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Copper considers new gas station

Special to the Dailyntrawest received preliminary approval in June to replace its landmark Conoco gas station at the entrance to Copper Mountain Resort with a larger outpost that will offer more services like sandwiches and a coffee shop.
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COPPER MOUNTAIN – Intrawest received preliminary approval in June to replace its landmark Conoco gas station at the entrance to Copper Mountain Resort with a larger outpost that will offer more services like sandwiches and a coffee shop. With a site plan approval in hand, the 5,000-square-foot project is under consideration by the Summit County planning department. The project calls for the demolition of the gas station across the street from the resort entrance on Highway 91.

If the plan goes forward, the 1.5-acre parcel will include a new gas station, convenience store, sandwich shop, coffee shop, plus new covered gas pumps. Parking will increase to 30 spaces. “It’s going be a beautiful project,” said Copper’s Graeme Bilenduke.Bilenduke expected a decision whether to go ahead from resort owner Intrawest and the county planning department in the next few weeks. Once a decision is made, project construction can begin either this fall or in the spring. The project is in compliance with the resort’s planned unit development (PUD) goals and objectives. The PUD was approved in 1999.

Meanwhile, the Copper Mountain Metro District is working on expansion plans for the resort’s wastewater treatment plant just down the street from the Conoco station. Both are on the east side of Highway 91.The plant exceeded capacity at least 10 times last ski season. The new plant is expected to cost about $7 million and will provide 80 percent more capacity. It is slated to be operational by December, 2005. More than half the cost – about $5 million – is paid for by tap fees resulting from contemporary development in the village. The district plans to secure a loan through the Colorado Water Resource and Power Development Authority and will pay back bonds over a 20-year period.



Loan payments will be made through a recovery fee on monthly utility bills paid by property owners in the village. Owners already realized a $6 per month increase on bills that will increase to $11 in the second half of 2005. Annual loan payments will be about $268,000, said Elizabeth Black, metro district manager. Kim Marquis can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 249, or at kmarquis@summitdaily.com.


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