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Rest in Peace,
Councilman versus Bagman
Submitted by mabeldog on Sat, 02/14/2015 - 16:02.
Late last week I visited a fabulous French bakery in Old Brooklyn that just opened in a beautiful double store front on Pearl Road in City Council President and councilman extraordinaire Kevin Kelley's ward. I chatted with the owner. She told me that Kevin Kelley recently penned an eloquent appeal to the zoning board on her behalf. The successful result of this appeal: after being denied in the first try, the bakery now has a plot of land from the land bank for a parking lot around the corner. In his letter Kelley said, "We want this business to succeed". Imagine a councilman saying something that clearly and directly speaks to the interests of both his residents and his small businesses. Imagine a councilman, if you CAN residents of Brooklyn Centre, NOT beholden to sleazy developers who buy up properties, do nothing to improve them and then knowing nothing will happen they also stop paying their property taxes. Kevin Kelley stands very tall. A far cry from the very small and barely re-elected (by 19 votes) "representative" of part of Brooklyn Centre, Senor Brian Cummins, where her bakery was located until a few months ago. She had many problems, including periods with NO WATER, with the landlord, August Garofoli (aka Ginmark Development LLC of Valley City Ohio) heralded 2 years ago by Senor Cummins as a great visionary who is doing great renovations and investing cash in the former Masonic Building at 3804 West 25th (or 3804 Pearl Road from Cummins infrequent "news"letter). When she approached her "representative" about the landlord, Senor Cummins shrugged his shoulders and said there was nada he could do about it. Including apparently following up on the delinquent property taxes owing on the building to the tune of nearly $27,000. But hey it IS pretty damn cool, or kool to count among your friends someone who rocks a monocle. Check out the "retail" strip along Pearl Road, the joint responsibility of Cummins and Anthony Brancatelli. A nearly empty plaza, an empty former Aldi's. Successful businesses are not the goal of the "representives" north of the bridge. But at least the former Aldi's is current on their taxes.
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