Saved from what, exactly?
“Potential uses: Mixed use, commercial, office, residential high density, among other uses would be suitable for the site. Retail-service commercial uses should be kept close to Highway 6 in such a way to focus on the pedestrian and create a ‘Main Street’ atmosphere.”Character: The character of the area should reflect that of the broader Edwards community and reinforce the pedestrian environment, particularly along Highway 6. Highway 6 should have a ‘Main Street’ feel with wide pedestrian promenades and strong edges defined by buildings and plazas. Taller buildings, on par with Riverwalk (four-five stories) may be suitable to accommodate the uses needed to fulfill the vision of an expanded Colorado Mountain College and/or another institute of higher learning.””Pedestrian connections: The proposed trail through the site should follow the Eagle River but remain outside the floodplain. This trail should split the activity of the mixed use-campus area with the more passive area surrounding the Eagle River …”Other: New development will avoid the floodplain.”The above, in a nutshell, was the master plan for the 72-acre Eaton Ranch parcel where the bulk of the 40-year-old gravel pit now sits. The Edwards plan sets the above vision down with all the appropriate references to what constitutes “smart growth” – complete with hallowed allegiance to clustering development in the center of a community and creating more open space on the outside of that. Some citizens say they didn’t know at the time that Eaton could be bought for open space. Still, the question remains: Why you would want to at that expense and where the riverfront – the real open space value – is already set for protection? This was a good plan. Vail, Colorado
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