And how a "knowledge corridor" that will "spin new local entrepreneurial efforts" that would be located in Whitman County will help the $100 million a year sales leakage from Pullman that we all "whine" about, I couldn't tell you. But after all, Rogers is a professor of "Justice Studies," not Business or Economics (so now that Rogers is "Chairwoman" of PARD, does that mean it will become the "Justice League?") Oh, and Deirdre, the construction of high tech businesses in Washington is sales tax free. Oops.
But since PARD believes in businesses that are of "appropriate size and scale for Pullman," have I got a deal for them.
Some of you may be aware that the Pullman Baptist Church located downtown is being sold. The property is being offered for $650,000.
We all know what the PARDners think of a church being downtown. At the conditional use hearing for the Pullman Foursquare Church to locate in the old Cordova Theater back in 2005, Deirdre Rogers (at that time a proud one year resident of Pullman) stated:
that she really enjoys the downtown area, and enjoyed the Cordova (when it was in operation). She expressed concerns about the loss of the use of that space for non-commercial means, and the loss of the historic connection and historic memory.TV Reed:
Stated his beliefs that the downtown is not the right place for a church; every attempt should be made to maintain a historic building with its historic use; commercial/retail use of the building is covered by the Comprehensive Plan. Expressed his concerns that a lot of businesses are moving out of the Central Business District and over to Bishop Boulevard.Citizen Hosick:
expressed the beliefs that the theater is too important a part of Pullman’s history, that Pullman residents want it to remain a theater, that churches don’t belong on the street level in the Central Business District, that Pullman has a tiny downtown so every square foot should be available for retail business space which can be accessed and used by everybody, not a limited number of people.Well, rejoice Deirdre and lift up your broom!! There is one less church downtown!! And the church certainly qualifies as part of the "historic memory" as it was built in 1932, not long after the Cordova Theater.
Here's you chance to have a retail business in the Central Business District, have a "green" business that pays those "living wages" you talk about, stop our sales leakage to Moscow and finally have a more balanced local economy." C'mon, it's a dynamite location, right at the corner of Paradise and Main. If the UFCW will bankroll your big legal expenses to fight Wal-Mart, they'll certainly pony up for this worthy project.
I hereby solemnly vow that if PARD buys the Pullman Baptist Church and turns into a retail store, I will be the first customer and say all kinds of nice things about them on this blog, in the newspaper, and on the radio about how they really are not just a lot of talk and a mortar board. Let the healing begin!!
But then again....
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