Big project takes time; ERS not delaying … | VailDaily.com

Big project takes time; ERS not delaying …

Paul Witt
Vail, CO, Colorado
newsroom@vaildaily.com

In a recent letter to the editor, it was suggested that RED Development has purposefully delayed the approval process for Eagle River Station. As someone who has worked with, RED since 2007, I can assure you that nothing could be further from the truth.

For more than three years RED has been working hand in hand with the town staff, attorneys and consultants to design a project that will be an asset to the community. Thoughtful planning and careful vetting of all elements of the plan are critical to developing a quality project that meets the various needs of the community, including both the immediate and long-term financial needs.

Additionally, based on input from the public, town staff, Planning Commission and Board of Trustees, the plan has undergone significant changes. This is not an easy or a fast process, but it is a necessary one and one that will result in a better project.

To their credit, the town staff and trustees have been good stewards for the residents of Eagle and have worked diligently attending to every detail.

Also, RED Development has listened very carefully to residents’ desires

and has incorporated many changes suggested by them. All this takes time, but it is time well spent.

Let me be very clear: RED Development’s commitment to Eagle River Station has not diminished one bit in the time that I have worked with them. The land has been closed on, and the application for a new interchange is being vigorously pursued.

Due to the tremendous interest of retailers inquiring about the project, they remain extremely confident that once Eagle River Station is completed, it will successfully bring much-needed economic benefits, such as jobs and increased tax revenue, to the town.

Based on the most recent report that Eagle’s tax revenue has significantly decreased, the opportunity to increase the tax base without raising taxes should be welcome news.

If you are interested in learning the facts about Eagle

River Station, please visit our Web site at http://www.eagleriver

station.com.

Paul Witt