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Seems A&M was taking this seriously..... There are comments about what IT systems UH-V was running (See "PeopleSoft" comments) and the costs of performing a technical transition, questions if the A&M people could start to meet with their UH-V counterparts. Also, they agreed to let supporters use their "mark" which I assume is the block A&M logo.
Edith - I haven't read anywhere that stated that the deal is dead or not dead. Seems like it is still in play to me.
Sorry things are not as negative is you guys seem to want them to be. When things are not negative or go as poorly as you want you guys seem to be disappointed.
So funny. All of those people spending so much time griping about the $100k. I am sure the people against growth in this town will find a way to spin this negatively too.
Jared,Can you please go back and find all the "claim chowder" of people that made claims about the $100k and post a blog about that?
loundandclear - How would a make believe restaurant benefit since didn't you say that only 300 people would actually be attending TAMUV?
Brady/Vox/Woof/formerstring - Hahaha. What are you going to do now that you know they didn't even spend a penny of the $100k. All that negative griping you did for nothing. I am sure you will still find a way to be negative.
This is great news for Victoria. If you were to survey 100 people off the street and have them rank A&M and U of H, I would think that at least 99 people would rank A&M first.
SugarMagnolia - Not sure if you are like the other negative trolls on this site but your information is not correct. There are three Tier 1 schools in Texas: A&M, UT, and Rice. In January of this year, University of Houston was ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as a University with "very high research activity." From The Houston Chronicle: "The designation by the Carnegie Foundation, a policy and research organization focused on higher education, doesn't mean UH is now officially a Tier One school."
Legion357 - Those were "proposals" right? "Original Proposal" and "Alternative Proposal" are the words used in the link you provided.
If you look up what was actually passed, it states that the owners will build 13 lots on the property they own and the owners will pay to have an additional 54 spots built. The 13 spaces plus the 54 spaces, all of which the owners will have paid for, the owners will agree to let the public use them. In addition, no work will be started until the full amount has been paid to the city.
N45BA - The city is lending some unused plot of land, for private citizens to pay the cost to build parking that could be used by people that attend the park. In the future I think the restaurant will be a tourist destination for the city. You ask, Why would the city provide this land?. The restaurant will pay property taxes, sales taxes, provide a large number of jobs. For a small piece of unused property, it seems like a good deal for the city. If the city provides some land, that citizens can now utilize for parking if they need it, and the city is getting taxes in return, a tourist destination, then this seems like a great deal for the city.
Or maybe the city can not do things like this and we can watch the park keep deteriorating, and watch Victoria boom at the amazing pace of 2% a year while the state of Texas sees increases of 20%.