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Auto Parkit wearing out its welcome

Once again, the companies owned by Christopher Alan that are setting up shop on Warren’s northwest side have missed delinquent tax payments.

This time, they will not immediately be held accountable due to the pandemic. County Treasurer Sam Lamancusa says due to “current world situations” his office is working with Alan’s companies, as well as other taxpayers who have defaulted on contract plans.

“We are requesting payment of current taxes until things turn around and they can be placed back into contracts. Penalties and interest are being charged on unpaid balances,” Lamancusa said.

We understand the pandemic has hit all of us hard — including both residents and businesses. But we also know that Alan has made many, many promises that he hasn’t always kept.

Following Alan’s big promises, first made in 2017, we used this space to express our pleasure at the economic development and job prospects the company brought to Warren.

Since then, Alan’s companies have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to purchase parcels of land in the area and renovate and develop old industrial buildings.

His goal is to staff and build automated parking garage systems here for use in other markets, typically large metropolitan areas.

It all sounds great, but the progress has been extremely slow, and inconveniences have been many, particularly for northwest side residents forced to deal with ongoing closures of Dana Street granted by city council because the company fears vandalism. That’s not to mention challenges the street closures create for area business owners that rely on the traffic that’s been rerouted in the area.

Tax delinquencies also have been a problem. Scheduled payments on back-taxes that were owed on the properties before they were purchased by Alan’s companies have been missed, despite the companies’ promises and agreements to take on the expenses.

We reported earlier this week that Alan’s company’s defaulted on a contract payment plan for back-owed property taxes and missed the due date to pay current taxes. Five parcels of property owned by Alan’s company, Raiders Trading Limited LLC, and one owned by Dorian Capital Investment Inc. are delinquent in taxes, treasurer’s records show.

Raiders Trading Limited, which owns 408 Dana St., the former Packard plant, owes a total of $288,512 to the county treasurer; of that, $276,921 is delinquent and the rest is for taxes owed this cycle.

Dorian Capital Investment, which owns 650 Griswold, formerly a Delphi factory, owes $122,127 to the county; of the balance, $113,470 is delinquent.

We, like most residents and taxpayers, are growing fatigued by these ongoing problems.

We urge both city and county officials to halt special treatment they’ve been offering to the companies and demand payment. Until these businesses are able to prove that they deserve the special treatment they’ve been receiving, they must be held to the letter of the law.

Otherwise, it might be time to just park it.

editorial@tribtoday.com

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