Saturday, July 07, 2012
Taxpayer-Funded Parking Garage Will Not Eliminate Parking Problem In Broad Ripple
First the Ballard administration told us it was necessary to spend $6.5 million on a privately-constructed parking garage in Broad Ripple to ease a shortage of parking in the Village. Then we learned that the private developer was adding commercial/retail space to the garage's first level that would consume nearly one-third of the 300 parking spaces to be created by the new structure. Now we're told that as soon as the parking garage is completed a residential parking permit district will be created in the neighborhood south of the Village, effectively eliminating all of the new parking spaces added by the new parking garage. After all, Mayor Ballard wants to make sure that his biggest campaign contributor's parking garage is full all the time to maximize the profits he realizes from his publicly-funded project. Now you know that this project was never about easing parking problems in Broad Ripple Village. It was all about giving multi-million dollar kickbacks to the Mayor's largest campaign contributor. If Ersal Ozdemir doesn't give Mayor Ballard a six-figure job when he leaves office like he's already given to his former chief of staff, then he just doesn't appreciate the tens of millions of dollars of public funds Ballard has forked over to him during his tenure as mayor. Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich went to prison and lost office for his corrupt relationship with Tony Rezko. Barack Obama was rewarded with the presidency after Rezko helped him finance the purchase of his mansion on Chicago's southside and delivered cash to him. What will Mayor Ballard's reward or punishment be for his cozy relationship with Ozdemir?