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The real issues which are irksome to the previous land owners, the current land owners, and the neighbors of the proposed project are numerous. Nearly all of those issues are a result of bad public relation practices of the CRA and Mr. Schwab and his staff.
Yes the property was zoned as commercial. However, when that zone change came about the prior owners were not severely limited to their ability to sell their property. The real interference with the enjoyment of their property rights resulted when the City Redevelopment Agency came up with the Development Plan and locked the development potential into one single big Development. The next error of the CRA's Public Relations is that they got between the Developer, and the Private Land Owners, suggesting that there would be eminent domain used against hold outs, and single sourcing the development without public meetings before the land and development deal went forward, all in closed meetings until after the deals were through escrow.
To compound the Bad Public Relations that the CRA has accumulated against this development is the fact that commercial property on the open market is valued at a different rate than what the "Private Owners" were forced to sell at. (That force, either by zone change, use limitation, Planning Restrictions, or threats of eminent domain, it is all force and does not leave the full property rights to the previous owner in full effect.)
The CRA's plan to sign a long term lease for the purpose of providing space for a library also seems like a Deal that is suspicious. How much will a long term lease cost? Who will be profiting from this transaction financially. Is it right that the CRA in effect is acting as a land broker, and skimming income off of their actions. Do not the original property owners have right to the share of that income? Is it legal for the CRA to enter into a long term lease that is being proposed for the
The community meeting was well attended even though city notice was very limited. Tensions are high about putting a Huge BIG BOX Lowes Home improvement across from Terrace elementary school. Folks expressed concerns about student safely, busses, traffic flow, day workers, loitering and truck traffic on Michigan. Most felt that the OAC was a better location for Lowes. No one has ever seen a library building next to a home improvement big box, will we be the first?