Marketplace good for Carbondale
I am familiar with the controversial debate over the proposed Marketplace in Carbondale and how the developer and the Mountain Folks for Global Justice want to add questions to the November ballot so that the residents of Carbondale can vote on the Marketplace’s fate.
I am employed in Carbondale but reside in Glenwood Springs, and although I will not be able to vote in the November election and voice my opinion, I am for the proposed Marketplace and the shops that it will bring to Carbondale, including a “big box.” I have seen the tasteful plans for the Marketplace that have been approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission, and it does not fit into the category of the typical “big box” or strip malls that seem to dominate larger cities and ruin the serenity of the surrounding areas.
I feel that the businesses it will attract will not hurt Carbondale’s mom and pop stores, because a Target, for example, will not attract the same consumers.
My employer, as do many businesses in Carbondale, employs non-Carbondale residents, and these businesses would not thrive, nor would Carbondale operate, without these workers. How many can afford to shop here? I currently spend the paychecks I receive in other communities such as Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, and Denver. I would love for my money to be spent in Carbondale, and give back to the community but cannot due to the lack of shopping and high cost.
I feel it is ironic that the locally owned businesses pay their employees to work here and yet many spend that money shopping elsewhere! I believe this mall will benefit all the residents of the Roaring Fork Valley, not just the residents of Carbondale, and bring much needed sales tax revenue to Carbondale.
I may not be heard in November by way of vote, but hopefully I can voice my support for the Marketplace in other ways, and I encourage all those in favor to do so as well.
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