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Vote ‘no’ on project in Carbondale

Dear Editor:

The proposed Village at Crystal River is not a good fit for Carbondale. The pro-Village at Crystal River folks argue that it will provide a huge increase in Carbondale’s sales tax revenues. But I have to ask how that will happen.

There is no way that Lowe’s, Target, Staples or other large- or medium-size retailers like that will locate in Carbondale. We have too small a population and are already saturated with retail in the region. Getting a slightly larger grocery store, a fast food restaurant and another gas station is not going to stop people from shopping at Target or Whole Foods.

What it will do is stop people from supporting our current gas stations and locally owned restaurants like Dos Gringos, Peppinos and Fat Belly Burgers. We have an amazing town that attracts people because we do not have this type of Front Range suburban mall development.

We have a vibrant Main Street that we should be investing in. A recent study by the Sonoran Institute says local governments have the potential to get more bang for their tax-return buck down on Main Street than at large-format suburban malls. We have a chance to make the right decision for Carbondale by voting ‘no’ on the Village at Crystal River.

Laurie Guevara-Stone


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