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Letter: Developers hidden agenda influences vote on Chandler mansion fate

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Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 5:51 pm

This Thursday, the City Council of Chandler will vote on whether or not to grant a use permit for Chandler mansion, now called Chateau De Vie,. This will create hundreds of local jobs, bring tax revenue to the area and add value to the community.

I have worked closely with the City of Chandler to restore the Chateau De Vie estate, with plans to open the property as a reception/wedding center, bed-and-breakfast and bistro in part to manage the high cost of maintaining this type of property.

After filing a use permit application with the city and following every recommendation, suggestion and request from the city staff, in addition to proactively discussing the property and plans for it with neighbors and receiving their support, the city staff recommended the planning commission grant the use permit.

This permit would have been recommended in a recent planning commission meeting but for the interference of a few real estate developers who lead a campaign of opposition that convinced some residents of the neighborhood that the extensive measures taken to control noise and traffic congestion are inadequate. However, I don't buy this as the real reason behind those opposing the approval of the use permit.

It's clear there is a hidden agenda here. These efforts of opposition have been lead by a group of real estate developers. In absence of a clear and stated agenda of opposition on behalf of these parties, I can only logically deduce that they have some hidden agenda. This beautiful estate is in danger, and the destruction of it will be a great historical loss to the community. And, we have collected over 600 verified signatures from residents of the area who are in support of the mansion's use as a reception center.

Now that the planning commission has denied recommendation of the permit, it is in the hands of the City Council. We are hoping the mayor and the council will not fall prey to the same false concern demonstrated in the planning commission meeting. In fact, we'd like the question, "How would you, the opposing individuals, use this property?" answered publicly.

It is only fair for those motives to be disclosed to City Council and the community so we can all understand why they oppose the use permit. These people clearly have their own agenda. I don't want to pursue a lawsuit against this group. However, we all deserve to know why they so passionately oppose something that is such a benefit to the City of Chandler.

The City Council will make its final decision on Thursday. You can support this cause and help save Chateau de Vie by attending the Chandler City Council meeting at City Hall at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.).

Nick and Shelly Goodman


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