Wednesday, June 03 2009
The Evansville Redevelopment Commission has placed two potential sites for a Downtown arena, the D-Patrick Ford property on Walnut Street and the Executive Inn, on an acquisition list.
The commission approved a resolution adding the parcels to the list Tuesday without any discussion. After the meeting, arena manager John J. Kish said the resolution is the first step that must be taken to buy the properties. Kish said he is still negotiating with the O’Daniel family, which owns D-Patrick Ford, and the owners of the Executive Inn. “I think we’re closer to reaching an agreement,” Kish said, declining to elaborate.
Kish said he is still weighing two other sites, the Civic Center parking lot and the Greyhound bus station site, which is bound by Court, Sycamore, Second and Third streets. The commission scheduled a June 11 executive session to discuss land acquisition strategies. How quickly city leaders pick a site after the meeting “depends on whether they (the commission) like our strategy,” Kish said.