Black Hawk’s fu­ture plans

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Jack Hi­dahl,

“It’s a boom town; Garage im­plo­sion is em­blem­atic of Black Hawk’s hope for fu­ture,” Dec. 22 busi­ness news story.

To mea­sure the ex­tent that cor­po­rate greed is en­abled by will­ful dis­re­gard of the state con­sti­tu­tion and cou­pled with of­fi­cial in­dif­fer­ence fo­cused on in­creas­ing state rev­enue, there’s no need to look fur­ther than this ar­ti­cle.

Clearly the $400 mil­lion Monarch Casino project must rely on gam­bling rev­enue to en­sure a profit from such a large in­vest­ment. How­ever, the Colorado Con­sti­tu­tion in part states: “Lim­ited gam­ing shall only be con­ducted in struc­tures which con­form … to the ar­chi­tec­tural styles and de­signs that were com­mon to the ar­eas prior to World War I … .” How does the pro­posed 23-story ho­tel/casino qual­ify as a his­toric struc­ture when prior to World War I, the tallest build­ing in the en­tire West was the 20 story Daniels & Fisher tower? Note: the Ameris­tar Casino across the street is 34 sto­ries tall.

There’s much more in play than the im­plo­sion of a 19-year-old park­ing garage.

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