Wiggin declined to comment after the vote. Wiggin was selected by Urban Renewal in 2008 to build a $62 million, 109-unit Overholser Greens on the same site despite warnings that the project was not viable due to a declining condominium market nationwide. Brooks prevailed over Wiggin after telling commissioners he had doubts the higher-priced project would win HUD-backed financing.
“You're not picking a horse,” Brooks said. “HUD is the horse. You're picking the rider.”
After asking both teams questions about HUD financing and the costs of their projects, commissioners voted without making any statements about their choice. Russell Perry was the lone vote for Wiggin.
After the vote, a visibly tired Brooks shook hands with Wiggin. He said he had spent considerable time the past two weeks answering questions submitted by Urban Renewal staff. He said the project is a priority for him and he hopes to start construction within one year.