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Garage opposition is mounting

Janet Urquhart

A second protest challenging a developer’s attempt to put a proposed parking garage before city voters was filed Friday with the city clerk’s office.

The protest is signed by Fred Martell, Scott Brown, Robert Baum and Anne Foster, all of whom reside in townhomes across the street from the proposed garage on Hyman Avenue.

A hearing on the protests is anticipated the week of April 12.

The latest protest mirrors one filed earlier last week by a resident of Benedict Commons, next door to the garage site.

Developer Peter Fornell recently collected enough signatures to put Park Place, a 99-space garage, to a public vote in a special election. He launched the citizen’s initiative after the City Council rejected the project late last year.

The protests claim Fornell has misled the public in claiming spaces in the garage will be regularly available to the public. Most of the spaces are to be sold individually but rented on a daily basis when their owners aren’t using them, according to Fornell’s plan.

The protests also contend that many elements of the ordinance that would be the subject of the special election aren’t valid matters for a citizen’s initiative. The ordinance, which the council rejected, addresses various issues associated with the project, from landscaping and affordable housing to construction requirements and operation of the garage, among other things.

City Clerk Kathryn Koch said she will ask the City Council to authorize the hiring of Karen Goldman, secretary for the Colorado Senate, to conduct a hearing on both protests when the council meets April 12. The hearing is expected to take place later that week.

Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is janet@aspentimes.com

Most of the spaces are to be sold individually but rented on a daily basis when their owners aren’t using them, according to Fornell’s plan.


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