Four final votes in the Common Council, no debate, just one comment, and the ABB construction project at Innovation Campus was on its way.
City assistance for a parking structure under the building, rearrangement of the map, a "disappearing" swale, the mass cutting of trees in Innovation Campus, and regular updates on the ever-changing estimates for tax-incremental financing district No. 6 were just a few of the subjects of discussion in committee meetings in recent months that made Tuesday's council approvals as quiet as a vote on a street festival permit.
One alderman said the council had "done its talking" about issues surrounding ABB, a power generation manufacturing company that's considered an important element in the development of Innovation Campus.
Only Alderman Tim Hanson voted against a resolution to amend a business planned development to allow construction, and again was the sole no vote on providing TIF assistance for a parking structure for ABB.
A $40 billion a year company shouldn't need help building structured parking, Hanson explained.
"It's akin to corporate welfare," he said.
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