When I was in office, pushing for a solution to the Mercy dilemma was a big deal and now with the site cleared using significant state money, there is naysaying from up the road on Arcade Street, where they are asking if COR Development's plans really offer anything Watertown needs.
Add to that, the efforts to indirectly link COR to the Joe Percoco probe reported on the in Daily News
Looking back, I am not sure the public cared about getting rid of Mercy but after the County and SMC teamed up to make sure it closed, getting it out of there was essential as it loomed as a huge block of blight.
As for Channel 7's question. I think what it brings is decent residential and commercial space in the city's center and a reversion to development in the downtown area, as opposed to more urban sprawl.
As for projects of this scope needing to grease to get done. No kidding.
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