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Opinion: Response to Sunday’s editorial in the Globe-Gazette


This news story was published on November 28, 2016.
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Too much beer drank at city hall... leads to dumb decisions.

Too much beer drank at city hall… leads to dumb decisions.

As a life long resident I would never endorse this plan. Pretend for a moment you are in a town with more than enough hotel rooms. Now the city wants to add more rooms maybe resulting in bankrupting you. Was there an economic study done to see if the traffic would support this?

I think there is a “rush to judgement” atmosphere prevailing here. The stores in the Mall couldn’t make it for a couple reasons. Too much rent and not enough foot traffic. The late Chuck Shill of the Maid-Rite told me they approached him to open a restaurant in the Mall. He didn’t need to think long he said; the rent was $21.00 per square foot plus 10% of the gross. That’s impossible.

They sold that Mall for $1.5 million… less than some residential properties are asking for their residences. There is a reason that happened… it’s a desperate grasp to create a legacy, one that has already been written on the side of a countless beer trucks. Everything else was created in a delusional alcoholic haze.

Peter Children

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6 Responses to Opinion: Response to Sunday’s editorial in the Globe-Gazette

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    Watchdog Reply Report comment

    November 28, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Now that the Tollbridge has been sold through the bankruptcy proceedings for $1,500,000, the per square foot rent should be in the $7.50 per square foot range.

    Bottom line: if you have a retail business you can develope $300,000 per year in gross revenue you could make a decent living. These are average and generic numbers used for a basic pro-forma but anybody wanting to get into the retail business should at least get in touch with the new mall owners and check it out.

    Forget the tax scandal, the ice skating ruse, and fill the mall with retail shops which is what it was meant for.

    Maybe theaters could be re-ingaged in the mall at that rent structuce. I’ll bet Cinema-West’s rent is more than that.

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      Peter Children Reply Report comment

      November 29, 2016 at 6:47 am

      Please tell me about the tax scandal. I never heard of it.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 28, 2016 at 10:21 am

    He is right about the booze – now we have another brewery being built. Mason City downtown is designed to keep the public drunk and stupid.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 28, 2016 at 10:06 am

    I agree, I wish I was able to start a protest, I would do it in a heart beat

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 28, 2016 at 9:50 am

    This time I agree with Peter Children. If they want a hockey rink take the donations and build a new one at the N.I. Events Center. We do not need a hotel and the idea to have retail in it won’t work. The traffic is out west. It is just a pipe dream put on by the Chamber of Commerce to feather their own nest at the expense of the taxpayer. Ban beer at City Hall and this kind of stuff won’t happen.

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      Peter Children Reply Report comment

      November 28, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      I agree 100% about building at the former fair grounds. Maybe now with two new supervisors it,might happen