First of all, the talk five or six years back of a luxury hotel was never a possibility, but the current plan for apartments and commercial space is in keeping with today's downtowns.
The developers were in town to address the Council. Obviously this type of project only happens because its subsidized in some manner. The current state of the building is saveable but increasingly dire.
Back In The Day
Developer David Gallo ask to use a parcel across the street for parking...formally abandoned an effort to relocate the bus station, and requested Council approve a soon to be made request for tax abatement.
In other Council action, lawmakers committed to making Sunday hours at the Library continue. City staff was instructed to work with the Library Board of Directors following a pilot program deemed a success.
Council discussed drinking water flouridation now deemed one of the "ten greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th Century." That makes it hard to oppose, but the discussion was interesting as a couple local dentists and some public health poobahs watched.
Council also learned it will likely have to readvertise and auction the warehouse taken for taxes on West Main Street.