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August 23, 2012

Little League Drive sale price questioned

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Puchalski said he doubts the appraisal amount will go down. 

Pilozzi and Zeisz said they couldn't discuss the details of the current issues, as the negotiations with the company remain ongoing — and have been for two years. The mayor said options have been sent to the Common Council, and it's up to them to decide what to do. 

Pilozzi's hoping the 56 homes slated for the area will create an additional $13 million in tax revenue — a hot commodity in a city with little land left to develop. 

"The infrastructure goes into what they are going to pay for the land. It's not so cut and dry that they are going to pay 'X' amount for the land and that's that," Zeisz said. "That's with no infrastructure, no curbs, no sidewalk, no sewer or water lines."

The ongoing negotiation includes deliberations on who is going to pay for the infrastructure — Natale or the city. Third Ward Councilman Richard Slisz, who opposes the project, said Natale's original proposal included paying $1.5 million in constructing infrastructure. Later, the company requested that the city pay to do the work instead. According to Zeisz, the infrastructure would cost the city $1.8 million to $2 million to complete. 

"It's like you are buying a car, and the salesman tells you you can have it for $30,000," Slisz said. "And then you come back, and it's $45,000. There are options, but as far as I'm concerned, they are unacceptable to me." 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150. Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.

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