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Our View: Thumbs down to dragging out proposal

Published: Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Thumbs down: to the city of Batavia for dragging out the proposal of businessman Michael Grudecki to turn the city-owned Thomle building into an upscale martini lounge.

Grudecki, president of Vignette Home Decor in Batavia, originally made his proposal to aldermen in May, but the city has yet to vote on the matter.

Batavia City Administrator Bill McGrath said the city has apologized to Grudecki about how long it has taken for the process to play out. That apology was certainly warranted.

Even by the famously languid pace of government business, this has been much too long to leave a person’s prospective livelihood twisting in the wind.

Various other possibilities for the downtown space have been on the city’s radar, but it is unfair to Grudecki for the city to seemingly keep looking for something better while stringing him along.

Grudecki will be given the chance to make another presentation to the city next month – his original pitch must seem like ancient history by now – after which we hope the city finally acts on this legitimate proposal to create a different type of establishment than what exists in Batavia.

If a better option for the city is on the table, that’s fine, but this holding pattern has grown stale.

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