Carbondale needs Village
I am a Carbondale resident, business owner and mother of three. Carbondale is the place we love because it has continued to grow and evolve becoming a blend of arts, events and dining that transcends cultures, ages, and backgrounds.
It is hard to remember when we didn’t have the Recreation Center or the Thunder River Theatre. A new high school, the restaurants, like Russets that moved here from Basalt, or dare I say, even the convenience of Subway that is considered fast food.
Isn’t it strange that the opposition questions the “health” of fast food, and yet our poor unhealthy community needs a dozen “medical” marijuana shops?
Why is it OK to impose a mill levy on the “poor” families for schools, but not to improve the safety of Highway 133, a regional highway that has one of the lowest ratings in the state?
I am looking forward to having a new City Market with an expanded organic food section, quality prepared foods, but also more local meat and produce vendors so I won’t be wasting time and gas driving to El Jebel or Glenwood. A place where my family can get everyday needs – like underwear, school supplies, a birthday or wedding present – but there are basic staples that we need at affordable prices that we can’t find in Carbondale. And do we really need another resale/secondhand shop?
Like many mountain resort communities, the historic downtown offers the quaintness that we love, with galleries, restaurants, the coolest hardwood floor movie theater (even though they rarely show kids movies), but is balanced by the convenience, not to mention the sales tax revenues of Highway 133. I have heard that more than 85 percent of our sales tax revenues come from these business and only 15 percent from downtown.
To continue maintaining our streets, supporting our nonprofits, having the wonderful free community events like our summer concerts, Potato Days, Dandelion Days, Oktoberfest/Celtic Fest and more, we have to generate the funds to pay for these things, and it can’t just come from downtown. The Village at Crystal River will offer new retail options, keeping purchases in Carbondale.
Plus, the Village will finally connect us from Main Street all the way to Ajax Bike. Just imagine, we could have expanded senior care, a medical building, a new day care or even a school. Yes, there are some vacant retail/office spaces, but not the ideal size or location that can be built in the Village. The new retailers and businesses will mean more jobs and employees who will be able to eat, shop, do errands in Carbondale, helping everyone’s businesses thrive.
By supporting the Village at Crystal River, we can look to a future for Carbondale with more security in revenues that will allow us to continue to support our town, and provide staples for our family. This town is what it is because it has evolved and grown. We need the Village at Crystal River.
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