The 1/31 MLTnews story only mentions 56th and 236th as being part of the Main Street project, probably because neither the original $10.5 million figure or the updated $12 million number included any mention of the Gateway Connector. The inclusion of the Gateway Connector (GC) as part of the Main Street Revitalization was also not mentioned in the original MLTnews story of 5/08/13 about the funding source for design work on that Connector.
Perhaps that was an oversight of whoever was interviewed at the City or maybe not. The 7/05/13 story reporting on the $2 million state appropriation describes it as “a $12 million ‘Main Street’ project to upgrade 56th Avenue West and 236th Street SW within the city’s Town Center district.” Yes, that same story goes on to explain that “pre-engineering and survey work to determine a possible route for the Gateway Connector” is included within the “design work.”
But pardon an outsider’s confusion; can whoever follows up, the City or Mr. Dekoekkoek, please clarify how the design work for the GC became part of the TBD’s responsibility to fund, but the balance of the $4.8 million project (MLTnews-11/19/12) is not? A breakout of sources and uses for the GC similar to the one provided in the 1/31/14 story on Main Street would help.
Big picture – if revitalization really means fusing the GC to the Main Street project, we are over $8 million short, not $3.3 million. For taxpayers to understand what’s going on, why isn’t it reported as such? To realize their expanded vision, is the City Council going to raise our car tab fees another $20 per year without asking us?