Jeremy's Notebook

Beck’s CMP Negotiation Tomorrow

May 8, 2013

cmpa Parcel one will be on the table tomorrow morning during a Community Maritime Park Associates negotiation meeting. The meeting will consist of representatives from the city and the CMPA sitting down with the Beck Property Company to discuss the possibility of a three-story, 18,000-square foot project at the park.

Beck approached the CMPA last month about building a multi-use project on parcel one. The property company’s offices would be on the second floor, while retail would be located on the first, and residential units on the third. The development would provide onsite parking.

Negotiating the Beck deal on behalf of the CMPA, is Chairman Collier Merrill; the Pensacola City Council selected Councilman Andy Terhaar; Mayor Ashton Hayward chose Chief of Economic Opportunity and Sustainability Clark Merritt, who originally directed Justin Beck to the Community Maritime Park.

The negotiation, which is open to the public, begins at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Pensacola City Hall.

  • flounder May 8, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    If people will actually let clark and andy do this they can create a path that is based on logical flow and impliment process for the future.

  • CJ Lewis May 8, 2013 at 11:53 am

    We know from the CMPA’s own 2007 Design Criteria Pattern Book that Parcel 1 is capable of a building up to a 4-5 story building with a total square footage of 73,500 to include structured parking. The CMPA has had “possession” of the land since 2009 and has not lifted a finger to market it. The CMPA is not accountable to the public. The City Council thinks it has plausible deniability for the Community Maritime Park always able to point the finger at the CMPA that has leased the land. If the City Council sells the taxpayers short, giving final approval to a sublease placing a puny 18,000 square foot building on Parcel 1, ensuring that the people of Pensacola do not get “fair value” for the land, this is the last straw proving why the City Council members need to be the CMPA Trustees so they can be held accountable by city voters. Someone on the City Council needs to calcuate the difference in lease payments and property taxes for a 73,500 versus 18,000 square foot project and say aloud during a City Council meeting how much money the taxpayers will be giving up for generations to come.