Is Silverthorne getting a Home Depot, too?
SILVERTHORNE, Colorado ” Home Depot’s negotiations with the Town of Silverthorne to build a 100,000-square-foot store alongside the Blue River near Interstate 70 are in an extremely early stage, Silverthorne community development director Mark Leidal said Tuesday.
“We’ve received a submitted application (from Home Depot), but it is still not complete,” he said. The formal approval process will be lengthy, he added, with the earliest possible presentation of the application to the Town Council and town planning commission next January or February. Leidal projected that final approval of the project would take at least six months.
The retail chain’s application has already generated a reaction from some town citizens and local business owners. One group, calling itself “Owners, Managers and Employees of Local Businesses,” sent an open letter to the town government attached to a petition signed by 15 local business owners.
The letter expressed concern about possible economic and environmental impacts of the proposed development and encouraged intense scrutiny by the town of the application.
“We ask that the Town of Silverthorne conduct a most thorough review and evaluation of the Home Depot plan and impacts. And, we ask that the town seek the maximum of public input on all issues related … ” the letter stated.
Silverthorne resident Ann Brewster attended Tuesday night’s Town Council work session with a binder of national newspaper articles about Home Depot and a book about big box stores she has made available to council members. She expressed her concerns about the project after the meeting.
“We come to communities like this to have the mountain atmosphere,” she said. “If we really need a Home Depot, we can drive to Avon.”