Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan at a Wednesday press conference near Denver Union Station announcing the city's lawsuit. (CREDIT: Dennis Huspeni | Denver Business Journal)
AURORA (DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL) - The City of Aurora went on the offensive Wednesday morning in its ongoing efforts to push development of the proposed Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center by filing a lawsuit against 11 hotels trying to stop the development.
Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan announced the lawsuit at a press conference at a location near Denver Union Station, an apparent effort to draw attention to the fact that one of the hotel owners - Walter Isenberg of Sage Hospitality - using public funds to redevelop part of the station into a luxury hotel and that regional cooperation allowed the construction of the Regional Transportation District's light rail/bus station there.
"The City of Aurora, the Aurora Urban Renewal Authority and Rida Development Corp. filed this lawsuit seeking damages from their efforts to obstruct and delay this development with their baseless legal maneuvering," Hogan said.
He estimated the project could bring $8.2 billion in economic development dollars to the region, 10,000 construction jobs and 2,500 permanent jobs.
"But we're being held hostage by a small faction of hotels afraid of competition who are obstructing this major economic development with their legal and administrative shenanigans," Hogan said.
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