Small-Town Campaign Waged By Develope...

Small-Town Campaign Waged By Developers In Preston

There are 21 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Jun 30, 2008, titled Small-Town Campaign Waged By Developers In Preston. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Larry Gottesdiener and John Hanselman want the same thing: the right to spend the better part of $1 billion to transform the abandoned state asylum here into a riverfront playground.

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evan andriopoulos

Croatia

#1 Jun 30, 2008
if Larry loses I would love to see New London engage him and present the Ft.Trumbull area for development. Could be a great maritime village with offices, marina etc...
Bob

Meriden, CT

#2 Jun 30, 2008
Just let the Utopia deal happen. It's nothing but good for the town and CT!
Travis

United States

#3 Jun 30, 2008
Doesn't being Hartford's biggest landlord make Gottesdiener less attractive to Preston residents?
amazed

Naugatuck, CT

#4 Jun 30, 2008
just what we need. more million-dollar homes and 5-star hotels.

people are dying out here from this economy.

who the hell do they think has money to buy or even rent a room at these luxury prices?

make sure there is no public money put into this. jodi is scratching the bottom now.
bonzo

Buena Park, CA

#5 Jun 30, 2008
who cares, id rather read about someone putting air in their tires on a Saturday night!

Since: Mar 07

Enfield

#6 Jun 30, 2008
Right!

1300 -1500 new proposed residences, potential increase population by, 2500 -3000 new voting people.
The 4800 current residents are asked to say "lets bring in new people who will control the town voting while needing new schools, roads, garbage disposal etc!
Iron Sheik

Baltimore, MD

#7 Jun 30, 2008
Gottesdiener's plan is only for the well to do. He's going to bring in more New York millionaires who will continue to drive young people and the working class away from this state. The guy is a schyster who can't even fill up a grocery store right in the middle of the capital city.

Vote for Preston Gateway
Daniel Ramirez

United States

#9 Jun 30, 2008
Iron Sheik wrote:
Gottesdiener's plan is only for the well to do. He's going to bring in more New York millionaires who will continue to drive young people and the working class away from this state. The guy is a schyster who can't even fill up a grocery store right in the middle of the capital city.
Vote for Preston Gateway
What's wrong with having more rich people? Nobody's getting displaced.
Snake Plisskin

Belleville, MI

#10 Jun 30, 2008
Iron Sheik wrote:
Gottesdiener's plan is only for the well to do. He's going to bring in more New York millionaires who will continue to drive young people and the working class away from this state. The guy is a schyster who can't even fill up a grocery store right in the middle of the capital city.
Vote for Preston Gateway
Vote against all of them.
The whole thing is a sham. The local residents of Preston and surrounding towns will NOT benefit from this. Vote for any of these guys to come in and do something, and you will find that the town will be on a very short chain. Money, not man will control everything then. They will just sue the town to get their way, and they will always win.

Everyone in preston should just drive by and ignore all these developers with their bags of money and secret investors. Preston was fooled once with stars in their eyes with the whole Utopia deal. And just like the concept of Utopia, it was too good to be true or achievable. C'mon Preston... Fool me once..........

I have to laugh at these millionaires trying to suck up to the lumpenproles at the town dump. I cant even imagine what these guys are wearing to appear "down to earth." When they say they know what politicians must feel like campaigning in small-town america, you should realise that these elite guys are coming to understand how the politicians must smile and lie while trying to look down to earth.

And a final point. You think that this is going to bring jobs, even temporary jobs to the regions? Please, they will contract-out to all their buddies. Local business and contractors will get crumbs. Where do you think all the housekeeping workers will come from? Farmer Fred's wife? hahahaha yeah ok. You think these will be good jobs? Please! Look at how the casinos treat their employees!

I say vote for the cows.
Haaaaaaa

Meriden, CT

#11 Jun 30, 2008
You can't get skilled employees at the casinos now. How do you think your going to get people for this project?? Encourage them to drive!!!!
Snake Plisskin

Belleville, MI

#12 Jun 30, 2008
Daniel Ramirez wrote:
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What's wrong with having more rich people? Nobody's getting displaced.
Loss of political control, loss of voice.

Everyone wants to be in the "rich guys" favor. Negative greed influence on the local citizens who start to change their priorities to acquire a bigger portion of the share of the crumbs that are dropped. Human nature, and Nothing against rich people at all. Like the poor, they have their good and bad, and put their pants on the same way every morning, but they have their Hamptons, Cape Cod, Fairfield Co, Hudson Valley, etc.

