In today's on-line edition of the Downtown News, Sam Hall Kaplan announces the worst kept secret in downtown - that he - among others - have been working to resolve the SCI-Arc/Richard Meruelo faux-sitzkrieg of the past few months. The bizarre claims (made in a newspaper whose name I will not mention) that SCI-Arc would be driven out of its home - or that Meruelo was an enemy of the school can now be clearly seen as falsehoods they were.
While a tough businessman, Meruelo also has a passionate love for this city and he always planned to make SCI-Arc the center of this project.
But if SCI-Arc did blunder with its foolish lawsuit, Meruelo did not help his case with his 'proposed' fifty story towers on the site. They were all too clearly, merely... stalking horses. I think my words when he showed me the plans was it was the most insane project I had ever seen; though there is the possibility I used somewhat stronger language.
But now that the ill-advised lawsuit has been dismissed, the real work can be gotten to. Creating a great urban project and a permanent home for SCI-Arc - in the Arts District, where it belongs.