I attended the Dec. 6 meeting of the Littleton City Council along with over 200 of my neighbors concerning the status of LIFT funds for several projects, including Columbine Square.
The property owner has several developments in the Denver metro area. His company makes millions each year. They have owned the property for 27 years and have never maintained it. So why do they need tax dollars to fix the blight his company created?
While it is true that Columbine Square is the only truly blighted area that was under consideration for urban renewal funds, it is also true that the property owner created the blight before trying to get money from the taxpayers for this ill-advised project.
This represents betrayal of taxpayers on two levels: First, the property owner does not need the money, and second, because it creates questionable defiance of the will of the voters to use urban renewal as a financing instrument for developers.