After Gatsas veto, Manchester aldermen vote to seek bids for Pearl St. lot
VMD was the first company to approach the city with a plan for the site, an eight-story building that would include three floors of parking and apartments for up to 1,200 students. Recently, two other out-of-state companies expressed an interest in building student housing at the site.
"I told Mr. Vitas the project sounds great, but we have a process in this city," Gatsas said at the meeting.
"Going out for an RFP and losing out on a multi-million-dollar project for people in the maybe column — that's a risk," Ward 10 Alderman Phil Greazzo said.
"People I talk to say this is a very frustrating process. The rules seem to change depending on who you are," said Arnold, who is a candidate for mayor.
"What's wrong with the deal being offered? I know — we want to wait until 10 minutes to 1:00 before the bar closes, and a pretty woman comes in so we can go home with her. Sometimes you take the girl who comes in at 9 o'clock," he said.
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