A Less Expensive Solution
It’s easy to see why Mayor Mick Cornett championed this site for years before it was declined by the MAPS 3 citizens’ oversight board in favor of the dealership property. It is an eyesore. But would $30 million have even been enough to buy the property and pay for the substation’s relocation? We don’t know for sure, though sources have told me the site was potentially going to be far more expensive than expected.
Even during that debate, there were those who suggested a much cheaper solution to the substation – creating a screening that could actually turn it into an asset for the area.
Here are some examples of what has been done elsewhere: