Mickey O’Brien: Frisco council should vote against condo project
Re. by Paige Blankenbuehler, SDN, July 26
I have several issues with the article regarding the Frisco Planning Commission meeting held on July 19:1. Mark Gage is quoted as saying “at least a dozen members of the public spoke on behalf of the development application.” I have the minutes from that meeting and there are a total of 13 people listed as making public comments and, as I was in attendance, I know that at least five of those people were local homeowners speaking against the project (not including Tim Kubitschek and Brian Sullivan who are quoted in this article as being against it). And, as I said in my recent letter to the SDN, the people who started speaking for the project were mostly those who stand to benefit monetarily from it.2. Frisco community development director Jocelyn Mills said that the new development would spur economic growth. I find it hard to believe that Frisco is hurting economically now. And this economic growth is at the expense of the current homeowners and Frisco residents who do not want Frisco to be another Vail.3. Mills said “it’s a good opportunity to sell the property to Feldman to redevelop the site.” I thought the sale was already final. If it’s not, then this can be stopped by the town council if they listen to the homeowners and the other Frisco residents against this project. (If it’s already been sold then why are town employees still doing landscaping maintenance?) I don’t understand why the town can’t get a buyer for the old Nurse’s Building that would be less invasive to the surrounding properties and not eliminate the parking there.4. “The parking lot currently serves as free overnight parking but will soon be the foundation for this condo structure.” Do we have so much public parking that it can just be eliminated like this?Also, this article seems to indicate that many people are in favor of this project, but in talking to and hearing comments from many residents I would disagree that this is the case. I would hope the town council members would start listening to their constituents and vote accordingly August 14. These unhappy constituents are the people who will be voting for council members in the future.
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