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Question: HagaCorp’s Blackwell Island Project

Issue: Details jeopardize Blackwell: City Council questions bike path width, use of emergency boat slip; developer says company may reevaluate project/Tom Greene, Coeur d’Alene Press

John Barlow, president of Hagadone Real Estate Holding Co., after the meeting: “The point is how disappointed our company is with the mayor and some of the City Council that they reopened the negotiations after all this hard work was done along with city staff. We now have to step back, look, reevaluate, and say ‘Is this something we want to do?’”

Green Libertarian: “Yeah, sure, John. “Waaaaaaaa, if we don’t get what we want, we’re gonna take our ball and go home.” How childish can you get …”

DFO: My sentiments exactly, GreenL. The HagaCorp has played that my-way-or-the-highway card so often that only the gullible fall for it now. Everything’s to be done of HagaCorp’s deadlines. Anyone who stands up to them in an official capacity is to be run over. The uber-significance here is that we have a mayor who can’t be buffaloed by the Man From Stanley Hill — who’s looking out for the best interests of the public. She knows the value of the HagaCorp investment. She also knows the stakes for the public. That headline is abysmal propaganda: “Details jeopardize Blackwell.” ‘Tis nice to see the HagaCorp finally having to jump through the same hoops as everyone else.

Question: Do you really think HHagadone would back away from a project that it has poured considerable money into already, just to thumb its nose at the Coeur d’Alene City Council.



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