Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Candidate Urges Upscale Park Bench Development--TIF sought: Tales From Normal, Mn.: FICTION
Just got the tweet from the Bass fishermen in Normal, Mn meeting for coffee at Betty Lou's Coffee Shop....seems one of the latest is the proposal from a developer to create many more park bench "assets" as he calls them, with built in wi-fi and phone recharging capability. His proposal is for a reservation system so folks can reserve their park bench in advance using software similar to Uber car reservations...He estimates that the spots will be retailed for $400 per month on a prepaid basis. He is looking for TIF funding from the local community to cover the extensive financial burden to him and noting the substantial public benefit. He is hoping that his undertaking will create the possibility of franchising in cities across the land. Stay tuned as I follow this development.