The equivalent of two football fields.
The video does not lie. Watch as Mayor Denson stifles Melissa Link from discussing Agenda item 7(G)2: “Redevelopment Authority – Identify potential locations to implement economic incentive financing instruments such as Opportunity Zones, Enterprise Zones, and Tax Allocation Districts (TAD) in support of economic development efforts.”
Reposted from the Red & Black, by Sarah Giarratana Email correspondence suggest the company developing the proposed “downtown Walmart” began the process of purchasing the Armstrong & Dobbs property in late March, months before their plans came to public attention last summer.
Reposted from the Athens Banner-Herald, by Blake Aued Athens-Clarke Mayor Nancy Denson nearly threw out people who came to a commission meeting tonight to speak against a Walmart near downtown, saying they were off-topic and disruptive. About a dozen Walmart opponents attended the meeting. When the first speaker, Melissa Link, began to talk about tax incentives to entice Selig Enterprises to scale back the big-box anchor at its proposed Oconee Street mixed-use development, Denson stopped her.
Reposted from Flagpole Magazine, by Kevan Williams If Athens-Clarke County commissioners are concerned about paying off a new downtown parking deck that opened last year after meter rates were raised to 75 cents, they may have a bit more to worry about. The nearly 1,200 spaces Selig wants to build as part of their Walmart supercenter-anchored outdoor shopping mall are far more than the project needs, which could wreak havoc on downtown’s parking economics.