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For nearly the past twenty years at the corner of Daggett and Hereford in the Italian Neighborhood “The Hill”, sits more than ten acres of empty warehouses. While political leadership points the finger at the owner of the property “Flynn Associates” this writer feels both entities are to blame. Every owner wants to receive a fair profit for his investment and every neighborhood wants to preserve its history and protect its residents.
The Alderman Joe Vollmer has wanted to keep this property zoned as commercial and felt that is was the best way to preserve its buildings and protect the area surrounding it. The problem with that is that America no longer manufactures things in the United States. I would love to see residents walking to work each morning and returning in the evening to enjoy time with their families like the old days. In today’s world a factory is controlled by large machinery with few operators if you could find someone to locate there.
I have toured the inside and outside of these building with Mr. Bob Flynn and could tell you that this site has been a danger to the neighborhood. It is impossible to police the inside or outside of this large complex. So there lies the failure on both parties to agree to a common ground over numerous proposals over the past twenty years.
Even today there are many contradicting reports about number of units. From the most current report that I feel is the most accurate on the Hill 2000 web site. There will be 225 apartments, 20 single family homes and 49 (owner occupied) Town-homes. Sansone Group has found a way to incorporate some condos but upon the Alderman request they will be located inside the apartment building, (which I think is a poor decision).
I have spoken to a number of potential developers over the past six years. Generally speaking, every developer begin negotiations with 42 units per acre, which would maximize profit potential. The lowest profit potential would be 32 units per acre (again in general). This looks to be a good deal for both the residents and the developer, in this writer’s opinion. I have to give credit to Monsignor Bommarito for getting the number of units this low along with another that does not wish to be mentioned. With that said if the leadership of the Hill and the property owner had worked together for the good of the neighborhood years ago, we would not be faced with this decision today. I believe there were better deals on the table that were rejected by the Alderman.