How is a bunch of rich guys in town that want public water and sewer going to help your when your well has been doing the trick for you for the past 100 years? Do you think that they will pay for it all by themselves? Do you think that drainage on a hill near your home wont change when they build 8 or 9 $750k "villas" up on it? Will the rich move your home when the lawn floods? You are country new-englanders! Not elbow-rubbers with movie stars and retired plastic surgeons.
Benny and the Jets

United States

#13 Jun 30, 2008
Snake Plisskin wrote:
<quoted text>I have to laugh at these millionaires trying to suck up to the lumpenproles at the town dump. I cant even imagine what these guys are wearing to appear "down to earth."
They pull up in their $100K MaseratiĀ—that they drove through some dirt to make it look like a working-man's vehicle.
Then they exit the vehicle, put their collars down on their Lacoste polo shirts. Then, quickly slip off their Gucci flip flops, and put on that spare pair of steel toe boots. There might be a wine stain or two on the front of the shirt, to appear disheveled. But, that's it.
JOHN ROWLAND

Wakefield, MA

#14 Jun 30, 2008
Hey I got this privatization of public property going--

credit anyone?

And--in these hard days, what does CT need more than a $1,000,000,000. "riverfront playground"?

Public transportation?

Money for schoolbooks?

An industrial or insurance of pharmaceutical base?

Not in MY STATE!!!!
David Brent

Chesterfield, MO

#15 Jun 30, 2008
Ask Larry Gottesdiener about the retail stores he promised for the opening of his Hartford 21 building, in 2006. Only a wine shop is open. He promised a grocery store for his residents. Two years later, there's nothing. The store fronts on Trumbull and Asylum Streets are as vacant as his promises. The state bent over backwards to give this sports and entertainment neophyte, the keys to the Hartford Civic Center. It was a real estate deal in every sense. Gottesdiener doesn't have the best interest in the folks of Hartford. He does what's best for Larry.

The citizens of Preston should take note.
S K Taxpayer

United States

#16 Jun 30, 2008
Iron Sheik wrote:
Gottesdiener's plan is only for the well to do. He's going to bring in more New York millionaires who will continue to drive young people and the working class away from this state. The guy is a schyster who can't even fill up a grocery store right in the middle of the capital city.
Vote for Preston Gateway
Yes, but look at all the minimum wage service jobs we will gain!
true reporter

White Plains, NY

#17 Jun 30, 2008
You do not....repeat-do not want Hartford trash in your community. This guy is the worst kind of bloodsucking leech-BEWARE......
stevewesthartfor d

Windham, NH

#18 Jun 30, 2008
true reporter wrote:
You do not....repeat-do not want Hartford trash in your community. This guy is the worst kind of bloodsucking leech-BEWARE......
michael, that is not nice ... you are better than that
chris

Greenfield, MA

#19 Jun 30, 2008
David Brent wrote:
Ask Larry Gottesdiener about the retail stores he promised for the opening of his Hartford 21 building, in 2006. Only a wine shop is open. He promised a grocery store for his residents. Two years later, there's nothing. The store fronts on Trumbull and Asylum Streets are as vacant as his promises. The state bent over backwards to give this sports and entertainment neophyte, the keys to the Hartford Civic Center. It was a real estate deal in every sense. Gottesdiener doesn't have the best interest in the folks of Hartford. He does what's best for Larry.
The citizens of Preston should take note.
im sure tenants were lining up to bring their stores to hartford... hartford is dead after 5 and on the weekends, theres no money to be made thus companies dont want to invest in hartford because it won't give them any return
Cool Papa Bell

New Rochelle, NY

#20 Jun 30, 2008
chris wrote:
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im sure tenants were lining up to bring their stores to hartford... hartford is dead after 5 and on the weekends, theres no money to be made thus companies dont want to invest in hartford because it won't give them any return
This isn't about Hartford and this isn't about companies investing. Its about a real estate guy making promises to residents of a community and not making good on them after two years. Why should the people of Preston believe Gottesdiener when he hasn't delivered on his Hartford 21 vows?
true reporter

White Plains, NY

#21 Jun 30, 2008
Thank-you Cool Papa!!! Check out the Hartford venues.....empty.

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