Originally Posted by Valiant
No it won't... Those stores are just going to steal business from elsewhere making somewhere else vacant.. IF they want to build the soccer complex then fine.. The big hubbub is creating jobs with new business which it is not going to do..
The city and taxpayers are paying tons of money and will not see anything out of it.. All those jobs created? There will probably be 150 new jobs created to run the complex and maintain the fields.. Everything else will be transplanted..
The businesses that move in there will just relocate from another spot..
Everything you are hoping for is a foolish dream.. As for the examples in all the other superTIF deals in the last 10+ years that failed to achieve what they promised..
This is one case where there is a chance for it to be different. If they leave some fields as open fields on the weekends, they have the potential to tap into a HUGE Saturday night/all day Sunday Latino market. Every weekend at Blue River Park in the Grandview Triangle there are thousands of Mexicans/Latinos playing soccer. And when I say thousands, I am not exagerating. They are all hungry and all thirsty, and the only businesses around to cater to them are a couple of chromed out trailers selling homemade tamales. If they can tap into the Latino market and setup lighted night games and Sunday games it could really work out to bring business to the area.
Of course I am not sure Mexicans improve an areas "Hill" placement much more than blacks do, so it might not do anything for it's "down hill" status. I am wondering how long we have until the new Walmart on the Blue Ridge Mall site becomes "dangerous". All of the busline criminals and lower income blacks that made the hypermart dangerous are now shopping at the Blue Ridge Walmart, but I haven't heard it officially declared as unsafe yet.