Let me tell you about a nice little Western town that used to exist.
We had a swimming pool with an indoor, Olympic-sized warm pool. We had three grocery stores; two hardware stores; a bakery; a saddle shop which sold saddles, as well as clothing and did shoe repair; a Ben Franklin; a Montgomery Ward; a J. C. Penny's and a sporting goods store that actually sold guns and ammo for the hunters. We had three liquor stores, a Co-Op, a newspaper, three auto dealerships, F.M. Light and Sons, Allen's men's store and a ladies department store, which included clothing, shoes, and household items. We had two dress shops, two jewelry stores (with jewelers), two drugstores, a beautiful large community dance hall and meeting space. We had probably eight or nine filling stations. And everyone knew everyone else. The town had a real Western flavor and was considered a friendly town.
Downtown, we still have F.M. Light and Sons, Allen's, Del's Jewelry, Lyon's Drug and Bob's Conoco. Everyone else has moved to the east end or the west end. We no longer have an indoor swimming pool, a community center, three grocery stores, two hardware stores, three liquor stores, Montgomery Ward's, Ben Franklin's, a bakery, dress shops, department stores or auto dealerships. And we only have one filling station left in town, Bob's Conoco. We've also lost the Western friendly atmosphere we used to have.
Jim Cook - Where would you put Bob Logan if you don't want him on Lincoln Avenue? Would you have him go back on Pine or Missouri, or would you rather have him out in Strawberry Park? He has every much right on his lot as you do, and as far as I'm concerned maybe a lot more. He didn't displace 40 some families to make money.
When you get done building, I understand you'll have 80,000 feet of commercial retail space. The town doesn't want "formula" stores, so what the heck is going to go into your retail space? More T-shirt shops and more bike shops? I'd be willing to bet that there will be a lot of empty expensive footage in downtown Steamboat Springs.