EDG: Put-up or shut-up!
K-mart building to stay empty because of “a hiccup?”
Connersville Mayor Leonard Urban and (acting) EDG Director Pete Bell are always very vocal when listing (what they consider to be) their economic accomplishments but silent when things fizzle out. And, unless you live under a rock – things always seem to f-i-z-z-l-e out under their leadership.
Just like the Big Kmart/Big R deal
Just two months ago Bell told City Council, County Council and the entire community that the former Kmart was set to become a “Big R” farm, home and ranch family store. “They just have to work out who is going to pay the closing costs.” Now at this weeks City Council meeting, Bell went through a long list of nearly a dozen potential accomplishments including “Project Neptune” and “the Chinese” but Kmart wasn’t even mentioned.
Only after being questioned by Councilman Chomel about the Kmart property did Bell explain. “Ya, you’ll notice the Kmart property is not on the list. They were at the table as I understand it – the buyer and the seller were at the table prepared to sign the documents, there was a hick-up. The buyer wanted something the seller wasn’t willing to give, and the deal went away.”
Councilman Nobby then asked, “is it gone for good or back in negotiations?”
“No, it’s gone for good,” Bell explained.
Plain and simple… Why do we pay hundreds of thousands of dollars into EDG if they can’t fix “a hickup?” If “closing costs” were the only issue a couple of months ago as Bell explained, how could the EDG allow this project to die.
EDG Board members
Guidestar -online tax records of all non-profit groups.
Below is a list of EDG board members in 2010 (latest list available online)
At Guidestar, EDG is listed as Fayette County Industrial Development.