Council hears from Suthers, citizens on land swap

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Here's an illustration done by a resident who obviously opposes the land swap. The illustration is being circulated by Save Cheyenne, a group opposing the deal with The Broadmoor, which is owned by Philip Anschutz. - CAREY PELTO
  • Carey Pelto
  • Here's an illustration done by a resident who obviously opposes the land swap. The illustration is being circulated by Save Cheyenne, a group opposing the deal with The Broadmoor, which is owned by Philip Anschutz.
City Council will hear from Mayor John Suthers Monday evening about the proposed land swap with The Broadmoor. It's reportedly the first time Suthers has spoken to Council on the issue.

The Council meeting begins at 6 p.m. at 107 N. Nevada Ave., and also includes time for public comments.

Go here for an explanation, and more, about the land swap.

Save Cheyenne, a group that has formed to try to rescue the city's 189-acre Strawberry Fields open space from being traded to The Broadmoor, issued a plea for opponents to show up at the meeting tonight, via e-mail.
For those wondering what the objections are to the CORA [Coloado Open Records Act] denied (5 times) appraisals, here is a link to the petition which summarizes concerns in the appraisal information which is worth your time: https://www.change.org/p/colorado-springs-city-council-the-broadmoor-hotel-anschutz-entertainment-group-no-to-the-broadmoor-land-swap-deal-our-historic-wildlife-open-space-is-not-for-sale/u/16505879 Of note is the clear and repeated warnings surrounding the use of restricted appraisals. One site even goes so far as to say they are illegal to use beyond internal documents. One could never get a bank loan with one of these appraisals. So, does that rise to the level of thorough valuation and due diligence in valuing the people's land? Jones Park which was also appraised by the same appraiser and not done as a restricted appraisal. Why? You should ask. 
The Independent has previously reported on the appraisals and the restricted status of the open space appraisal.

Go to the city's website to view the appraisals, which were released last week.


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