Evans resigns from DDA director job
Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority director Bill Evans resigned from the post Wednesday, effective May 31, citing time conflicts with a business interest in Rifle.
Evans announced his resignation at a DDA board meeting, explaining that he needs to spend more time taking care of Western Academy, located at 1252 County Road 294, which he owns.
Western Academy is a residential treatment center for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children that Evans founded in 1986.
Evans’ resignation is effective May 31.
“I could have given them a bit more notice, but my two daughters are graduating from college, and I’m taking them to Europe,” he said.
He’ll be in Europe for two weeks, then immediately begin his duties at the center.
“In 1998, a company bought the operation from me,” Evans said. “I still own the building and lease it to them.”
The company, however, wasn’t able to keep the doors open, so it plans to buy out the rest of the lease and vacate the area.
Evans has another company lined up to take over the operation, Emily Griffith Opportunity School, based in Denver. As one of the stipulations in the deal, school officials asked Evans to closely assist for the first year or so of operation.
“They are insisting I be involved with them for their development period,” Evans said.
He said the building and land has been his life’s work, and he needs to make sure it stays healthy.
Evans said if the situation with Western Academy hadn’t come up, he would have stayed on as DDA director.
“I think it was a great accomplishment having the (tax increment financing) pass,” he said.
He also said he expects the lawsuit filed in April by Colorado Mountain College and Garfield County will be resolved by the time he leaves.
“We’ll also have the first public workshops on downtown parking,” he said, adding that a study will be started that measures parking turnover in the downtown core.
“Dealing with emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children is extremely difficult and challenging, but I’m not sure it’s any more difficult than dealing with city politics,” Evans said.
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