THE CITY IS taking a good look at the Fourth and Maine space blighted by the Newcomb Hotel rubble. It will cost up to a half million dollars to clean it up, apparently. The city was prepared to bite the bullet and use TIF funds, but now there's been interest from private parties.
There should be. It's a great space, visible almost as soon as you come across the bridge from Missouri. It has lots of frontage on both Maine and Fourth. It's in a thriving downtown area.
As a business and building owner just up the street, I welcome private enterprise. Put something on the that corner with character, not just walls and a roof.
And make sure the owners have insurance. Ahem.