I am generally pretty skeptical of most of the TIF and 353 projects that get approved in the area. The TIF that was just approved to redevelop Hawthorn Plaza at 39th and Main gives me mixed feelings.
The corner is in my neighborhood, so I would love to see new projects going on. And this project is certainly a better fit for TIF than Briarcliff. On the other hand, there are 164 low-income apartments in the building today that surely have current residents. This will move those people away from public transportation they no doubt rely on. I'm not sure what can be done about that, but it would be nice if some of the TIF money could help with relocation. I'm sure that will happen.
Plus, someone is going to have to help move the porn store.