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Briefs: Businesses get help from Eagle

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado
Shane Macomber/Daily file photoEagle has a multi-media package letting downtown property owners know what assistance is available to upgrade their buildings and businesses.

EAGLE ” The Town of Eagle is going high-tech in promoting redevelopment of the Broadway business district.

The town staff has created a multi-media package of information for downtown property owners that includes a CD-ROM with development regulations and rules, and a DVD that summarizes the program in just a few minutes.

Packets will be mailed out to Broadway property owners, along with an invitation to meet with the town staff. The town staff will also make a presentation to the Downtown Property Owner’s Association.

The Town Board has, in recent months, completed a three-phase improvement program for downtown Eagle. The first step was the recently completed, $3-million streetscape project.

The second is economic assistance for downtown property owners who want to redevelop. That assistance comes in the form of up to a $5,000 grant for architectural services, waived building permit fees, and relief from typical parking space requirements. Those incentives are good only until 2009.

The third phase of the improvement program are new downtown design standards.

David Nudell, who, with a group of investors, owns the 217 Broadway property is one of those investors. He’s bringing plans for redevelopment of that property into the town this week.

Plans call for an indoor and outdoor remodel of the building, with commercial retail use, such as a restaurant, downstairs, and two residential condominiums upstairs, Nudell said.

“We bought the building with the idea of doing exactly what we are doing. The town just made it a bit easier and enticing to do it now, rather than later,” he said.

For more information, contact the town at 328-6354.

” Kathy Heicher

AVON ” Water activist Ken Neubecker will speak at this month’s installment of Waterwise Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Aug. 28 at the Avon Library.

He is a found of the Eagle River Watershed Council, which organizes the series. His talk is titled “Diversions, Dams and the Future of the Colorado River Basin.”

Neubecker, who now lives in Carbondale, is the environmental representative on the Colorado River Basin Roundtable and is the vice president of Colorado Trout Unlimited, a conservation group.

Neubecker also was recently named Conservation Activist for 2007 by the Colorado Environmental Coalition.

VAIL ” Vail Resorts has donated $100,000 to the Vail Valley Foundation’s mobile classrooms for preschoolers.

The Magic Bus program will convert an 18-person people mover into a custom, mobile, hands-on classroom complete with plasma TV screens for video and computer monitoring, work and reading space, and storage for books and equipment.

The first bus is set to launch this fall in time for the new school year.

Under the guidance of the Youth Foundation, the Magic Bus will focus on literacy and preparing kids for kindergarten.

For additional information on the Magic Bus program, call the Vail Valley Foundation at 949-1999.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Xcel Energy announced Thursday the Shoshone Hydroelectric plant won’t go back into operation until the beginning of spring.

The 98-year-old Shoshone station, located in Glenwood Canyon, was shut down on June 20 after one of the large pipes that delivers water to the plant ruptured and caused water and debris to flood the plant area. Approximately eight feet of water and several tons of rock and soil rushed into the station.

Repairs are estimated to cost about $12 million. Crews will begin construction in September. The plant is one of seven hydroelectric power plants owned and operated by Xcel Energy in Colorado.

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