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Target lights glaringly out of compliance

SILVERTHORNE – When the Silverthorne Target first illuminated its sign and parking lot, some area residents lit up the town’s phones.

Although Silverthorne resident Vicky Stecklein didn’t call to complain, she isn’t pleased with what she sees outside her Palmers Drive home. Part of the street sits on a hill overlooking the rest of the town, and therefore, down onto Target.

“It’s just a stark, white bright,” Stecklein said, referring to the parking lot lights, “so it doesn’t even fit with the lighting of the town. Our normal lights (elsewhere in town) are a yellowish gold. They’re muted and rather pretty.”

Another woman – who declined to comment to the Summit Daily News – went so far as to call the county commissioners and request a site visit to her home so they could witness firsthand the new view she had. But the commissioners say it’s not their business, and Silverthorne officials have made it theirs.

Target won’t get its certificate of occupancy (CO) from the town until its lights reflect the level of illumination its approved plans indicated. Target construction superintendent Bruce Moellmer said he hopes the issue won’t put a damper on the store’s scheduled March 9 grand opening.

“We’re researching different options to get down to the candle power the city requires,” he said.

“We’re working with them,” said Silverthorne community development director Mark Leidal. “They’ve indicated all along they’re willing to work with us. Even after the CO is issued, if we have a problem or concern, they’re certainly going to do their best to address it.”

Town officials went to the Target site after the lights came on and measured the lights’ brightness, then compared those readings with the photometric lighting plan Target had submitted with its approved plans.

“We did find they were exceeding the light level they had shown on their photometric plan by roughly a third,” Leidal said. “So we raised our eyebrows and said we have some concerns.”

Leidal said Target’s lighting specialists say the style of bulb they use requires a “burn-in period of approximately 100 hours,” after which the lights decrease in intensity by about 25 percent.

It’s not just the parking lot lights that jump out at Donna Bagneris, another Palmers Drive homeowner. Target’s trademark red bull’s-eye is also hard to miss, she said.

“I can read the sign quite clearly,” she said.

The good news is that once the store opens, Target’s lights won’t be on around the clock. Parking lot lights closest to Highway 9 will go out at 10 p.m. nightly, and the few lights nearest the store that light up the employee parking area will be shut off at 11 p.m.


Jane Reuter can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at

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