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Showdown at City Place

 

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he called Heritage Row. But both designs would have required rezoning, and both were opposed by neighboring property owners--which meant that they'd need a supermajority of eight votes to pass city council. De Parry's last chance to win that support failed in December.

But that's not the end of it--because in addition to the two rezonings, de Parry also proposed simply tearing down the existing buildings and putting up the biggest possible new ones permitted by the existing zoning. And city council has already approved it--after reluctantly concluding they had no legal basis to reject it.

Now de Parry says he's prepared to go ahead with that plan, which he calls City Place. A man of few words, he confirms he's got financing, that the budget's in the millions, and that he'll break ground sometime in 2011 or 2012.

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