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View Poll Results: Do you feel adding a Lowe's hardware store to Summit County will prove a positive or negative for re
Yes, an overall positive 5 62.50%
No, an overall negative 3 37.50%
Voters: 8. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-06-2011, 12:17 PM
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'Since then, attorney Rob Waterman has refiled his case against the town, now with 23 plaintiffs instead of four. The goal, he said, is to establish standing or, prove these residents' property values and quality of life are directly and negatively impacted by the big box's presence and move onto the argument about Silverthorne's zoning classification for the store.' [1]

The opinion of locals would be of particular interest.

If familiar with Summit County, I knew nothing of this new proposed Lowe's, nor any of the issues involved, until reading this article. Several things seem to be at play. I would say that Silverthorne is not the sleepy place I knew decades ago, and even then distinctly influenced by the well established nearby ski areas. Today it seems to have become the local mecca for shopping, slash only slightly less expensive option in local housing.

The lawsuit mentioned seems primarily to be with residents taking exception to what this development would do to the nature of their homes. Without looking I cannot say for sure, although anyone living in Silverthorne proper will probably notice something on this scale, in all the more traffic, etc.

From this article it seems the town council of Silverthorne is most interested in business and subsequent revenue, paying only passing notice to the concerns of their residential constituents. Anyone thinking of buying property in the area might bear that in mind. CO 9 towards Kremmling has just that much more traffic on it, and even those well up on the mountain in places such as Wildernest will probably find access in and out increasingly impeded at various stoplights.

There is also the question of local businesses already present. Lowe's cites a Home Depot in Avon which nets 32.5m in annual sales, thinking they might do about as well at 29m. But even though the town council sees little cause for concern or impact, such a new store would not exist in a vacuum, and likely to pirate business from established businesses such as Bighorn Materials in Silverthorne and Breckenridge Building Center.

Which raises another question. To date Summit County seems to have grown perfectly fine with existing hardware stores. In fact perhaps more than enough. So does this new Lowe's seek only to monopolize most of the existing business, and maybe offer better service or selection, or do they now see Summit County poised for additional significant growth?

It seems clear enough what the town of Silverthorne is after, but what about the residents of Summit County, what nature of greater home environment do they envisage?

1) 'Silverthorne: Is there room for Lowe's?,' Summit Daily
Silverthorne: Is there room for Lowe's? | SummitDaily.com
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:49 AM
Location: Breckenridge Colorado
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More plastic crap ruining our country and economy. Thank god not in Breckenridge.
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:41 PM
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Can't wait for Lowe's to get here. I've lived here 14 years and I'm all over this store coming in. Bring it on and get rid of the local stores that provide zero service and inflated prices.
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