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by JUDY HODGSON
Last Saturday the Journal
made the front page of the Times-Standard. "Rumors
are flying ... particularly after erroneous information was reported
... in the North Coast Journal," read paragraph three.
Just what was this "erroneous" information and how
erroneous was it?
We reported that developer Dan Ollivier's interest in the Daly
Building complex had "evaporated" and the Daly deal
was "dead." Ollivier himself called to complain, saying
he was still interested, he is "staying the course,"
and escrow is scheduled to close July 15.
We should have said Ollivier's interest is "waning"
and, technically the deal is not "dead." How about
"moribund"? ("Being in a state of dying; approaching
As we reported, Ollivier made an offer last fall that was accepted
by the Humboldt State University Foundation. HSU is very anxious
to sell (see definition of "albatross"). However, since
the city of Eureka gave HSU a no-interest loan for five years
and made HSU sign a promise to develop the Sweasey Theater into
a performing arts center, it gets to approve the deal, especially
since Ollivier wants to transfer the loan. The city has turned
thumbs down. No meetings are taking place. Time is running out.
The deal is ... moribund.
I hope T-S readers last Saturday continued to paragraph
23, page 3, where the staff writer quotes an HSU official saying,
"... while the offer is still technically in place, it isn't
going to go through."
HSU is still meeting with a nonprofit theater group, Ollivier's
partner in his last amended offer that the city rejected. Something
might come of it.
Interestingly, Ollivier's original offer was prompted by a need
for parking for his adjacent remodeled building. Parking in downtown
Eureka comes under new scrutiny this week by the Humboldt County
Grand Jury. For our report, see in the news.
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