Monthly Archives: July 2017

Birely superimposed on plans of proposed hotel

The Birely Tannery building is shown in dotted outlines on plans submitted for the proposed downtown hotel and conference center. At the proposed basement level parking garage level the Birely directly consumes eleven parking spaces by our count. But it … Continue reading

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Birely Tannery “not only contributing but of unusual importance” City preservation staff say

City historic preservation staff have taken a strong stance against allowing demolition of the Birely Tannery saying “staff finds that the tannery and related archeological site are not only contributing resources but are of unusual significance.” And then the conclusion: … Continue reading

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Five City planning staff papers that helped put Birely Tannery on National Register of Historic Places

A set of five background papers on the Birely Tannery written last year made a strong case for the Birely Tannery being designated as Eligible for Listing on the National Register of Historic Places, the highest rank in the hierarchy … Continue reading

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Board of Aldermen fail again to come to grips with the boondoggle

The Mayor & Board of Aldermen have once again failed to come to grips with the Griffin-Plamondon boondoggle. At a meeting last night they were presented by project manager Richard Griffin the boilerplate Board of Public Works application for release … Continue reading

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Skimpy new project budget estimates released — $16.85m + possible extra $11m

A new “one pager” Overview of the Downtown Hotel at Carroll Creek (DHCC) was released today by the City purporting to detail changes resulting from the downsizing of the project announced by the Mayor May 18. Developer Plamondon is assuming … Continue reading

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Mayor & Board Aldermen asked by R Griffin to approve grants, project unknown

The City Director of Economic Development, Richard Griffin is seeking Mayor & Board of Aldermen approval to apply for $5 million in state grants for a radically changed hotel project, but without any updated project budget. City officials can’t know … Continue reading

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