Preservation activists seek to gut diner owner’s property value – and ruin his retirement plan

Preservation activists seek to gut diner owner’s property value – and ruin his retirement plan
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[Ed. – I like historical preservation, but there needs to be accountability for the activists who pay none of the costs for it.  If what they want will cancel this diner owner’s retirement, they need to pony up the funds to match the offer he’s already got from a developer.]

For the past 20 years, Messina has operated Tom’s Diner on Colfax Avenue in downtown Denver, Colorado. Running the popular 24-hour restaurant—located just a few blocks from the Colorado state capital—is demanding work that Messina is looking to move on from as he nears retirement age. …

Messina’s plan had always been to finance his retirement by selling his restaurant. That dream looked like it would become a reality earlier this year when Alberta Company offered him $4.8 million for his property, which the Colorado-based developer plans to turn into an 8-story apartment building complete with shops on the ground floor. …

Everything was going swimmingly until Denver’s historic preservationists got wind of Messina’s evil plan …

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