Duggins: Indy developer has “vested interest” in our community, and millennials prefer biking alongside Padgett cranes.


There’s something surreal about the conversations taking place as to the preferences of the $60,000 per year millennials who’ll be playing bocce ball at the Flaherty and Collins development, which I believe is slated to be called Gahan “Business of Residency” Manor.

That’s because the words “business of residency” must be chanted as economic development mantras just as often as “trickle down” and “ripple effect,” so that the turbine powered by George Orwell spinning in his grave continues to power our street non-sweepers.

But you see, these millennials won’t need as many parking spaces because millennials like to bicycle and walk, and they’re not auto-centric like their parents, and the former Coyle site is located in a “pedestrian friendly” area.

With almost no crosswalks, without any efforts made to promote a culture of walkability, because at a previous meeting David Duggins rushed to reassure the crowd that these walkers and bikers would be perfectly content with unaltered, adjacent, two fast lanes comprising one-way arterial streets, as built to interstate specifications, and thus discouraging walking and biking.

You see, THESE millennials will be different, and enjoy 18-wheelers thundering past as they ride to … to … where again are they riding in a city almost entirely without bike lanes, and no coherent plans to add ones that might actually connect to each other?

The comparatively fewer cars parked there won’t be a problem unless they are, at which point the developer will have to deal with it … perhaps by buying adjacent homes with further TIF One Card bonds to create more stormwater-friendly impermeable surface?

Even better …

AT&T, which has a location across from the development, donated a 24-space lot to the city to be utilizes specifically for the development.


More prime infill building space goes toward surface parking, contributing to stormwater issues, which millennials can reach by walking across a one-way arterial street with bike lanes that go nowhere and connect to nothing, where crosswalks are almost unheard of, and which — thus far in the mayor’s down-low stealth campaign to convince selected private questioners that he understands this so well that nothing can be done to change it for two or more years — nothing has been done to change it now, and never will, in two or twenty years.

Do any of these people really believe a single word he’s saying?

I understand Duggins, Gahan, Flaherty, Collins, Rosenbarger and Gibson spouting outlandish propaganda. I suppose now, at long last, I must finally concede that Scott Wood is mortally afflicted with the gibberish contagion, too.

This makes me very sad.

Doctor, my broom, please.

New Albany apartments receive zoning approval, by Daniel Suddeath (N and T)

NEW ALBANY — The public funding has been OK’d, a substantial tax credit pledged, and on Tuesday, the developer seeking to construct a $26 million apartment and retail complex in downtown New Albany garnered zoning approval from the city.

Flaherty and Collins received unanimous approval from the New Albany Board of Zoning Appeals to construct a 191-unit apartment development on the former Coyle auto property from 501 to 515 E. Spring St.

A variance was required for the project in part because the number of parking spaces planned doesn’t meet the city’s standard for apartments of similar size.