The Athens-Clarke Local Redevelopment Authority today unanimously approved the University of Georgia’s acquisition of the Navy Supply Corps School (on Prince Ave.) “to turn the Navy school in to a medical campus.” According to the Athens Banner-Herald:
The deal approved Monday is contingent on the state legislature approving funding within three years, the university paying $7.9 million to local nonprofits that help the homeless, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approving the federally required homeless assistance plan and the U.S. Department of Education agreeing to let UGA have the base for free.
Though every member of the LRA voted for the agreement, many “complained openly about the arrangement,” while “several other LRA members also said they have some reservations.” The complaints apparently came from the fact that:
The agreement gives Athens-Clarke officials and neighborhood residents no power to approve of any changes UGA might make to its plans. The university is only required to inform two LRA members — Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation director Amy Kissane and Sue Custance, a Normaltown resident — of any changes.
Those two members are among those complaining.
Here’s a quick tip for the members of the LRA, as well as of any other voting body: if you vote for something, it sounds pretty dumb to immediately go off and complain about it.