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Safeway parcel in geographic center of town

Christine H. Mead, Daniel D. Mead - Silverthorne

There are some residents in Silverthorne who object to the proposed location on Highway 9 for a new Safeway store, because they say the parcel of land, known as the Smith Ranch, is not in the center of town.

However, the facts are that the proposed location is actually in the geographical center of town, being two miles from the northern town border and one and a half miles from the south, contiguous with the commercial center of Silverthorne and in a highly visible location along a state highway, which is the only main north-south route through our town.

My husband and I live in north Silverthorne. For the past seven years, I have driven to Frisco, or on occasion Dillon, to buy groceries, because there is no grocery store in Silverthorne.

I personally prefer Safeway over City Market for both product selection and price. Because I prefer to shop at Safeway, I must drive 6.1 miles from my home to the Frisco Safeway, traveling on Interstate 70, even when the roads are hazardous.

Or, I may drive 4.46 miles to City Market in Dillon. I go for groceries at least three times a week. If the new Safeway store is built, I and many others, will have only a 1.4-mile distance, or less, to go grocery shopping, and we will be able to do so in our own hometown.

In addition to providing a central location, the proposed site is convenient enough to the homes of many Silverthorne residents that they would be able to walk to this new shopping area.

An important goal of progressive town planning is to locate necessary shopping areas in close proximity to neighborhoods so that people can walk, or bike, to shop, instead of driving their cars.

Locating Safeway on the proposed 11 acres – only 15 percent of the private, 72-acre Smith Ranch parcel – would greatly enhance the quality of life for me and for my neighbors in Silverthorne. I urge you to vote in favor of the new Safeway store Dec. 9.

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