Carbondale will pay for Marketplace impacts
After reading a recent letter accusing the Carbondale Mothers, I took it upon myself to research the highway situation.
The original study drafted by the town and submitted to CDOT estimates the cost of improvements between Highway 82 and Main Street at $36 million. This figure includes improvements to the intersection of Highway 82 and Highway 133. The study estimating $9 million did not include the intersection, even though CDOT has no plans or money to pay for it.
Why would we go into debt to pay for the highway, and continue to have a dangerous substandard intersection?
Anyone who disputes the traffic figures needs to realize that without this traffic, we will not see the projected sales figures represented by Crystal River Marketplace.
Marketplace studies show that they depend on a trade area from Silt to Aspen. If these people don’t come, we don’t get our sales taxes. If they do come, they come in cars, and Highway 133 traffic will nearly double.
The developer has committed to paying $2.8 million toward the highway. He has represented that most of this money will come from a private tax on all goods sold at this project.
If City Market does relocate to his project as planned, how much more will we all have to pay for our groceries to cover his share of the highway improvements? And where will the remainder of the highway improvement costs come from?
Carbondale needs a better deal.
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