Will history repeat itself?
By Jo-an Barnett
Published Thursday, June 29, 2017 8:03 am
In regard to the urban renewal proposal described in last week's paper, it seems that Delta leaders should have learned a good history lesson with the golf course considering, the excessive projection of economic impact from visitors playing. And we are still paying for the debt and operations.
How is the new 100-bed hotel in Montrose, as announced last week, going to affect the projected demand for more hotel beds here? And this with a prospect that may be interested. What is the cost benefit of this huge development? Hope quality of life is not a consideration when we already have two rivers and two lakes ... and, yes, the golf course.
Thought the urban renewal funding was going to help development of blighted buildings such as the armory, Catholic school, and/or improvement of the Chaco Sandals building, which seems to be a great project. Or perhaps removal of the blighted building on Main Street with a pocket park. How about somehow addressing the eyesores off of the truck route, the junk cars and vacant buildings?
Seems that would diversify risk as compared to this mega-project on the river that was at flood stage just this year.
(Editor's note: Efforts to deal with the blighted buildings mentioned in this letter continue on a parallel track with the gateway/hotel project.)