• I would "remold" the building for a lot cheaper.
    I know where I can get plenty of mold at a discounted rate.
    Hey, UHV, give me a call!

    July 30, 2010 at 1:25 p.m.
  • "Contractors are hurrying to complete the renovation before the fall semester begins in August." from photo caption...when contractors hurry - mistakes are made. Not a good caption for the photo of the worker installing the fire alarms!
    I also wonder where UHV will find hotels rooms for 200+ students in an already over crowded, rooms booked up hotel industry in Victoria.

    July 28, 2010 at 4:25 p.m.
  • ""Essentially, we would house them in hotels until we have space for them," she said."

    Hmmmm....which hotels? Would almost have to be the lovely ones on the Houston Hwy.

    July 28, 2010 at 1:17 p.m.
  • The 800lb gorilla in the room is the 30% credit default payment by VISD per annual budget and the biggest lie is the less than 50% revenue spent on instruction.
    Go Titans

    July 28, 2010 at 12:02 p.m.
  • What is a faclities director?

    July 28, 2010 at 11:05 a.m.
  • Why did they wait until May to get started?

    July 28, 2010 at 9:22 a.m.
  • " key culprits behind slow downs in the building's $9.5 million remolding process."

    So there isn't enough mold, we have to spend almost ten million dollars to replace the mold? Or should that be "remodeling"? Funny how one little letter is so important in an article.

    July 28, 2010 at 8:12 a.m.
  • "slow downs in the building's $9.5 million remolding process. "

    So what we're going to do here is take out all of the old mold and replace it with new, top of the line mold. All at a low low cost of 9.5 million dollars...

    July 28, 2010 at 8:01 a.m.
  • HookEm, it may have been 'perfectly ok' by the hotel's standards, but clearly the patrons didn't feel it was ok because that hotel is no longer in business.

    UHV is taking a piece of property that was falling apart and turning it into a pretty nice place. I imagine one day they'll outgrow that space and have to go elsewhere, which will leave a nicely renovated building behind for some business to take over (and get back on the tax rolls) rather than a deteriorating mountain of mold.

    Ya, there's a lot of money being spent to 'get it ready', but I'd rather that money be spent on something that benefits Victoria rather than elsewhere in the state.

    July 28, 2010 at 7:41 a.m.
  • It is very interesting, that when this building was owned by the private sector, it was perfectly 'OK' for people to pay $100 per night to stay there. Now that it is owned by a government entity, it has to be totally renovated (with someone else paying) in order to be useable.

    This property was previously appraised by the CAD for 3 1/2 to 4 million dollars, and taxed at that value. It now has a 100% tax exemption. That translates to about $85 grand NOT being paid in taxes, and you can see from the article above, how much is being spent in tax money to 'get it ready'.

    A short list of other properties that are NO LONGER paying ad valorem taxes would include:
    * 2 Large acreage tracts on Loop 463 that VISD is building on
    * 2 other tracts of land where VISD is building elementary schools
    * Town Plaza Mall that is now church property
    * A 4 story office building in front of DeTar North that Gulf Bend purchased
    * All the land and houses around Citizen's Medical Center that they have purchased for some un-stated reason
    * You can even go back to the old Kroger building on Navarro where the CAD is now located. All of these, and probably more, have been taken off the tax rolls and everybody else has to make up the difference.

    Governments and non-profits continue to grow and grow and they keep looking to a stagnant, or maybe an ever dwindling private sector to pay for their growth. This is happening all over the United States, and it is certainly happening in Victoria. We are past the time to ask the question ... How much government can we afford?


    July 28, 2010 at 4:54 a.m.