Edgewater. Double-U Tee Eff

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As you may have read this morning, the Edgewater renovation project was rejected by the Council Landmarks Commission. Ald. Bridget Maniaci was the only member to vote in favor of the $93 million changes the Hammes Co. have proposed for the hotel.

The commission’s vote is not the final nail in the coffin. At least not technically. According to my discussions with council members in the summer, there are no cases in recent memory of the Council overriding Landmarks’ decision. A 14 vote majority (out of 20) would be necessary for such action.

Any predictions on the matter? Any insight? Come on Erik Paulson.

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One Response to “Edgewater. Double-U Tee Eff”

  1. Erik Paulson Says:

    I really don’t know, but we’ll have a better idea in an hour.

    My guess is they pull out. There are some bigger hurdles coming up ahead that make Landmarks look easy. If they’ve got money, there are other development opportunities they could work on right now, especially with the low costs of today.

    If they do appeal, Rhodes-Conway, Rummel, Verveer, and probably Bidar-Sielaff (her district has historic districts as well) vote no.

    Sanborn and Pham-Remmele oppose the use of TIF, but I don’t know if that means they vote “No” now or if they wait for a chance to vote no on TIF but Yes on a Landmarks appeal. (I don’t think either could care less about historic districts) This is important, because the protest petition from the PUD is going to make the Edgewater a 15-vote item. If Sanborn votes “No” at every opportunity, then that doesn’t bode well for future votes.

    There’s a lot of pressure to vote yes, but overruling Landmarks is a big step. I could see some of the more thoughtful Alders (Cnare, Solomon, Schmidt) voting no on an appeal.

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