Vail Daily letter: Some clarification of Eagle River Station plan
Vail, CO, Colorado
On behalf of Trinity RED Development, I want to clarify some issues that were recently raised about Eagle River Station in Eagle.
First off, we need to be clear that there is phasing of the project. In the first phase, we are proposing 582,500 square feet of retail space, and 250 rental housing units. The second phase could include up to 150,000 square feet of retail and 300 rental housing units, but would only be constructed as the market can support.
The population increase for the town is also something that would only happen over time — and remember that only 250 rental units would be constructed in the first phase. Also, more people in town could actually benefit the entire community. Why wouldn’t we want more Eagle residents going to Pazzo’s for pizza, hitting the Back Bowl for some fun, going to the movies or stopping by Provisions for some ice cream?
As for parking, we have proposed about 2,600 spaces in the first phase. That number is in line with retail industry standards — in fact, it’s at the lower end of the scale.
On a square footage basis, it’s in line with Costco and Home Depot/Walmart, and we’re also offering more retail space, restaurants, a variety of shopping experiences and more reasons to come to Eagle River Station.
Plus, in response to community and staff comments, parking has been broken up into smaller areas to reduce the visual impacts.
This modified plan is follows the Eagle Area Community Plan and address many of the comments provided by the community. We encourage you to attend the public hearings and learn the facts of the application.
As we’ve proven over the last five years, Trinity RED is committed to both Eagle River Station and the town of Eagle. We have every reason to fully build a project that will be successful for everyone. To do anything less just doesn’t make any sense for us or for the town.
Paul Witt for Trinity RED Development