This is the third installment of what I found looking through mainly emails on Lakewood’s proposed SportsPlex and its Tax Increment Financing District:
The 19th of March, Trustee Ken Santowski sent Village administrators another email in which he expressed concerns of his and some other Board members.
Among them were
- an objection to paying the SportsPlex developers “for the purchase of land.’ (That’s “asking too much.”) [Emphasis added.]
- a desire to have the developers “show us their estimated costs that they are potentially going to ask for reimbursement. Do they have any ‘real’ estimates by any of their potential contractors? They all claim to have been working on this project for 5 years now; I believe they need to show us what they have been working on if they want us to pay for it.” [Emphasis added.]
On the 23rd, the day before the next March meeting, Santowski wrote another email to the Village Administrator saying,
“I know there is great disappointment in the inability to move forward with this development.
“I believe there was too much ‘take’ on the developers side. [Emphasis added.]
“I think we all, including myself, wanted this to work out with everyone; but it appears it most likely won’t.
“With that said, I have talked to the other trustees individually and we would like to have another strategic planning session as soon as possible with the only emphasis being on development on Route 47.
“I know Jeff has made some initial contacts to developers and I am working on a list of possible developers and end users to contact.
“I believe we have some material available that was created when we developed the ‘Look out for Lakewood’ campaign. Perhaps we can utilize some of that material.”
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