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Vail Daily letter: Just say ‘no’ to Eagle River Station

Julia Denault Parker
Eagle, CO, Colorado
newsroom@vaildaily.com

This letter is to urge all town of Eagle voters to vote “no” on Eagle River Station on Jan. 5, when voters will decide the future of our hometown Eagle, Colorado. Eagle will either retain its unique small-town quality of life or it will be changed forever by Eagle River Station, an 88-acre, 550,000-square-foot development including several box stores, a main street, 581 residential units and a 150-room hotel. If approved, there will be no going back!

May I remind everyone that Jon Stavney, one of our present county commissioners who was on the Eagle Town Board at the time Eagle Ranch was being disputed, stated that “the commercial space in Eagle Ranch was necessary because Eagle needed the revenue.”

Has anyone driven down Capital in Eagle Ranch lately? There are dozens of empty spaces, the old Starbucks building will be completely empty come Jan. 1, and it will not be the only one completely empty. That is just in Eagle Ranch. “For sale” and “For lease” signs are prevalent all over Eagle and all over the county.



Stavney stated that Eagle Ranch has poor visibility and that is the reason for the empty commercial spaces. Who is going to break the news to Mr. Stavney that it is the economy that creates the empty spaces, not the fact that they are not sitting in a wildlife corridor next to I-70?

Also, does everyone know that there are many hurdles the developers have to overcome to even build ERS? Like getting financing in a very tight bond market, getting retailers to come here to get to their 65 percent occupancy for financing and get the draw they need to make it work?

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Also, their promise of construction jobs is very elusive. They have used out-of-town contractors for most of their projects (see the video at http://www.nobailout4red.com) and the jobs at the stores are years away and will not be high paying, sustainable jobs at all. Those are all empty promises.

I urge you to become fully informed with the facts. There are many reason this project deserves a “no” vote on Jan. 5. Go to http://www.votenoers.com and come to community meetings where you can really learn more about what you are voting on. It’s Eagle’s future and your children’s future.

Julia Denault Parker



Eagle


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