Last night, the Northfield City Council discussed whether it should give/lease Q-block property for the relocation of the Northfield train depot.
Are Quarterback Club owner Dale Finger’s objections valid?
What about Council members’ rationale for including or not including the Planning Commission and the EDA in the planning process?
Nfld News: Council: More research needed on plan to move depot
“Is it a viable business plan?” Mayor Mary Rossing asked rhetorically. “To me we’re going to have to make the case this is a good economic value to the citizens of Northfield.” Her suggestion to send the proposal to the Planning Commission and Economic Development Authority for their input got mixed reviews. Councilor Suzie Nakasian supported the idea, but Councilors Patrick Ganey, Betsey Buckheit and Rhonda Pownell found the move unnecessary…
Dale Finger, who not only owns the Quarterback Club, but a majority of land on the block under consideration, opposes the move. “I believe if the depot was to move there, any future development would have to be focused around the depot, limiting what could happen on my property,” he wrote in an April 5 e-mail to the council. “I also see this property being a gateway to downtown and someday hope a retail development will bring more traffic to the central business district.”
I wasn’t too surprised last summer when Polzin Glass added auto repair to their business.
But I was taken aback yesterday when I noticed an ‘oil change special’ sign in front of the Quarterback Club. This recession is tougher than I thought.
Hang in there, Dale.
This is a new version of a familiar image in Northfield.
What is it?
And what does it remind you of?
Something’s up at the Quarterback Club. But what?