What’s Huster hiding?
What does Brian Huster have to hide? Developer of the Crystal River Market Place not only reacted with disrespect and surprising aggression to the Town Council, at last Tuesday’s meeting, he cast doubt in the minds of those present about his past projects, suggesting he may have a number of things to hide.
When asked to share a past history of projects, by trustee Scott Chaplin, he belligerently refused. Mayor Michael Hassig simply pointed out that his partnership with the town warrants such a request. His reaction was uproarious.
As a citizen of this town I would encourage Carbondale to think very carefully about our future partnership with Brian Huster. Many crucial issues are at stake for our town, as his proposal enters its final process. We may have the opportunity to vote on this project and currently many things still seem unsatisfactory.
For example, his record. We are about to enter into an $8 million highway improvement project with an individual we know nothing about. We are basing our available sales tax revenue for highway repairs on a pie in the sky projection from a tenant big box that has not yet committed to our community.
There are huge issues at stake and Carbondale deserves to be as informed as possible to proceed on the biggest retail development in our town’s history. Huster did not just mildly claim he would not entertain the request of a resume of prior projects, he reacted with an extreme response making it clear that not only does he not respect the process the town is in to protect its interests, but suggests his past reputation might affect our decision about his future project.
Heads up Carbondale! This debate is not about voting on a Target store or no Target store, as Huster might like us to think. It’s about voting to give this individual the green light to put any big box he can get along Highway 133.
Do we trust him enough to do what is best for Carbondale? That is the question.
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