Friday, December 28, 2007

Someone Should Have Thought About That

Now, more than three and a half years after the city laid out over a million bucks and took the abandoned Tyson Mexican Original plant off the tax rolls, members of the Fayetteville City Council are ready to get an appraisal and unload the vacant albatross.

The still neglected and unloved White Elephant at 1815 Huntsville Road was first pushed on the City Council for use as a joint command center for fire, police and the district court in June 2004. Then, before that got off the ground, the city started thinking it had to have the old Woolworth Building at 101 West Mountain, although the mayor and council members were not ready even to speculate on specific possible uses of the building. In this must-buy-something atmosphere, the city snatched the Tyson property from the market where it had long languished. The police command center and District Court idea have gone nowhere, and it still stands empty and unused.

Mayor Dan Coody said yesterday that he now wants to figure out what to do with the bugger and then get it appraised. He also wants to create a committee to study “all the ramifications” and “spend some time looking at the long-term prognosis.”

Maybe it's just me, but isn't that something that should have been done four years ago , before the city rushed out and bought the building with our tax dollars?

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