I Love You
This old joke about relationships represents what we are facing in our community. Lakewood is a great place that we all love. But it is facing changes. While change is inevitable, all change is not the same.
There is good change. That is progress.
Then there is BAD change – That’s a community going to
hell in a handbasket.
Where is Lakewood going? Under the current political administration the city is increasing our population, creating higher density, developing the remaining open spaces, creating overcrowding and increasing demands upon limited resources like water.
At this rate, the Lakewood we love will be gone and replaced something that looks more like Aurora or Denver.
Subsidizing Development –
Although the establishment claims development is “paying its way” the reality is developers depend upon the City to give them support, both direct and indirect. One of these forms of indirect subsidy is the City creates “special districts” for new developments. This is a quasi-governmental agency, controlled by the developer, which can access special financing for the developer and then raise revenues from the future residents to repay the developer for any infrastructure costs they incur. This is one way the City ensures developers don’t have to pay for any public infrastructure (such as water and sewer) and thus are able to increase their profit margins.
Since City Council under Adam Paul is unwilling to make meaningful changes to slow down and manage growth, citizens have taken the lead and are seeking to put an initiative on November’s ballot. The measure would limit residential growth to 1% per year
Milestone – Southeast corner of Kipling & Alameda
Ohio Ave. Apts. – proposal for 250 apartments north of Safeway
Heritage West Visa – proposal for 50-unit apartments on W. Jewell Ave. east of Union Blvd.,
Is This the New Lakewood?
300+ APARTMENTS GOING UP ALONG UNION BLVD.