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Ranch owner wants to make big bucks

Nancy Fulton - Silverthorne

Let’s stop kidding ourselves about the Smith Ranch development. It’s all about money and greed. The current owner wants to triple his investment by changing the zoning from A-1 to planned unit development.

The developer wants to make a bundle with commercial buildings, which may or may not include a Safeway store. (Kornfeld refuses to make public an alleged signed contract with Safeway and the Safeway representative had nothing to say at the council meeting.)

If this land keeps its current zoning then the owner will be forced to sell it as A-1. He will not lose money. He just won’t make as much as he hoped he would.

This land still has a chance to become open space. The developer and the town council want you to believe that commercial development on this land is inevitable but that is not the case at all.

They are lying to us but that is nothing new. This town government has a sad history of lying to its citizens. There is private money available to purchase this land for open space.

If you want a Safeway in town, let’s put it where it belongs, in the town core where the empty factory stores stand vacant.

A big strip mall on the Smith Ranch will only contribute to more vacancies in the town core. Mayor Lou DelPiccolo and his cronies seem to want Silverthorne to be five miles long and one block wide.

If we want to live on West Colfax, we could move there. Living in the middle of a strip mall is not what I was thinking about when I moved to the mountains.

Let’s stop this mindless commercial sprawl and force the town council to redevelop the town core into a thriving commercial district that can support livable residential neighborhoods.

This job will not be easy but it’s time the town government stopped looking for the easy way out and started making the tough decisions we elected them to make. Vote no Dec. 9

Nancy Fulton

Silverthorne


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