Proposed Willits project and Glenwood Meadows offer a unique comparison |

Proposed Willits project and Glenwood Meadows offer a unique comparison

Scott CondonAspen CorrespondentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

BASALT – When the Basalt Town Council granted first-round approval Tuesday night to the expansion of the Willits Town Center, it boosted the size of one of the largest projects in the Roaring Fork Valley’s history by 30 percent.Willits Town Center was already approved for 500,000 square feet of retail shops, restaurants and free-market residences. The council approved another 150,000 square feet of residences that will be built on upper floors of buildings spread around the village.

Comparing the specifications of the Basalt project to Glenwood Meadows, the shopping mall opened in October 2005, provides a unique perspective. The anchor tenants at Glenwood Meadows are Lowe’s and Target, which combine for nearly 260,000 square feet of space. That’s 40 percent of the bulk that Willits Town Center will present.The commercial core of Glenwood Meadows is approved for 490,000 square feet. The current big boxes and other stores total 405,000 square feet. In other words, Willits Town Center will be about one-third larger than what a person sees now at Glenwood Meadows, and it will cram it into smaller footprint.Above are the vital statistics for the two projects.

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