Councilmembers D.J. Wilson and Strom Peterson were the dissenting votes, both stating that they believed it was fiscally irresponsible to make such a purchase given the city’s budget difficulties. Others on the council disagreed, however, stating that the purchase would guarantee that the property wouldn’t be sold to an undesirable owner, such as a fast food outlet.
“We have an opportunity like we’ve never had in the city,” Councilmember Adrienne Fraley-Monillas said. “This is probably the most important piece of the city we can buy for economic development.”
We’ll have a more detailed report on the council’s action and what it means on Wednesday.