URGENT: Save Lafayette's Small Businesses!

URGENT: Save Lafayette's Small Businesses!

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Kern Shahi started this petition to Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority and

To make room for high-density residential units, Lafayette’s Urban Renewal Authority (LURA) is in the process of swiftly and silently removing two small businesses that have been serving our community for many years: Deluxe Liquors (709 S. Public Road) and Rocky Mountain Legal Center (705 S. Public Road). Two other business have already been removed.
 
Who and What is at Risk:
Deluxe Liquors has been embedded into Lafayette’s cultural fabric for more than 20 years, serving tens-of-thousands of customers throughout. With its unique and efficient drive thru, it attracts a diverse set of shoppers, including those with disabilities and shoppers from neighboring communities. Not only has Deluxe Liquors never missed a single tax payment to the city, but it also donates to multiple city events and organizations to help our community thrive. Deluxe Liquors is operated by an immigrant family who will be displaced and lose their source of income as a result of LURA’s actions. 
 
Rocky Mountain Legal Center (RMLC) opened its doors in Lafayette in 2010. RMLC’s mission is to provide free and low-cost civil legal representation for residents of Boulder County. RMLC has helped thousands of Lafayette residents with free legal advice and direct legal services and is a valuable community resource.
 
The Ask:
We as a community need to come together and act on what we stand for- supporting our local businesses. Deluxe Liquors and Rocky Mountain Legal Center are seeking the community's support in requesting that LURA work with these existing businesses prior to releasing a proposal to outside developers. Deluxe Liquors and Rocky Mountain Legal have expressed interest in jointly purchasing the property for market value and have asked to collaborate with LURA to develop the property in a way that aligns with LURA’s vision while allowing these important businesses to remain on Public Road. LURA has been unresponsive.

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