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Some residents turned to the FOX31 Denver Problem Solvers to help get answers after the FBI asked local police to drop charges against a fake private investigator accused of harassing the residents.
“I want to know what his connections are," Douglas Stiff said. "Why is the FBI involved in helping people come to my door and harass me?”
The citizens said the phony private investigator showed up at their doors, intimidating and threatening them over public comments they made about a proposed development.
Then, the FBI got involved. Not to help local police but to make sure the suspect was set free.
The Problem Solvers learned that besides making sure the phony private investigator was set free, the FBI contacted some of the victims asking them why they complained to police and about their public statements. The FBI had no comment on that.
originally posted by: Baddogma
Meh, there's NO govt weirdness around the Denver area, or surprising murals/ sub-levels under the airport.. .or new CIA HQ there... or weird ufo sightings in metro neighborhoods ... er... well, at least they legalized, so it can't be ALL Illuminati-evil, right?
And yeah, there might be a larger story behind this... and pretty clumsy to draw attention to it.
Authentic Persian and Oriental Rugs first opened in 1983 in Cherry Creek, says Nasrin Kholghy, who is Kheirkhahi's sister-in-law. She and her family are from Iran, but they came to Colorado in the 1970s to attend the University of Colorado. In 1990, the family moved the shop to its current location near the busy intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Virginia Avenue. They leased the building until 2006, when they bought the 5.4 acres, which includes the land underneath the shop.
From the beginning, the family says its plan was to redevelop the land. In 2007, they say they came up with a proposal for an "urban village" that would include restaurants along Cherry Creek and retail shops facing Colorado Boulevard, complete with a parking garage. The plan also included thirteen top-story condominiums with views of the mountains.
The family says it presented its proposal to then-mayor Larry Harte. But they say city officials, including current Mayor Mike Dunafon, soon approached them about partnering on a bigger riverwalk project. The family was on board with the idea, and Kheirkhahi even accompanied city officials on a trip to San Antonio in 2010 to check out that city's riverwalk.
In May 2013, the Glendale city council voted to deem the riverwalk area "blighted" to pave the way for urban renewal.
Family members say officials told them not to worry about the blight designation, so they didn't. "We are very smart people but we are also trustworthy people," says Saeed Kholghy.
But they're worried now. In late January, the city sent a letter to the landowners within the "Riverwalk Urban Renewal Plan Area," inviting them to present plans for redeveloping the entire riverwalk parcel. The deadline for the proposals was March 12. The family rushed to put a plan together and submit it on time. Their proposal was for a 1.6 million-square-foot development made up of retail shops, office space, entertainment venues, a hotel and residential units, with 4,040 parking spaces.
There was only one other proposal. It was from Wulfe and Company, a developer in Texas. It called for 303,225 square feet of restaurants, retail shops and entertainment venues, with 2,270 parking spaces. On March 30, the city council chose Wulfe's plan over the one submitted by the family, whose company is called M.A.K. Investment Group LLC.
The family's lawsuit alleges that the selection of Wulfe and Company's plan was a done deal. It further claims that city staffers misrepresented M.A.K.'s proposal to the city council and did not give M.A.K. a chance to explain it. "M.A.K. will now be forced to sell its property against its will for the benefit of a private developer," the lawsuit says.