The local blog Scrutiny Hooligans posted scores of pages of government documents relating to the ParkSide condominium proposal today. The documents, obtained through a records request by Asheville-based activist Elaine Lite — who says she worked on the project with a number of like-minded ParkSide critics — include e-mails, meeting notes, reports and other materials relating to the controversial proposal, which is slated to be considered by Asheville City Council in June.
Nearly 200 pages were released, according to Scrutiny Hooligans’ Gordon Smith. More than 100 of those pages, he estimates, are posted at the site.
“While Scrutiny Hooligans are trying to sort through the FOIA documents related to the suspicious Parkside land deal, we’re well aware that more brains make for better work,” an intro to the documents states. “There’s a lot here for those of you interested in taking the time to peruse.”
Meanwhile, ParkSide LLC, a company involved in the proposed development, has launched its own Web site, Parksidetruth.com, to offer its side of the story. “The ParkSide project continues to be slandered with misinformation,” the site says. “The many wonderful aspects of this project and the benefits to the City, the County, and the community are becoming buried in propaganda and we must attempt to dispel these allegations.”
— Jon Elliston, managing editor