Benjamin Golden 
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Re: “Midtown proposal includes 14-story tower and a park

It is truly sad to see so many people trying to find reasons to oppose this project. Gallina obviously took their time and presented something that embodies different aspects of the other proposals and takes into account what people have been saying they would like to see at parcel five.
Taxpayer money will not be used on this project. It will be privately funded.
The only reason there is a park is because ignorant people went to one show downtown on a gravel lot and had a good time. So now, rather than building more on the site and creating more jobs, profit for the developer, and tax money for the city, the developer has made a concession to those dolts screaming for more green space even though MLK Jr. Park is literally a few blocks away. And guess what? It's beautiful! And you're STILL complaining!
Why wait five years to see if the current conversions work before building more apartments? Do you think the developers are just blindly building without doing their research to see if their proposals would be supported and profitable? There is a high occupancy rate downtown and the demand for apartments/condos is skyrocketing. Why wait and kill all of the momentum that these projects have provided?
Too many amenities? WHAT??!! That is the most absurd claim I have heard regarding a possible development! "Don't build that! People will have too much to do and won't want to leave downtown!" Should we make The Strong leave? There is way too much to do there! And it's just not realistic to think that people may shop, dine, go to other attractions etc. in the city when they are done at the museum, right? Right??!!
Yes there are problems in this city. But creating a plan that drastically enhances our downtown AND creates jobs can do nothing but help the situation.
With all the conservative-thinking people in this city, I'm surprised developers want to build anything here. It's pathetic and people need to step back and realize how incredible it is that someone wants to invest tens of millions of dollars into our downtown. Stop getting in the way of progress! This is a plan for everyone and we should all be proud that our city has come this far.

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Posted by Benjamin Golden on 10/03/2016 at 9:19 AM

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