Read their reply below but first our comments.
They say they are not selling or leasing the Civic Center. That is true. It is the "concept" they are considering we object to. We don't want them to even think about it as an option. Since it is the only option they are considering, it is the option they will likely go with. Other options we and others have suggested such as renovation of existing space, renting new space, adding a wing or floor, fixing up a basement, they always dismiss as not practicable. They have given no cost analysis of renovation or expansion or leasing of new space. Nor have they said how much space is needed.
The "public-private partnership" they refer to would be a deal where the non-competitively chosen builder constructs the buildings the city wants and takes over the city land. It might be a sale or lease. Either way the trees and green space are gone. You can look at the unfinished Downtown to see what Public-Private Partnerships have looked like in the past.
They are correct that the city council has not made a decision, or approved plans. When they do it will be too late. That is why we are telling them now that we don't want it even considered. Now please read their official reply:
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