The Little Rock Technology Park Authority board, which has the power of eminent domain and $22 million (eventually) in tax dollars to spend to alter the landscape of the city, has received several proposals for non-residential land on which it could build a tech park.
Want to see them? Board chair Mary Good (pictured) says not yet. Her e-mail to us:
"We have received several proposals for sites but we have not had time to organize them. I just returned from vacation today and have had no time to catch up. The August meeting has been cancelled and the next meeting will be in September when we will discuss the process for reviewing and accessing the sites that have been recommended. As soon as we have any information where we are going to do any action we will let you know [our emphasis]."
Thanks for your interest.
Mary Good, Chair Tech Park Board
Surely the chair of a public board knows that the state Freedom of Information Act doesn't exempt public documents for being "disorganized." The last sentence is the truly transparent one: It translates to "The board will let the public know what it wants it to know when it wants it to know it."
Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Jay Chesshir, who is also on the board, last week released several proposals the Authority has received: 30 acres on John Barrow Road, 16.8 acres on South Shackleford, a different 37 acres on John Barrow Road, 12.2 acres off South University and the Moon Distributing property at I-30 and Roosevelt.
Good has replied to our e-mail noting that disorganization was not an excuse for not releasing public material:
I have already sent to Jay for [sic] the files all of the proposals that came to me. There are one or two groups that have asked questions but as of yet have not submitted anything. So if you have what Jay has, you have what I have seen.
We've asked Chesshir to send along the Moses-Tucker proposal on the World Services for the Blind site if he has it, as Good indicates here in her response to our last inquiry, in which we enumerated the released proposals:
There should have been the one for the downtown site (the so-called Center for the Blind site). Everything else that I have received has gone to Jay. I have not had time to check out all the emails and mail that may have come last week. Unfortunately I have some University work that has taken priority. If there are more I will let you know.
Chesshir said he has not received a proposal for the World Services for the Blind site.
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