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Gee...way to put the cart before the horse. Should have negotiated and had purchase agreements made with contingencies on the passage of the stadium bill. Talking about having the upper hand in negotiations. Wish I was the seller! "That will be 10x the current value please".
"But one parcel involved in the project, the Hennepin County morgue and crime lab, could prove to be a hurdle because it would cost millions to move." ---- Why move the crime lab away from where most of its business comes from? And, the morgue can serve as housing for the deadweight team that is produced each season. SKOL 3 and 13! Purple pride, show your corny horns, rah, rah, rah.
"elguevon1: Should have negotiated and had purchase agreements made with contingencies on the passage of the stadium bill. Talking about having the upper hand in negotiations. " ---- Why worry? The legislators of this state did just a swell job of negotiating with a team that had zero leverage whatsoever! (satirizing Mondale) "So, you cannot move the team, your lease has expired, there is a referendum requirement, you had to send Goodell and Rooney out here to beg, charities will suffer, and this state's citizens are against using taxpayer money. Hmmmm. Well here you poor thing. Take as many hundreds of millions from our taxpayers that you need." Thanks Ted!
The talk of eminent domain makes me bristle with anger. Our crooked government officials learned all the wrong lessons from Kelo v. New London.
"Sale of the two remaining blocks will presumably proceed with little fanfare since they are owned by entities associated with the Wilf family, professional real estate developers from New Jersey who own the Vikings. The land, along 3rd Street and 9th Avenue S., are valued at roughly $2.2 million by the county."......People's stadium indeed. So the state/city purchases the land from the very people we're building the stadium for...AT A PROFIT TO THEM. Does this tear-inducing joke ever end?
It always seems like the rotten meat leaks from the sausage casing, but not until after it's sold to the people. This deal STINKS and will only allow Wilf (and perhaps the owner of the Strib) to get rich while the rest of us get the shaft. Some "people's stadium".
"County Administrator Richard Johnson said the parking lot is an integral part of the morgue and crime lab operation -- the two are inextricably linked. "It would take maybe four or five years to relocate."" ---- So, what does that mean to Wilf? Here is the translation: The construction of a public plaza for the fans which requires that space will NOT be a priority as it would make zero money! The plaza can therefore be deleted from the hokey rendering of the Peoples' Taxpayer-Paid Multipurpose Stadium. HOWEVER, on the PLUS SIDE, no public plaza may very well eliminate the empty trophy case that fans would have to look at while commiserating before each home game. And, Bud Grant would presumably be pleased as his likeness would not appear there. You haven't heard anything from him for a LONG WHILE, have you? I wonder why?
Eminent domain is to be used only for the public use (parks, roads, etc), not to give a business land they were unable to buy. The founding fathers who put that property protection in the constitution are spinning in their grave. This thing should be being built in Arden Hills where the land was available and since there is nothing of note downtown by the stadium anyway.
Also can't wait for the seat license fees to be disclosed. Wilf, please closely follow that of your good buddy Jerry Jones. There should be no reason why not. Most of the seat licenses on the sides are $50,000 with a section on each side going for $150,000. I implore you to not to skimp when pricing the seat licenses.
Appropriate the new 'forced on us stadium' for Vikes would be located right at the morgue. That's about the excitement level they generated last season...
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