Eagle reviews shopping center
EAGLE, Colorado ” Two weeks after the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the project, Eagle River Station is in front of the Eagle Town Board. The town has scheduled meetings on specific topics involving the development every Wednesday through Sept. 3.
Eagle River Station is a large retail and residential project proposed by Kansas City-based Trinity/RED on an 88-acre parcel south of Interstate 70 and east of town. The development includes 552,064 square feet of commercial space, 581 residential units and a 150-room hotel.
After several months of hearings earlier this year, the Planning Commission recommended denial of the project, stating that the size of the development conflicted with Eagle’s small town character.
Last week, developers presented an overview of their plan. This week, they expanded their presentation to include information about public facilities such as schools, fire protection, emergency medical services and traffic. Additionally, the topics included open space and municipal and park land dedications.
During his July 30 presentation, Michael Hans of RED Development touched on a topic that has many downvalley residents talking ” a recently announced letter of intent from Lowe’s to build in Gypsum.
“We think that’s positive news,” said Hans. “Even in the midst of a downturn in the economy, it shows the strength of the Eagle County market. It’s a vibrant area.”
Hans added that a large, home improvement store was never contemplated as part of the mix at Eagle River Station. Instead, he noted the Eagle River Station plan includes a large department store and several other mid-size retailers.
The Eagle River Station hearings before the Eagle Town Board will continue Wednesday, Aug. 13.