Eagle expands Central Business District | VailDaily.com

Eagle expands Central Business District

Kathy Heicher
Eagle Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado ” The Town Board stretched the Central Business District to the west side of Wall Street with a zoning change Tuesday evening.

The 3-2 decision came over the objections of some neighbors who questioned the impacts of a potential three-story commercial building in a neighborhood that is characterized by single-family, historic houses.

“Is the town trying to push residential people out?” asked neighboring property owner Dan Leary. He urged to board to be sensitive to parking issues and building mass.

Eagle resident Brian Desmond was seeking the zone change for the lot at 243 Wall Street, where the home of the late Eagle County Sheriff Jim Seabry and his wife, Pat, is located. The lot was already zoned to allow buildings up to 35 feet high. The change means that structures can be built to lot lines on the front and back; some parking requirements are waived; and multi-family housing could possibly be built.

“The zone change will allow for smart infill development in downtown Eagle,” said Desmond, who does not have a specific project for the land at this time. He is considering a three-story building that would have retail on the ground floor, offices on the second floor, and apartments on the top floor.

Neighbors Bill Harris and Sandy Van Campen said they could live with a two-story commercial building across the street, but were worried a larger building would hurt the area’s historic character.

“Most of the town’s character is the people. We’ve been here a long time. I want to live there until I die,” said Harris.

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