First, signing up the Westside’s malcontent pit bull and rebel leader, Sylvia Scott, to head the neighborhood group. This is a very smart strategic move. This will keep Scott and her cohorts subdued, at least through the election cycle.
Next, getting the neighbors of County Planning Commissioner Kevin McKenny, owner of the blighted Downtowner Motel in Eureka, to sit and meet with him last week.
As a result of the meeting, McKenny has cleaned up some of the debris around the motel, (as reported in the Examiner) and said he plans to do more work in the parking lot.
Eureka City Councilman Mike Newman, who attended the meeting along with Councilman Chet Albin, said “it was a very productive meeting.” Meaning it took the heat off everyone, for awhile.
McKenny said he is currently “working on an application” to develop the property as U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development housing. Newman said one of the options discussed was a senior complex. ”This is great news, if that is at all possible,” Newman said. “Senior housing is a real necessity for the city’s plans.”
Does the Examiner detect a hint of skepticism in Newman’s statement? If it’s not skepticism, it should be. This it the same carrot McKenny dangled in front of the City of Eureka four years ago, to ward off the property being declared a public nuisance.
Remember, rule number one, of rich developers, risk someone else capital.
Kevin is patient man, he is willing to wait until he gets funding, from somewhere.
Meanwhile the Town Downer will sit there, like the Balloon Track, subtly enhancing the esthetics of Eureka.