The Political Agitator’s response: I agree with Garland Jones that I like public forums where people are talking. I also like social media where people are talking because I can research what they are saying and not take what they are saying as whole trues. Sometimes lots of good information comes out of the grapevine but one must validate the information. It appears that the consultant did a great job and covered some good points. I love the following: Rocky Mount’s once-bustling central business district is on both sides of the railroad line, with Nash County on the west side and Edgecombe County on the east side. The central business district does not have a hotel. Chisholm said while a lot of the economic development locally has gone to the Nash County side, the project now provides the opportunity for some of the balance to go to the Edgecombe County side. Later in her presentation, she said, “You can’t on one hand only want people in Nash County to benefit and not want people in Edgecombe County to benefit.” She asked, if people in Nash County needed a parking garage, does one think Nash County’s elected officials would have an issue voting for them to have one? I found Tarrick Pittman who filed to run against Rocky Mount Councilman Andre Knights comments to be hilarious when he questioned the consultant whether she is from Rocky Mount? Really! A consultant does their homework and get information from all over to do their presentation how ignant of him. Me: When folk look at Rocky Mount businesses coming to town and whomever, they know more about Rocky Mount by reading the papers and social media than many folk who live there. I found the following to be very interesting as well, “Panel member and city Councilwoman Chris Miller said she believes it is a red herring to say that people do not want development downtown or on the Edgecombe County side. “It’s not a matter of where it goes. It’s how it’s funded,” Miller said. “Right,” panel member Jean Almand Kitchin said.” This is some b.s. right here because they would not have a problem with this if it was another location. What about the funding? Mad because a Black man is the developer? Why didn’t some local developers invest on the Edgecombe County side over the years? Because they didn’t plan to invest and that is why they moved their asses to the Nash side. But the strange thing is they moved but they still have that Klan mentality and want to control what goes on on the Edgecombe County side. Over the years Andre and Councilman Reuben Blackwell been going to recruit businesses with Allen Matthews Economic Development for the City to bring businesses to Rocky Mount.
The Central City Revitalization Panel heard from a consultant to the city about details of the proposed hotel, residential complex and parking garage adjacent to the Rocky Mount Event Center.
On Thursday morning at City Hall, Bridget Chisholm, managing partner of BWC Consulting, spent about 15 minutes giving an update, which was followed by about 40 minutes of questions and discussion.
Panel Chairman Garland Jones said he suggested BWC Consulting representatives come in because he does not take his information from newspapers and likes to have public forums where people are talking.
Developer David Hunt of Jackson, Tenn., wants to build a mixed-use development, comprised of a 109-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott with a 700-space parking garage, 20,000 square feet of retail space and 60 mixed-income but quality residential units.
During Thursday’s meeting, Chisholm showed that the Douglas Block census tract, where the project would be located, is a distressed area with a poverty rate of 24.1 percent and an unemployment rate of 11.1 percent. (Read more)