Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis 2 months ago on Community members: In support of URA, TIF

It was Pine St which had the "controversial" sidewalk. As I recall it was originally proposed because it could also serve the high school. 1st draft which was cutting trees was dropped, 2nd draft went around most of the trees, and finally the sidewalk was largely eliminated from North side of street, but it was too late. The complaint was noisy enough that city decided to spend the $$ elsewhere. We live on Pine St. The extra yard is nice, but we prefered having the sidewalks and a safer, more pedestrian friendly street.

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Steve Lewis 2 months ago on Community members: In support of URA, TIF

"specifically on Yampa Street"

Hi Scott Ford, I support your views on delivering infrastructure via the CIP, but I do cringe every time you post this idea: Yampa St only. Do you say this simply as an attempt to spend less, or you think Oak Street is fine as is? I can agree with you that the cost for infrastructure proposed is oversized, but the 50-50 suggestion of sharing of sidewalk costs (which I support) means sidewalks for ALL of downtown are now $800,000 dollars out of a total URA bill of $8 million. Cut the spending somewhere else! Oak Street and the side streets need sidewalks every bit as much as Yampa Street .

There are 3 streets that make downtown vital and attractive to new businesses of all sizes and flavors. You cannot ignore any of these streets. The Urban Land Institute agrees all streets should see investment in a comprehensive manner.

Why would all investment go to the most expensive section of downtown, an area where parking is always going to be a challenge because one side of it can never provide parking relief. The rest of downtown offers lower rents and better access. The economics of the free market should have the broadest possible market with which to grow.

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Steve Lewis 2 months ago on Our view: The public deserves to know

Stating the obvious, public trust requires transparency. I'll agree with comments above, the editorial leaves too much room for half measures. But this is a step in the right direction, and acknowledges flaws elsewhere in city process. Thank you editor, for paying this attention to our community's standards.

My hope is this investigator publicly confirms that every part of our city government handled this matter with excellent ethic and expediency.

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Steve Lewis 2 months ago on Community members: In support of URA, TIF

In the same year a formal development application came for Phase I of the above. The approval expired 3 years later.

http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2006/nov/19/riverwalks_first_phase_approaching_final_ok/

What did not expire was City vacating 3rd Street and Yampa Street R.O.W.s on the RiverWalk parcel and selling that acreage to RiverWalk. This should be reflected on the consultant's report but it is not. Their URA district map still shows those city streets within RiverWalk.

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Steve Lewis 2 months ago on Community members: In support of URA, TIF

The 2006 document I refer to was a "pre-application", common for large projects seeking early city feedback. There was no formal approval.

http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2006/jan/12/riverwalk_plan_progresses/

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Steve Lewis 2 months ago on Community members: In support of URA, TIF

Perhaps someone can explain why the URA impact report expects the downtown district's new and re-development additions to bring 40,000 sq ft commercial and 50 residential units. But RiverWalk alone submitted documents in 2006 planning to build 35,000 sq ft. commercial and 75 residential units.

Isn't this consultant significantly underestimating the TIF revenue?

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Steve Lewis 2 months, 1 week ago on City council members raise concern about Triple Crown meetings

From the only president to have won a Pulitzer Prize:

“The very word “secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and secret proceedings..."

“…that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment— the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution — not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and sentimental, not to simply "give the public what it wants"

—but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.”

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