I have been watching and hearing alot about this SMOC issue. As you know my feelings is that they should return to the building that they already own on Main Street until their new facility opens.
What I really dont understand is that the City Manager, or really any elected official, getting any heat on this? SMOC is a private entity and big (real big) business that can do pretty much anything they want using the Dover Amendment as cover. Add to this our current dual tax real estate system makes big buildings like this ripe for groups like SMOC (non-profit) to buy on the cheap in this depressed real estate economy.
At the state level changes need to be made in the Dover Amendment to give city officials power. Currently neither the City Manager or any elected official can really do anything to stop SMOC and anything they want.
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