The vote was taken today and the motion for an independent auditor to review the $5 Billion proposal to develop The Gulch. Eight “yes”votes were needed and they only had six. Unfortunately the motion failed. As you can see, three Council members were absent: Young (who has been having medical treatments), Dickens and Shook. Bond was in the Chamber earlier, but was not there during this crucial vote.
This 40 acre downtown property, with three owners, is prime real estate. It is a 600 page detailed proposal. Originally, the Council was asked to vote without reviewing the detailed proposal. Hmmm.
If The Gulch deal is as good as the Mayor and Council members who voted “no” say it is, would not an independent auditor come the same conclusions??
In the words of Councilwoman Ide, ‘I am an attorney and I need this audit to better understand this. It is like going to the doctor to get a second opinion…” Why not get a second opinion? What’s the problem? What’s the rush?
Taking another two to four weeks to vet a 30 year deal that has been several decades in the making is problematic for whom??
CIM Developers (who have no African Americans among its’ 26 member executive team on their website)?
The independent audit is what 95% of public speakers at today’s City Council members Support. Does the will of the residents/voters matter?
The Atlanta City Council has shown everyone to whom they owe their allegiance. And, voters are more informed now than ever.
What is your opinion on this??