Saturday, March 10, 2007

Harrison Square question for those who support the project...

I talked to a lot of people last night who support the Harrison Square Project... I have a question for you that I really hope a bunch of you will answer for me...

It is obvious that many of the Harrison Square supporters truly want Downtown to succeed.

Where have you been during the "Discussion" on where to locate the Allen County Sheriff's Department?

Currently the Department is located on the northwest edge of Fort Wayne. They HAVE to move somewhere else...

They just moved to NEW HAVEN...

They did NOT move Downtown...

Do those of you who support Downtown development think The Sheriff should be in New haven or Downtown?

I actually think the Sheriff should be moved Downtown. I think it makes sense for a lot of reasons...

If you really want Downtown to succeed then you need to get active politically and stop our elected officials from making poor decisions...

What do you think?

11 comments:

Jeff Pruitt said...

While we're asking about the Sheriff's office let me also ask:

Why was the NIIC not moved downtown? Why in the world was it built near IPFW? This is the type of business we claim we want to move downtown and yet we didn't do that - why?

Our company was at the NIIC. We moved downtown because

1)The rent is too high at the NIIC
2)We wanted to be downtown

The idea that we need a baseball stadium to attract young professionals downtown is ridiculous. Does development help? Certainly, but that development doesn't need to include a publicly funded baseball stadium.

There is office space available downtown and the rates are better than nearly anywhere else in the city. What we really need is MORE BUSINESS, MORE ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

THAT is economic developement. Building baseball stadiums with public funds while demolishing a perfectly fine one isn't. Does that mean Harrison Square won't work - not necessarily. But I think it points to the fact that it's probably not the best idea.

But we didn't TRY to get the best idea. We allowed city leaders start from the question of whether or not a stadium would spur downtown development. As I've said before, this was a flawed starting point. The question should've been - what is THE BEST way to spur downtown development?

Now, because this administration failed to redevelop the downtown area over the last 7 years, we have our backs against the wall. We're told this is it - our last gasp. I don't believe it. And I'm VERY worried that this administration will do everything possible to push this deal through - even if it means being penny wise and pound foolish.

Afterall they won't be around to be held accountable...

Charlotte A. Weybright said...

Pardon my reversion to looking at gender issues, but I thought the picture in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette was interesting in that it showed a line-up of all men waiting to speak.

Where were the women? Do women not care about this project? As many of you know, I support the project. I hope another meeting is planned which will not conflict with my schedule.

Tim Zank said...

Charlotte,my guess would be it's a vast right wing conspiracy...

sorry, just couldn't resist!!

brian said...

Charlotte,

I was at the meeting. I would say out of around 40 or so people, less than 5 were women. Many of the women in the crows seemed to be supporters from the applause.

LP Mike Sylvester said...

Charlotte:

You bring up a great point. I only remember one woman speaking at the event...

Mike Sylvester

brian said...

Yes, the sheriff's office should not be in New Haven.

brian said...

Mike,
Now that I think about it, there may have only been 1 woman. I recorded the meeting. As I watch through it this weekend I'll keep an eye out.

brian said...

Although having the sheriff's office downtown in a central location seems ideal, no-one is going to locate a business downtown because the sheriff is there.

brian said...

Jeff,
I believe the NIIC was located where it is due to ties with IPFW. Having 12000 college students across the street can be helpful. With the state developmental center leaving, the NIIC may have been able to get the land at the right place at the right time.
The NIIC is not intended to only be the one building that is there now. However, the master plan on their site shows future plans to use the entire section of land from where they are now, all the way to the Tamarack addition - that is a lot of land.
In short, I believe it is because of the opportunity to expand their "campus" next door to the IPFW campus.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the sheriff's decision to locate in New Haven was to escape the control factor of Fort Wayne's current leadership. At least they won't have to ticket themselves for smoking on the premises.

B.G. (Semper Paratus) said...

Mike:

I'd opt for having the ACSD in downtown Ft. Wayne only for the fact that this city is the county seat (like Portland is to Jay County), and that just makes good sense to me.

Then again, in Philly, all the "main" law-enforcement buildings are in the center of the city (4th and Race st...the "Round House"). But Philadelhia is it's own county AND city, so to speak.

B.G.