Eagle’s Eagle River Station is not logical to me
Eagle, CO, Colorado
I feel compelled to respond to Mr. John Cortez’s letter in support of Eagle River Station. He used the word “logic” or some form of it six times, as if this proposed development makes so much sense that we should abandon all further review and discussion on this project and get it built as quickly as possible so we can all start shopping there right away before the economy gets any worse.
I have to disagree. I am not convinced that Eagle River Station needs to be built or that there is any demand for it, even in good economic times. I would like to address a few specific things that Mr. Cortez said in his letter.
He called the cabins at the intersections of Capitol and Grand streets an eyesore. I have talked to many people that have lived in and around Eagle for years and have never heard any of them complain about those cabins or the vacant Loaf ‘N Jug, but I sure have heard many of them complain about the sprawl of huge homes that is now called Eagle Ranch.
I do not understand how Eagle River Station will help the old cabins and empty buildings to go away. In fact, won’t it actually help shift the business center of Eagle toward the interstate, and won’t we inevitably see more businesses close on and around Broadway Street?
Mr. Cortez asserts that because Eagle Ranch was developed, the entire town of Eagle was saved from becoming another Red Cliff. As a former resident of Red Cliff, I do resent that statement. Red Cliff is truly a place with small-town charm.
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However, with Bobby Ginn’s development, Red Cliff’s small-town charm will certainly be poisoned the moment a Starbucks appears on Water Street.
Eagle lost its small-town charm when traffic lights greeted me at the end of the interstate exit ramp instead of the small herd of deer that used to frequent that area.
I am not so naive to think that Eagle was never to grow, but the rate of development we have seen has been astonishing. I fail to see how the existence of Eagle Ranch has propelled the town of Eagle into the 21st century, unless he is referring to the increased traffic, noise and light pollution.
Instead of gazing into the fields of horses and cows and the occasional old pickup truck, I now see trophy homes, Volvos and golf courses. The only benefit that I have seen to my life from all the development that Eagle has seen over the past 20 years is a grocery store that is open seven days a week and stays open after 7 p.m.
Of course growth has occurred, and more will come, but please don’t assume that “smart growth” in any way improves my quality of life or my general feelings of living in Eagle County.
If I wanted more shopping centers, I would move to Denver.