– (Updated) The incoming owners of the Sibley Building are putting the squeeze on Monroe Community College, reports the Democrat and Chronicle:
“In the coming month, it is necessary for a lease renewal to be agreed to among the parties,” said Gilbert J. Winn, managing principal of WinnCompanies.
If an agreement is not reached, he added, “as incoming owners we have a clear responsibility to act in the best long-term interests of the Sibley Building and would be forced to vacate the college this summer.”
I find it interesting that the owners of Sibley would strong-arm a publicly-funded entity, considering Sibley is $23 million in arrears on taxes and government loans. I don’t think that’s an irrelevant issue.
I’m not sure why MCC won’t just sign a lease there, however. What options does it have while waiting for the Kodak renovation? That’s a lingering question.
UPDATE – Talked to Winn, who said MCC has no sense of urgency. Winn also said company can renovate the building for much less money, “like if you have a home and just want to do the kitchen.”
– Starbucks is all well and good, but Rochester has a lot of locally-owned coffee shops.
– Mormons just want to be accepted, according to a Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life poll. I grew up with several Mormon families and it makes me sad to think they are fighting to be understood and welcomed into the mainstream.
– It would be a shame if the Academy Awards left Hollywood, according to people interviewed by the Los Angeles Times. The Oscars are considering Nokia Theatre over Kodak Theatre, which is smaller and has poor acoustics.
– New Yorkers are buying fewer vanity plates, probably because they’re too expensive.
– Marijuana doesn’t cause much damage to the lungs, a new study finds. Unless you’re a serious pothead.