The City Council did not take up his financing request, that would have been argued over later, what Mr trooien needed first was a zoning change. Saint Paul's leadership said no. The five story US Bank suburban complex and their lovely parking ramp over there is what was considered appropriate... and now we may have a five story apartment building with a design most suburbs would toss at the other prime intersection of Wabasha and Filmore... Saint Paul deserves better than this....<quoted text>
Trooien was asking for $100 MIllION in TIF to help finance it. That was insane. The taxpayers would've been left with the bill and would take 20+ years to pay off. No thanks. I love that Trooien has big dreams, and hope we get another big proposal in the future that makes better financial sense.
As far as needing another Big Proposal... well you are going to get it, and it will be called Central Corridor Light Rail Transit... what Saint Paul is going to be taken for with it for generations to come pales to your assertion of the damage the Bridges of Saint Paul proposal would have done to the city.