Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Scott County Says No

Here's the Times article on the subject.

On one hand, its a slap in the face to those who had planned to develop the houses, because it was a good plan. However, it was a costly plan for the county, and they have valid points about the jail being landlocked. I suspect that the block will be paved soon after demolition, so it can be used for parking during the Police Station/Jail renovations.

I would have understood if the County had gone either way with this decision. Hopefully the group with the propsal can find another block for their project.


Anonymous said...

Why would the county expect to receive $150,000 for the houses when their own assessor has them valued between $10,000 and $20,000 each? They let those homes deteriorate to the point they are at now and it is their fault the houses are worth so little. I wouldn't expect to buy a home and let it sit neglected for years and still expect my money back.

Anonymous said...

Just what we need downtown in a residential area, more parking.

QuadCityImages said...

While I generally agree with the parking statement, the Police/Jail area is definitely going to need more short term parking during the construction period.

The half of the new station where the parking lot is now will be started first, leaving them with extremely limited parking. Then I believe they will move into the half-completed station, the old one will be torn down, and the second half/parking garage will be completed. During the time when the parking lot is torn up, but before the indoor parking is built, the 4th and Ripley area will be hurting for parking.

Anonymous said...

Yes, that's true, but is a few months of people walking an extra couple blocks a good enough trade off for permanently destroying a part of our history? Walking is healthy.

QuadCityImages said...

That's a good point. The parking lot will be useful for a year or two, but after that there's no way to bring back the houses.