Eagle rejects big shopping center, Costco store | SummitDaily.com

Eagle rejects big shopping center, Costco store


EAGLE – Eagle has said no to a big-box store, at least for now. One month after endorsing the Red Mountain Ranch shopping center, the Eagle Town Board last week reversed its decision.After five hours of discussion, the board voted 4-2 not to annex the land on which longtime local developer Merv Lapin wanted to build his Red Mountain Ranch shopping center that was to have included a Costco.But that doesn’t mean the land, which is now a cow pasture in unincorporated Eagle County, will remain undeveloped, as some opponents of the project hope.Despite turning Lapin down, several town board members said they expect something will be built eventually on the land between Interstate 70 and Highway 6.Board members said they were frustrated because Lapin’s proposal had changed. The board’s earlier approval of the 442-acre project came with stringent conditions that Lapin said would make it difficult to attract a major retailer. Lapin then made a counter-proposal, and he had been negotiating for the past four weeks with Eagle town manager Willy Powell.Add to the mix persistent rumors that the big-box retailer expected at Red Mountain Ranch, Costco, is being courted by the town of Gypsum – or, has already decided to open a store there. Lapin receives telephone inquiries every week from national retailers interested in coming to the area, and, most recently, he said, he has received inquiries from the Ruby Tuesday and Chili’s restaurant chains.He also made an offer to Cabelas, an outdoor clothing and equipment retailer, he said.

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