Letter to the editor: Olde Town issue

The city council’s denial of the Grandview Station development was extraordinary. The project was approved by planning staff, Design Review Committee, Director of Community Development, Board of Adjustment and Planning Commission. It was only heard by council due to an appeal filed by a non-resident citing incompatibility with Olde Town and a desire to prevent the demolition of two small houses the developer offered to move instead.
If you compare this with other projects approved in Olde Town, the inconsistency is glaring. Park Place Olde Town (5 stories and 200+ rental units) is near this project, it is a modern design, required the demolition of the historic Masonic Lodge and taxpayer subsidies to the developer. Olde Town Residences (6 stories and 254 rental units), subsidized by taxpayers, is approx. 130’ across from Grandview Station and was determined to be compatible with Olde Town due to a set back on the 6th floor.
The project that was denied was three stories with 14 for-sale units with both the second and third floors set back from the one below, retail space on the first floor and no taxpayer subsidies. Although the developer went to extraordinary effort to design the exterior to be compatible with Olde Town, at least one council member that voted against it said it was not. The other two projects mentioned above, had far more residents opposing them, but they were approved.
Council agreed to re-hear Olde Town Residences, they should do the same for Grandview Station.
Cindi Kreutzer,


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