If I was a self-promoting, egotistical, I-told-you-so sort of blogger, I'd say about Michael Rose's excellent story in the Salem Statesman Journal, "Federal government could have final say on Riverfront Park easements," you read it here first.
So naturally I'll do just that.
You read it here first.
In my September 3 "Pringle Square development could be delayed 1-2 years." Rose's story makes the same point, without mentioning the time frame that I was given by Michele Scalise, the state coordinator of the federal program that requires the lengthy application process.
Salem City Council on Monday will deliberate an apartment developer’s request for traffic and fire protection easements across Riverfront Park. But the federal government might have final say on the easements.
If Salem City Council grants the easements requested by Mountain West Investment Corp., the feds would be next in line to review the plan.
City officials said the federal process could include a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review, a 30-day public comment period, and appeals.
Mountain West Investment Corp’s officials say the proposed $17 million apartment complex could launch the redevelopment of the former Boise Cascade site in downtown Salem.
A lengthy federal review could stall the project. Developers could move earth on the site while the access issue is being resolved, but city building permits cannot be issued until access is granted, according to city records.
The only disappointing thing I found about Rose's story is that, for a while, I'm no longer disappointed in the Statesman Journal. Not being able to take reporter Rose to task for anything else, I sent him this email:
Damn, man. You've caused me to feel all chilled.
That warm glow of irritation at the Statesman Journal went away after I read your National Park Service story. Now I feel empty inside. What will keep me fired up now (other than strong coffee)?
But I take solace in the fact that, before too long, another news story or another editorial will rekindle a feeling of what the hell!!?? at the Statesman Journal.
Then I'll feel like myself again. For now, though, I actually read your entire story, twice, and didn't find anything to take issue with. Guess the drugs are working… it's all good… far out...