Today I raised some concerns with the proposed stadium at Mayo Park. The costs would be $65-75 million to do it right. While a stadium might be nice we currently are not properly funding:
- street maintenance
- effective transit
- affordable housing
- library expansion
These items are for more important in my opinion that another entertainment facility. Further I believe a performing arts center would be a greater benefit for the community than a stadium. I am highly skeptical of the claims that this is an investment that will have a return for the community.
If we were to proceed using public dollars I would like to see the following:
- An independent analysis of the financial projections verifying their accuracy.
- A community benefits agreement ensuring that jobs created would pay a living wage and other community benefits.
- A referendum if ANY bonding obligating public payback would be done.
- Replacement of any lost riverfront green space in the downtown.
While I am willing to listen, I don’t need another financial obligation while we fail to fund basic needs.