2000 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2000 21:43:02 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: Re: [CPEO-MEF] Public Funds for Privatized Cleanup
>From Anne Callison <Awbarbour@aol.com>

One needs to look closely at Lenny's "Public Funds for Privatized
Not only is it incredibly wrong for local or state taxpayers to pay one
for a DOD cleanup, but think what this will mean in terms of land use.

One of the ways the Lowry Redevelopment Authority (LRA) has paid for 
underestimating the costs of tearing out the old Air Force
infrastructure on 
Lowry AFB and rebuilding new infrastructure is through the use of Tax 
Increment Financing (TIF).

In order to pay the TIF bonds back, they have built uses on the base
were and now are not acceptable to the existing neighborhoods
Lowry.  Building office buildings, and thousands of homes was not what
surrounding neighbors said they wanted in 1992 in a statistically-valid 
survey done of nearby residents.  There are virtually no parks amongst
new homes built jeek to jowl.  There is no transit center as promised
there is no new transit.  No rights of way for light rail was bought and
for future use.  Why, because the TIF bonds demand higher and denser 
development to pay them back.

The environmental result has been drastically increased traffic, noise
dust, and degraded air quality.  Costing out the economics of
must go beyond just paying for the cleanup - which I also fear will mean
- in 
the words of Sandy Jaquith when she refers to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal
- "a 
coverup, not a cleanup."

Anne Callison

Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 222B View St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/968-1126

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