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Back With the Old Facades Thing Again

Printed From: MiddletownUSA.com
Category: Middletown City Government
Forum Name: Economic Development
Forum Description: Local government efforts to develop the local Middletown area economy.
URL: http://www.middletownusa.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=6995
Printed Date: Jun 30 2022 at 3:21am


Topic: Back With the Old Facades Thing Again
Posted By: VietVet
Subject: Back With the Old Facades Thing Again
Date Posted: Oct 26 2020 at 9:37am
Journal story pertaining to downtown development and building facades.....again.

Seems city council is right in step with continuing to offer only downtown business owners help in developing their businesses while the businesses in all other areas of town are not offered help.

Councilpersons Nenni and Vitori should opt out of participation in this approval as they would have a conflict of interest as they are downtown business owners as well and this offer does pertain to downtown business help. This offer supports a vested interest for them as it would improve the area in which their businesses are located.

Why is it that facade loans only apply to downtown businesses and leave all other businesses located outside the downtown area to fend for themselves? This is discrimination in essence and should not be allowed to happen IMO.

As usual, Middletown residents see a plot to administer help to selected entities in the downtown rather than to help ALL business areas of the city equally. Why does this discriminatory practice continue?

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Posted By: buddhalite
Date Posted: Oct 26 2020 at 3:35pm
Because if they could afford it - everything east of downtown would be cut off and refused city services and abandoned...

...but they CAN'T!

They simply cannot afford it.  The revenues generated for the city by the downtown area is so miniscule that they couldn't keep the water running, let alone the electricity.

The biases shown by our council are nothing new, and you know that as well as I do.  

Remember when Ms. Vitori (or Kimener - pay attention and you'll know why she uses the other name) who said on her campaign website that the east end was a nice 'amenity'?  To her - the east end is just a necessary evil that she can use for her own pet project of protecting her worthless investment.

And that's really the rub here - these people make horrible investments in downtown and then panic.  They can't afford to lose their fortunes - but within months they find themselves cash poor and about to close up shop.  Then they run screaming to the money families in our city to apply pressure to council or the new vogue is to just run for council yourself so you can pass anything you need to protect your insane investment in buildings, land and more that are worthless, decrepit and - get this - no serious developer would even consider putting their hard earned money behind.

When a real developer goes into downtown and brings real businesses who bring real jobs to the table (not a bunch of part-time service jobs) then, only then, should there be continued investment in any part of downtown.

What gets me is that if you're starting a business and you need a loan to get the façade of your location fixed - you're doing it wrong.  Ain't it funny how the east end can bring in business (when council and the city government get out of their way) and they can do it without funny money from DMI and all those similar organizations?

The market should determine winners and losers - not the Middletown City Council.


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