Produce terminal

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In regard to the proposed historic designation of the Strip District produce terminal versus demolition of 400 feet of the terminal: The most outrageously false assertion is that the demolition is needed to provide adequate access to the Buncher developments.

Five or six years ago, I attended a Cirque du Soleil performance in a tent on the Buncher property and parked 200 to 300 feet behind the produce terminal at about what would be 19th Street in the middle of parking for about 3,200 attendees. We all left in a rush after the performance, some going north, some going south. There were no barriers to going south! Buncher owns property south to 14th Street, I believe. There were no delays or backups; everyone got out quickly. The townhouse development would never generate such a rush of traffic.

In addition, the 400-foot demolition would greatly diminish the present dominance of the building. The building currently encloses a great plaza with a parallel building or buildings on the opposite side of the plaza, with the plaza then crowned by the great St. Stanislaus Church. The demolition would violate the enclosure.

Now all we need is the Belgian blocks back.

BILL LAWRENCE
Banksville


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