While we are waiting for engineering reports to see if the existing convention center can be reused, the emergence of Wolstein flats property as an alternative site has knocked Shammin' Sam Miller's Tower City site from the pre-selected #1 site down to #3.
Confident and smug behind a fancy Greater Cleveland Partnership generated Power Point presentation and the Fred Nance led Dog & Pony Show put on for Cuyahoga County residents, Miller & his Tower City twits, thought everything was a done deal. With loud-mouth Commissioner Hagan in the bag and none of the area Mayors who supported the project voicing opposition - how could MedMart officials not pick the Tower City site. Not surprisingly, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson was also silent - even though most of the potential sites were located in Cleveland.
Unfortunately for Miller, the MedMart officials, unlike most of the elected officials in this county, don't owe him the time of day and they chose the existing Convention Center over his Tower City site for the new MedMart/Convention Center. Miller and his smug little minions are just besides themselves that their location was passed over. In fact, Miller is caterwauling he wants public meetings because of alleged closed door meetings. How's that for the pot calling the kettle black!
I will be highly surprised if when the engineering study on reusing the foundation of the current center comes back that it will show this to be a financially sound risk. Just in case this is the case, MMPI officials are in preliminary negotiations with Wolstein for his east bank location in the flats.
Finally realizing something was happening in Cleveland - Mayor Jackson has woke up. Jackson being completely oblivious on the MedMart negotiations and a total non-factor at all, is now trying to insert himself in the mix...
"We don't know what Mr. Falanga of MMPI said to Mr. Wolstein about his site," Jackson said in a news release. "But no private developer -- whether it's MMPI, Forest City or Mr. Wolstein -- will determine which site is chosen.
"There are public dollars and the decision will be made by elected officials," Jackson said.
You tell 'em Frank! Only Miller is supposed to get public dollars for our silver butt bullet projects!