I have been reading with interest that all of a sudden, after receiving proposals for the buildings on Ash Street, that a group of people want to build a convention center on the site. Where were they when this all started? Why, all of a sudden, are certain members of the city council thinking about changing horses in the middle of the stream?
Who is the one responsible for calling these “informal” meetings and only inviting certain council members? Is the current mayor responsible for this? If not, who is?
Evidently Councilman Dallas Laird was not invited. I would certainly like to see the reasoning behind him and any other council member not being invited by whomever is responsible for sending out the notification.
I see no logical reason for building a convention center on that site. Anyone who has been in that area on any evening of the weekend or for any event knows that there is a drastic need for more parking for the businesses currently open. Adding a convention center would drastically exascerbate the lack of parking situation.
The idea of the convention center has been batted around for many years. For one reason or another, every site that has been presented has suddenly come up with problems of one kind or another. Different excuses abound for every disallowed site. What are the real reasons?
For kickers, why not build the rejected library on the Ash Street site? Use the land where the library was supposed to go for a convention center. Libraries do not need the parking spaces the same time as the businesses do, as most of the businesses need the parking at night.
The revitalization of the Old Yellowstone District has come along very nicely, except for parking. We certainly do not need anything like a convention center in that locale to further clog up the area.
City Council, ask for input from the people you are supposed to be representing. You might be surprised!