Tuesday September 4, 2007
Nexus Building Plans Unveiled -
Mille Lacs News Staff Writer
After promising to
leave the state of Minnesota if property tax exemption was denied - and
exemption was denied - Nexus has recently released architectural
sketches of it's new "academy" in Onamia. They intend to begin construction
of the four building mega-complex in March, 2008. But now Nexus has declared
that if it doesn't receive
they will not build in Onamia. Who can believe anything they say
contradictions should no longer be surprising. They have a history of false
promises and misleading statements. For example, Nexus CEO James D'Angelo
went on record as stating that Nexus would work with the community on
the plans: building design, building placement, and even landscaping. It was
all PR. All talk. No neighboring citizens ever received their invitation to
the party. No opinions
were sought. Residents were left out of the planning process they had been
promised they'd at least have a say in. And despite D'Angelo's promise that they will
"leave a small footprint', Nexus architects designed massive buildings
which climb a full three stories high, towering over the treetops, not only
giving neighbors an unwanted view of the institution, but also giving the
sex offenders a good view of the neighbors.
"This is totally
unacceptable," said J.J. Swift, a Bradbury Township neighbor. "How dare they
think they can put that monstrosity here?" Swift said that for months she
has tried in vain to make contact with Jim D'Angelo through numerous e-mails
"He flatly refuses
to answer my attempts at communication," Swift said. "So much for his promise to 'work with
the community'." According to Swift, Nexus Chairman of the Board Janet Benway has also lacked the courtesy to respond.
rudely ignored the very people they should be considering, those whose lives will most be affected by the
construction of this humongous eyesore. This is not a 'small footprint', Its
Big Foot himself, plowing through and ruining our neighborhood. Its
disgusting. Their message is loud and clear: We will do what we want. You
can go to Hell."
A Mental Hospital
A Big Cartoon Barn
Not only are
residents upset with the three story altitude of the building, (which might exceed building height restrictions), they are displeased with the
are ugly," Curt Lukens confirmed. "Not only are they out of character with
the neighborhood, they are out of character with each other. One
looks like a prison, which is really what the 'academy' is. Two look like a
mental hospital, which keeps in step, considering the nature of the
facility. But one looks like a big old cartoon barn! Whose idea was that?
And the parking lot seems to stretch from here to Milaca."
Don't it always seem to go
that you don't know what you've got 'til its gone.
D'Angelo also lied
about the need to remove trees. He'd once promised that the buildings would
be constructed in the field, and the forested area
would remain undisturbed. Now it seems that the majority of the trees will
need to be clear-cut to accommodate building around the many wetland areas.
"You are correct
in saying that a good portion of that acreage is wetland and we can't
disturb it," D'Angelo said. "It's impacting how we place the buildings on
the site, but fortunately for us, there's room."
Not so fortunate
for the unwilling neighbors who want Nexus out of there.
"There goes Steve Bye's dream of
having those 'boys' frollick in the woods," Lukens said, shaking his head.
One thing seems
change the face of the landscape forever.
They paved Paradise to put
up a parking lot.