So much like Bullwinkle reaching into his hat and promising he is going to pull out a rabbit, the city again is going to TIFF route to bring more dining to downtown Aurora.
But wait, this time it is pizza... Because that is what downtown Aurora needs is a pizza place that apparently requires TIFF funds to happen..
Bill Wiet, the city’s chief development officer, said if it wasn’t for the city’s commitment to kick TIF dollars to the project, a new Restaurant Row would not be happening. “But for the use of TIF monies, would this project go? The answer is no,” Wiet said.
Others have written about the connections of the folks involved, so I will leave that to them. But at the end of the day do we really want to spend money to bring a pizza place to downtown Aurora? Is that what has been missing? Pizza? I love pizza, really I do, but I would be hard pressed to think of what kind of pizza would bring me to downtown to eat it.
Part of the argument being made is
Add a better economy to a changing downtown — RiverEdge Park is set to open this summer, a new main library location is set to break ground and a booming Paramount Broadway series is packing them in
You know I hope they are right... If they are right, why in the heck is tax money needed? The Paramount Broadway thing has been going for a while, the Rivers Edge park is going to have shows once in a while, so either those two venues and their events bring folks in, in enough numbers or they don't (suffice to say Rivers Edge is not a year round venue). Why put city funds at risk?
Also sorry but in my humble opinion the library argument falls on it's face. Who really goes to the library and says afterwards, lets get some pizza locally? Anyone?