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How fire department can save downtown

Dear Editor,

We believe there is an ideal solution for the Glenwood Springs Fire Department and the downtown retailers.

It would be advantageous for the Fire Department to be situated close to the Police Department as it has been for many years. The location at Eighth and Pitkin is across the street from the City Hall. It would be much more visible since so many people use all the civic buildings in that area and it would keep all the service needs in one location.



Furthermore, it would be at a crossroad for prompt access to Grand Avenue, Midland Avenue, South Glenwood and Glenwood Meadows.

It is imperative that the downtown businesses have a customer parking area a half block from Grand Avenue because it is visible. We suggest the back half be designated for employee parking and the front half for customer parking.



Likewise, once the present City Hall is demolished, the same arrangement: the back half for employee parking and the front half for customer parking. This would give equal convenience to both sections of the business district. It would also avoid the necessity for a covered garage until many years in the future.

If you recall, paid parking had a dismal record as the meters had to be removed and two-hour limits ordered in their place. It would be most difficult to get either customers or employees to pay for parking in a garage. To expect merchants to supply paid parking for their employees is unrealistic. We compete with two big malls in Glenwood now and another on the way, all of which have free parking. To be successful and survive, downtown businesses must have free parking.

It is not necessary for the Fire Department to be in the business core.

Another location possibility would be at the south end of the football field and across Roaring Fork Drive. The city owns many acres there, which would give the Fire Department ample room to expand with all the facilities they could want. The city now owns both parcels of land, which is a definite plus.

Please take these suggestions to heart. The downtown survival depends on it!Gary and Monica Miller,

Rifle,

Phil and Joan Anderson,

Glenwood Springs


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