“Even though that was around the focus of the canal, that’s irrelevant,” Lake said. “I think the data that he has is essential to the success of this.”
And the idea of a canal was not resoundingly dismissed.
“I’m personally open to any idea,” Snelling said. “If somebody comes up and says, ‘this canal will be the greatest thing,’ if they’ll pay for it, I have no problem with it,” he said later in the meeting. “What I’m saying is I don’t want anybody to be limited on their imagination.”
“I wouldn’t limit anything for any political reason,” he said. “When the canal was the catalyst, it brought money to the table.”
Lake added that there needs to be a driving force behind development to be determined by the companies putting together a plan.
“Who knows what they might bring,” he said.
A more detailed request for proposals is expected to be presented at the redevelopment commission’s next meeting.
PLANNING AND ZONING MEETING
While the redevelopment commission held its workshop, the city’s planning and zoning commission heard requests to approve the museum lease and a list of 25 projects to be included in the economic development plan as amendments to bond resolutions for the Falls Landing and Inner City Roads tax-increment financing districts.
No recommendation was given for the lease with the Clark County Museum as the vote was 3-3. The amended economic development plan, which included 25 potential projects, passed with a favorable recommendation, 4-2. Both recommendations will now go before the city council before being returned to the redevelopment commission for final approval.