A Small But Huge Victory!
The Preserve Commission would not endorse the DDC. Yay Team!!!
“We send a letter to the Mayor and City Council telling them of our deliberations and our citizen input and share the concerns that this Commission was not ready to move forward with a direct recommendation other than the fact that in its intent and purposes we like the project. Secondly that we have concerns on a variety of issues: specifically food and beverage sales, specifically alcohol sales, specifically with the number of events per years, specifically with the night time projected use, specifically with the precedent that might be set in the future, specifically with the use of Preserve tax in front of the proposed endowment program, and finally with the question of the Ordinance and how this project meets the Ordinance.” — Preserve Commission Chair Bob Frost
When you line up the DDC business plan and look at all the commercial elements, it looks like this:
- 306,000 annual visitors. (Desert Edge Proposal p 21).$61,200,000 capital costs, mostly paid from the Preserve Tax (Proposal p 24, 31).
- $6.3M Operating Cost (Proposal p 22).
- 120,000 sq ft of developed space, 48,000 indoor AC space. (Business Plan p 5)
- 5000 sq ft retail space serving alcohol, open to public, open independent of the DDC. (Proposal p.12, 27).
- 60 night time events a year
- $57 for a family of four to visit (Business Plan, VIII-6).
- $700,000 a year city subsidy (Business Plan, VIII-4).
- 150 new parking spots at Gateway for a total of over 500 parking spaces, additional 5,000 sq ft plot and 150 spaces nearby
- Major roadwork to four intersections, new signal. (Proposal p 28).
- 1300 new trips per day
- 75 employees and 20 outside staff, $3.6M in salaries. (Architectural Report p 97).
- bus lanes
- 9 acre total impact (Senior City Planner Jose Murillo, 9-7 Development Review Board meeting on the DDC).
We had over 20 people show up, and donate speaking cards so Jason Alexander could get 15 min. This is the most time anyone in the oppositionhas had at a City Function yet. Grab a beverage, but PLEASE watch. Thank you to all our volunteers who came out!
And finally, watch DDCS’ attorney Lyn Logard’s cringeworthy attempt to spin the Commission about the money.