I spoke with the Steve Riter the builder's representative we have been
working with. He went into this song and dance about how he had conceptual
agreement with our five original points.
1) Buffer zone built to RS-2 standards.
2) No primary access from Cabernet.
3) No EVAs (Emergency Vehicle Access) along Cabernet.
4) Build the buffer zone first. This is a Marriott request.
5) Likes the idea of feathering along Arroyo so we have this stark change
from Robertson Park Road to cabernet.
Than he went into 10 minutes of how we had accomplished 1) and 2)in the PD
(Planned Development) and 3) was in the works with the city to become part
of the PD, and, finally; he would visit 4) and 5) during the site plan
design. He won't commit to a development agreement because "he's not sure
what the city will require of him". I finally told him that I needed some
form of a letter of intent stating the builder's intentions and desire to
complete our neighborhood in a way that would not cause any disruption and
bring harmony and closure to the existing building. At least with that
letter, we would have something to take back to the city if we were double
crossed. I understand his problem with locking in today. This letter will
at least be a club we can use to beat the builder and the city over the head
with. I also told him to loose the legal weasel when he writes the letter.
On that basis, I told him, with letter in hand, we would go to the council
meeting and support the project publicly. He liked that. Finally, I told
him that I wasn't up for endless meetings and equivocation with he and the
city and it would be cheaper to hire the attorney, write a check and let the
lawyer negotiate the deal. His choice. So far he's opting for the letter.
The Marriotts may sue no matter what we do. Stay tuned. Also, bear in mind
that without the development agreement, the city can change anything, and
the city can change anthing anyway. It's really a political animal. If you
look at the way they are handling the downtown double theater proposal, this
mayor has taken a couple plays right out of Saddam's book. He get's what he
wants. The majority council will continue to be the enemy within.