HIGHRISE ON THE SQUARE
from 'highrise board'
Sister of landowner couldn't vote
because of family conflict of interest
[June 22] Paula Goldstein-Shea resigned her seat on the Downtown Marietta Development Authority (DMDA) today without comment.
Her departure leaves an empty seat on the Historic Board of Review, the committee in charge of determining the future of the proposed highrise on Marietta Square.
DMDA members have a vote on that board.
Ms. Shea has abstained from voting on the highrise matter during previous applications because of conflict of interest. Proponents of the building now have an opportunity to get another supporter on the Board who will not be disqualified because of any association with Philip Goldstein who, with his mother, owns the property where the highrise would be built. Paula Shea is Philip's sister.
During the last attempt for approval, a majority on the Board of Review disqualified members David Reardon and the newly-installed Wes Godwin, supporters of the highrise, because they were considered to have a business connection with the Goldstein family, although both insisted they would make no financial gain.
That left the two and Ms. Shea out. What earlier looked like sure approval later turned into defeat for the building when the three could not vote.
Another application for approval goes before the Board of Review within the next three weeks. The date is yet to be scheduled. A special meeting is expected to be called to fill Ms. Shea's seat, probably right before the Board of Review meets. As with Paula Shea, the seat is designated for a property owner in the downtown area.
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