Safeway site is right |

Safeway site is right

Judith Hickey, Silverthorne

I have listened to both sides regarding the commercial development of the Smith Ranch property and have concluded that the community should proceed with the rezoning.

Silverthorne is in a valley, and development has to go on available land. The land in question abuts commercially zoned property.

To the argument that the store should be placed to the south, the question is, where? There is not a single parcel of land available that is large enough to accommodate the store.

Whose property will be taken to do this?

I respect our rural heritage, but at times, compromise is necessary for the good of our community. It is hard to equate this to a strip mall (as some have suggested) if you take the opportunity to look at the architectural drawing of the store.

The town planning commission and the council have spent several years working with the developer and Safeway to insure the store fits appropriately into the mountain landscape.

It will also sit lower than Target. Rather than detract from our quality of life, it can enhance it by providing local employment and an improved business base.

Let’s be practical about the balanced growth of our town.

Vote yes Dec. 9 for the rezoning. It will benefit all residents.

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