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Should Chains Receive Tax Money To Open In Downtown?

Yes. Any business willing to open in a downtown storefront should be considered.
29 (85.3%)
No. Only local businesses should be considered.
1 (2.9%)
Neither. Let the market create demand instead of giving tax money to private investments.
4 (11.8%)

Total Members Voted: 34

Voting closed: December 26, 2014, 06:42:31 AM

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Should Chains Receive Tax Money To Open In Downtown?
« on: December 19, 2014, 06:40:02 AM »
Should Chains Receive Tax Money To Open In Downtown?



A Downtown Investment Authority program intended to help recruit retailers to downtown has resulted into two sandwich chains applying for incentives to open in downtown storefronts. One local developer believes this money should be set aside for local businesses. What's your opinion?

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Re: Should Chains Receive Tax Money To Open In Downtown?
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2014, 08:10:49 AM »
It is interesting to note that Langton is getting almost double what Jimmy Johns and Jersey Mike's are getting combined!

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Re: Should Chains Receive Tax Money To Open In Downtown?
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2014, 09:46:51 AM »
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Downtown Investment Authority CEO Aundra Wallace believes that "chains are better than having empty buildings around the urban core".

Correct answer.

Let's face it, Jacksonville loves its chain restaurants.

Plus, with the DIA's limited funds, a stable, established chain is probably a much safer bet than a local Mom & Pop.

There's room for both, and I like the idea of weighting the incentives in favor of local businesses, but downtown Jacksonville isn't in the position to be turning its nose at chains.

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Re: Should Chains Receive Tax Money To Open In Downtown?
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2014, 10:18:58 AM »
I just want more lunch options downtown, if that includes 2 sub chains I'm cool with it.

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Re: Should Chains Receive Tax Money To Open In Downtown?
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2014, 10:28:55 AM »
We have already subsidized commercial development in rural areas through public investment in infrastructure and urban services, and waiver of mobility fees, in order to promote commercial development that competed with, and draws activity away from, the urban core and into the outskirts. City leadership made a conscious and quiet decision to kill the core decades ago. Why spend more money to pretend to change direction now?

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Re: Should Chains Receive Tax Money To Open In Downtown?
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2014, 12:22:32 PM »
Back to the topic at question, I see no reason why the incentives ought to be "reserved" for local business. I do think I'd consciously favor local businesses if they're competing for the same pot, but again no reason why these incentives should sit around waiting for the right local business to claim.

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Re: Should Chains Receive Tax Money To Open In Downtown?
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2014, 01:12:11 PM »
IDEALLY, these funds would only go to projects that would ONLY happen with the funds being provided. That is a lot easier said than done. My guess is the two chains would come regardless. The two local ones might not, although perhaps they would. 

I do hope that ALL of these funds are paying for construction, renovations or other upgrades that will result in the property being more valuable, and not just supplies, furniture, fixtures or wages.   That way the improvement contributes to a higher tax base and the next occupant will benefit too, if the original one does not survive. 
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Re: Should Chains Receive Tax Money To Open In Downtown?
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2014, 01:13:22 PM »
I would say that Downtown should snag what it can snag, it's in no position to be a chooser. Of course, neither is it a beggar - things are improving. The landscape is slowly shifting to favor the Core, and chain restaurants can certainly come to the party.
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Re: Should Chains Receive Tax Money To Open In Downtown?
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2014, 01:57:38 PM »
Aren't these chains going to be run by local people and provide local jobs? I don't see what the big deal is. Fill up the store fronts.

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Re: Should Chains Receive Tax Money To Open In Downtown?
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2014, 05:36:32 PM »
I'm fine with chains applying for and receiving money from this investment program. We always talk about how downtown is full of dead zones that lead to lost synergy and walkability. I didn't know Jersey Mikes was interested in opening in the SunTrust building. Ideally this money would go towards the construction costs associated with adding an entrance so that the store opens up to the sidewalk. Add a couple of tables as sidewalk seating and all of sudden that block is not quite as dead. I agree with the person who said this money should be spent on construction and renovation costs, not on operational or start-up.

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Re: Should Chains Receive Tax Money To Open In Downtown?
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2014, 11:50:25 PM »
Who's asking for the hundred grand?? All I think of when I hear about restaurants asking for these large sums of city money is Sax Seafood (which far as I know is still standing over there vacant, years later).

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Re: Should Chains Receive Tax Money To Open In Downtown?
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2014, 07:53:29 AM »
It is interesting to note that Langton is getting almost double what Jimmy Johns and Jersey Mike's are getting combined!

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Re: Should Chains Receive Tax Money To Open In Downtown?
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2014, 08:39:31 AM »
Who's asking for the hundred grand?? All I think of when I hear about restaurants asking for these large sums of city money is Sax Seafood (which far as I know is still standing over there vacant, years later).

And let's not forget Palms Fish Camp next to a FIND project. That 10 year CD is about to come due and a million plus and you never even opened the door. Sign me up!

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Re: Should Chains Receive Tax Money To Open In Downtown?
« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2014, 11:04:45 PM »
I am very disappointed at the poll results so far. Apparently, most voting don't understand that the free market does a much better job of picking winners and losers than government agencies ever will. Besides, isn't this similar to the Soviet model? The government decides who the winners and losers are. Who cares what the market wants? We, the government, know better than you do. This is what is wrong with America today. Government is in bed with business and the middle class is bled dry as politicians reward their favorite companies/CEOs with your tax dollars. This is known as crony capitalism and it also explains why the economy is not what it should be. Politicians put up false boundaries around certain businesses to discourage competition and protect their cronies.

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Re: Should Chains Receive Tax Money To Open In Downtown?
« Reply #14 on: December 27, 2014, 06:06:54 PM »
While I wish there we local owners lined up to open downtown the reality is - there isn't, so I guess the money goes to whomever is willing to open.  With they money though I hope/wish there are some design and operating hour requirements designed to enhance downtown.  after all, isn't that why this program was started in the first place.  Here is a list of minimums the businesses should agree to get the money.

Stay open until 8PM S-T and 10PM F,Sa
Outdoor seating
Door that opens directly the sidewalk

If all we end up doing is expanding lunch options for office workers then I say no amount of money is worth that un-lofty goal.
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