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Don’t buy the hype

Dear Editor:

We are being green-washed, or more accurately greed-washed, in El Jebel by the Wind River building project of 379 housing units and 95,000 square feet of commercial space. The developer could potentially realize great financial gain on this proudly touted “green project,” while the devastating effect on our community will be felt for generations to come.

Since when is a project that reconfigures a natural landscape, sucks more water from our rivers, and potentially puts 3,000 more car trips on the road per day an environmentally friendly plan? We are being green-washed by a developer who is using the latest environmental buzz words to sell his grand plan.

The scale of this project is grossly out of proportion to the land and small valley in which we live. With already unfinanced, large commercial building holes in the ground around the valley, how will these new buildings be financed and rented when other developers are scrambling for funding and buyers? There are also hundreds of homes for sale in the midvalley. Who is going to buy all of these proposed homes? The timing and scale of this project couldn’t be more inappropriate.

For those of us who thought that the Eagle County commissioners would clearly see the incredible density in this project, we now need to take action and voice our concerns. Headway is being made for this project to get approved. Please attend the next hearing at the El Jebel Community Center at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 21. If you can’t attend, please write a letter of opposition to the Eagle County commissioners at eagleadmin@eaglecounty.us.

Lisa Chiles

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