Don’t be fooled by the construction work that has occurred to date. The Court has now told the Developer 4 times that any construction “is at its own risk”, meaning it will have to tear down any buildings that are built in violation of the law. The Court then told the Developer that the opposition groups have a “likelihood of success” of preventing the Developer from building past where the old pedestrian trail is located. This would cause the Project to be downsized from 10 to 7 acres, and keep all of the project in the commercial zone. This will be an incredible win for the hundreds of town citizens who have worked so hard to expose this improper, special sweetheart deal, and demand accountability from our Town officials. The Court also ordered an injunction preventing the Developer from interfering on the land where the old pedestrian trail is located while the lawsuit continues.
If we prevail, this will also likely prevent the site from being used as a warehouse/distribution hub for Amazon which would dump even more “gridlock” levels of traffic onto Monroe Ave. The Developer will still get a project, but one that is far more reasonably sized and close to what our code allows. No special deals in our Town, regardless of who you know or how well-connected you are.
It will also require the Developer to go back to the Town and re-do the zoning approvals. We believe the new zoning approvals should comply with our standard zoning protections, instead of the Developer getting a sweetheart deal. This is the current deal the Town gave the Developer:
The Town has also already given the Developer an inexplicable under-assessment of taxes. For the last 5 years the developer has been assessed only an extra $100 on $6.5 million that it paid for additional land. When we buy a house we get assessed at what we paid for it. This under-assessment has been going on for 5 years – at a significant loss of revenue for the community. The community should not be subsidizing this project.
In return for the Town giving away all of the above, the Community (in addition to all the problems) gets:
This was a fire sale, which harms the community and provide it with no meaningful benefit. The citizens of Brighton recognized that this sweetheart deal is not in the community’s best interest and therefore banded together, under 3 different opposition groups, and continue to challenge the Project.
We thank everyone for their continuing involvement and dedication. The support and response from Brighton Community has been enormous, and reminds us why this is such a good town in which to live.
We are now kicking off a social media campaign to raise awareness and communicate the facts of this project. We urge you to please comment on and share our posts on Facebook and Twitter to help your voice be heard and protect our community!