Attorneys, who are next-door neighbors on East Dale Street, are fighting over parking. It’s not a very civil dispute with name-calling and other unpleasantries. In fact, one attorney insists what is going on is downright criminal.
Below is a map from the El Paso County Assessor’s Web site of the two properties: the law office building at 111 E. Dale St., owned by attorney Leo Finkelstein, and the Dale Street Cafe next door, owned by attorney David Zook. Next to it is an image from www.GoogleEarth.com with lines showing the two buildings and the disputed parking lot.
Zook says his deed to the cafe included an easement granting him the right to all nine parking spaces in the back and side of his building. Attorney Jean Miller, who rents office space in Finkelstein’s building, says she is entitled to park in the spaces.
Below are photos of the lot. The first looks south from Dale Street. The second is facing west across the back of the cafe. The fence is on Finkelstein’s property. The third looks north up the driveway. A white line on the asphalt shows the property line between Finkelstein and Zook.
Zook is threatening to seek criminal trespassing charges against Miller for driving across his property to reach the spaces on Finkelstein’s property. Below is a photo Miller took last week showing Zook’s white sedan blocking her dark SUV against the fence. Zook, a former El Paso County prosecutor, said the photo is evidence of her third-degree criminal trespassing.