Mollie Brunetti: Lowe’s a good fit for Silverthorne
September 7, 2010
Get over yourself, Silverthorne. I live here too, and this is my primary residence. All the comments about big box stores ruining our pristine little town are ridiculous. Silverthorne is a great place to live, but let’s be realistic; it is not a charming little town.
There is a town center of sorts, but not a well-defined core, on the west side of the Blue River. Unless we choose to raze, redesign and rebuild most of the older businesses on Hwy. 9 (and I am not advocating that!), we will not have an interesting small town like Frisco or Breck. I am aware that various town center concepts are being studied by EDAC and town planners, but the reality is that any changes in that direction will be far in the future.
Lowe’s will be established on the site of an abandoned box. There likely will not be an alternate tenant or owner on the site in the near future. Traffic problems can be solved, and it will be a relief to see something viable on this nearly derelict site.
Buy local. OK, if the prices are fair and reasonable. But local stores can use some competition, as prices are too high in many of them. The town council should approve this project, which meets the use requirements for the site and complies with the town’s existing codes and zoning regulations.