Littleton 8.8.13 August 8, 2013 Arapahoe County, Colorado • Volume 125, Issue 3 75 cents A Colorado Community Media Publication ourlittletonnews.com Broadstone battle not over yet Changes send project back to planning board By Jennifer Smith email@example.com What many expected would be an epically long hearing on the proposed Broadstone apartment complex July 30 was cut abruptly short after the developer introduced substantial changes, rendering city council unwilling to rule without further input from the planning board. Just hours before the meeting, representatives of Alliance Residential told city staff that in yet another effort to appease upset neighbors, it would reduce the height from six to four Brinkman stories, drop the number of units from 250 to 225 and increase the distance from the edge of the building to the street. “I have some concern about the ability to fairly move forward on this,” said Mayor Debbie Brinkman. The planning board did not support the project in its previous form. Councilmembers want the board to review the changes on Aug. 12 and weigh back in before they proceed with the public hearing and final vote, now scheduled for Sept. 3. Councilor Jerry Valdes voted against sending it back to planning and wanted to move ahead that night. “Frankly, I’m here to discuss the plan be- fore us,” he said. “If the applicant wants to come back with a new plan, so be it.” The other six councilors agreed planning should review the changes, but not everyone was happy with the situation. “I think this is the proper path, but it’s uncomfortable for me to take it,” said Councilor Bruce Beckman. “This is with a very heavy heart. My stomach is upset over this. I think this is a very problematic thing.” Brinkman acknowledged the efforts of Battle continues on Page 6 Candidate seeks post in District 1 Stein is first to vie to replace Jim Taylor By Jennifer Smith firstname.lastname@example.org appear after a few months,” reads www. littlefreelibrary.org. “Little Free Libraries have a unique, personal touch, and there is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community. These aren’t just any old books, this is a carefully curated collection, and the library itself is a piece of neighborhood art.” Lohman is an avid reader herself, devouring news online — particularly related to her career as a water researcher—- and murder mysteries for fun. As a kid, she cut her teeth on the likes of Cherry Ames, Nancy Drew and the Bobbsey Twins. A love of reading continues to run through the family vein — two of Lohman’s nieces, Bizzie and Camilla, have appeared Randy Stein has thrown his hat in the ring to replace term-limited Littleton City Councilor Jim Taylor in District 1. He is the only candidate seeking the seat so far. Stein is perhaps best known locally for renovating eight buildings downtown, including the one that formerly housed Opus restaurant, into what he calls a “synergistic mixed-use project.” “My goal at the time was to create sustainable value for the future while honoring the broad and deep history bequeathed to us by previous generations,” he said in a press release. “(It’s) a message that holds considerable meaning today, in light of the significant number of recent rezoning applications and other proposed land-use modifications pending before council. I understand the development side, and as a longtime and committed Littleton resident, I’d like to give back to the community by helping to forge positive alliances and to lessen the disharmony that I believe has grown considerably in our small town.” Stein is a founding director of Skeena Holdings, a development company focusing on underutilized assets and the surrounding community. He’s also a professional mediator and a lobbyist working with state legislators to “effect reform in land-use and homeowners-association legislation,” according to the press release. A fourth-generation Coloradan, Stein moved to Littleton in 1989. He renovated a circa-1900 farmhouse on Windermere Street and later the historic “Gallup House” across from the Littleton Museum. In 2004, he moved into a 1911 bungalow in downtown Littleton, adjacent to the second phase of Nevada Place apartments. Council approved that project in January, over the objections of Stein and many others. “Council’s discussion following the Library continues on Page 6 District continues on Page 6 Lori Lohman installed this little library in her front yard so the neighborhood kids can take a book or leave a book. Photo by Jennifer Smith Little Free Library brightens street Woman offers book-sharing to her Berry Park neighbors By Jennifer Smith email@example.com If you happen upon a park bench or an airplane seat shortly after Lori Lohman vacates it, you might encounter a feral book. “I don’t want to own them,” she says, so she releases them back into the wild once she’s done. It’s not that she doesn’t love books — quite the opposite. It’s that she loves them so much that she can’t help but share them, something else she loves. A mindful melding of the two led to Lohman’s Little Free Library, a Babar the Elephant-themed box POSTAL ADDRESS in her front yard filled with books for the neighborhood to enjoy at will. “She’s very interested in having a community environment here,” said Lohman’s neighbor, Jennifer England. England’s twin boys Liam and Finnegan, 7, enjoy leaving their outgrown books for others kids to discover. “They’re learning about community and being a good neighbor, and about sharing,” said England. “They were pretty into reading already.” Little Free Libraries are growing in popularity since they started springing up around the country. The organization estimates there are more than 6,000 worldwide, with seven in Colorado alone. “If this were just about providing free books on a shelf, the whole idea might dis- LITTLETON INDEPENDENT (ISSN 1058-7837) (USPS 315-780) OFFICE: 9137 S. 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