Cas­tle is rot­ting; re­think its use

Merced Sun-Star (Saturday) - - Opinion -

Merced County pays GLD Part­ners for ad­vice on how to de­velop the lo­cal econ­omy and Cas­tle Air­port. From 2013 to 2018, Merced County has paid GLD Part­ners $961,000 for ra­zor-sharp ideas like cre­at­ing the “man­u­fac­tur­ing hub of the Cen­tral Val­ley” and de­vel­op­ing a “rail cargo lo­gis­tics hub.” The Cas­tle Prop­erty still looks like weeds, ro­dents and bro­ken glass, but www.gld­part­ners.com paints a pic­ture of it as more pros­per­ous than Hol­ly­wood and Las Ve­gas com­bined. Their web­site in­cludes de­scrip­tions such as:

“Sec­tor ex­per­tise and sup­ply chain iin­tel­le­gence,”

“De­mand-cen­tric mar­ket re­quire­ments plat­form,”

“Port-cen­tric busi­ness” with “hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence in global sup­ply chains.”

I have stud­ied GLD’s web­site and do not see any ev­i­dence they have made a dime for their clients. We need to man­age Cas­tle like Sacra­mento County man­ages the for­mer McClel­lan and Mather air bases – cre­at­ing eco­nomic gold mines. En­cour­age real es­tate buy­ers and ren­ters rather than run­ning them off. It’s bet­ter to “just fill spa­ces” than to let valu­able real es­tate fall into ruin then have to de­mol­ish the re­mains. – Robert Burgess, Merced

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