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If Mayor Jerry Sanders’ staff decides that the environmental documents governing the Navy Broadway Complex are adequate, a local group called the Broadway Complex Coalition said it would appeal, a move that would further delay the project’s approval.

The Centre City Development Corp., the city’s downtown planning agency, is not permitted to approve the plans Doug Manchester and the Navy have for the waterfront site until it is determined that a study of the redevelopment project’s impacts on the surrounding community is complete. The city initially said it would have an answer by today, although they have since postponed their decision to Oct. 18.

Manchester and the Navy said they won’t sign a lease on the property until CCDC makes up its mind, so an appeal could spell further delays, even as the project approaches a crucial Jan. 1 deadline.

The Broadway Complex Coalition joins Save Our Forests and Ranchlands’ skepticism whether a 1990 environmental study of the project still holds up, although the coalition has outright said it will appeal if the city disagrees while SOFAR has reserved judgment.

The coalition also said that subsequent reviews of the Navy Broadway Complex, such as the downtown community plan update that was approved earlier this year, do not suffice.

The Broadway Complex Coalition said past studies don’t account for increased traffic downtown. It also points out that a new generation of adults who were too young to comment on the environmental review in 1990 should have the opportunity to have their voices heard today.

Read the coalition’s letter here.

CCDC is slated to meet to weigh the project at an Oct. 25 meeting, pending the city’s decision on the environmental review.


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