Scott Hardy Speaks Out

“This really is legislation designed to stop development and developers. The onerous process put in place to approve anything of any size and density BEFORE it even goes to planning or city commission will stop investment.
It is anti-business. It kills investment and stop developers from building workforce or affordable housing. Given the high costs of construction in downtown and the low-no margins on affordable housing these become bad investments.
Assurance to the contrary major employers like Munson are directly impacted by this charter change and all the assurances from the SOD folks to the contrary don’t count. Brenda Quick and Grant Parsons cannot, and should not, pick winners and losers when it comes to implementing this amendment. Munson is inside the city limits, operates under the city charter, and must play by the same rules that any other developer would. I love Munson and what they do for the community. Most importantly I love that they don’t expect to play by a different set of municipal rules and regulations.
Other than a 60 ft. height limit there is no way to define “Small town character”. Saying “we’ll know it when we see it” is precisely what’s wrong with trying to codify that or “compatible with the neighborhood”. If the 60 ft. height limit really is the sole criteria we haven’t had “small town character” since the Park Place was built or the State Hospital erected Building 50. We also need to stop hosting festivals as “small town” is not defined by over 100,000 people flooding our street for many months of the summers nor is striving to have a level one trauma center at Munson.
At least some of the SOD folks are willing to admit this is a selfish, Not In My Back Yard, proposal. While I respect their honesty I won’t support an approach that denies our newly minted millennials a chance to live and work in downtown TC.”

-Scott Hard, Boardman Neighborhood Resident

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