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All the questionable actions associated with this project have been the fault of Thomas Fritzel since day one. The question should be asked, how much better would this have been if Fritzel had never been involved. Fritzel paid architects designed the project, Fritzel paid attorneys krafted the documents. Fritzel set the project cost as a lease back to the city long before city staff drafted cost estimates to match or cover Fritzel's. KUEA is a major part of the problem, they asisted Fritzel in scamming the taxpayers with their demands to include their builder in all portions of the project on or off their property.
It's been a revolving door of plans and legal documents that no one could track or understand at the city. Now, the inept city leaders are covering their trails and hiding from the fallout.
The city commission should stop this now. The development agreement isn't signed by all parties and walk. KUEA owns the land, they are leasing it to Fritzel for fifty years. Let them do what they want and leave the taxpayers of Lawrence alone.
The city can build the rec center on city property at 6th and Overland Drive. Pick one of the legitimate companies that bid yesterday and have them re-design the building for this slightly smaller site. Infrastructure is 99% complete, save millions of dollars and start building trust back within this city. Enough is enough.
Well, that sets a pretty low bar for business people, ethically speaking, doesn't it?
That bar would be equally low for we the voters, who elect incompetent city commissioners.
Apples and oranges.
low ball bid on rec center, will be made up on infrastructure profits(unlimited, no bid) robbing Peter(tax payers) to pay Paul(Bliss sports) Mr Mayor you're right on this one, we should have concerns on this whole process.
A concern I have, besides this whole scam and how the now gone komishioners played it, has to do with access. The Aquatic Center (LIAC) was poorly designed with regards to access and parking. Whenever FSHS is having a game, practice or whatever, then the LIAC parking lot is full and driving in/out is terrible. I thought the LIAC was for everyone; even those who don't care about FSHS. Now we are talking about a massive rec center for the use of the citizens of Lawrence. It will be built next to the KU sports complex so now the question. On KU game day will a citizen be able to easily access the city rec center??? There are people in Lawrence who could give a damn about KU sports and don't want to suffer the BS.
"oneeye_wilbur When all of the parties involved are parked in a nursing home one day, they will be long forgotten!"
And the taxpayers of Lawrence will still be paying for their decisions.
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