The Patch recently shared very extensive bits of information (Click) you gave regarding your stance on the Transit Center project.
I know that in the short four weeks you've spent in office you've probably been inundated with information about the project that perhaps you'd not seen before. You talk as though you are fully aware of the pros and cons of giving Troy a revenue-generating forward-thinking multi-modal transit center on which to re-build our economy.
So I have a few questions for you.
-- You say oppose the Transit Center because our kids and grand-kids will be paying it off for years. Surely you realize that if/when Troy turns down the financial assistance to build this center, the money will go to another city. Can we assume, then, that you prefer we help develop some other city? If so, which one and why?
-- You say revenue projections are "pumped up and unrealistic." On what are you basing that, and what proof do you have? Additionally, can you offer what you would consider a more realistic analysis?
-- You say, "If you look at the reality of 'If you build it, they will come' from Field of Dreams, that's now a vacant field — nobody plays baseball on it, and it's used as a tourist attraction in the middle of Iowa." That was something that was built for a movie and now remains as a revenue maker for the city in which it resides. Can you explain how that really applies to this situation?
-- You say, "If we can build something for a million dollars with a parking lot and a heated facility with a kiosk where you can buy your tickets ... that makes a lot more sense..." Can I see the budget you have for the $1 million dollar facility? On what are you basing that number? Can you explain how you would get folks across the tracks for $1 million dollars or less?
-- On your FB page, you say (with regard to waiting to build it later on our own dime), "I imagine we could locate a nice piece of property (maybe one we already own) near the Big Beaver corridor. Park your car there, take the bus to the Amtrak station on the Birmingham side of the tracks where you'll be dropped off for a trip to Chicago." So, you've argued before that no one rides the train now, no one will ride it later, but if we DON'T built it near the tracks and we DON'T make it convenient, people will park somewhere else, wait for a bus to be taken to wait for a train. I...uh...I just don't know what to say to that other than...WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?
We'll be happy to publish your comments, spreadsheets and detailed drawings.
P.S. If the current plan is so palatial, WHERE THE HECK ARE THE GARDENS AND CONSERVATORY? Now I feel cheated.