We have heard some rumblings that the reason why no 'Final Development Plan' (FDP) has come before city council for the Arvada Plaza Walmart -- even though it was approved last July and was scheduled tone presented in December -- is because developer IRG and/or Walmart want more subsidies.
As if the $5.3 million we are going to give them isn't enough.
So, we wrote a Colorado Open Records Act request to the city government and the Arvada Urban Renewal Authority (AURA) to see if we could get an official, written verification or denial of the rumors. (We also wrote the Arvada Economic Development Association-AEDA even though we didn't think it would be too likely it would involved in this kind of endeavor. AEDA answered directly in an email, in part: "I have reviewed AEDA's documents and emails since July 15th, 2013. AEDA has no record of any conversations involving any discussions and/or negotiations with Industrial Realty Group, LLC and/or Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.")
The bottom line is that the City at least is not going to answer directly through this approach -- we also cc'd city manager Mark Deven.
Here is all the correspondence:
No Response from AURA