The Fiesta Village shopping center, shown Monday, January 23,
2012 in Mesa. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
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W. R. Grace: The North Korea of Mesa.It's past time to invoke imminent domain.
Such Hypocrisy that Mesa exudes. What would C.O.M. do if this were a homeowner violating the same laws? Bullies.......... Nothing more. Fine the heck out of them, and move on. I cannot believe the time this city spends on useless issues that don't require a degree to navigate through.
"Mesa insists it will never come back to life as a retail center, noting several nearby centers are entirely or largely vacant. The city has encouraged Grace to consider a mix of office, residential and limited retail."
"He’s (Kavanaugh) also suggested Grace sell the property if it’s not interested in redeveloping it, with marketing assistance from the city."
So Mesa acknowledges that "several" centers are in the toilet. Drive around and see for yourself all over Mesa.
All this pressure to sell or renovate while the economy is bottoming out sure makes it seem like Kavanaugh or friend of Kavanaugh wants to buy this property on the cheap by means of political pressure.
I have another property (paid for) other than the one I am living in, I will admit its not the best, but I would not sell it now or do any grand remodeling now when the market is so horrible. That is what it seems like Mesa and Kavanaugh are doing to the grace company.
The article says they are keeping up on the grafitti and landscaping. sounds suspect to me!
City of Mesa government, it's time for the code enforcement department to grow a spine and start doing their job. As I drive around the city, whether it be the district where Fiesta Village is located or my own district 4, it's apparent that this city's priorities are extremely messed up. This city could look so much nicer and be so much more attractive for people who might want to relocate to our community, but only if our city officials enforced our code laws, in turn, making home and business owners clean up their properties.
Fiesta Village is a dump and has been a dump for a long time. Once it was obvious that Lowes didn't want the property, the city should have stayed on top of the owners of that eyesore, so that it never would have fallen into the state of disrepair that it is in now.
Grace Co., either bulldoze the buildings, clean them up, or sell the property to someone who will. You're worse than a slumlord.
Mesa City Council, stop funding that arts center and instead use that money towards code enforcement to benefit the entire city, not one city block.
Jaybo, Grace Company is not in financial ruins. I strongly suspect that they are keeping Fiesta Village in a ghetto like state to keep their property taxes down while waiting for the property value to increase so they can unload it.I also suspect that they are taking tax writeoffs for the property against profits made on their other holdings. It's an old game that have been played by many corporations.
If your rich you can get away with anything, add republican pocket filler and someone will help you get away with anything.
When it is torn down I bet a Mc Donald's goes up.
"PEELING PAINT"..."WEEDS"..........are you kidding me...........has the good Councilman driven down Alma School Road from Main Street to Southern Avenue lately.................apartments, homes and businesses on both sides of Alma School have ...................."PEELING PAINT" and "WEEDS" .......ALL OVER THE PLACE.
IF I WERE A LAWYER FOR W.M. GRACE DEVELOPMENT....I WOULD HAVE SOMEONE ..........VIDEOTAPE EVERY HOME, APARTMENT AND PLACE OF BUSINESS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ALMA SCHOOL, BROADWAY AND SOUTHERN FROM GILBERT TO DOBSON ..........TO SHOW THE JUDGE, THE WHOLE AREA IS A SLUM = CASE DISMISSED.
No Leon, I've a better idea,
“If they listen to their attorney, I think there’s a reasonable prospect that the appearance of the property will at least be maintained more consistently,” Kavanaugh said.
Let's have the lawyers, executives and share holders of W.M. Grace put on work cloths some weekend and you and I can join them doing landscaping, painting and fixing things up. Then with pictures in the paper, some of those other eyesore owners will know how to fix things up. Can't you just imagine pulling weeds along side an attoreny! Will he or she know the difference between plants and weeds? I doubt it! But we can't give attorneys hammers!
You know Dale, I have a feeling that the city cannot afford the hourly billing from the attorneys while they pull weeds.
Condemn the property, demolish the decaying buildings and sell the property off to a developer who presents a plan for its use and has the resources to carry it through. W.R. Grace has had ample opportunity to prove good intentions and has failed in recognizing its responsibility.
Wait! I just had an idea. After condemnation, we could hold a raffle and the winners would be allowed to operate the equipment used to raze the structures. Heck, I'd buy a ticket.
"Billing" you say! NO, they'd be working off the clock on Saturday for free![beam]
Someone is probably hoping the proposed Tempe-Mesa streetcar project willget built and rescue these distressed property's at the expense of the taxpayer's ofTempe and Mesa. I bet Mr Kavanaugh is one of the proponents of this foolish idea which will only be good for the developers.
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