It's D-day, again, for Eagle River Station.
Eagle voters will head to the polls Tuesday, May 22 to cast ballots for or against the controversial commercial/residential project planned at the community's eastern entrance. This marks the second election in as many years for the plan.
Eagle River Station is a proposal from Trinity RED Development based in Kansas City, Mo. The 88-acre site is located south of Interstate 70 and north of U.S. Highway 6. The ERS proposal would include 582,000 square feet of commercial space and 250 rental units in the first phase. The second phase calls for up to 150,000 square feet of additional commercial space and another 300 rental units.
In January 2010, 2,200 residents voted in the ERS referendum, about 61 percent of the town's 3,585 registered voters. The ERS proposal was defeated with 1,175 votes against and 1,091 in favor - a difference of only 156 votes.
Mail in ballots for the election were sent out two weeks ago and as of Tuesday night - one week before the polls will actually close - 745 Eagle residents had already voted in the election.
According to Eagle Town Clerk Marilene Miller, early voting will continue through Friday, May 18. Anyone who wants to vote early and did not receive a mail ballot can drop by Eagle Town Hall to request one. However, after 5 p.m. Friday, potential voters will have to cast ballots on Election Day. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22 at Eagle Town Hall.
"The facts about ERS are there for the community to decide upon," said ERS spokesperson Paul Witt. "It comes down to whether the residents want a project that will provide jobs and revenue in the near and long term, and that will help get Eagle back on the road to success and prosperity; or whether the voters want to keep going on as they are, with a town that is barely making ends meet. Either way, we encourage all voters to go the polls on May 22 and make their voices heard."
The Eagle River Station website can be found at www.eagleriverstation.com. The project's Facebook page is at Eagle River Station. Additionally an independent citizen group that is backing the proposal has its own website at www.voteyestoeagle.com.
"The Eagle CO - Keep it Real campaign asks that you do just that on May 22," said spokesperson Brandi Resa. "Eagle is a great authentic town that does not look like Anywhere, USA.
"Give us a chance to enhance, not take away from, our biggest asset of having unique small town character as we move into the third year of our marketing campaign that now has a dedicated funding source and staff person," said Resa. "Please vote no (again) on May 22nd and keep it real."
The Eagle CO - Keep it Real website is www.yestoeagle.com and the group's Facebook page is Eagle CO - Keep it real.