1. The Design Process - which Cotter says will create the "Footprint." The city will choose an architectural firm to design the Event Center.
- The RFP for the architect and engineering team went out Mid-October, 2010.
- The Deadline for RFP submission was November 10, 2010.
- An evaluation team was identified the week of November 8, 2010, comprised of 5 citizens and 5 city officials.
- The design process is to be completed by year end 2010.
- Cotter says all sites identified by the Downtown Group will be looked at by the architects who will develop high resolution aerials to develop a template to start to position in some logical locations at both sites and find the most suitable and feasible location at both areas.
- The City says the "footprint" needs to be established to see which sites will work.
- The City says the analysis will encompass parking, site availability, public infrastructure such as water and sewer.
- Mayor asks the following questions - "Can it fit? What are the expenses? Revenue generated and expense incurred. All questions he feels needs addressing when looking at the sites.
- Mayor says three things impact the Downtown location:
- Railroad Tracks
- This comparative analysis is to be completed in the 1st Quarter, 2011.
- Real estate values
- Potential tax revenues
- Ability to guarantee additional future development
- Determine how businesses will benefit.
I hope when they look at parking at the Arena and a Downtown site they remember that all those parking spaces in downtown are subsidized by paying renters during business hours. This rent pays for the parking infrastructures. That is not the case at the Arena, where they will build parking lots which will sit empty the majority of the time until there is an event.
Clear as mud everyone? Unfortunately, it is only as clear as what comes out of the mouths of our leaders. I am just here to help you great men and women, I am.