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Business owners oppose Eagle project

Kim Eastabrooks and Gaylyn Johnson
Eagle residents and business owners

We would like to express our sincere opposition to Eagle River Station, not only as business owners, but also as residents that moved to Eagle several years ago. We have families and are business owners of the Green Closet on Capitol Street. I (Kim) personally hate the idea of Eagle River Station.

I think it would be an awful addition to Eagle, on many levels, most of which have been expressed over and over by other residents who are opposed to the project because of issues including traffic, light pollution, wildlife habitat, over-crowding, employee housing, deterioration of small businesses.

Perhaps the worst thing about it is that Eagle would lose its small town feel. I find it hard to believe that people would jeopardize that for more convenient shopping. We have great shops and restaurants in Eagle. Having a big box store and Ruby Tuesday or other chain restaurant doesn’t appeal to me in the least. When I go to Glenwood Springs to go to Target or other stores like it, I’m happy that they are in Glenwood and not in my town. Because of places like that, I would never want to live in Glenwood.

We are all for smart growth, but this isn’t the right type of growth for our town. Eagle would lose its uniqueness and charm and become just like every other town. If you look at other “really cool” towns in the mountains of Colorado, they are all original and quaint and don’t house large shopping complexes. If you need examples, look at Carbondale, Basalt, Breckenridge, Aspen, Telluride, Vail, and many other smaller towns along the way.

Not to mention the fact that there is SO much commercial space being built now that needs to be occupied. With the economy the way it is now, it’s hard enough to get new businesses started. Eagle River Station will make it so much harder for the local people to start and maintain their own businesses.

We hope the Eagle Town Board will consider all of these factors and ultimately disapprove Eagle River Station. Think of the town and its people, not just dollar signs. There are more important things in life!

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