Even though he probably won’t win this one, council President Garabedian is impressive in his tenacity. He just won’t let go of the fundamental issue regarding the Cullion Concrete plant — that the original building permit was granted wrongly. He’s like a bulldog going after the same bone again and again. You can almost hear him — grrrrr, GRRRRR, grrrrr…
[...] But Garabedian, who has hired a lawyer with his own money to pursue the idea, dismisses those concerns.
Like other Cullion critics, he argues that the building permit the city issued the concrete company in March 2006, under the administration of former Mayor Stephen P. Laffey, was flawed in several respects.
And if a judge invalidated the permit during eminent-domain proceedings, Garabedian argued, Cullionâ€™s claim on the value of the land would drop sharply.
With Cullion lacking authority to build and operate a plant, he said, the land would no longer be worth $1.9 million. [full text]
We keep coming back to that original permit, and the still unknown circumstances surrounding its issuance. It seems like a classic case of those on the inside protecting others on the inside. And all of us plebians on the outside are supposed to accept that this is the best we can do. I like that Garabedian is still saying, “we can do better.”