As the Mayor, whenever you hear that a business will be moving on, no matter the reason, it hurts. We strive each day to bring the City into a positive light to create new business, new development, and new interest. So when Mr. Mooradian told me that the long-time business would be leaving, I pledged that we would work with him to find a suitable replacement.
Within weeks, there was a group interested in moving into the building. Wanting to make sure they had the support of the City before pursuing their plan, they came into my office with the details. They envisioned the property as a perfect fit for their needs. Housing for those recently paroled. A halfway house. It was a proposal that would ensure this gem of building came off the tax-rolls forever, and an idea that flew in the face of a revitalized North Central.
I said no. I could not support a project like that, nor could the City of Troy.
I do believe in no uncertain terms that saying yes would have happened in previous years. People that have administered this City in the past have been all too quick to grab onto whatever they could. I thought it prudent to wait.
Several weeks later, I met Ad. I listened to his plans for the buildings. And I smiled.
When the official unveiling took place, Ad thanked me personally for the support the City has shown throughout the process. He invited me to speak in front of the crowd, and while it was tempting to share the above story, I did not. It was much more exciting to know that the patience had paid off, and that others were now seeing what I have always believed was possible in Troy. I look forward to going back next year and taking a look at the room below when it is finished and watching new people discover Troy for the first time.
For more information on the Mooradian Loft's please check out www.themooradian.com.
Thanks to everyone for reading about one of our most exhilarating projects. Be sure to e-mail me if you have any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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