The Greensboro City Council didn’t show much interest in the February One Parking Deck and Westin Hotel project at the Tuesday, Feb. 21 meeting.
After discussing whether to allocate $1.5 million or $1 million to Habitat for Humanity for well over an hour and finally settling on $1 million with the $500,000 diverted to go to minority contractors, the City Council spent only a couple of minutes allocating an additional $5.8 million for the February One parking deck.
The city had previously allocated $37 million for the parking deck, so that raises the cost to the city to nearly $43 million.
Councilmember Zack Matheny asked the only question about the allocation. He asked for a report on how the $5.8 million was going to be spent.
Matheny said that he had two requests concerning the expenditure. He said that one was “that there were zero administrative fees associated with the increases and that was confirmed.”
Matheny also said he would like to see, “A detailed expense report on the cost and clarity of the details on the overruns.”
Matheny added, “Tai [City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba], I don’t expect it right now.”
It took two motions to allocate the $5.8 million in additional funding and they both passed without further discussion on 8-1 votes with Councilmember Sharon Hightower voting no. Hightower has consistently voted against the parking, deck which is reportedly going to be completed next month.
When the February One parking deck was in the planning process, concern was expressed about having parking decks stretch along two and a half blocks of Davie Street. The February One parking deck is across East Market Street from the existing Davie Street parking deck. At the time it was said that the new February One parking deck wouldn’t look like a parking deck.
The photo above is how the parking deck that is supposed to be weeks away from opening looks this week. While it doesn’t look much like the renderings, it does look an awful lot like a parking deck.
What did you expect from this council? You voted them in.
It looks exactly like all parking decks I have taken the time to observe. You could say it looks like a building with no windows.
City Council “Don’t Worry Be Happy” it’s not our money, IT’S THE TAX PAYERS MONEY AND THE MONEY TREE KEEPS ON GIVING. Every Project that the concil approves will ALWAYS have a cost over run. The Downtown Money Pit was a good example. Spend it baby spend it.
It looks like a parking deck ( multi-storey car park) to me.
Why is part of the taxpayer money given to Habitat for Humanity reserved for non-whites? When did we become persona non grata? Are white taxpayers going to receive a partial rebate on their taxes? Why not?
We all know your position on race, BigCity :
Black face good…. White face baad…
Black face good… White face baad…
Black face good… White face baad…
Read “Animal Farm”. You might learn something – and lose some of your knee-jerk prejudice.
Here is another pork project that our city council has mismanaged. They throw 5.7 million dollars around like chump change. This is getting way out of hand and is going to bite the tax payers of Greensboro for in our pocket books. This city council has not concern about spending our money!!!
Stupid is as stupid does!
Nobody bothered to confirm how much of the overrun was going to minority contractors?
A little bird who hangs around with the General Contractor says the holdup of the old jail demolition is related to a minority sub contractor who under bid the demo costs and now wants more money. Sounds par for course. The same bird also said the reason the cost went so high in the last couple years is because of the number of minority contractors that are involved in the project
That’s what happens when you eschew merit in favor of racist anti-white set asides.
The number is in the article county dweller
John please bring back the stories about taking down the old jail and the 500k for the minority contractors set asides
And what is that going to change in Guilford County? Write a million articles, it means nothing if you keep loosing elections. Heck post them on 40 heck send them to the state house it’s all for naught this is our county Randolph, Forsyth alamance and rockingham are all options.
Are you going to turn Guilford County into Detroit?
Or St Louis…?
Little Portland, or Big Sedalia.
Get out now!
And what would that do? Who has the power to stop it? the white members on the board tried already they lost this is our county. MR hammer wants to spare your feelings he wants to make it seem like someone will come save you from the bad minorities in charge. What he should do is leave the platform open pen for debate because to be honest that’s all you have.
I don’t think the “bad minorities in charge “ is the issue. It’s the fact of setting aside money only for minorities and the other issue is how much taxes went up and the wasteful spending of the liberal democrats in charge of both the city council and county commissioner’s. You must not own property or pay taxes in the city or county so you didn’t feel the 30% increase that us taxpayers did. But you be you and have a blessed day.
Why all these over runs? Bids should include price for everything. They can get away with and always get the money from we tax payers so they don’t care. The people that handle our money just want more and more just like the school systems.
Mr Doll it’s not your county but we can tell you and yours live here. Just drive around the city and county, look at all the litter and run down properties along with the rising crime rate. Rest assured we know you’re here.
4th hottest housing market in the country. And have you been to Durham? Or sea grove? Greensboro looks like Beverly Hills compared to those places.
Bigcity, you gave me a laugh for today. It is inferred from your comments that you believe Greensboro is a big city. Have you never traveled? Have you never lived anywhere other than the Greensboro area? Are you uneducated? High Point, smaller yet, did not want to share a courthouse with Greensboro. Can you blame them? The White population in Greensboro has continued to decline since 1990. There is a reason for this, and it does not bode well for Greensboro.