Another brew pub proposal ? Businessman Jake Johnson is offering the City $100K for the Vanduzee Street warehouse property and the discussion, according to press accounts, was quickly taken to executive session. Why ?
I didn't know the parcel was for sale, but the 9.5acre site has sat since an Election Day fire last year cleared away most of the site and like a spate of other fires in that time frame, the case was never solved.
Details of an insurance claim have never been made public, but at the time it appeared a city policy did cover newly acquired property for a brief period.
Mr. Johnson owns the remaining warehouse building, but developing this site is a mega project, and the prospects for a bar/restaurant on this side street are unknown at best.
Taking title to the property was controversial at the time in 2015, but the convenience of having everything burn down was a plus for the City and the 9.5 acre site is the largest unused parcel available. Nothing has been done on redevelopment, so at the very least Mr. Johnson has lit a fire under City Hall to plan for what to do here.