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Eagle County eyes El Jebel facility

Aspen Times Staff
Aspen, CO Colorado

EL JEBEL ” Eagle County plans to build an 11,000-square-foot building in El Jebel for its road and bridge department, ending years of uncertainty about what it would do to serve constituents in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The facility is planned at the same site in El Jebel where the department has parked equipment and stored materials on the south side of J.W. Drive for years. Some residents of El Jebel and Blue Lake subdivision have complained about the messy condition of that “boneyard.”

Extensive landscaping will shield the new maintenance facility, the application said.

The county road and bridge department submitted its application Aug. 20. Eagle County now has the awkward responsibility of reviewing a development application from one of its own departments.

The 3.73-acre site being eyed along J.W. Drive is owned by the Crawford family ” the heirs of Floyd Crawford, the modern-day developer of El Jebel. Eagle County signed a 20-year lease with Crawford Properties LLC for the site. Two other sites were considered and rejected, including one adjacent to the Crown Mountain Park.

The Crawford site is zoned for medium density residential use but public buildings are allowed via special use review, according to Eagle County’s application to itself.

The application said there is a clear community need for the proposed building.

“A satellite road and bridge facility will improve the road maintenance service and response time for the residents in the (El Jebel) area,” the application said. “In addition, the Road and Bridge Department will benefit by not having to transport equipment back and forth to Gypsum for repair and maintenance, thus saving time, energy and fuel.”