Just two words to explain why the NRA can not dissolve at this time. When the Citizens are up in arms over the NRA; they go to the NRA. When the Waterfront Trust is upset with the NRA; they go to the NRA. When the City has a problem with the waterfront, more than likely; the NRA is somehow involved.
The land where the expanded park will be placed is a toxic waste site. Before a park can be expanded; the area must be cleaned up. It is rather obvious that the NRA has not lifted a finger to seek a cleanup of the site, nor applied for Brownfields funding; hoping upon hope a developer would end up doing it for them.
So, what if, all of a sudden, the NRA dissolves!?!
There is not only no dog to kick around – the bullseye of public attention moves to City Hall.
This is great on a practical level because as city property, CPA funds can be applied to gain new park property. Grants and state funding can be accessed if only the land was city property! (Which it’s not!)
With the land back in the citizens’ hands; the mayor is stuck with the daunting task of cleaning up of the site, and all the liability on the land will land squarely on the city.
The Waterfront Trust, that arbitrary court-ordered organization now begins to reign supreme making the members of its board powerful in influence.
And all eyes would be turned to the Mayor. No more posturing, no more excuses.
With many challenges ahead with future garages and future NED plans, and many projects contemplated ahead for 2016; adding this extra issue is definitely not welcome.
So I assure you – at least in this election year, it’s not going to happen.
But you know, it is an election year – the positions taken on this NRA dissolution request will be quite alive and lively until November 3rd.
Let’s see how each candidate weights in on this issue.