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Yes on Home Depot

I have had a lifelong relationship with the town of Frisco (since 1949). For the past 25-plus years, I have been developing properties on Main Street. When I started this enterprise, Frisco had a hardware store and a lumberyard. For many years now we have had neither. Currently, I am finishing a large commercial/residential development at 211 Main St. next to Loaf ‘N Jug. This nine-unit condominium project sold out before the roof was on and this is demonstrative of the dynamics at work in this small community. The materials bill on this development was over $600,000 all of which was spent either in Denver or in Eagle County, price and service being the buying influence. It really bothers me not to be able to spend this money in my hometown, Frisco. As a member of the Economic Development Committee that made the recommendation to the Frisco Town Council to pursue the Home Depot development, I was privy to the pluses and minuses of all the proposals. There are few if any negatives in the Home Depot selection: the proposed site is not beautiful or pristine, it is tired highway frontage; the proposed building will not hinder anyone’s views but will only block out the ugliness of the docks and trash bins of Safeway and Wal-Mart, (the view travelers get of Frisco now); the only impact to neighbors across Meadow Creek Park will be the lessening of traffic noise from I-70 as the building and parking lots will be concealed behind landscaped berms. I have many accounts with the Frisco businesses some fear will be impacted by Home Depot. These businesses will survive because they provide individualized service and ease of access. I have a great deal of working knowledge with the town of Frisco and its community development department, many recent code changes will protect us from poor design, intrusive lighting, blowing trash and excessive noise. If you live in Frisco and value the high level of town-provided services, if you live in the county and value your consumer dollars, if you are at all concerned about the environment, then express your desire to have the Home Depot built here.


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