Our family owns a small restaurant in downtown Eagle and here is our view of Eagle River Station. A wise and successful person offered me a great definition of truth - it is "I don't know."
I don't know what ERS will look like in terms of specific retail stores. I don't know much about regional store business models and how they can afford premium overhead costs. I don't know if Eagle's lack of an economic engine versus Vail, Avon, Edwards, Gypsum and Glenwood Springs spells the demise of us as a community. I don't know how much we (Eagle) will spend at ERS, I suspect that it will be a very small portion of our monthly income.
I don't know if wishful thinking will solve our economic challenges and I suspect that our future would be much brighter with a retail engine run by development professionals with a proven track record of success, whose customers also have a proven track record of success and would not invest their money without serious due diligence.
Our restaurant enjoys many local regular customers and between 70 and 80 percent of our business comes from upvalley, Gypsum, Glenwood, Carbondale and other parts of the world.
This is why I am voting for ERS. I like more people visiting Eagle and the probability of local downtown growth that will compliment our community and ERS.
Thomas B. McMullen