Grocery store expected to anchor Carbondale development |

Grocery store expected to anchor Carbondale development

John StroudGlenwood Springs correspondentAspen, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE A 60,000-square-foot store space that would anchor the proposed Village at Crystal River development in Carbondale is intended for a grocery store. Whether its a new City Market store or not remains to be seen.I am working to bring a grocer into that space, property owner/developer Rich Schierburg said at last Thursdays Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. But the economy has changed things, and everyone is hesitant to make any commitments.He remains hopeful that City Market will proceed with its earlier intentions to move its existing Carbondale store to the new, larger space.But much has changed in the time since Schierburg first submitted his application for the new development last summer.I am confident that we will get a commitment between now and the end of the year for a grocer to go in there, he said. I hope it will be City Market, but I cant say for sure that it will be.A regional real estate representative for City Market/King Soopers, which is a subsidiary of Kroger Corp., could not be reached Tuesday for comment.Carbondales P&Z opened its public hearing last week for consideration of Schierburgs new mixed-use commercial and residential plan for the 24-acre site located on the west side of Highway 133, just north of Main Street.In 2003, the controversial Crystal River Marketplace big box retail shopping center was approved at the site, but citizens petitioned to put the 230,000-square-foot commercial development on the ballot. That plan, which would have included a 125,000-square-foot, unspecified big box anchor store as well as a 60,000-square-foot grocer, was rejected by town voters.The Village plan would include a total of 125,000 square feet of commercial space, the largest single space being the grocery store anchor on the north end of the property. It also includes about 16,000 square feet of office space, and upwards of 300 multi-family residential units, including townhouses, condominiums, apartments and employee housing.Schierburg said at last weeks meeting that the plan is in line with the recommendations of the Carbondale Economic Roadmap Group, which was formed in the aftermath of the Marketplace referendum.I think this plan meets most of the guidelines laid out in the recommendations of the Roadmap Group the biggest one being mixed use (as opposed to a 100 percent commercial/retail project), Schierburg said.Overall, Schierburg said the plan follows the direction he was given by Carbondale trustees when they voted 4-3 in June 2007 in favor of what he termed the character plan versus the commerce plan.The commerce plan would have involved a scaled back big box approach, with a Home Depot as the anchor. The character plan favored a grocer as the main anchor, with a mix of retail, office and residential on the rest of the site.Obviously, I wouldnt go down the road Im going down if I didnt think I could get a grocer there, Schierburg said in a follow-up interview. I am confident well get the grocer we want in that spot, but today I dont have a signed agreement to reflect that.The P&Z continued its public hearing on the development proposal until May

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