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Gisela Hertrich-Daniels: Re-think the big box

Gisela Hertrich-Daniels

Kudos to Mr. Thomas. I have lived in small towns – like Estes Park and Lyons – for over 12 years and have seen what mail delivery can do to destroy the small community atmosphere. But they were smart enough not to go for big box stores.

Estes gave way to two fast-food places, but no Home Depot, no Lowe’s. The residents there are used to driving to Loveland or Longmont, not a big deal.

Why can’t Summit County people drive to Avon, a mere 40-minute drive? Or to Evergreen, which is a bit longer way.

So why is the Silverthorne Town Council so set on a big box store? Are any council members in a small individual business like True Value or Ace Hardware?

Why wasn’t this put to a vote by the whole community?

First we have the Dillon Dam controversy, now it’s Silverthorne’s lack of seeing what Lowe’s and the additional traffic and loss of small businesses can accomplish. Not a favorable situation.

If the council loves this area as much as the rest of us – please re-think this proposal one more time.

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