While the end result of this $10 million state outlay may be beneficial to local agriculture, meat and seafood producers helping them to grow their retail operations, one has to wonder if there wasn’t a little insider action going on in who the state chose to back.
Having recently rejected proposals from other developers, Patrick aides threw their support behind the nonprofit Boston Public Market Association,
The administration’s backing was enthusiastically welcomed by Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who heavily lobbied state officials to support the nonprofit group and its effort to enliven a long-vacant building along the Greenway.
The association has many members with deep experience in either the food business, politics, or real estate development. Donald Wiest, its president, is a real estate lawyer who previously worked for the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Other members include Howard Leibowitz, a former top City Hall aide, as well as several prominent farming advocates and former state agricultural officials.
Even though they are a non-profit I assume the principals in the organization are being compensated (read: paid). So did politically connected folks once again get rewarded with taxpayer money?