So CU wants the taxpayers of Boulder to pay for the redesign of the plans for their super-sized, carbuncle of a building. Wow, the sheer arrogance of Phil DiStefano and Frank Bruno defies belief. If you hadn’t made the building so tall in the first place, you wouldn’t be in this situation now. You didn’t see this coming when you first gave instructions for plans to be drawn?
Shame on you Frank! You were city manager for five years, and what did you say in April 2008? “I have been privileged to serve the people of Boulder for the past five years” and “I am honored to continue my public service career in Boulder”. You have not continued your public service career by moving to CU, you just switched sides, and with the knowledge you gained over the previous five years, you have learnt how to steamroller over the city’s regulations. Where’s the “renaissance for the campus and the community” that you talked about? It’s hardly a renaissance when CU just continues behaving like it always has. An example of CU’s behavior that springs to mind is Williams Village and the two hideous buildings that ruin the beautiful view of Boulder as you drive north on US36 and look down onto the city. You are definitely not serving the public any more.
You also seem to forget that although you are a state entity, we the taxpayers put our hard earned money into the state, so you are using our money. Being a state entity should not, and does not, give you the right to be a bully.
Instead of whining that you don’t have enough room on the campus, why don’t you help out the community that supports you and go and rent or buy some of the tens of thousands of square feet of empty office space all over Boulder.
Also, could you tell me how it costs $620,000 to do a partial re-design of the plans? How long will it take, how many people are involved in that process and what is the breakdown of that $620,000? I am sure that there are many unemployed, highly talented architects in our community that would be more than happy to do the work for half the price or less. You could talk to your architects and see if they would like to rethink their costs. You also have architectural students on campus. Why not give them the opportunity to redesign it for you?
As far as the City Council is concerned, it’s about time they stood up for us, but sadly their bark is much worse than their bite, and I’m sure they’ll back down in the end.
Finally Phil and Frank, this is OUR city and it doesn’t belong to you and CU, and if you don’t like it when the city and community don’t like the way you act sometimes, then MOVE!