The property at the corner of North Main and North Street has remained empty for quite some time. The property is the former location of the Mamatseo building. The owners tore down the building citing too many repairs where needed. Many at the time felt the building did not need to be torn down and have the ability to be renovated.
Recently the owners put up a new for sale or lease sign. The property is fenced in and is well taken care of and maintained. When asked what the current status was on the property the owner said “Nothing, it’s up to the City.” He said everything he proposed was turned down.
The owner wants to place a non-conforming building on the site such as a pharmacy, bank, or retail strep. In recent years the City has adopted a strict policy regarding development in the downtown area.
Outgoing Chamber President Mike Nicastro after hearing about the owners comments said.
“I can understand the frustration of any developer who has had to sit on vacant property for the length of the economic downturn we’re just coming out of. That said the city has taken the proper steps to make sure that areas such as North Main Street retain an urban oriented style in tradition with the historic nature of the business zone. For too many years we have sacrificed good design elements for expediency. We’re still correcting those sins of the past. If doing it right means it takes a little longer than so be it. It doesn’t mean that we’re trying to be something that we’re not but we don’t need to settle for just anything. We can no longer sacrifice long term strategic growth for short term and unsustainable gains.”