Who do the city commissioners think are coming to buy the condos in the new marina district? How many condos in the Paper District are filled?
Empty condos do not fill restaurants, stores or arenas. This area isn't even selling out the State Theatre unless it's a free show.
How do they expect the people in this area to support a new arena where seats will have to cost more to cover building costs? How could ice hockey work here if Cleveland can't support a minor or major league ice hockey team?
I don't think people are going to drive from Cleveland on a regular basis. Their entertainment dollar is already supporting the Cleveland sports teams and entertainment acts. Drive by and see how empty Great Wolf Lodge is.
I'm sure you've heard of cities voting on something as simple as a Wal-Mart. Why not allow the people to vote on this issue? Both sides of the issue are passionate about what they want. As far as the developer, he's in this for money. Look at the Rieger Lofts. Where are they in development? Nowhere.
This is our city. Look what happened when the State Theatre tried to act like the big city and bring in acts that our city couldn't financially support. We lost money given to the theater, and not just on that project.
Another developer will come along. Let's see if the Paper District flies before we as a city commit to another major project.
Our commissioners and city administrators should stop putting their time and effort into jobs that pay minimum wage, lay off in the winter and do not provide benefits.
Clyde and Bellevue are getting good jobs. Let's argue about something really good, like which business paying benefits and decent wages should come in.