The "bus driver" took readers down a side alley yesterday afternoon, and if they were watching through the bus windows, as he ruffled up the dormant gravel road-bed, they might have gotten a glimpse of how things happen around here, and why they happen when they happen.
The "driver" received some correspondence with some, more than likely, forgotten background information about Johnny Morris' plans to build a hotel across the street from Bass Pro Shops.
Plunging head long into the swirling storm-water run off of the issue, the "bus" quoted his correspondent:
"Morris had tax incentives that made non-proceeding more beneficial than forcing through the building of a hotel back in 1994, so after he came in and destroyed the neighborhood's neighborhoodliness, the development plan was dropped and adjacent property owners were not notified of the change in plans....
Morris's original tax incentives had a 25-year lifespan that expire in 2009," the correspondent wrote.
The bus driver also indicated there is a report titled "Fungus Amungus" floating around somewhere that he aims to get his hands on.
"There is a report, a 50 Q&A report, titled "Fungus Amungus" prepared, complete with illustrations, that was given to the city and the neighborhood association in 2006 regarding this area. I am trying to track down a copy," he wrote.
There's more to the story, including something about the property being an "enterprise zone."
Check it out, that is, if you're interested in such things or so inclined.
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