Shoppers’ paradise |

Shoppers’ paradise

What was once a field of sagebrush filled with rabbits and grazing deer known as Wulfsohn Ranch is now a grand shopping hub for Glenwood Springs. A shoppers’ paradise that business owners hope will bring thousands of more people to Glenwood and the city government that is counting on a much-needed sales tax revenue boost.

Glenwood Meadows has arrived. With Target’s grand opening set for Sunday, the retail shopping destination tucked next to the mountain side is both a welcome and a curse depending on your personal view.

Meadows is another sign of a changing valley, where the desire for sales tax revenue overpowers quaintness. At more than 380 acres and 405,000 square feet, Meadows will become a sprawling retail giant once all the stores are open.

The retail development, which also includes 475 residential units, was first proposed back in 2000. After debates, discussions, tinkering and reviews, Glenwood Meadows won approval from Glenwood Springs City Council on Feb. 7, 2002.

With stores like Target, Lowe’s, Petco, Bed Bath and Beyond and more than 30 other stores, Glenwood will indeed be a shopping destination and the sales tax revenue will come.

But at what price? Who will benefit and who pay the price?

There are a number of questions that will take years to answer.

The main fact today is that ” like it or not ” Glenwood Meadows is here, and with it, the landscape of Glenwood Springs will surely change.

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