I have no idea why Jim Amann is getting involved in this. Again.
While conceding he has not been fully informed about the town's decision to terminate the development agreement with Utopia Studios Ltd., House Speaker James Amann said Thursday he can see no good reason not to at least attempt mediation and try to avoid lengthy litigation.
The Milford Democrat played a pivotal role in keeping the project alive in the summer of 2005. At that time the town was prepared to walk away from the project in the belief that the Utopia group was not demonstrating the validity of its $1.6 billion plan to develop the Norwich Hospital property into an entertainment and movie-studio complex.
Amann and labor leaders at that time lobbied hard to bring the parties back together. The odds of reviving the project this time appear far longer. (Choiniere)
I remember when he involved himself before, and it seems like we're basically at the same point again. Utopia's developers were basically giving the town of Preston the same sort of runaround that they are now. Amann and the unions brought everybody back to the table, and for a while it seemed like things were fine.
Now it's falling apart again, and again it's Utopia's fault. Anyone else see the pattern? Amann and the unions, of course, won't be left holding the bag should Utopia disappear in a puff of smoke: Preston and its taxpayers will.
Preston is absolutely doing the right thing. Utopia (a word that, by the way, means "no place") was too good to be true. Other offers from better companies are coming in, and Preston is running out of time (as the article notes, they have only two years left on a five-year option to buy the land from the state and turn it over to a developer). Time to move on, Mr. Speaker.
Choiniere, Paul. "Amann Calls For Utopia Mediation." New London Day 1 December, 2006.