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Two new enterprises may soon sprout in Silt

SILT — Two proposals before Silt would expand the local business community by two new enterprises — a cabinetry and woodworking shop in the Silt Commercial Condominiums complex at 401 Main St., and a 56-acre business known as the Camp Colorado River Recreational Vehicle Park in the Ferguson Crossing development in between I-70 and the Colorado River.

The woodworking shop, according to business owner Kevin Busk of West Glenwood Springs, is to be moved from its location for the last decade in the town of Carbondale.

Busk said on Friday that he is relocating his business for several reasons, mostly economic in nature.

He said the rent and other overhead costs will be lower in Silt, and that most of his half-dozen or so employees live in the Colorado River corridor and will have an easier commute if the shop is in Silt.

“If they allow us to move forward, it’ll be great,” Busk said in a telephone interview.

The business makes primarily “high-end custom cabinets,” he said, most of which are destined for expensive homes in Aspen, Snowmass Village and the Vail area.

But, he said, there will be a showroom at the shop, to display factory-made, “semi-custom” cabinets that can be purchased at the shop by homeowners and builders alike.

The property is owned by Nathaniel Kolbe of London, England, whose local representative is Joseph Kolbe of Glenwood Springs. Busk said he has signed a 5-year lease to begin with.

He said he and his crew are looking forward to “getting the nest built and settling in.”

RV park

The Camp Colorado River, an RV park and campground, is being proposed by the Camp Colorado River LLC, which has a Vail address, according to documents on file at Town Hall.

The developer’s plan, according to the documents, is first to build “the main facilities and enough RV spaces and cabins to generate a viable and economically feasible base to launch into the full development of the Ferguson Crossing property.”

The campground project, the developer wrote to the town, “is the initial building project that, if well-conceived and -executed, will provide a successful image and active land use which can generate a high level of interest in this property.”

Ultimately, he wrote, the goal is to “kick-start commercial activity” for the property.

The campground, according to the documents, will include “spaces for tents, cabins and teepees, but excluding long-term occupancy (in excess of 30 consecutive days in a single space, or permanent residential occupancy (no skirting, winterizing or other methods to make RV a permanent residential unit).”

The proposal also mentions a wide range of “accessory uses” such as bathhouses, pavilions, bicycle rentals and sales, water sport equipment rentals and sales and other possible commercial concerns that might include miniature golf, zip lines, rafting and other sporting opportunities.

Part of the proposal is construction of a two-story main registration building, which is to include a gift shop, rest rooms, a laundry room, a grocery store and storage area.

The property is owned by Ray Nielsen of Eagle.

Both proposals have won favorable recommendations from the town’s planning and zoning commission, and the proposals are to be reviewed by the Board of Trustees at a meeting on Dec. 9.


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