Wed
Jul 12 2006
11:53 am

It seems the Knoxville City Council approved a $100K federal grant to purchase and renovate a house for a local theater group.

It turns out the house (check the photo of its condition) is owned by the theater group's director, who owes four years worth of back taxes. According to the article, City Council members are a little miffed that they weren't told this before the vote and may have to reconsider, although most seem to agree it's a worthwhile project.

If her deal falls through, maybe the theater group director can get her property tossed in with Liza Zenni's deal so they can tap some of that Worlds Fair tax increment financing*. Heh.

(*Yes, I realize the $200K buildout is not TIF funded. Directly. It's a joke, Bill.)

UPDATE: More disclosures - the property was condemned in 2005.

Number9's picture

They should hire Liza Zenni

They should hire Liza Zenni as a consultant. She seems to be very creative.

Sandra Clark's picture

Carpetbag deal

I'm amazed that this deal is being laid at the feet of City Council. Sure, they voted for it, but didn't someone in the Haslam Administration recommend it? Council is a part-time job. The Administration was negligent is vetting this project.

R. Neal's picture

I'm amazed that this deal is

I'm amazed that this deal is being laid at the feet of City Council.

Good point. Maybe my headline should be Was City Council hoodwinked? Heh.

Justin's picture

Isnt is great to be able to

Isnt is great to be able to spend other peoples money? By the way, I own a house in East Knoxville and I would like to ask City Council to purchase it using Federal Funds. Its on a main road so you could probably dig out the basement and build a bus transfer station...maybe even put an IMAX theater on top next to the gigantic telescope and call it Universe Justin (think of the thousands of tourists you could bring in after they get tired of visiting the Womens Basketball Hall of Fame). The purchase price would help me out a great deal as I still have about $30k in student loans (I like to call it a $30k frame with a piece of paper mounted in it). I can only imagine all the money you would make back from the local theater troup. Hell, if it never turned a profit you could just bulldoze it and build a new jail.

 

Something is Rotten in the state of Denmark...

Bbeanster's picture

Woodhull's comment is

Woodhull's comment is ridiculous. I am self-employed, and have to put aside way more money than I can afford every month to pay my taxes. It makes me nuts to see crap like this. Wish he had some "passion" for not wasting other peoples' money. Renee Kessler looks pretty damn bad too. I believe she's the one with the "passion" for cramming more publicly-funded homeless shelters onto Broadway, isn't she? Yep, I'm quite sure she came up with some very questionable statistics to show that such facilities are evenly scattered throughout the city. Yep -- all those folks camped out on the sidewalks of Kingston Pike out west would tend to corroborate her data, eh?
But I digress.
Maybe Edens could write this little fixer-upper up for Metro Pulse as a Handiman Special. Looks kinda historic, no?

Rachel's picture

Council should be diligent,

Council should be diligent, and ask questions, and this Council does a pretty good job of that.  But they can't think of everything, and the administration should give them all the relevant info it has.  The fact that Rene Kessler and the administration knew about this and didn't tell Council looks bad (even if the deal isn't).  It smacks of the previous administration, and god knows none of us want to go there....

michael kaplan's picture

that $100,000

that $100,000 could have bought 3 victorian houses, or handily renovated half a floor of the candy factory. becker and woodhull surely know that, but heck, they also know who'll be funding their reelection campaigns next year ..

Factchecker's picture

...they also know who'll be

...they also know who'll be funding their reelection campaigns next year ..

CB Theater patrons? 

edens's picture

I don't know about the

I don't know about the theater, but it sounds like they've got the carpetbagging part down pat.

rikki's picture

Woodhull was just re-elected

Woodhull was just re-elected to his second and final term.

Anonymous's picture

Woodhull stands for re-election next year

He's an at-large seat. That's up next year. Woodhull presently is in his first term, so he can run again.

Rachel's picture

Yup.  Next year it's

Yup.  Next year it's Woodhull, Bailey, Roddy, & Becker up for a second term.  Along with the Mayor.

michael kaplan's picture

Yup.

gemini wrote:

"Yup. Next year it's Woodhull, Bailey, Roddy, & Becker up for a second term. Along with the Mayor."

a winning team ..

Rachel's picture

gemini wrote:"Yup. Next year

gemini wrote:

"Yup. Next year it's Woodhull, Bailey, Roddy, & Becker up for a second term. Along with the Mayor."

Michael answered:  "a winning team .."

I can vote for three of these five.  You, OTOH, seem to pretty much dislike everybody in government.  Just curious, why don't you run yourself?

Number9's picture

"Yup. Next year it's

"Yup. Next year it's Woodhull, Bailey, Roddy, & Becker up for a second term. Along with the Mayor."

Michael answered: "a winning team .."

I can vote for three of these five. You, OTOH, seem to pretty much dislike everybody in government. Just curious, why don't you run yourself?

I would vote for either gemini or Michael Kaplan over Woodhull or Becker.

As far as the local progressive theme song of "don't tell me what you are against, tell me what you are for", that is a short sighted viewpoint that can easily be manipulated by the clever politicians and PR firms in this town.

We have a comprised and corrupt local government.

Who in local government has acknowledged this? Gemini I know you believe there are good people in local government. I agree there are. But why do they remain silent? Isn't that a symptom of being compromised?

This don't ask, don't tell, form of leadership is not leadership at all.

Rachel's picture

I would vote for either

I would vote for either gemini over Woodhull or Becker.

You shouldn't.  My votes on most issues would dovetail with Woodhull's and Becker's.  Not on all issues, of course; it's impossible to agree with anyone 100% of the time.

michael kaplan's picture

council

gemini wrote:

"I can vote for three of these five. You, OTOH, seem to pretty much dislike everybody in government."

imo frost and hall have done a respectable job on council.

Rachel's picture

imo frost and hall have done

imo frost and hall have done a respectable job on council.

That's an interesting coupling.  I know they both voted against selling the Candy Factory, but on a lot of pretty big issues you'll find them on opposite sides of the vote.

Bbeanster's picture

Actually, Frost and Hall

Actually, Frost and Hall vote alike pretty frequently. In fact, I most recently saw Councilman Hall last night at Frost's house, at a meet-and-greet for Andy Jackson. Frost and Hall are similar in that they are quite independent-minded, share a healthy skepticism of the Common Wisdom, and refuse to be rubber stamp votes for anything. They don't see eye-to-eye on a lot of historic preservation/property rights stuff-- although, as I type this, I recall an issue in Mechanicsville last year when the Joy of Music school (which has many prominent folks on its Board) was trying to close an alley over the objections of a neighboring property owner, and Frost and Hall led the charge to stick up for the little guy, who had very little influence or power. I think they are pretty good friends, as well as frequent allies.

Personally, I like them both a lot. They are honest and hard-working.

TPTB's picture

No, no, NO! We need

No, no, NO! We need cheerleaders if we're ever going to move this city forward. Rah rah Pelot and Brown!!!

The Super Uber Chamber

rikki's picture

oops

I had him in the Frost cohort for some reason. Sorry.

So gemini as the South Knoxville councilperson in '09 or at-large next year? 

R. Neal's picture

Somebody on City Council

Somebody on City Council ought to check the upcoming Knox County tax auction sale. Maybe they could get the property on the cheap!

Midori Barstow's picture

Is the property on the

Is the property on the auction map (Knoxnews)? I couldn't locate it.

Did you read this today?

Carpetbag property revelations continue

Site slated for multimedia center was condemned

michael kaplan's picture

the property in question at

the property in question at 1843 dandridge is zoned R-1. i guess that will have to change.

(link...)

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