|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||8 Nov 2005 17:05:12 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-IRF] Virginia Beach "felt bullied into" August land deal|
Beach felt bullied into deal|
By MARISA TAYLOR AND JON W. GLASS The Virginian-Pilot November 7, 2005
VIRGINIA BEACH — When City Council members voted in August to halt a condominium project near Oceana Naval Air Station, they offered few details of their decision to pay more than twice the site's assessed value.
In fact, a week before the vote, the council had decided privately that the $15 million price tag was too high.
But in the days after that closed-door rejection, state officials stepped in. A flurry of e-mails between city and state officials shows that Gov. Mark R. Warner's office was working furiously behind the scenes to persuade the council to buy the Laskin Road property to try to safeguard the master jet base.
As the council wavered, city officials raced to reach a deal with the developer. Negotiations went down to the wire, and they reached a final agreement the day before the purchase was announced.
Events unfolded so quickly that some council members and state officials now acknowledge that they were forced to put aside questions about the price and doubts about whether the gamble would pay off.
For the entire article, see http://home.hamptonroads.com/stories/story.cfm?story=94892&ran=6394&tref=po
-- Lenny Siegel Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Installation_Reuse_Forum mailing list Installation_Reuse_Forum@list.cpeo.org http://www.cpeo.org/mailman/listinfo/installation_reuse_forum
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