On Thursday, MMPI's Senior Vice President Mark Falanga answered.
"We are 100 percent commited to this project. We're not trying to create any issues. We're not rattled by this. There were plenty of events since May, 2005 where we could have walked away. We're not deterred. We're moving ahead, " Falanga told Channel 3 Political Correspondent Tom Beres.
Mayor Jackson is upset that MMPI publicly "trashed" Public Auditorium in explaining why the firm wants to drop its makeover as part of the project.
MMPI showed City Council a slide show of dangerous and outdated electrical, mechanical and structural systems that raised questions about Public Auditorium's safety.
MMPI wants to move the Medical Mart to Mall C next to City Hall.
The cost of needed Public Auditorium repairs is the biggest reason. That's coupled with MMPI's inability to acquire several buildings near the corner of Ontario Street and St. Clair Avenue, the Medical Mart's orginal intended home.
There are difficult issues to resolve. The city was expecting $20 million from its deal with Cuyahoga County in selling the Convention Center and Public Hall. And many believe the city should be paid if the Medical Mart goes on the Mall's public site.
Some worry that additional delays in getting the project underway could put it at risk. Nashville and New York City are trying to build similar projects.