Consultant advises on positives/negatives of Corsicana’s business district
Posted in the Corsicana Forum
#1 Jan 6, 2012
"...he called the brick streets “car- and jaw-shattering,” and he said downtown needs better signage to keep visitors from being lost."
"..rated the city poorly on smoothness of the streets, sufficient signs, and whether or not someone would want to open a business in downtown Corsicana."
What did this cost?
I could have told the city the same things for free.
#2 Jan 6, 2012
Well if the city officials keep denying permits to open businesses in downtown it will never change (.
How much more money are they going to spend in the “project”?
How much research and time to find out the solution?
"Failing to gain P&Z; approval Thursday was a request for a zoning change from Central Area to General Retail made by Rheann Ivie, who wants to turn the existing Green’s Western Wear business into a private club.
Ivie told commissioners that she was trying to “save her building” and that continuing as a retail operation would not do that.
“I don’t want to have an empty building like Dyer’s,” she said.
Ivie said the private club would include areas for meetings and dancing, a gaming area, and would cater to a “more mature crowd.” It would include a three-story addition at the rear of the building.
Extra security and lighting were also planned for the operation, she said, and an experienced manager for the club had already been chosen."
"Jimmy Vaclavik opened his first business in Corsicana in 1980, and he first moved to Navarro County in 1968, so he refers to himself as a “local.”
However, when he tried to open Fat Daddy’s as a comedy club serving alcohol at 110 E. Fifth Ave., downtown, he was turned down for a Special Use Permit, and told clubs couldn’t go downtown.
“This was right before Rick got his saloon,” Vaclavik said.“And I’m told Roy’s wants to open a sports bar. How come these people can and they won’t let me?”
Vaclavik believes it’s selective enforcement that benefits some businesses and owners at the expense of others. He claims to have spent $80,000 fixing up his facility, money he wouldn’t have spent if he’d known before he couldn’t open his business.
His vision for Fat Daddy’s is to attract people from other communities to come in and make a night of it in downtown, having dinner at the local restaurants followed by two hours of comedy. He believes he can attract 200 people a weekend to downtown Corsicana.
He’s read the new dance hall/social club ordinance, and he’s very concerned about the clause that calls for revoking a license if the hall violates “decency.”
“They’re constantly going to hound you,” Vaclavik said.“They’re just making it so hard. They don’t want any kind of entertainment that involves alcohol.”
He intends to finish the front of the building, and then try once more for his SUP. If he doesn’t get it, he’s going to sell out or board up the refurbished club and leave Corsicana.
“A businessman can’t make a living here,” he said."
#3 Jan 6, 2012
so true our city leaders have lived in the past for years while other area towns like ennis and waxahachie have thrived so sad maybe our city leaders will wake up how much did they spend on the trolley that sits at the end of south beaton street?
#4 Jan 6, 2012
That seems to be the problem, as it has been for a long time in Corsicana. We need some new blood, new ways of thinking from internet-savvy individuals from the current decade. Energetic people with a fresh view who can put an end to the city's current old way of thinking.
Instead of spending money on consultants, whenever possible, we should research the problems for ourselves, use some common sense, make fair decisions, and move ahead. I mean, we had to pay an outside consultant to tell us our brick streets are “car- and jaw-shattering”?
We should strive to be ahead of the curve, not playing catchup. For example, surrounding cities like Ennis should be looking at us and trying to figure out why we're so successful, instead of the opposite.
#5 Jan 6, 2012
Sorry for the double post. Internet glitch.
Why can't we go back and edit our posts?
#6 Jan 13, 2012
"We can certainly blame CITY MANANGEMENT/Connie Standrige. It's call selective enforcement of codes in our city at the hand of the City Manager. I know first hand she has told a former employee of P&Z office to be selective. Run for council and spend 4 years, like I did and you will see first hand her methods of favortism with certain people in town. SHE HAS TO BE FIRED!"
Stephen G. Andrews
#7 Jan 14, 2012
She never should have been put in the place of City Manager. She wasn't qualified until qualification was changed to fit her.
#8 Jan 14, 2012
Not to mention that she still lives in Winkler.
#9 Jan 17, 2012
Glad to see you on her, I mean here, but....
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