Does Frisco need another mall?
A large shopping center is being planned for the land behind Meadow Creak Park and the wetlands in Frisco.
The proposed development would include the 15 acres behind Safeway and next to the Meadow Creek Park. The plan includes a long strip mall with one- to two-story residential apartments on top located behind Safeway, a stand-alone transfer center and parking lot for 250 cars for the Summit Stage and a huge 120,000-square-foot mall and a parking lot for 600 cars for the six large national chain stores that would directly back up to the Meadow Creek Park.
Part of the land developers are planning to develop is designated wetlands. For the rest of the shopping center and parking lots, only a 25-foot set back from the wetlands is planned.
There are studies that show there needs to be a buffer of a minimum of 100 feet from wetland and aquatic habitat in order to maintain the quality of the wetlands.
What effect will the malls and parking lots have on the wetlands and waters in the Meadow Creek and Ten Mile Creek watersheds?
This parcel of land had originally been designated for schools and parks. The town later changed the zoning to parks and recreation use, which is a more logical use of this land that includes and buffers wetlands and wildlife habitat.
Just recently the town changed the zoning of this land to commercial use to increase their tax revenues.
A large shopping center with national chain stores would only draw business away from our local Main Street businesses. It would also hinder the businesses along Summit Boulevard.
There are currently many vacancies on Main Street and along Summit Boulevard.
If we bring additional large chain stores into Frisco the vacancies will only continue.
What is going to happen to the wonderful small town community feel that draws people to shop and live in Frisco?
People come to our mountain community to enjoy mountain sports, the beauty of the area and advantages of a small town community. In the long run, large chain stores and shopping centers will only compete with our local store owners and decrease the town’s uniqueness and tax revenues.
The neighborhoods next to the proposed shopping center will also be adversely affected by the increased noise, the traffic and light pollution.
Homeowners in Meadow Creek and Reserve will lose the quality of the wetlands and wildlife in their neighborhoods. Meadow Creek Park would be surrounded on two sides by large stores and parking lots.
In a few years, after the novelty wears off, will the shopping center be left vacant like the factory outlet stores in Silverthorne or the empty malls in Denver?
Developers think people will be drawn to stop and shop as they drive by on Interstate 70 and see the big stores, lights and large parking lots.
It is more likely they will see that Frisco is just becoming a suburb of Denver and selling its small town soul, its water and wetlands to big developers.
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