7 thoughts on “Zombies!”

  1. I thought so, too. Instead of eating flesh, they could grab wallets and purses, shaking all the money of them. Then they could grab turnips and squeeze blood out of them, too.

  2. I have made some comments on this story Kay and I am tired of the citizens of this community getting duped by its government leaders. First I have no problem with a builder or developer having to follow the same rules that I have to. I can tell you that the playing field is not level and its going to hurt this community. Yes Shodeen Development is a big player when it comes to development of communities and downtowns. Geneva looks great by the river and I’ve stayed at the Harrington Inn a couple of times (gifts certificates helped very much) but when a community lowers its building standards to entice the developer the community loses. No traffic study before being accepted, 17 units per acre, higest density in recent years for apartments and a lowering of requirements for exterior facade, less brick now permitted. The city has hurried this project through to get Shodeen to start up as soon as possible.

    There are monies in the TIF and downtown proposal to recoup a developer of their interest costs up to $ 6 million. Shodeen’s name is not specifically on the line right now but who else is building in this NB and T square? Shodeen has received $ 6 million from Aurora up front to pay their interest costs and in fact Aurora is in a bit of heated discussion with Shodeen Development concerning a brown field along the river and whose responsibility it is to clean it up in the meantime, Shodeen is holding $ 6 million. I know that the same arrangement was discussed with Elburn and the project Shodeen is wanting to build there. Not sure on the progress right now but I thought I read that it was moving forward. They have also pulled this in several other communities. Why would we think it would not be here?

    My concern is the amount of rental units that are being built in a short time by Shodeen both on the east and downtown areas. The last time DeKalb experienced an apartment boon, many apartments lay empty resulting in some apartment complexes going Section 8 and others receiving subsidized dollars for low income families. The biggest question is, how many more apartments does this community need?

    The school district is seeing more student enrollment from rentals. Our school district is also facing having to dish out more free meals in the ways of breakfast and lunches. Our police department is really feeling this trend also. How does adding this many living units in the immediate downtown affect traffic on Lincoln Hwy? The major intersections downtown especially has a train goes through town?

    I am a small time builder who constructs homes and remodels homes and commercial at times for friends or business friends. I have always called DeKalb my home but I am now truly concerned at what direction this community is headed with its debt load. I am now truly seeing why the “Appeal Home Rule” group is growing. We’ve just passed a school referendum for $100million not figuring the interest to be paid. We must has a community figure out how to build a much needed but poorly budgeted for police station. If this is not enough, the borrowing continues in the TIF district with some great ideas and some not so great ideas not to mention wasteful spending like a camera to watch the construction of a parking lot or the $75,000.00 being spent on an ice skating rink.

    Now is talk of a much needed fire station on the south side, preferably by the Annie Glidden/Taylor area and the library board would love to request a $ 20 million bonding for a new library to be built at the old A&P site. We haven’t even approved the design and made the recommendation to the school board about the new high school we are already in full gear and discussion of Part 2 of the referendums. This second request will be to bring the current schools up to the standards of the new Cortland school in essence. I will tell you, the Cortland school is nice and I’m sure we do not want to approve the second referendum for the amount they are going to need to update everything in the next 3 years.

    Throw in the new contracts to Fire and City employees, police is not too far away but in light of what we’ve seen with the 2 other contract agreements we can guess what is going to happen with the police contract. I’ve been thinking about this early retirement now that the city is giving out and it scares me. Public works alone will have at least 15 to 16 employees eligible for this new retirement plan. If fire and police end up with the same deal, I believe Assistant Manager Rudy Espiritu summed it up by saying that we are again heading for a shortfall.

    I have a big question: HOW ARE WE GOING TO PAY FOR ALL OF THIS?

  3. Answer to Ivan: We can’t possibly. There will be too few of us.

    According to this site, the current number of properties on the market in DeKalb County that are due to foreclosures, preforeclosures, tax liens and bankruptcies totals 900.

    I picked out the numbers for the City of Dekalb, around 260, about the same as what they show at Realty Trac, which we’ve used before.

    If this keeps up for long, the Shodeen apartments will be filled with former homeowners–assuming they don’t leave town altogether.

  4. Ummm… Re: ShoDeen… Anyone who wants to invest millions of bucks into my community is my friend unless and until proven otherwise. (I’ve never met or talked to anyone connected w/ShoDeen and his website is already done and so I can’t make any money off of him). Anyone willing to invest millions of dollars deserves a fair but handsome return on that investment.

    I will be a hardliner on the impact fee issue with ShoDeen because I think he’s crazy to pay them, especially those I still believe are illegal, but if the story is he is willing to pay all of them then I will work to make sure that is a true story or if not the public knows it.

    My concerns are that the local guys, like Ivan (who is a website client of mine), would not receive the same treatment. The higher density doesn’t bother me, if done right, and if that is now city policy. I’m glad for the brick requirement reduction as the recent code revisions were cost prohibitive and did not return equitable value to the end user. That reduction should be granted to all. In fact, a potential very much upside to the ShoDeen developments is the opportunity to correct error.

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