There is new trouble here for Main and Clinton. There was an article in Mondays D&C. This article quoted one Elaine Spaull. Elaine, as most of City Council, has no clue of what is happening on the corner. I doubt that most of them have been on the corner in the past several years. The disturbing part of the article was Ms. Spaull's quote concerning the speed of private development, or lack of.
She is obviously not quite up to speed. In the past six months three new businesses have been created. Two new store fronts are completed and the third is currently under construction. A new full service grocery store complete with fresh produce and a meat market will be open in two weeks at the old McDonalds location on Main street. I have opened a new deli called Food at 1 Clinton Ave, and will have a new restaurant and dining room open by June 1st at the corner, in my dad's old jewelry store. Furthermore, we have been denied by the State of New York to rip down the current 2 1/2 story billboard, re-facade the existing building and install a beautiful new state of the art digital billboard.
Wow! How out of touch is our City Council?? Let's see...they took 11 years, 24 million dollars, and did absolutely nothing! They didn't move one shovel of dirt, and they didn't make a single acquisition! Hey City Council, where exactly did all that money go? I open two businesses, lease a large space to a new grocer, put a plan forward to permanently fix the corner, and Elaine Spaull wants to see if they can declare my corner blighted! I wonder exactly when the last time Elaine actually stood on the corner. Apparently, Elaine is concerned about how fast private development is moving.
I will continue to fight the County, the City, the esteemed RGRTA, or anyone else who tries to steal my property. Whether you use eminent domain[I beat that one already], or your "blighted neighborhood" nonsense, I will fight to keep what is mine. Oh by the way, I have had a comprehensive plan in front of the Council and the Mayor's office for over two years. I am negotiating to purchase many other buildings in the old Rensquare footprint. The fight continues. In the meantime, please visit my new restaurant located directly on the "blighted" corner of Main and Clinton on June 1st.