IS IT TRUE SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

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IS IT TRUE about 3 years ago the Director of Evansville DMD purchased a vacant and dilapidated block building located in a seedy part of town located on North Main Street for around $650,000?  …over the years the Director of the Evansville DMD announced that he found individuals that wanted to develop this building into something that the community will be proud of?  …today the building looks the same way it did when DMD purchased it from the former owner many years ago?  …we wonder if anyone in the private sector would pay $650,000 for a vacant block building located in a seedy part of town without any plans to develop it?
IS IT TRUE that City of Evansville has invested an insane amount of money in the Downtown Business District over the last 20 years? …between the $127 Million Ford Center, a $60 million hotel, $40 million for The Centre, $20 million for the refurbishment of the Victory Theater, and close to $100 million for the new downtown IU Medical School plus the Signature School there has been $350 Million tossed into the two blocks closest to the Civic Center?  …lets not forget the cost to purchase the land for the new downtown Hotel and IU Medical school? …sauntering on down the street to the waterfront we can add Innovation Pointe, renovating the river front, McCurdy Hotel, the Greyhound Bus, Old Post Office building and a $4 million reversal of direction of Main Street to bring the total to many hundred of million of dollars ?…that does not include CMOE and the Evansville Museum expansion or some fancy street lamps in the Historic District?…it also ignores the assault on the public treasury by the Front Door Pride program or the many hundred of thousands of dollars spent in and around Haynies Corner area? …we should forget to add the cost involved in moving the LST to the new site next to new on land Tropicana gaming establishment? …the total number of public and private dollars thrown at downtown Evansville from all of these projects could be around one (1) billion dollars?
IS IT TRUE whats so amazing is after investing almost a billion dollars in the Downtown Business District it is still incapable of attracting or supporting a grocery store or pharmacy?
IS IT TRUE we now hear that the Business District is going to be transformed into a progressive business district if the Southwest Indiana Chamber Downtown Alliance can convince the downtown merchants and property owners to raise taxes on themselves by $625,000 per year? …given the fact that almost a billion dollars have been invested in the Downtown Business District over 20 plus years hasn’t made an significant economic impact on that area is very disappointing?
IT IT TRUE we hope that the Southwest Indiana Chamber Downtown Alliance proposal to transform the downtown Business District into something that the community will be proud of is not just another “Pie In The Sky” idea?

IS IT TRUE we are astonished to learn that after determining that the North Main street road was too narrow, that a fairy with pixie dust must have widened the road because it has been announced that the City has decided to live with what they have until someone else doesn’t and then it will be lawsuit time because of weekly accidents on North Main street? …we wonder when the taxpayers of this community are going to start holding the officials at the Evansville DMD accountable for their bad business decisions?

IS IT TRUE that the SKANSKA ad posted in a local paper is calling the new Downtown IU Medical Complex the Multi-Institutional Academic Health Science Health Facility?

IS IT TRUE we wonder why members of the mainstream media hasn’t published any detailed information about the City of Evansville proposed 2018 city budget?

 Todays ‘Readers Poll” question is : Do you feel its time for the taxpayers of this community  to start holding our public officials accountable for their bad business decisions?
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8 COMMENTS

  1. ‘IS IT TRUE after investing many hundred of million of dollars in the Downtown Business District it is still incapable of attracting or supporting a grocery store or pharmacy?’

    A true and damning IzIt.

    • Bandana, well said. The CCO editors hit the nail on the head with this IIT. The dumbest of the dumb City projects has to be the North Main Street shopping cart path project with the fancy streetlights leading someday to the DMD’s empty $650,000 dilapidated old CVS building. The new North Main Street east side concrete curbs for the weedbeds are already scuffed black from the sidewalls of vehicles hitting the curbs because the road was built too narrow. How many millions were wasted on this silly shopping cart path project??

  2. IS IT TRUE whats so amazing is after investing many hundred of million of dollars in the Downtown Business District it is still incapable of attracting or supporting a grocery store or pharmacy? But in fairness we are finally getting a gas station. Not sure if that is a totally private deal either.

  3. Wow . . .when Kelly Coures came before the City Council, he indicated that the City would be able to lease the facility for $18,000 per year . . .this would value the property go greater that $180,000 . . IT IT TRUE, the previous owner of the CVS building is a big supporter and donor of the current mayor. Great example of sound business practice?

  4. IS IT TRUE that the DMD Director, namely Kelly Course once worked for a mortgage company and should have known that only 18k per year would create an estimated value of 180k?

  5. Guess What?……..Just got out of one the saddest city in the country! Give that person a cigar for saying Evansville. You people put these clowns in office now you will get it in the rear with taxes and other dumb projects they can come up with. I get a kick out of these polls on this site and wonder did these answering them vote or not. The polls show there is no way the people in office should have been elected to the polls results. Then again that Jack Schreiber got 5000 votes these people have no idea what he did to one of his students. Again I am so glad to be out of Evansville but I will still read your paper and County Observer and thank myself for not living in Evansville!

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