Monday, December 25, 2006

Maharishi's Greed Puts Hole In Town

File under: The Siddhi of PR

The greedy Maharishi wants a cool 10 million for the hotel on Constitution Plaza in downtown Hartford, Connecticut:
Today, its owner is marketing the vacant, decaying structure as worth $10 million - but there are no takers. Hartford's mayor says the building should be torn down.

The 12-story hotel, empty for a dozen years, has been a troubling obstacle for those who see the building as part of a crucial gateway to the city. The sale price set by the Maharishi School of Vedic Sciences Inc., its owner since 1995, has been too high to make any redevelopment, hotel or otherwise, financially possible, observers say.
A real estate developer trying to get the project off the ground came away with this impression:
"The Maharishi is impossible to deal with," said David Ong, president of Acquest Realty Advisors Inc., of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., which wanted to resurrect the building as a hotel in 2000. "We were never able to make a deal that made economic sense."

"At the end of the day," Ong said, "they are land speculators."
And they've already lost millions on quite a few other land deals, so the money-mad Maharishi is holding on with his manicured fingernails to any chance to recoup. The real losers: the people of Hartford, who the Maharishi doesn't give an apparent damn about outside of their utility as potential marks in his land scams.

Have a merry TMâ„¢ Christmas, Hartford!

3 Comments:

At 12/26/2006 11:04 AM, Anonymous pig stye said...

I wouldn't be surprised if the good politicians of Harford are not also out to make as much of a buck as they possibly can. Why should a crazy old coot like Maharishi be held to a higher standard than these pure hearted, clear thinking public servants?

 
At 12/29/2006 6:24 PM, Blogger TheBlade said...

Hey. Where did my post go? I put a post up here a few days ago....

What happened? Jody, tell the truth -- you blackmailed Maharishi's organization, and he paid you off not to post it.

P.S. Jody, always hold firm for at least $20, but don't go much above that because Maharishi's reputation (of not being a crazy old coot) won't command more than that these days.....

 
At 12/29/2006 6:41 PM, Blogger jody said...

Where did my post go?

It must have been lost in the mail.

he paid you off not to post it

Oh, if only I were that influential.

always hold firm for at least $20

And an all-expenses paid trip to Amsterdam. And I mean all expenses.

 

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