Denver Judge: City Park Flood Plan May Be “Thinly Veiled Subterfuge” to Widen I-70

Plaintiff’s attorney Aaron Goldhamer said there’s a silver lining to the legal defeat. “The judge in the federal court may very well read [Goldberg’s ruling] as a guiding statement as to what the evidence in this case did show,” Goldhamer said. “I’m much more optimistic about the federal case. I think there are some very strong claims there and this ruling may only bolster those claims.”

Goldhamer pointed to the judge’s acknowledgment of “subterfuge” and evidence that the flood project will have adverse environmental impacts. The City Park Golf Course project will remove 263 trees and change the grading of the land. Goldberg wrote that “the loss of a mature [tree] canopy is materially detrimental to the habitat and the neighborhood” an could “take decades to redevelop.”

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ANOTHER NAIL IN THE I 70/ PLATTE TO PARK HILL COFFIN?

Contact: Aaron Goldhamer Tel.: 303.534.0401 Email: agoldhamer@keatingwagner.com  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Zeppelin Plaintiffs Move to Enjoin I-70 Widening Project  Denver, CO September 18, 2017   On Friday, a group of Denver citizens—including developer Kyle Zeppelin—filed a motion in Federal court to enjoin the Colorado Department of Transportation (“CDOT”) from proceeding with its controversial plan to expand I-70 through Denver.  If the motion is successful it could bring a halt to the highway project, which has been derided by critics as an expensive and backwards-thinking boondoggle that threatens the health of predominantly low-income and Latino neighborhoods in north Denver.  CDOT and the

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A Message From Brad Evans, Ditch The Ditch

Hello Friends, Over the last 30 days, we’ve seen significant progress Ditching The Ditch. We’ve put CDOT, the City of Denver, and their boondoggle ditch project on the ropes. The tide has turned, and we are seeing a BIG results! We need your help, we’ve received a $6000 matching dollar challenge, and we can double it with your help! https://www.gofundme.com/film-campaign With four lawsuits pending against this project, community outcry has been tremendous. The road to victory, however, is still a long one. While these legal disputes continue to wind their way through the courts, now is the time to fortify the battle

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Opponents of CDOT’s I-70 Widening File Suit Against the Federal Highway Administration

The suit takes specific aim at the agreement Denver reached with CDOT in 2015 that put local taxpayers on the hook for a project to funnel stormwater away from the 40-foot ditch the agency plans to dig to widen the freeway. The FHWA approved an EIS that did not account for the flood protection project, and the lawsuit aims to “show that both the City of Denver and CDOT intentionally hid the connection between the Platte to Park Hill Drainage Project and the Central I-70 project,” according to a press release.

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