Letter: No tax breaks for demolishing history
I read the Herald's story about downtown development (Dec. 13: "Developers plan six-story project for downtown Grand Forks") and could not believe Jon Miskavige intends to demolish four of the 36 remaining historically significant buildings remai...
I read the Herald's story about downtown development (Dec. 13: " Developers plan six-story project for downtown Grand Forks ") and could not believe Jon Miskavige intends to demolish four of the 36 remaining historically significant buildings remaining in downtown Grand Forks.
Not only that, but Mr. Miskavige has the audacity to request tax incentives to do so. While I can understand wanting to develop more space downtown, it should not come at the cost of what little remains of the historic fabric of our city.
There is no reason Mr. Miskavige could not create a design which preserves both of the Lyons Auto Supply structures in their place while creating a new building above and around these historic buildings. Furthermore, the design of this new building is lacking in character and individuality and mimics the disposable Ikea-inspired architecture that has become all too common in Grand Forks.
The members of City Council must not grant tax incentives for demolishing historical buildings and to do so would set a dangerous precedent. The council has the power to protect historic building through their actions and now is the time for our elected representatives to take action. If Mr. Miskavige truly wants to give back to the city of Grand Forks he will create a design which preserves these historically significant buildings for future generations to enjoy.