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Saturday, July 21, 2007

More on my real estate project and the Beverly Hillbillies theme casino

As always, Robbe and I are working like slaves on our real estate development project, Big George Ventures. Lately we've been doing a lot of politicking: we're trying our hardest to "make nice" with the guys who want to build the Beverly Hillbillies Casino.

The problem is that we don't view the Casino project, as currently laid out, as being very compatible with our adjoining single-family residence project. There's a lot of Douglas County Code that suggests that the County doesn't view these projects as compatible, either, and pretty much everyone who knows enough about the projects to have an informed opinion seems to be of a like mind.

So what to do? We're trying hard to work with Douglas County and the Casino folks to put together a joint plan of sorts that will work for everybody. It's possible that multi-family residential-zoned land and/or commercial-zoned land will play some sort of a role in this. Robbe and I think that there's a lot of potential to make something that's terrific for the County and its citizens, but so far, a lot of the progress that gets made on this tends to be in the wrong direction. Robbe and I are still very hopeful, but we're worried that what we're going to end up with at the end of the day is a big lawyer-fest.


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