Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.

DENVER-Should they stay or should they go?

Retailers at DIA, that is.

Mayor Wellington E. Webb has proposed extending the leases for all concessionaires at the airport for three to six years, without competitive bidding. Some leases could be extended for up to 14 years from now.

By automatically extending the leases, it protects small business owners, many of them whom are women or minorities, from being replaced by big corporations that covet the lucrative contracts, in the view of Webb and some city council people, such as Ramona Martinez.

However, Webb, and Martinez and most of the council, will be replaced by an entirely new administration on July 21, thanks to term limits.

Mayor-elect John Hickenlooper would like the lame duck council and mayor to hold off on making a decision, and let the new council decide on the issue.

Some current council members, such as Susan Barnes Gelt, agree, noting it’s possible some of these contracts could remain in place for the next three terms of the mayor–the most allowed to be held by one individual. Webb and the council are scheduled to meet on Tuesday to discuss the issue.

Want to continue reading?
Become a Free ALM Digital Reader.

Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Unlimited access to GlobeSt and other free ALM publications
  • Access to 15 years of GlobeSt archives
  • Your choice of GlobeSt digital newsletters and over 70 others from popular sister publications
  • 1 free article* every 30 days across the ALM subscription network
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM events and publications

*May exclude premium content
Already have an account?

Dig Deeper


Join GlobeSt

Don't miss crucial news and insights you need to make informed commercial real estate decisions. Join GlobeSt.com now!

  • Free unlimited access to GlobeSt.com's trusted and independent team of experts who provide commercial real estate owners, investors, developers, brokers and finance professionals with comprehensive coverage, analysis and best practices necessary to innovate and build business.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM and GlobeSt events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join GlobeSt

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.