COLORADO PROPERTY RIGHTS COALITION
Contact: Tom Wambolt
Friday, December 3, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MORE THAN 1,000 RESIDENTS SIGN ON IN SUPPORT OF GRASSROOTS PETITION OPPOSED TO POSSIBLE RTD RAIL MOVE [facebook]
ADAMS COUNTY-A grassroots coalition of neighborhood groups and property rights advocates led by the Colorado Property Rights Coalition (CPRC) announced today that more than 1,000 people have signed onto a petition voicing opposition to the possible relocation of a proposed RTD commuter rail station (see copy of example petition attached).
Together with Concerned Citizens For Compatible Development, CPRC also announced today that its members have united to fight any reversal of a previous decision by County and transit officials to locate RTD’s Federal commuter rail station just east of the Federal Boulevard near West 60th Avenue on an industrial, blighted site.
Specifically at issue: Adams County officials, together with RTD, are now backtracking on their prior support for the above location, doing so in spite of a multi-year environmental and site-review process concluding that the site best met the needs of the local community.
Despite hundreds of hours of review involving multiple state and federal government agencies at a cost of millions to taxpayers, County officials are now reconsidering a site located approximately 1/4 mile to the west of Federal. Described by The Denver Post as “wooded and more pastoral, with Clear Creek and an accompanying bicycle and pedestrian trail,” the location had previously been rejected, in part, to its sensitive wetland topography and wildlife.
“With this petition, we’ve got more than 1,000 of us little guys standing up to a government we once trusted to be there for us as a community,” said CPRC President Tom Wambolt. “Our government pledged to listen to the people. While politicians listened, they must not have heard us over the loud voice of an out-of-state developer seeking to turn the west side into a series of high-density homes and businesses. Meanwhile, the east side – which has suffered from decades of neglect – once again stands to lose if not selected for the site.”
Petition backers plan to deliver the petition signatures to the County and RTD early next week.
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