Safeway rezoning wins preliminary OK |

Safeway rezoning wins preliminary OK

SILVERTHORNE – The Silverthorne Town Council voted 4-2 Wednesday night for preliminary approal of a rezoning to allow for a 98,000-square-foot commercial development – including a Safeway store – on the Smith Ranch property.

Council members Peggy Long, Karia Trippe, Dave Koop and Steve Swanson voted for the preliminary rezoning.

Council members Howard Hallman and Sheila Groneman voted against.

However, the Silverthorne Town Council voted to continue consideration of possible final approval of the rezoning for two more weeks.

Out of nearly 100 people at the public hearing Wednesday, 40 commented with 20 speaking for the development and 20 speaking against it.

The real estate manager for Safeway, Tom Duffy, said he still believes in a Safeway store in Silverthorne based on his successful stores in Frisco and Vail.

“We should go for it big time,” said Conrad Muilen, a retired Silverthorne resident who spent 37 years building a small grocery store chain.

“Grocery sites thrive on visibility, traffic count and a good ingress and egress. The Smith Ranch has all of these,” he said.

Tom Jones, a business owner in the former Summit Place Shopping Center, said vacancy rates are increasing with six businesses going under by the end of this year.

“How do we address vacancy rates that we already have without adding new ones?” Jones said.

Opponents to the development, including Jim Shaw, said they will challenge the rezoning action of the Silverthorne Town Council.

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