The Astoria City Council meeting on Dec. 12, to hear public comment on Hollander's request for a four-story hotel on our waterfront, was a disturbing event.
Astoria residents jammed the room and expressed concern over this permanent huge structure that will block views, and change forever the look and feel of a popular part of the Riverwalk. Some council members expressed confusion over the wording of the code. They zig-zagged up and down, round and round, and then ended up allowing this huge development.
I had assumed council members would be especially careful with such a permanent alteration. Their confusion had left room to listen to the residents of Astoria sitting there clearly in opposition. Sadly, those voices were discounted as they made their final decision approving this unpopular over-sized development.
People who live here know what the river means to Astoria. No code is necessary to tell us. It was a shameful outcome. The council members who ignored the wishes of the audience may want to hide their faces when in public … a trust broken. They will be remembered.