Former Gypsum-area gravel pit site eyes annexation, development
GYPSUM — A company called Western Slope Materials has floated the possibility of bringing a property located between the Eagle River and the Denver and Rio Grand Railroad tracks north of Costco into the town of Gypsum.
During a work session held a few weeks ago, the company approached the town of Gypsum to see if annexation of the property is a viable idea. The site encompasses the former Nottingham gravel pit operation, and the owners are contemplating development of a materials sales yard, including an aggregates and soil recycling center. The site would also include a contractor storage yard.
During an informal work session held earlier this summer, the developers presented their ideas to see if members of the Gypsum Town Council would support the plan. In a session where only four members of the seven-member board were present, they received a mixed reaction.
“We have not had any follow-up staff meetings or applications or anything of a serious nature since the work session with the council,” said Gypsum planner Lana Gallegos. She noted the owners have the option of moving forward with an annexation petition to Gypsum or proceeding with a land-use file through Eagle County.
In presenting the plan to Gypsum, Western Slope Materials asserted there is a market need for this type of use because current materials choices are geared toward larger projects and large-volume customers.
“There are already limited options for gravel and ground cover materials in the valley,” noted the company’s presentation.
By locating the operation at the site, Western Slope Materials said it could serve all customers with convenient hours and would generate tax sales for the town through the retail operation.
Activities at the yard would include sales, materials importation, limited crushing and sorting and screening of materials. No permanent structures would be built at the site.
Along with materials such as boulders, cobble and screened rock, the site would offer road base for path and road construction, structural backfill, recycled asphalt, top soil and wood chips. Additionally, architectural retaining wall blocks, recycled concrete blocks, limited site work materials, landscape veneer stone and geo fabric could possibly be offered for sale.
At the contractor storage, the proposal includes 500-square-foot and larger fenced space for contractors looking to store equipment and materials. The site would have a gated access.
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