Developers and business owners of property along Chaparral Street showed up to Thursday's City Council meeting, hoping to hear some good news.
They wanted to be sure that the 2008 bond proposal passed by voters would be completed as promised. If not, some of the planned developments there might not take place.
"I've got some major concerns," real estate Agent Cass Gabriel said. "One right off hand, why our District One representative Kelly said I want the minimum amount of improvements to my district. This is coming from our representative on Council."
"I'm a voter. Would I vote for something in 2012 if they haven't completed 2008?" said Chad Magill of the Downtown Management District. "I would hope Council would move forward to complete the Chaparral Street project as designed."
Deyoe, the man behind the huge redevelopment of the Lichtenstein Building, showed up to Council hoping for a concrete answer on whether they are going to fund the millions of dollars worth of street improvements to a two-block stretch of Chaparral. His property would benefit from that work.
"I don't know the City has prepared this properly for the Chaparral Street improvements," said Rick Deyoe, president of Realtex Development. "I think they knew the Chaparral Street improvements were going to be spoken about. I don't know to what extent they thought the public was going to come out and speak their peace."
Deyoe will have to wait two weeks for that answer, because Council is still trying to figure out how to pay for that bond 2008 project, which saw bids coming in that were triple the cost of their initial expectations.
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