With hotel plan shelved, chamber to d...

With hotel plan shelved, chamber to deed Fallo property back to city to build a parking lot

There are 5 comments on the The Mississippi Press story from Sep 30, 2013, titled With hotel plan shelved, chamber to deed Fallo property back to city to build a parking lot. In it, The Mississippi Press reports that:

For two years, this property on Government Street near downtown Ocean Springs was the site for a planned boutique hotel.

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Anderson

Sioux City, IA

#1 Oct 1, 2013
Isn't this fraud? Defrauding the federal govt?

The whole pt. of buying the property was building that stupid hotel that I knew from the start was some kind of boondoggle or good-old-boy project.

So they spent all that money on plumbing/sewer crap & now its just going to be a parking lot? And FEMA isn't looking into this? How's about the people who benefited from it refund the money & the money gets redistributed to poor people who could use it.
To Tell the Truth

Ocean Springs, MS

#2 Oct 2, 2013
The reason the Fallo property was purchased was to remove the structure and build a parking area/green space. The hotel came along after the property was purchased. This location was never going to be a hotel so the city needs to do what they planned to begin with.
watchful eye

Washington, DC

#3 Oct 2, 2013
Anderson,

1)CDBG funding is administered by MDA not FEMA.
2)The purpose of the CDBG funding is for economic development use. If you have ever been downtown on a busy night or during the festivals you would know that parking is hard to come by. There is a distinct possibility that revenue is lost due to the lack of parking. Therefore the construction of said parking lot in theory could provide more parking which in turn would draw more customers.
3)Only a small portion of the previous Fallo's site was developed/paved. Water absorbs into soil faster and in greater quantities than on asphalt or concrete. Therefore, any type of development such as a hotel or parking lot would increase the sewer capacity needs due to storm water runoff. However, the water service improvements are not needed and would likely be deemed ineligible by OIG during the closeout inspection for the CDBG funding.
To Tell the Truth

Ocean Springs, MS

#4 Oct 3, 2013
Watchful Eye the storm water runoff does not go into the sewer system. They could do a parking area using materials that absorb water.
watchful eye

Washington, DC

#5 Oct 3, 2013
there are both sanitary sewer and storm sewers (also know as storm drains). Therefore runoff would in fact be captured by a sewer. The article nor the city specify the type of sewer improvements so I went with the option they would likely use to defend their position.

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