7th Ward Candidate Sam Cummings wants to remove the gym and replace it with a tech incubator.
He appears to be unaware that a good deal of time, effort, and money have already gone into a Master Plan for Soulard Market and that it includes renovation of the gym area into market offices and an event venue with kitchen. Or maybe he just doesn’t care.
Is Soulard Market the best location for a tech incubator? What are the costs to renovate the 2nd Floor to accommodate tech start-ups? What are the costs to keep the Market open 24/7 to accommodate entrepreneurs? When he talks about investing in Soulard Market does he mean his personal money? Where will the much-needed Soulard Market event space and kitchen go if a tech incubator gets the 2nd Floor?
Is this a well thought out idea? No.
How much time will Sam Cummings be able to put into projects like this? Not much. He doesn’t consider being alderman a “real job.” He says he’ll be a part-time alderman. His tech pursuits and making money will always come first.
Chelsea Merta is the only 7th Ward candidate who pledges to be a full-time Alderman. Whether it’s the future of Soulard Market or the future of a vacant Downtown property, Chelsea will have the time to study concerns, meet with stakeholders, develop well thought out goals, form public-private partnerships, and get the job done.
–Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman