Dara Delaney: Dillon’s urban renewal needs more thought
April 17, 2009
According to an article in the Summit Daily on April 9, Dillon’s urban renewal project will take up to 25 years to complete. Why would an unnecessary bike path five or six blocks from downtown Dillon be one of the first projects to be completed? Could it be that the mayor and a council member live on Gold Run? The Town of Dillon doesn’t even have a formal group formed yet and have many questions to answer, including how much authority they have. What gives them the authority after 45 years to take away parking that has always been available? The city is ultimately responsible for the lack of parking ” they issued the permit knowing the situation. Very few members of the association were here when this all began, and that goes the same with the administration that works for the city. I feel that we all need to work together to continue to make the best of a bad decision that was made 45 years ago.
The same article also indicated that one purpose of the urban renewal project is to “eliminate blight conditions.” I have not seen this list as of yet but have heard that Dillon Yacht Club could be on the list. These condos have not been updated on the exterior, but many of the homes have been updated on the interior. Many homeowners have put a lot of hard work and money into making these units a home. Americana Property Management took over about a year ago and since then things have been attended to, and plans have been discussed in detail on remodeling the exterior. Instead the remodeling plans have been put on hold due to the lawsuit we have been forced to file against The Town of Dillon.