Aiming to break the logjam, Dick Kallenbach suggested picking D'Amato Realty as the lead developer for the mall property but giving it just 18 months to get things moving instead of two years.
That proposal drew just one supporter: Gardner Wright.
Then Don Monti from Renaissance asked to speak. He said he didn't understand why John Leone thought he had a conflict of interest, but agreed that it was up to Leone and the Bristol Downtown Development Corp. to decide.
Leone offered to resign his seat so a successor could be picked. That, not surprisingly, alarmed everyone. They told Leone to stay.
Monti said he would be willing to talk with D'Amato and see if perhaps the two companies could reach some sort of compromise that would leave everyone happy.
Ed D'Amato then spoke, urging Leone to vote since he didn't see a conflict either.
But Leone held firm and, finally, D'Amato agreed to talk with Monti.
The BDDC plans to meet again next Monday to see if it can come to a better resolution than tonight's meeting.
It couldn't get worse, right?
Anyway, read all about it in tomorrow's Bristol Press. Reporter Jackie Majerus will have more than basics on here.
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