This morning a hack blog is attempting to reassure suits and claim that 12th & Oak remains in the pocket of developers.
Remember . . .
Again, here's how a pay-for-play blog sees it . . .
3rd District Counilmember Robinson, along with Third District Councilman-at-Large Brandon Ellington, want the redevelopment proposal rejected. The project would be located in their district.
Mayor Quinton Lucas, along with Fifth District Councilman-at-Large Lee Barnes, Jr., are supporting the proposal submitted by McCormack Baron Salazar and Taliaferro & Browne, longtime developers in the area, for the west side of Vine between 18th and 19th streets.
Via social media, we notice Mayor Q is downplaying his "support" for the project.
A bit about the pipe dream in action . . .
The proposal calls for building 33,000 square-feet of first floor retail behind the old facades below two levels of residential space totaling 54 apartments. The project also includes 28 parking space.
There are no renderings available and the project is in the early stages of planning.
The developers said their $23 million redevelopment proposal has an $8 million funding gap that would need to be filled.
Currently, the redevelopment site is mostly parking lots and derelict buildings. The facades of the old buildings were touched-up as backdrops during the filming of the Robert Altman film “Kansas City” released in 1996.
Credit where it's due for the old school movie reference.
However . . .
The merits of this project might sold on the public if there isn't typically a spate of mass shooting in this entertainment district whenever visitor traffic is high.
More importantly . . .
WE MIGHT BE WITNESSING COUNCIL LADY ROBINSON CHALLENGING MAYOR Q'S EAST SIDE CREDIBILITY FOR HER OWN CAMPAIGN AMBITIONS!!!
At least that's what insiders at 12th & Oak seem to think . . .
Mayor Q losing East side support makes sense given that his 3rd District credentials have faded ever since he moved to Midtown with his new family.
Even better . . .
Council Lady Robinson won a great deal of accolades by standing up against unpopular bike lanes and now fighting developers & gentrification gives her even more 'street cred' with urban voters.
Developing . . .