Convenience store, gym/coffee shop approach Oak Creek for permits


— Two new businesses are scheduled to ask for permission to open in Oak Creek at a meeting of the Oak Creek Town Board tonight.

The board will hear two requests for land-use changes: one to open a convenience store and one to open a gym and coffee shop in downtown Oak Creek.

P.K. Baldwin, who has operated the convenience store at the Sinclair station, hopes to move the business to the former home of the Black Mountain Tavern at 200 S. Sharp Ave. The second request comes from Danielle Fried­man, who is requesting a land-use change at 100 West Main St., the Dovetail Design building, to open a gym and coffee shop.

The requests were scheduled to go before the Oak Creek Planning Commission on Wed­nesday night, and the recommendations from that commission will be presented to the Town Board. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at Oak Creek Town Hall.

Mayor Nikki Knoebel said she’s excited to have a business possibly go into the Black Mountain Tavern space.

“If we can keep businesses going, that’s great,” she said.

But Knoebel was hesitant about a request on the Town Board agenda from Jon Peddie. Peddie, the owner of the Sinclair station, is asking for a waiver of water and sewer charges and other “financial incentives.”

“I think the board doesn’t want to set a precedent for every other business, because I know every other business is struggling with the economy,” she said.

Knoebel will not vote unless there is a tie among the board members.

Other items on the agenda include: the Elks Tavern liquor license renewal; a trail easement agreement at the South Routt Community Center; a proposal for more work on the land use code; and a discussion of the community garden. Barb Parnell, with LiveWell Colorado, also will speak with the board about proposed grant-based projects.


muck 6 years, 5 months ago

VERY sad the owner of the Sinclair building makes it IMPOSSIBLE to run a cost effective business. Past three owners all will tell you that cooperation is not something that he will entertain in running a business in that building. All three will tell you that "questionable" business ethics where alway in the way.

Please JP sell that building and get out of Oak Creek!

Residence of OC. Please DO NOT support those gas pumps. We need change at that location and it will start by getting rid of current building owner.


The owner of the building could not be more PETTY about everything and refuses to help YOU the residence have a gas staion.


Scott Wedel 6 years, 5 months ago

And once again we see the foul mix of politics entering into what should be business in Oak Creek. If you were to look at all of the commercial property for sale and how low a seller has to go to get a buyer then you'd see the risk that the gas station could be closed for a long time while waiting for a seller. The fact that it is so hard to sell a commercial property is a bit of a self reinforcing cycle because few want to buy property when it will be so hard to sell it some time later. That the log cabin where Annie's nursery and the cantina used to be sold for $88,000 is yet another example of basically having to give away OC commercial property.

Presumably, the owner will make more money if renting the store than by only selling gas so Mr Peddie has to balance his desire to maximize rent vs the lack of rent collected when it is vacant.

The root cause of Mr Peddie's request regarding water and sewer fees is that OC is, as far as DOLA knows, the only water district in the state of Colorado that has yet to figure out how to read water meters on commercial property. No, OC is the state's special case that still speculates on a business's water and sewer usage and then arbitrary sets water and sewer rates.

One can read any of the transition plans posted by other water districts explaining their plans for residential water meters. I have not found any water district explaining their plan for commercial users because those all happened before the internet became popular. But anyway, from these plans it is abundantly clear that it is very simple and always exactly the same. Read the meters of people with meters. Charge them a base fee plus usage fees after having a few months showing them what their bills would be based upon usage while still charging old method Charge a little extra to people without meters to give them an incentive to get meters. A coiuple of years later schedule the project to have every customer with a water meter. The math on base fees, usage charges and what to charge people without meters is a simple formula.


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