Our testimony at the public hearing was apparently well-received, and we recap the points we made to Council as follows:
- We support restoration of the Winthrop Hotel;
- As you [members of the City Council] know, the area around the Winthrop has been a tremendous drain on resources from the BIA (funded by downtown property owners) and from the Tacoma Police Department. This public disorder has been exacerbated by the unwillingness of current management to work with community stakeholders for a solution. Whatever use you eventually support for the Winthrop, we hope that you will make management of this property a high priority in your considerations;
- It's gratifying to see the amount of public input--from blogs to letters to the editor--generated by this decision...this is the most discussed decision in downtown Tacoma since, well, the decision to rename the Plaza! Downtown is once again developing a robust sense of community, and future decisions will engender a much broader sample of input...
- It's equally gratifying to see the expansion in the number of parties willing to invest their money in this building's future; we have encouraged discussion and, hopefully, new partnerships among those parties. We hope you will do the same.
For a broader sample of the voices raised on this subject, please check out the robust discussion on Derek Young's blog.