What do the neighbors think about Costco?
EAGLE – Don’t expect to see Eagle resident Jan Rosenthal-Townsend shopping the aisles of the Costco store in Gypsum.”Due to the inevitable negative economic impacts on various small businesses in Eagle County, I personally would prefer not to have Costco, or any more big-box stores anywhere in the valley,” she said.”I won’t become a member because I want to continue to support local businesses,” said Rosenthal-Townsend, who led the opposition to the proposed Red Mountain Ranch big box retail project in Eagle last year.Eagle Town Board members expressed some admiration for the deal Gypsum negotiated with Costco. The town of Eagle and the developer of Red Mountain Ranch had been discussing a revenue sharing deal in the $12-14 million range. The Red Mountain Ranch project was much more complex and included 86 acres of river-front open space.”It (the Costco agreement) is great for both towns. We’ll get some money from the revenue sharing portion of it; and in the future, Gypsum will get revenue from future commercial development that we approve,” said Eagle Town Board member Kraige Kinney.Eagle Board member Ed Woodland said there will be traffic impacts in Eagle from people exiting I-70 to get to Costco. He admits to some concern for Eagle’s current retailers, and maintains that the 80-acre Red Mountain Ranch property, located between Interstate 70 and Highway 6 on the east edge of Eagle, is “the most viable retail commercial spot west of Edwards.”Woodland says there are significant unmet retail needs in the town of Eagle.”People do want regional and national shopping. I think there is a place for that here in Eagle, along with the sort of local merchant nucleus,” he said. “We are just looking for the right proposal to come in and address the needs of the town.”Rosenthal-Townsend argues that the Airport Gateway location is far better than Red Mountain Ranch for this development. She cites the green entrance to Eagle, and the elk that frequent the area.”That is way more of an economic commodity than we can ever give it credit for,” she said.Vail, Colorado
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