Town OKs giant retail project |

Town OKs giant retail project

The Carbondale Trustees gave final approval to the 252,000-square-foot Crystal River Marketplace Tuesday night.

The vote to approve the subdivision plat and subdivision improvements agreement was 5-2. Trustees gave preliminary approval by the same vote on Jan. 7.

California developer Brian Huster has said he could start construction at the 25-acre site on Highway 133 in the fall of 2004. Huster has also indicated he needs a major retailer to occupy the Marketplace’s 130,000-square-foot anchor space to start construction in 2004.

Target has confirmed it is considering Crystal River Marketplace and Glenwood Meadows for a store location.

Huster first proposed a 366,000-square-foot Crystal River Marketplace in 2001, but later downsized the project, and eliminated residential and office space components after public protests.

Trustees attached 37 conditions to the approval, including that the developer must pay $2.8 million toward an estimated $9 million to $10 million in Highway 133 improvements.

Community activists who oppose Crystal River Marketplace have said they may petition to put the approval to a vote of the people. Such a petition would require 125 to 150 signatures.

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