Letter to the editor: Save the small town feel

Posted 9/5/19

Save the small town feel Bike/hike trails, nature center and picnics — or tall buildings crammed with apartments? That’s the choice we the people should have — to vote for open space — or …

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Letter to the editor: Save the small town feel

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Save the small town feel

Bike/hike trails, nature center and picnics — or tall buildings crammed with apartments? That’s the choice we the people should have — to vote for open space — or mega-development with more apartments and snarled traffic at the 24-acre Pine Curve and smaller PACE property.

Have you been to Castle Rock lately? Wilcox, the once-charming main street, is suddenly packed with blocky, eyesore buildings with shops on the first floor, plus up to five more stories of offices and apartments. Rampant urbanization has invaded their once-lovely downtown. This scheme is precisely what the Parker Planning Department and Town Council majority has in store for our Mainstreet. Google “My Mainstreet – Implementation” and click on “Property Profile” for each of the parcels for sale. The maps for each show the largest amount of square footage would be what the town’s own FAQ’s page calls “higher-density residential” above ground-floor shops. Just like Castle Rock. The entire landscape of downtown will be citified with hundreds of new apartments in buildings that can be more than four stories tall, according to the “Historic Center” town zoning for all the properties except that west of the library.

Height above four stories merely requires “special review” — a vote of the council, not a problem with the pro-growth council majority. Citizens are gathering petition signatures to put the issue on the ballot. Please look for our blue shirts at the Sunday Farmer’s Market. We the people paid for this land; we should decide how it’s used. Open space for these two properties allows picnic areas, trails and nature center, and council can vote park-like uses too. Join us at https://www.facebook.com/RethinkPineCurve. Let’s save at least some of our Parker hometown charm.

Joy Overbeck

Parker

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