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Eagle River Station: Down to the details

Pam Boyd
Vail correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colo. – As the Eagle Town Board continues its review of the Eagle River Station proposal, discussion has delved down into the development’s details.

The discussion will continue Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Last week the board painstakingly reviewed Eagle River Station developer Trinity/RED’s development agreement and reimbursement agreement. The two legal documents outline Trinity/RED’s obligations to the town for issues ranging from performance guarantees to public improvements, and also detail a complicated financial agreement between the town and the developer.

Eagle River Station is a mixed-used development proposed on an 88-acre tract located on the eastern end of town, south of Interstate 70. The plan includes 552,000 square feet of commercial space, including a 132,000-square-foot anchor store. Target has signed a letter of intent to become the Eagle River Station anchor.

The development also calls for 581 residential units and a 150-room hotel. The estimated cost of the development is $346 million. Of that amount, $62.4 million is earmarked for public improvements, including a new I-70 interchange.

The developers have proposed a revenue-sharing plan to finance the public improvements package. That plan calls for formation of a metropolitan district to issue bonds for the infrastructure. The town of Eagle would not issue the bonds.

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Under the agreement the town would dedicate revenue collected from its 4 percent sales tax generated at Eagle River Station businesses. The money would go toward paying off the public improvements bonds. When the bonds are paid, the sales tax money would go back to the town. In the interim, a Public Improvement Fee (PIF) would be charged on Eagle River Station retails purchases. Proceeds from the PIF would go to the town.