Warning: It’s a long study.
Also, coming up is Mayor Tyler’s State of the City address. Visit the City’s website here. Hoping for a large turnout in support of DCEMS. The City website still has the housing study which was discredited because of the false data.
May 7th – Muncie City Council meeting @7:30 PM.
The City of Muncie is toying with a registry for rental properties. Currently, they are looking at a $5.00 fee. How long do you think it will stay at $5.00?
The ordinance is being introduced on Monday (12-5) at Muncie City Hall – 7:30 PM.
Meanwhile, the citizens of the city paying the attorney fees for a lawsuit against several city employees, under an FBI investigation and has lost or is losing two State grants.
Just last year the Mayor and City Council passed a 43% income tax in 14 days. The director of Muncie Redevelopment Commission tried to get an ordinance introduced and passed to give his condo property a tax abatement.
And get this…the Mayor is upset with a company who managed the city pool because the business owner is not providing the city with the company’s financials. The city is on the hook for $96,000.00. Under normal circumstances, you would consider this good government. Watching out for tax dollars, right? Except it is not the case for this administration.
This has been the murkiest and crony oriented government this city has ever seen.
When: March 7, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM
Where: First Church of the Nazarene,
3101 N. Benton Road Muncie, IN
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If you are a downtown merchant, it matters. If you are wanting to book a convention, it matters. If you live in the City of Muncie, it matters.
The Roberts Hotel has seen better days, yet its time hasn’t passed. Not according to the good news we received in the Muncie Star Press today. We have some interested investors or should we say interesting investors.
Muncie Mayor Sharon McShurley has been in negotiations with developers from Chicago and Tulsa. The idea is to make the hotel a boutique with approximately 100 rooms. Mayor Mac working in conjunction with community leaders, has put together a focus group designed to express what the local businesses and community would like to see in Hotel Roberts.
The prospect of the hotel re-opening after being shuttered in 2006 is exciting to downtown merchants.
It’s not as easy as buying and moving in, though. Some renovations by the previous owner left undone, a complicated mess of finances including delinquent taxes and the consequent acquisition by Farmer’s Bank of Frankfort has made it a challenge for any business or investor.
If you would like to see the hotel and all its glory, please click here.
The Muncie Star Press quoted Mayor Sharon McShurley in today’s paper:
“It will be a long and arduous process, but I truly believe we have the right players at the table and can make this a success,” the mayor said. “It’s very exciting to have someone interested who is a proven success in doing just what we need done here.” Star Press 1-15-11
A brief history of the developers:
Rob Hunden is president of Hunden Strategic Partners of Chicago. His past experience includes the Omni convention hotel in Fort Worth, the Erie Bayfront Convention Center and Sheraton, Fourth Street Live in Louisville and the Kansas City Power & Light District. He worked with Indianapolis officials on the Indiana Convention Center expansion and funding for the construction of Conseco Fieldhouse.
Paul Coury is chairman of Coury Group of Tulsa, Okla. His recent hotel redevelopment projects include the 36-bed Ashton Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, the 108-bed Colcord Hotel in Oklahoma City, Okla., and the 55-bed Ambassador Hotel in Tulsa. Star Press 1-15-11
From the Historical Hotels of America website:
The Ashton Hotel
Fort Worth, Texas
Housed in two inter-connected historic buildings, The Ashton is Fort Worth’s only small luxury hotel. Soaring twelve-foot ceilings are luxuriously appointed and offer the finest in classic ambience with modern amenities. The hotel’s elegant Café Ashton has become one of the city’s most popular fine dining spots. The hotel is decorated with original artwork by the Fort Worth Circle, a collection of local artists whose work spanned the years from the 1930s through the 1960s.
The Ashton remains one of Fort Worth’s only examples of Italianate architecture. View the Ashton Hotel here.
Information on the Colcord Hotel.
Take a tour of the Ambassador Hotel.
Ivy Tech’s relocating downtown, restoring of historical apartments and the promise of an awesome park all contribute to a vibrant downtown. The Roberts Hotel will be a boost to our community.
I can’t wait!
I look forward to the plans which will be presented. Folks, this is an exciting time and we just may see history in the making, leaving a well planned legacy for our children and grandchildren. It is wonderful!
ACP has an impressive list of clients and an even more outstanding is the quality of their projects. The Star Press printed an awesome listof the college and university towns and cities in which ACP helped develop into thriving communities.
Below is a sampling taken from the paper:
“Planning and College Settings . . . ACP has built a strong national reputation for crafting successful visioning and planning processes for college/university towns. Within the past five years, ACP has worked in such communities as: Amherst, Massachusetts (University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, Hampshire College); Oxford, Ohio (Miami University); Columbia, Missouri (University of Missouri, Stevens, Columbia Colleges); Champaign County, Illinois (University of Illinois); Northfield, Minnesota (Carleton College, St. Olaf College); and Columbus, Ohio (The Ohio State University, Columbus State University, Franklin University, Columbus College of Art and Design)”
On Sunday the steering committee was formally announced. A well rounded team of 35 individuals including, but not limited to local business owners, educators from K-12 and higher ed, a pastor, community leaders and those who hold some form of public office.
It certainly appears that each person has had some type of involvement in areas of our city which have the greatest need.
As citizens, our input will be welcomed and our involvement can be vast or small. I hope we will all take time to contribute ideas and work together to make Muncie a viable and beautiful place to live.
Some have called me overly optimistic. But, I say, the opportunity is present. Let’s sieze the moment. Muncie full speed ahead!