To many, Jake Day and Jim Ireton have told many of the powers to be in Salisbury that the RFP for the Downtown Parking Lots is just exploratory. They say they're just trying to see IF there's any real interest.
Today, Salisbury News learned that there hasn't been one RFP proposal. In other words, there's allegedly no interest in someone buying any one of the several lots up for sale. That's what we have been told by a very reliable source.
HOWEVER, IF this is just exploratory, why has the Mayor and Council President already closed down two lots. That's right, they have already started to REFUSE any new parking permits. It gets better. They are also refusing EIGHT permits in another Lot where MOST of the Downtown Residents now park and purchase permits.
Why eight? Because they want to RESERVE eight spots for WMDT's vehicles while they're closing down other parking. Business owners are being told they MUST park in the Parking Garage. Some of these businesses are already screaming because many of their employees don't get off until late at night and they do NOT want them to go to that garage at that time of night.
So now we're seeing the beginning of what WILL become a very serious issue. If the business owners are afraid of parking in the Garage, WHAT WILL THE PEOPLE VISITING DOWNTOWN DO? More than likely, they won't come Downtown, that's what will they'll do.
Now here's what I personally see out of the parking lot fiasco. Similar to Governor O'Malley wanting $12.00 to cross the Bay Bridge and then accepting a lower figure, this is the way Democrats roll and I think we're going to see the same thing in the end with the Parking Lots. I think they'll do some special interest favors with two or three lots and then come back and say we've heard your plea and we're going to reduce it down to just a few lots instead.
Have you had enough yet? IF the RFP's are just exploratory, WHY have your leaders already started to refuse renewal permits for these parking lots. You do realize that even IF they had a contract TODAY on one of the lots, it would take more than a year just to get approval and permits to start building. It begs the question, what's up your sleeves Jim Ireton and Jake Day?
You'll want to look at the names on the Downtown Parking Commission as well. I believe one of them works at WMDT.