Yesterday I got a letter from an attorney representing Larry Tokarski.
The letter also went to A.P. Walther, the publisher of Salem Weekly. It was in response to the opinion piece I wrote for Salem Weekly, "Larry Tokarski leaves the public with a $7.5 million development bill."
Here's the letter:
Download Letter from Tokarski attorney
The gist of the letter is an assertion that Tokarski isn't the developer of Creekside. Well, let's look at some evidence that argues otherwise. My point in doing this is to show that a reasonable person, namely me, is justified in calling Larry Tokarski the "Creekside developer."
Here's a screenshot of a 1990 document relating to the original development permit for Creekside. As with the other documents, I've circled Tokarski's name in red. This City of Salem document shows Larry Tokarski as the developer of the 264 acre Creekside property.
Here's a 1991 letter Tokarski sent to City Manager Gary Eide where he's identified as the General Partner of Hawaii Northwest Ventures.
Creekside was developed in numerous phases. The 2005 document below relates to Phase 10. It shows the owner/applicant as Larry Tokarski.
The next document from 2006 shows that Larry Tokarski is the Managing Partner of Hawaii Northwest Ventures. Note that the City of Salem document says that each person included as the Developer are jointly liable for the conditions of the agreement relating to a Creekside development phase.
A 2016 Planning Commission order identified Larry Tokarski as the controlling member who signed off on various plats associated with phases of the Creekside development.
In 2016, Lawrence Tokarski was the petitioner in a case regarding the development of Creekside.
In that LUBA opinion is a footnote saying that Lawrence Tokarski is a controlling member of various entities that applied for Creekside Planned Unit Development (PUD) permits, and that he is properly viewed as the applicant, or one of the applicants, for the various applications.
So does it make sense to say that Larry Tokarski is the Creekside developer? I certainly believe so.