Last night, I posted something here about the likelihood that Ypsi City Council would vote to approve the sale of a half-acre of downtown real estate to a Burger King franchisee. Given the fact that we’ve been sitting on 38 acres of undeveloped land for over 8 years, I thought that it was a pretty safe bet that our City Council would move to accept the offer, if only to give the illusion of having made some kind of progress. Personally, I hated the idea, but I didn’t think that I had a shot in hell of stopping it. [If I had it my way, we'd put an immediate ban on downtown franchises.] Anyway, it looks now as though I could have been wrong. According to City Council member Brian “Mr. Transparency” Robb, there’s no way Council will move forward with the Burger King proposal. The following three quotes come from his website.
“I don’t know of anyone on Council who is in favor of this.”
“This isn’t even a question of whether or not Burger King fits the concept of the site. This is much more basic than that. This project doesn’t get us very much tax revenue. The purchase price won’t even pay for adequate infrastructure. There isn’t even anything remotely appealing about this.”
“After eight years of not much happening with the project, Council asked for proposals and selected a firm to market the property. They are the ones advertising this project and soliciting ideas for development. The most interested developers like Burger King, the student housing, and the senior living is what they’ve been able to stir up. Did you think I was out there calling Burger King trying to get them to move down the street?”
So, there you have it… There will be no Whoppers extruded on Water Street on Brian Robb’s watch.
So, all you Whopper virgins out there better think twice before coming to Ypsi looking for a good time.