New member joins board of urban renewal authority

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Hay, who owns design form, has experience working with developers

By Ramsey Scott

The Littleton City Council has named a new member to the board of the city’s urban renewal authority, Littleton Invests For Tomorrow.

Justin Hay was approved unanimously by the council on Sept. 2 to fill a seat left vacant when Bill Lajoie resigned earlier this year. Hay will be on the board for LIFT’s next meeting Sept. 15.

Hay is the owner of StackLot, a Littleton-based design firm that works with companies and developers on real estate development. He was one of five candidates the City Council interviewed on Sept. 2. Hay also is a member of the city’s Building Board of Appeals.

Several council members cited Hay’s extensive background in real estate and development as the reason he was chosen. Hay was one of two candidates who had experience in real estate and development.

“I believe they were complete and total types of candidates. It was really interesting to see that kind of passion and qualifications,” council member Bruce Beckman said. “But clearly Justin was the person, in this group, that rose to the top.”

During the interview process, Hay described his experience working with private developers on projects throughout the area, including the Streets at SouthGlenn in Centennial and Walmart on several of its smaller marketplace stores. He’s also worked on projects with Ann Ricker, LIFT’s consultant on urban renewal.

“I was enthusiastic to understand that they wanted to take a larger approach to not just a few specific areas but analyzing the whole city from a blight standpoint,” Hay said during his interview. “I grew up in Littleton. I’ve seen the changes through the city over the years. I see a lot of potential, but I also see a lot of blight.”

Before the council voted to select Hay, Carol Brzeczek, a resident who has been outspoken in opposition of LIFT’s urban renewal process, asked about possible conflicts of interest with Hay and developers he’s worked with on previous projects. Mayor Phil Cernanec said he’d discussed with Hay the possibility of conflicts of interest and that Hay was aware of Colorado law regarding the matter.

Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22, and follow him on Twitter @RamseyColumbine. Check www.columbinecourier.comfor updates.