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About Eagle’s central business district

Fredric Butler
Eagle, CO, Colorado

Consider this formula for the revitalization and redevelopment of the Central Business District of Eagle, and its perspective on Eagle’s historical ambiance:

Favorable zoning and variances conceded by the Board of Trustees that allow for a cost effective infill of existing properties; e.g., relaxed on-site parking requirements, relaxed height restrictions, reduced set-back regulations, and a design code that allows for individualism.

Reduced impact fees, application costs and tap expenses.

Flexible zoning uses for all commercial properties; e.g., commercial uses for grade and sub-grade levels, residential and/or office uses for second and third floor levels (owner’s choice).

Expansive and generous licensing for specific business endeavors such as: taverns, restaurants, bars, day-care centers, etc.

Sales tax concessions to the owners of commercial parcels for reimbursement of development costs (this would only be required, if the CBD were forced to compete with the newly planned ERS project to the east).

Extension of the development credit ($5,000) to the owners, owing to the extant and harsh credit markets.

The construction of an additional I-70 exchange to the west of Eby Creek Road (this allows for the efficient traffic flow to the CBD, the Eagle Ranch commercial district and the Airport Gateway development (Costco, etc.) to the west on U.S. 6).

UBC relaxation for those owners of buildings that would choose to remodel, rather than rebuild.

The redesign of the ERS project by RED in order for it to conform to the EACP, to allow fair competition with the CBD, and to truly be a part of Eagle.

Were the CBD owners to be given even less than an even playing field with RED, I would wager that they would not: Require and request public assistance for infrastructure improvement via special districts, revenue bonds, Urban Renewal Designation, and sales tax retention schemes. Require a legion of corporate employees to operate their respective businesses in lieu of Ma, Pa and the kids.

Require sales tax rebates to cover their redevelopment costs. Require acres of asphalt for vehicles. And require the destruction of wildlife corridors and sylvan vistas.

The CBD and ERS can “pull in the traces together” were the CBD given a chance to effectively compete, were ERS conjoined with old Eagle, and were ERS redesigned to accommodate pedestrians as well as “bailout relics” (autos). In other words, the CBD should not be forced to compete with ERS as it is presently planned. Rather, the business owners of the CBD should be given the opportunity to compete with the individual tenants of ERS in a cohesive and historic town of Eagle. Now that’s a free market!

Fredric Butler

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