Johio83 posted at 10:37:22 AM on Oct 09, 2017:
1) the Nicholas and Spitzer buildings are held up because Koray Ergur owns them, and is a deadbeat. The City has tried to wrestle control away from him so that an actual developer could get their hands on them, but there's no real legal bearing so long as he pays his taxes (which he's had a hard time doing a few times).
2) The City has been working with a prominent developer on the Nasby, which is why they agreed to remove the asbestos-filled panels and allow said developer time to evaluate the potential of a redevelopment.
Just because there aren't visible signs of progress does not mean things aren't happening. Take the steam plan for instance: that was going on behind the scenes for a loooong time before any news broke.
great points. It's very important, as the downtown area is continuously redeveloped, that we remain patient as to preserve the architectural aesthetic. We have many, many beautiful structures downtown. If we are to have a fully realized redevelopment, these structures will certainly play a part. People like Ergur, while maddening, have a more finite timeline than these buildings. If structures are beyond repair, and have outlived their usefulness, they will go away. Look at the former Hotel Seagate and the halted demo. There are many treasures out there that smart business people are trying to determine how best to utilize.