The boiler plate paragraph is back

I’ll bet this is a tidbit you didn’t know about concerning the City’s renewed effort to buy the old Canada Dry propery next to the Coliseum.  N&R: “The Canada Dry property is owned by Susan Robinson, the wife of News & Record Editor John Robinson, and her brothers, W. Hardy Spence and Royall Spence III.” (I’m kdding, of course)

With a 6-1 Council vote, it just might happen this time.

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  1. Posted February 26, 2008 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    This is the site valued at $2.5 Million that the city wants to buy for something like $4 Million. You can’t blame John Robinson for keeping the boiler plate, he knows the city will pay more than its worth. He doesn’t want to take the hit explaining why his wife’s family was paid more for a piece of property that’s not moving and costs more to renovate than its worth.

    Why not wait so more. Roy Carroll might bite.

  2. Posted February 26, 2008 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Right, Don. (Do you know what a ‘boiler plate paragraph’ is?)

    I think the Robinson’s should get as much for that property as they can. And I’d say the same if it was yours.

  3. Matt Williams
    Posted February 27, 2008 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    As someone who has used that boilerplate several times, there’s no good way around it. We ought to disclose (and so we do) that our boss’ family has an interest in the property, and that paragraph succinctly describes what has remained the same about the story for a decade: Susan Robinson and her siblings own the property and want to sell it.

    Who’s going to buy it, what’s going to be done with it, how much it’ll cost and how it will be paid for is what changes every time we write about it.

    And for John Robinson conspiracy theorists out there, when I first wrote about Canada Dry, I let J.R. know that I’d be writing about the property. He asked me to call his wife for any comments and said he didn’t want to know anything about what I’d be writing about. Since then, I have not heard word one from him about what I or others have written about the subject.

  4. meblogin
    Posted February 27, 2008 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    geez…why don’t we wait for some strip club to buy the property??…that should pretty well finish High Poiht Road.

    Greensboro needs to own this property, clean it up and put it to good use. If done correctly this property can greatly assist the renewal of High Point Road.

    Either the city will buy it now or a smart investor will and then clean it up and sell to the city later for a greater profit.

    I don’t care who owns the property currently…the city should buy all nearby property if it is going to have any chance of competiing with larger cities later.

    Should our coliseum complex compliment Grandover Resort? Yes.

  5. Posted March 3, 2008 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    If the coliseum attracted visitors, the Canada Dry property would have been developed long ago. For the city to buy the property is just another way to prop up the coliseum’s failed management, who for the conspiracy folks has been under Mitch Johnson’s supervision ever since he was an Assistant City Manager.

  6. meblogin
    Posted March 4, 2008 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    My perspective is what will our city’s needs be in 10 to 20 years. Greensboro needs all the surrounding property. A failed management group can be corrected….losing property may not be as easy.

    I am not sure what you mean about the coliseum attracting visitors.
    Greensboro benefits from many events held there.