Thursday, November 6, 2014

UPDATE: Mayor switches gears, releases stadium survey

Posted By on Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 10:03 AM

UPDATE: City Councilor Joel Miller just sent us this comment on the release of the survey, at least part of it:
After filing repeated Colorado Open Records Act requests as well as "three-day" letters about my intent to file in District Court for the information, I'm pleased there is at least some transparency on the survey that citizens paid $35,000 for. I hope the full survey will be released soon; there is still a considerable number of pages missing.

Additionally, taxpayers paid $19,700 for a stadium feasibility study. In my role as a representative of those taxpayers, I've asked for that full study to be released. My intention has always been to provide taxpayers with transparency on the City for Champions projects and a public vote on the downtown stadium.
——— ORIGINAL POST 10:03 A.M. THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2014 ———

click to enlarge KEN LUND
  • Ken Lund
A stadium survey kept secret by Mayor Steve Bach was just released, adding to the speculation that Bach will seek a second term at the April 2015 election.

In the past, Bach turned away repeated requests for the survey but now has issued a news release:
Mayor Steve Bach has directed the City Attorney’s Office to release the results of a 2012 survey for a downtown baseball stadium. This survey had been undertaken at a time when a downtown stadium was being evaluated. The information had previously not been disclosed due to the proprietary nature of the data.

Other portions of the report, “Financial Analysis of a Proposed Downtown Ballpark for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox”, are not public records subject to disclosure, and are proprietary to the local Triple A baseball franchise.
The survey, used to justify a proposal to build a $93 million sports stadium downtown, shows that 72 percent of downtown businesses saw the potential for a downtown stadium as very or somewhat positive, while 58 percent of those with businesses near the current Security Service Field, Barnes Road and Powers Boulevard, saw it that way.

During the last year, however, the Sky Sox have said they'll stay where they are, so plans have shifted to a downtown stadium serving as home to a pro soccer team.

Bach has said he was pretty sure he wouldn't run. Then, the rumor mill reported he decided if the Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority failed on Election Day, that he would run. Bach opposed the measure, and it did fail. Meantime, in mid-October, Bach announced a series of community meetings to discuss infrastructure, and yesterday added stormwater to the mix.

Other declared candidates with name recognition are Attorney General John Suthers, former mayor Mary Lou Makepeace, and El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen. 
 
Read the survey yourself here:

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