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According to Bill Mosher of Mile High Development, which is doing the housing/parking/retail project, the plan always called for the city to start construction of a parking garage on the 1200 block of Broadway this month, with a goal of having it ready next February or March -- when the museum expansion will begin, eliminating the current parking lot on that property. The city was going to work around Ilios and would have had to relocate all of the restaurant's utilities, since those lines were located in the middle of the block. "To accommodate her, it would have entailed the city investing a fair amount of money," Mosher says of Diamond. "Once she decided not to stay, there was no reason not to go ahead and knock down the building."

And like Ilios, Diamond seems to have vanished without a trace. "We wonder where she went," says Roger Sherman, aide to councilman Ed Thomas, who represents that district. "D, if you're out there, give us a call and check in."

Just four blocks farther down Broadway, another Mile High Development project has stalled. Last June, when Diamond was still battling the city, the White Spot lost its own fight to remain on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Broadway, where the classic coffee shop had stood for forty years. The White Spot was on a lot owned by the Rickenbaugh family that had been slated for another housing/parking/retail development -- with Kent Rickenbaugh as a fifty-fifty partner with Mile High.

But Rickenbaugh died in a plane crash last month, along with his wife, their son and a friend, Dr. Steven R. Mostow, in a tragedy that was a major loss for the city. It also put plans for the property -- just a parking lot since the White Spot was leveled -- "on hold," says Mosher, adding that Kent Rickenbaugh "really liked doing the real estate stuff." Mosher will be meeting with Rickenbaugh family members later this week to decide where the project goes from here.

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