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Downtown Business May
Leave Due to Increasing Crime
Business owner wants gold star not golden doors
|From: GSG [mailto:GSG@goldstargrp.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 1:24 PM
To: Jen Poplaski <Jenniferpoplaski@lovelandpartnership.org<mailto:
Cc: GSG <GSG@goldstargrp.com<mailto:GSG@goldstargrp.com>>
Subject: My concern for my city
I just visited with some of the business owners that are adjacent to
my own business. We are all extremely discouraged about the
I myself have given thought to pulling out and moving elsewhere. I
am concerned about the safety of my employees as well as my
reputation because of my location.
In the beginning, I was thrilled about being a partner of downtown
Loveland with the vision of revitalization and development. I was
proud to have one of the most prominent locations in the City of
Loveland. Since I have been at this location, I have experienced
nothing positive. I have no confidence that things are going to
change any time soon. We have drug users, homeless people,
drunk people, people urinating and vomiting in front of my office and
on sidewalks, with no sign of law enforcement or management.
Where is our police presence? The streets, sidewalks, and gutters
are filthy. Loveland is moving in the wrong direction. I am
embarrassed for my city. It is difficult to build an ongoing concern
with no assistance from my own local government.
I am more than willing to be a part of the process to correct these
issues. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do. I want
to be supportive of my City to create a successful healthy
environment for our citizens and business owners. Thank you for
Employing Broker - CDPE, REO, SFR
The Gold Star Group, LLC
140 E 4th St
Loveland, CO 80537
Cell: 970 231-9531
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|Letter from downtown business owner
threatening to leave due to increasing crime
|From: Jacque Wedding-Scott
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 4:21 PM
To: 'Don @ Gold Star Group' <GSG@goldstargrp.com>
Cc: Jennifer Poplaski (jenniferPoplaski@lovelandpartnership.org)
Subject: RE: My concern for my city
Jen shared your email with me, and obviously you’ve identified a number of
concerns that are/can be shared with other downtown businesses.
The Loveland Downtown Partnership | Downtown Development Authority has
hosted two different business breakfasts focusing on “Disruptive Behaviors”
over the past few months. These behaviors really run the gamut from those
you’ve identified in your email, to speeding and noise on Cleveland, to
smoking, etc. The last breakfast meeting was dedicated to identifying
possible solutions. And, considering the “behaviors” vary – obviously the
solutions varied as well.
We heard first from our businesses, that our community seeks collaborative
and effective solutions to reduce disruptive behaviors – and, it wasn’t
necessarily all about enforcement – recognizing, that not all disruptive
behaviors are illegal. That said, according to Loveland Police officials, all
“illegal” activities should continue to be reported to law enforcement. And,
the more diligent we all are and the more proactive we are as far as informing
the City (Code Enforcement and Police), the more they will be able to
address the illegal activities.
The businesses in attendance agreed that rather than imposing a slew of
new laws (similar to other urban environments) there should be a focus on
education. Quite frankly just what you’re doing, building a strong “community
fabric” around the downtown that watches out for each other, and is willing to
take a stand united together in dissuading many of these behaviors is
I can assure you that all entities involved in revitalizing and bettering the
downtown work each day to achieve the long-term shared vision. We will all
continue exploring the strategies identified to address disruptive behaviors.
The LDP|DDA office is just across the street from you, please feel free to
stop by any time if you have questions.
P.S. I’ll see you tomorrow at the façade working group meeting.
|Response By Jacque Wedding-Scott