Safeway should be in town core, where it can support other stores |

Safeway should be in town core, where it can support other stores

Helen Brady, Silverthorne

Stop the misinformation – the issue is not over Safeway – it is over rezoning agricultural land.

The issue before the electorate Dec. 9 is whether to vote yes to rezone the land from agricultural to commercial or vote no to preserve this green space.

All the proponents of the Smith Ranch development are fretting over Safeway when neither the town nor the developer are able to produce a contract with Safeway.

Unlike Target, which owns the land and the building in which it operates, and worked extensively with the town over its store, Safeway has not made any representations to the town.

The developer will be able to lease commercial space to anyone who wants it – with no guarantee of a Safeway on the site.

Yes, let’s have a grocery store – but in the town core, where its business will support Target, the Silverthorne Factory Stores and Summit Place Shopping Center. There are two viable alternative sites that are ready to go without requiring urban redevelopment.

The same out-of-town developer – Kornfeld Koslosky Properties – has the vacant buildings and closed businesses at Summit Place as a testament to its commitment to this community.

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