Thursday, July 6, 2017

Capital projects (getting stuff done), Burlingame bayside

The Daily Journal/Austin Walsh/Staff, 7/5/17.  "Burlingame officials OK Topgolf deal. Council praises hiked rent offering; hold off on earmarking future funds."

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.... "Consent from councilmembers to move ahead with talks fortified a decision earlier this year to allow Topgolf to use the land ahead of competing proposals from ice skating and badminton enthusiasts who also expressed interest in the site.  ....  While negotiators will continue hammering out details of a deal expected to be finalized later, initially accepted terms guarantee Topgolf will pay $1.5 million annually for the first five years, with payments increasing in following years.

....  The center would be built on the existing Golf Center site and offer entertainment, food, music, golf lessons, summer camps, tournaments and leagues. The company has said it plans to cater to local families, as well as the swaths of travelers packing the city’s string of hotels along the Bayfront.
 ....  The larger annual rental fees will flow into the city’s general fund, to the chagrin of affordable housing advocates who wished the money would be set aside to help those struggling to cope with the rising cost of living in Burlingame.  ....  With the understanding work should continue to complete the contract and officials will have more discussions about ways to use the revenue, Ortiz expressed his admiration for the early terms."  Read article.

Reference. Topgolf  Corporation, the ultimate in golf, games, food and fun. Replacing. Burlingame Golf Center.  Related.  Topgolf, Hillsboro, OR. 

Related petition. 1/22/17, Bring Top Golf to Burlingame."Partner with a family friendly sports and recreation facility which generates $500,000 of annual rent for Burlingame plus tax revenue we can apply to financing some of Burlingame's much needed capital projects such as a new Recreation Center, City Hall and park maintenance."

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Posted by Kathy Meeh

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