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Developer ready if city will let go
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It’s not easy to tell if you’re in a toxic relationship. While everyone does unhealthy things, we can all learn to love better by recognizing unhealthy behaviors and shift those to healthier habits.

Listen up, McMinnville officials. I do believe you are in an unhealthy relationship with the Blue Building property. You need to recognize that it’s unhealthy and a detriment to the property.

For several years, officials have discussed the need to replace the Blue Building’s roof. As each year passes, they perform the least amount of work necessary – replacing shingles after storms, mostly. Once, the discussion ventured into placement of tarps on the roof. Tarps?!?!?! That beat all I’ve ever heard.

Unhealthy relationships have constant stress. I’ve listened to maybe 100 discussions among city officials regarding the Blue Building and what should be done with it. Each and every discussion has had viable options – sell it, demolish it, renovate it, etc. However, at the end of each meeting, nothing. What I hear are crickets and what I see are deerin- the-headlight looks. Fear and indecision are definitely stressful.

Unhealthy relationships have controlling behaviors. The stress seems to stem from officials’ unwillingness to release their control over the fate of the Blue Building property. Selling it to the highest bidder meant doing just that. So, let’s accept proposals and we can see what developers might do and we can negotiate.

Unhealthy relationships have a need for continued control. Now, with proposals in hand, officials keep reminding everyone they don’t have to accept any of the proposals. They can reject them all. At least two board members made that statement Monday night. We know you have authority here, so there’s no need for the continuous reminders.

Unhealthy relationships mistake addiction for love. Love involves respect, trust and commitment – qualities that keep a relationship strong. Addiction-like qualities do not. One look at that building and you can see that addiction has taken hold here and not love.

If the Blue Building property could talk, its friends would be advising it to make a clean break because they’ll never change.

Ending a relationship can be a long and painful struggle. This one has gone on for 12 years. City officials seem to be stuck in a state of 'I can’t let go' or 'I won’t let go.' Maybe it’s time to take a step back and ask yourself: What do I really want?

If the answer is, “I want to continue this unhealthy relationship and allow the Blue Building to linger in deterioration, then reject the proposals.”

If the answer is, “I want to end this unhealthy relationship and allow the Blue Building a chance for rejuvenation,' then accept the proposal from Investment Partners.

Only city officials know the answer to that question. The rest of us will find out on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.

Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.