News 2-4-08 Baseball Groundbreaking

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Posted by: Bugsy - 2/14/2008 9:58:14 PM
Wow, this is great. Im amazed how quick this project came into fruitation after it was proposed. The city can get things done when it puts its mind to it. Now why cant they use those same motivation tatics when dealing with the canopy over the ice rink or the kings Inn fiasco.

Posted by: dave aiazzi - 2/16/2008 10:41:54 AM
Easy, money and courts, courts and money. Kings Inn is privately owned and embroiled in the court system.

Posted by: Mike Van H - 2/16/2008 11:01:01 AM
That's a good point. You wouldn't really want the city to have the power to just demo anything it deemed unattractive or appropriate. The problem as I understand it is the Kings Inn folks who own the property ARE keeping it up to code, just enough to scrape by in city inspections. Before, the property was in bankruptcy, which if my memory serves me, prevented the city from being able to do anything with the property. It was out of bankruptcy for a brief time, long enough for someone to come forward with a proposal, and then BAM! The real estate market halts in its tracks. I see it as multiple cases of bad timing. The city definitely wants this gone, that's why the Mayor keeps asking for status reports on the property. But unfortunately, and ultimately maybe rightly so, their hands are tied, for now.

Posted by: DaveMiller - 2/19/2008 7:06:52 PM
Does anyone know what the name of the new stadium will be? The naming rights for the park should get at least $3-4 million for 5-6 years.