Here's the super-fast version.
The Market Street Plan called for storefronts. Allcare VNA said "No way." There was a public hearing, where much to my dismay, lots of folks thought we were opposed to VNA outright. Well, most of us weren't. A lot of people were just misinformed about our more nuanced position. We wanted storefronts. We couldn't get storefronts, but, we had some small victories.
For example, they were willing to give on the fence. We did not want a fence greeting people as they entered downtown - especially a fence around a very non-retail looking structure. It sends the wrong message, even more-so now that the Central-Exchange Arts District is in effect. Many of us were happy to hear that Allcare would drop the fence from its plans, and they built it without one. Until today...
Let's say, for the sake of discussion, the fence doesn't come out looking all that bad. What about the fact that they went back on their word, without even talking to us, first? What kind of precedent does it set for future development? Do we not trust City Council, or do we not trust Allcare - or is it both?
I'm about to head over to LynnArts for the LPS Art show and Mural unveiling. They'll also announce the new Central-Exchange Arts and Culture District - until someone's buddy gets to trample on that win - or, we put a fence around it.
Posts are in place around the entire corner for what appears to be a very generic black fence, matching the one lots of folks dislike around the Community College campus.