Executive Director Kevin Dwyer wrote a supporting Letter to the Editor that appeared in the Gazette Times last Thursday, May 29, 2014. See below.
He was also one of only a few people who testified on behalf of the development at a public forum last week, arranged by developers of the project (pictured at left, l-r, Mark Hauck, Alan Wells, Richard Boyles and Dan Whitaker. A fifth backer of the project, Rich Corone was not in attendance ) to get more input.
Unfortunately, the forum turned into more of a public grilling by local activists and what might be termed Corvallis Citizens Against Virtually Everything. See article below.
Tonight, Monday June 2, 2014, is expected to expected to action on two resolutions - one authorizing an earnest money agreement for the proposed public-private partnership and the other, a resolution that would provide a parking space agreement between the two parties.
The City Council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Downtown Fire Station.
Hotel, parking garage plan good for Corvallis’ long-term economy
Kudos to the backers of the Hyatt Place Hotel and their proposed public-private parking structure idea.
Public parking is the bane of most desirable communities and historic downtown districts. Indeed, it’s hard to measure just how many dollars are being lost to area retailers and restaurants from people who get frustrated
with the lack of parking spaces and drive off to other communities to shop and eat.
One creative local restaurateur is offering patrons free valet parking to try and offset the downtown parking in balance. But that’s not a permanent solution.
The plan to increase the hotel size to 130 rooms and build a 155-space parking garage makes perfect sense for Corvallis. Our community is short of hotel rooms by a wide margin. This is especially apparent during OSU
sports activities, when many visitors stay in surrounding communities, leaving their hotel room tax dollars, and most likely, a good portion of their food and entertainment dollars elsewhere.
The hotel will support downtown businesses by providing easy pedestrian access to downtown’s many fine restaurants, shops, the River walk and so on. The parking garage will not only support the hotel, but will provide
much needed public parking, especially on busy Saturdays when locals and visitors flock to the Farmer’s Market, or stroll along First, Second or Third streets.
While the financing may appear complicated on the surface, it looks like a win-win for the City, with very little risk to local taxpayers.With other downtown developments on the horizon – the Jax 118 apartment and retail complex and the new Benton County Historical Museum – downtown Corvallis is shaping up into a very desirable place for locals and tourists alike.
We encourage the City Council to take this proposal seriously and add another positive element to Corvallis’s economic landscape.
Corvallis Chamber of Commerce