Resident films Eagle River Station documentary |

Resident films Eagle River Station documentary

Sarah Mausolf
Eagle, CO Colorado
Cody Downard Photography/Special to the Vail Daily

EAGLE, Colorado – There are many reasons why Cody Downard chose Eagle for his home – the mountain biking trails, the old-fashioned main street, the elk that wander through town.

“I don’t think Eagle River Station fits in,” the local photographer said.

Downard recently made a documentary capturing how local business owners feel about Eagle River Station. Town residents will vote Jan. 5. on the proposed shopping complex, which includes more than 550,000 square feet of commercial space with a Target, hotel and 581 condos on the east side of town.

Downard borrowed a video camera from a friend earlier this month and put together the roughly 30-minute film.

“I just want to open people’s eyes,” he said. “I want people to really think about it – don’t allow things to happen that aren’t in the best interest of the town and its residents.”

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Titled “Our Town,” the video interviews eight Eagle business owners and residents. Downard asked them a range of questions from “Do you think Eagle River Station is appropriate for Eagle?” to “What do you think of big box stores?” to “What is your favorite thing about Eagle?” A photo montage capturing Eagle’s small town charm opens the film.

The documentary gives a voice to people who think Eagle River Station would change the town.

“We’ve gone back and forth with the town government, and a few people get a voice there, but no one’s really captured what real people feel about this, people who have businesses that are going to be hurt by this,” Downard said.

About 20 people watched the documentary at a small screening at the Brush Creek pavilion earlier this month, and Downard has been e-mailing the video link to people he knows.

He doesn’t have any specific plans for another screening, but said he would welcome an opportunity to hold one.

Downard, 36, moved to Eagle County in 1999, and has lived in Eagle with his wife for two years.

Paul Witt, a spokesman for Eagle River Station’s developers, said he hadn’t seen the documentary yet.

He noted that opponents aren’t the only ones using video to get their message out.

Witt said the Eagle River Station supporters’ Web site,, shows video of 10 to 15 people talking about why they favor the project.

Watch Cody Downard’s documentary at

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