It took a goodly sum of needless time and money, but isn't that what government's for? Nonetheless five city council members - Licata, Conlin, Clark, Steinbrueck and Rasmussen - have generally agreed with what Woodland Park Zoo neighbors have been saying for more than two years: the zoo's massive, costly garage plan won't work, and zoo officials should try another approach.
The council said it is "prepared to reconsider and renegotiate the commitment" for 1,360 parking stalls contained in the existing agreement, and "to evaluate options for a smaller structure." According to the council's May 11 letter to the Woodland Park Zoo Society (WPZS, as in Whoops?):
Recent analysis of the garage's likely financial performance shows that the facility could be considerably more costly than originally planned for both the City and the WPZS. (This analysis did not directly address the likelihood that construction costs will increase beyond the original estimates, even with the inflationary adjustments set out in our agreement. We assume that such a risk is of significant concern to you because the WPZS, and not the City, will be responsible for all such additional construction costs.)"
Notes neighborhood activist Irene Wall, who refers to it as an "unnecessary and wasteful garage":
We believe that the council could stop this garage, but with this letter, it has allowed the Zoo Society to reach that conclusion on its own and we hope they seize the opportunity."