Residents voice opposition to retail development |

Residents voice opposition to retail development

• “I would strongly encourage the town council to consider Colorado Mountain College (CMC) for this location – not the peninsula. As an avid Nordic skier, I utilize that peninsula regularly. The peninsula is not for anything except recreation.”- Laura Dickinson• “This is a great location for CMC. (Students) can walk over and get soup, get groceries. And we can get a bigger piece of the tourism pie by being one of the only real ski towns left.”- Tom Schorr• “We’re Frisco. We’re not Avon. I would urge the council to work harder with CMC on this parcel.”- Sharon Siler• “I believe this town’s uniqueness is its guarantee for long-term economic viability. I support ideas like no development and the CMC site. Please be very careful to support already existing businesses in Frisco.”- Bob Vanderkooi• “If you raise property tax, you’re hurting people who work in local businesses, people that run your ski lifts, people who show up to make $6 an hour. Look at the facts. I think the council needs to act in the greater good of this community – not in the interest of 100 emotionally charged people who showed up tonight.”- Andy Gentry• “I’m really supportive of CMC coming in. But as far as retail is concerned, with the proper selection of national stores, you would reduce the number of people going to Denver and Eagle County to spend their dollars.”- Art Burger• “Three months ago, the council established an economic development advisory committee. We have not met yet. This was one of the issues we were supposed to discuss. And we have a broad array of expertise on this community – we’re not a bunch of aging hippies.”- John Fayhee• “People have pride in Frisco. I would be proud to have the site be the college. I could drive down the interstate and say, ‘That town supports education. It’s not just another strip mall along I-70.”- Gary Wilkinson• “This is the third meeting I’ve been to where people have overwhelmingly opposed retail. If you go forward with this resolution (supporting retail), it’s not the end of the story as far as the electorate is concerned.”- George Sherman• “The (CMC) faculty were encouraged to talk to the students, and I can tell you the kids and everybody would love this site. It would bring economic vitality to Frisco. Let’s create a community parcel that includes education. We need to concentrate on Summit Boulevard, and we need to quit spending like drunken sailors. I will quit with two words: downtown Dillon.”- Jim Rodkey• “Maybe the Alberta project is just too big. Maybe it’s not retail versus the college, but 45,000 square feet versus 135,000 square feet.”- Larry Stone• “We could be a strip mall interchange or we could do something creative. Do you want Frisco to be urbanized, or do you want Frisco to stay rural? Let property taxes be the base for the services I enjoy. You could multiply the property tax by 10 for me. I would vote for that.”- County Commissioner Bill Wallace• “If we do go through the RFP process, the controls are very important. I really feel it’s important the town consider all this discussion and not rush, but place the highest priority on the protection of Main Street.”- Don Sather• “I would be willing to back down on some of those desires I expressed in the late 1990s like a fancy Nordic center. We don’t want all that stuff so much that we want to develop the 9.4-acre parcel.”- Sylvia Conway

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