Both sides can win if Glenwood Meadows is done right |

Both sides can win if Glenwood Meadows is done right

There was some good news and not-so-good news last week for representatives of the Glenwood Meadows commercial and residential project.

The good news was the announcement that the developer, Miller Weingarten LLC, plans to bring a Target and a Lowe’s to Glenwood Springs.

The not-so-good news was the mixed response from City Council on Thursday regarding several revisions to the conceptual plan for the center. The new plan eliminates “wraps,” or smaller retail spaces built around large box stores, an idea the council supports. The wraps looked like a promising and innovative way to design a shopping center and it’s puzzling why the concept was changed so significantly.

The developer will ask for a total of three variances, as well.

With the Planning and Zoning Commission set to review the project on Aug. 26, Miller Weingarten has some work to do. The development needs to earn the approval of the planning commission, council and residents.

Glenwood’s sales tax collections year to date through April are approximately 1 percent below last year. In April, sales tax collections dropped a frightening 7.34 percent compared to the same month prior year.

Target and Lowe’s alone could generate more than $2 million a year in sales tax dollars for the city. With the Rifle Wal-Mart opening later this year and Crystal River Marketplace in Carbondale a possibility, Glenwood Springs needs to build its tax base foundation.

The city and the developer can both win if Glenwood Meadows is done right.

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