What happened yesterday? Essentially, the City and the Katz Group will resume negotiations, but only after we set some new conditions for how those negotiations will take place. It’s a small, cautious step forward for everyone. I felt I could support that, but it doesn’t mean I’m on board for everything in the Oct 26, 2011 framework.
The most important thing to know about yesterday’s Council decision is that the City will continue to explore options for design alternatives that can reduce project costs, in keeping with our October 17 motion. We will still get those options at our January 23 meeting. Design restraint, and alternate operational models, could help reduce the impact on taxpayers.