Brian Huster, I don’t trust you |

Brian Huster, I don’t trust you

Gerald Hines proposed a huge project that at first sent shivers down our spines. But he won us over by opening himself up to show us the conscientious developer that he is. He made available abundant reading material, photos, brochures, Web sites and testimonials about past projects he had successfully completed. He earned my confidence … and my vote. I’ve never regretted that “Yes” vote. RVR is truly a Carbondale asset.

Brian Huster is an anomaly. On the one hand, he has proven a philanthropist, donating money to needy individuals and civic endeavors alike. Sincerely, thank you Brian.

But what development has Brian actually done? Where are the glossy 8 x 10s of past projects? Where are the letters from ecstatic civic leaders he has worked with? How about testimonials from retail tenants who were so happy with him? I want to believe, but he has to earn my vote. All you voters: Did you ever get a job flashing money around instead of a resume?

Don’t show me the money – show me the resume.

All the “Yes” men can say is that it’s none of our business what Huster’s past development history is. None of our business – because he fears “ecoterrorism” against his past projects? (paraphrase John Tindall). C’mon, that’s just lame! It is our duty to demand the qualifications of the biggest commercial developer to ever impact our town.

We want CRMP to be an asset to Carbondale, just like RVR, and it will be if we require the developer to earn our trust. Right now, I don’t trust Brian Hustler. Do you? On his word and money alone? He’s not proud of his past – why? Please vote “NO.”

Hank van Berlo

Former Californian

23-year town resident (yes, I like how Carbondale changed me)

Proud husband of Shelle de Beque

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