Brush Creek Saloon redo set for October |

Brush Creek Saloon redo set for October

Kathy Heicher

EAGLE – The walls of the Brush Creek Saloon, a fixture of downtown Eagle, building will come tumbling down sometime in October.Property owner Wendy Sachs said plans to move the saloon temporarily to the former Eagle Bar building on the northwest corner of Second and Broadway. She anticipates the construction of the new building will take about a year.Town officials have paid close attention to the Brush Creek project, which they say will set the tone for future Broadway redevelopment. The new building will be a three-story, 14,835-square-foot, brick-and-stone structure. During weeks of review, town planners pressed for architectural details aimed at maintaining the western character of the main street.

“We did spend a lot of time working on the design,” said Sachs, noting that the town’s standards call for simple and rectangular designs downtown. Sachs also said she will preserve some of the distinctive western decor that currently exists, such as the cowboy mural of the late Bob Marilene that adorns one wall.”We still want it to look like the Brush Creek, with an old town, western flavor,” said Sachs.In the new building, shops and the saloon will occupy the bottom level, the middle level will be used for offices, and the third floor will have four apartments.

One of the major concessions the planning and zoning commission made in granting the variance was a reduction in parking space requirements. Town regulations require 48 parking spots for a building of that size. The developer is providing just eight spots. The town is in already in the midst of a Broadway streetscape project that will reduce the current number of parking spaces on Broadway from 116 to 79.Bill Johnson, owner of commercial property adjacent to the Brush Creek, said parking is a major concern for the businesses in his building, which also has apartments on the second floor . He noted that those businesses – a hairdresser and an insurance company – were already going to lose parking spaces when Broadway is redesigned.

“If this (parking) is a hardship on the development of downtown, you need to change the standards,” he said.This article first appeared in the Eagle Valley Enterprise. Vail, Colorado

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