotel on an inlet lot on the island, since waterfront is too expensive.
May need more traffic signs for directions.
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