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May 4, 2013

Blodgett plan on city's agenda

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“I hope it will be approved,” he said. Further action by the council and planning commission can delay the project but plans call for the developer to start the project in June with opening Aug. 2014.

Not all council members could be reached for comment, but all were called Friday.

Fourth Ward council member Michael Lynch said he is opposed to the PILOT.

“I don’t think the city government should be in the business of extending tax breaks just to benefit the profits of corporations,” he said.

Fifth Ward council member Madolyn Palmer said she will be voting for it. The developers have a good reputation, and if they don’t build it, someone else will and it could come off the tax rolls, she said.

Third Ward council member David Rissberger said the proposal is “a good idea.” He said it offers protection for the city, in that the property will stay on the tax rolls, and the extra infrastructure payments are also helpful.

Seventh Ward council member Bob Brzozowski said he has hasn’t had a chance to read the proposal, so he hasn’t made up his mind. However, it will be difficult to say no if it’s in the best interests of the city, he said.

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