Oh, The Possibilities...
Nope. I didn't go to this event at the Wharfinger Building that was supposed to address other possiblities for use of the Balloon Tract. Looks like I didn't miss anything. While I'm sure Carol, Greg and the rest of the CREG bunch see it differently, I didn't see any particularly brilliant ideas brought out at the meeting.
Sure, I only know what I've read in the papers, but sounds like the ideas presented were pretty much along the line of what the Marina Center is already planned to be: Multiple use, business, retail and residences. About the only difference being, at least in the minds of the CREG folks, there'd be no Home Depot and no Arkley's involved.
I was hoping to read of at least one good alternative for an "anchor" for the tract project. No luck there, either. All I see mentioned is the same old Convention Center, or Seafood Culinary Institute types- government projects, which is all I think I've heard of since this thing started, save Marina Center. If there were any ideas the newspapers left out, I can't help but think they were government projects as well.
From the looks of the comments at Heraldo's blog, the CREG folks thought this was one of the best, most informative events ever. Funny how people can look at the same thing and come to opposite conclusions as to what they saw.
As an aside, I find this Seafood Culinary Institute idea fascinating. Not because I think it has merit. Fascinating, because seafood restaurants in Eureka have diminished through the years. What do we have now, one or two? The fishing industry seems to have been heading downhill for years, as well.
Seems like a Seafood Culinary Institute would be a losing proposition from the start.