In a letter to City Council, Mayor Bach thanks City Council and suggests a “fresh look.”
Date: June 5, 2012
Dear Members of City Council:
The Mayor’s Downtown Vision anticipates a transformative, dynamic, and vibrant new era of development for the areas immediately south of Downtown. This activity might include museums, sports venues, retail and commercial development, and housing. This opportunity for our community is exciting, and has the potential to not only transform our Downtown but to diversify our entire economy, create hundreds of new jobs, and expand and diversify our tax base. This vision includes potential economic development on the current site of the Martin Drake Power Plant.
Thank you for committing as the Board of CSU to push forward with a study of the possibility of moving or decommissioning the Drake Power Plant. Several of you have actively supported this review, and have expressed a refreshing willingness to be open-minded about an exciting new future for our Downtown, one that includes economic development and possibly a cleaner, still affordable and more sustainable energy supply for our future generations. I applaud this leadership and willingness to consider new ideas for the benefit of our entire community, and look forward to seeing the CSU study sometime in October.
May I suggest that the study consider not only the costs of moving or decommissioning Drake, and the possible impacts on electric rates, but also balance the analysis by adding in the tremendous potential for vibrant new economic development Downtown, and the new jobs, new housing, and new tax revenues that would go along with that, as well as the many benefits of a more environmentally friendly power supply. Several Council members have talked about these exciting potential benefits, and they should be included in the review. The community will benefit from an objective and open-minded fresh look of the Drake Power Plant that starts with no preconceived notions or bias. I pledge that the City Executive Branch will provide support for the Drake review in any way appropriate.
cc: Council Administrator Aimee Cox and Mayor Bach’s Executive Team (Fire Chief Rich Brown, Police Chief Pete Carey, Chief Economic Vitality & Innovation Steve Cox, City Attorney Chris Melcher, Chief of Staff and Chief Administrative Officer Laura Neumann)