In a front page article today, Patch Editor Jennifer Fisher reports that the City Council failed to introduce and pass the ordinance creating a TIF District at Dodge and Dempster. Yesterday, my PatchPost objected to the rules suspension proposed by staff. I appeared at the City Council meeting last night and urged the Council not to approve the TIF. As Ms. Fisher reported:
Attorney Eric Lieberman, however, said the burden of redevelopment should fall on Bonnie Management, not the city.
“They bought that project knowing it was going to take improvements to make it capable of supporting smaller businesses. They knew about the nature of the neighborhood,” he said. “I have no doubt that they took that knowledge and negotiated a better price because of it.”
You can hear my complete remarks to the Council in this video.