1200 Lawrence Street • 266-1697 • Denver, Colorado 80204
December 14, 1969
Sen. Hugh Fowler
3333 S. Bannock
Englewood, Colorado 80110
Ag a member of the Education Committee, your study of the Auraria
proposal may have convinced you that any commitment of state funds
for this downtown Denver core area project would be a literal
earmarking of capital improvement and general funds for many years.
I would appreciate your reading of the enclosed "Background to
Auraria" as part of your investigation of this proposed request
for state funds to finance purchase of the Auraria site.
We are maintaining that other locations in the five county metropolitan area would better satisfy the original concept of an
urban state college, not a higher education complex; would require
less initial funding and less long range funding, even without
the "gift" of a federal grant; and would not curb expansion of
such other state institutions as Arapahoe Junior College through
a constant drain on budgets.
The enclosed "Facts not Words" will be presented at an open hearing
of the Joint Budget Committfee the morning of December 18. I can
answer any of your questions at that time or at your convenience.
Incidentally, today's Denver Post Empire magazine carried a story,
"Denver 1976" which verifies our contention that Auraria is desired
not as much as a higher education complex but more an artificial
advantage for the downtown merchants. The story visions Auraria
as the site of an Olympic stadium, three tiered parking, Skyline
Freeway and other non-academic buildings.
Yours for efficient ediLcation in Colorado,
^* #., -
Frank KiTrsh, co-chairman
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