It's been seven years since Owens Farm closed. That was plenty of time for the city and neighbors to solve the problem of what would replace it. Why we always wait until a property sells before paying attention to it is frustrating. I blogged about it in 2013. I don't think that post ages all that well (meaning I didn't set my hair on fire sounding the alarm). I guessed that developers would try to build an office building or an apartment building. I didn't guess it would be warehouses. Don't we have a whole warehouse district just to the southwest that we're trying to figure out how to redevelop? Why doesn't the left hand know what the right hand is doing?
The problem is so much bigger than just Owens Farm. It's hinted at in the fact that the city's Comprehensive Plan was last updated in 2009. That is two years before the Bush Turnpike opened. That was another era, back when we couldn't imagine a better use for that gem of a property than a pig slaughterhouse. The city dropped the ball and the neighbors weren't paying attention. So it should be no surprise that a developer took advantage of our negligence and thinks he can get a warehouse complex built there. Remember, while we sleep, developers are awake.