Hayden Town Council denies Kum & Go move request

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— The Hayden Town Council on Thursday denied Kum & Go’s request to move a block closer to the core of the historic downtown district along U.S. Highway 40.

The 4-1 decision was made after a three-hour council meeting attended by an unusually large crowd of about 60 people inside The Haven Community Center. Hayden Mayor Jim Haskins said it was the biggest crowd he had seen at a meeting in his 12 years in town politics.

The Hayden Town Council was tasked with deciding whether to allow the two existing gas stations to move within the historic downtown district. Existing rules set forth in the town’s relatively new comprehensive plan did not allow the gas stations to move, which helped prompt the Planning Commission to vote in January against a proposal brought forward by Kum & Go.

Kum & Go wanted to expand and move east to Walnut Street and Jefferson Avenue from its location at Poplar Street and Jefferson Avenue.

Neil Broderick, vice president of real estate for Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go, spoke at the meeting and addressed some of the concerns he heard from residents.

One of those concerns was that a new Kum & Go would keep people from shopping at local businesses.

“I think we’re part of the solution,” he said. “Just stand in front of the Kum & Go and watch all the people walk in.”

Those people also will walk to neighboring businesses, Broderick said.

“Forty-five percent of your sales tax comes from people traveling up and down (U.S.) 40, and we know they’re not getting stopped all the time when they could.”

Terry Anderson, who owns the commercial building across the street from the proposed Kum & Go site, argued that a move and expansion would encourage more people to stop when driving through town.

“All the tenants I have left in this building are for letting Kum & Go move,” Anderson said. “I just don’t see how it can be detrimental. If more people stop, they are going to look around.”

More than 40 letters and a survey compiled by Hayden residents Rondi Bowlin and Annette Hall seemed to show strong support for Kum & Go’s move. Opponents, however, spoke passionately Thursday night against the move.

“I have nothing against this business, but I don’t want it in the heart of town, in the heart of the community,” Marie Bridges said. “It will tear the town apart.”

Hayden resident Tammie Delaney argued that Kum & Go was good for the town, but the new location was not, and the empty lot in the heart of the commercial district could be used in a better way.

“This is the lone location in town where we have a really good chance of making it happen,” Delaney said.

Ultimately, Town Council members agreed the gas station was not appropriate at the proposed location.

“I tend to agree that a refueling station is not the best use of that lot,” council member Tom Rogalski said.

“To me it all comes down to the gas pumps in the center of town,” council member Tim Redmond said.

Broderick said he does not know how Kum & Go will proceed. Broderick said his company did not want to build a new store on the outskirts of town, as is encouraged in the town’s planning guidelines.

“There is a strong economic incentive for us to locate where we proposed to locate,” he said.

Comments

Colette Erickson 3 years, 1 month ago

Thank goodness they followed their code! Wise decision, on a variety of levels.

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greenwash 3 years, 1 month ago

A 6' chain link fence around the property might make town think twice .

Look how Space Station has re connected Steamboat Springs (Center of ) historic downtown. Bobs on west end (another local favorite) and old Shell/Texaco (a premium vacant site ) on east side of SBS historic main street .

Oak Creek has a vacant lot right in the center of downtown for going on 20+ years now and NO gas station.

Mabye Kum and go should pull out all together and permit the site adjacent to Steamboat Golf Club ??

Once again ...Go figure.

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Colette Erickson 3 years, 1 month ago

Seriously? Do you really think they are going to close a profitable store, just because they cannot expand to the location they wanted, a mere 1/2 block away? This isn't "I am going to take my bat and go home." Profit is profit, regardless of where it is being realized.

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greenwash 3 years, 1 month ago

Well at least someone is making a profit in Routt County, I suppose.

I was always under the impression that fuel / grocery stores make very little profit .

Good Luck.

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Queenie 3 years, 1 month ago

The Town Council failed to represent the majority of their constituents who actually live in the town limits. If you look at the letters submitted and listen to the opposition at the meeting state their addresses before speaking their mind, you would notice the HUGE majority of them do not live in the town limits, and do not vote for the Town Council and do not pay property taxes. Why are THEY telling US how to run our town? Why did the Town Council vote for the minority and not the majority of the community they represent?

On a funny side note, Kum & Go already owns the vacant lot they wish to build on. The same vacant lot the opposition and the Town Council said they wish to "wait for something better" to come along to allow at that locaton. Hmmmm, ya think Kum & Go will sell? I highly doubt it.

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Colette Erickson 3 years, 1 month ago

They will if the price is right. They are a corporation - bottom line, profit! Greenwash - ever bought any junk food at Kum and Go? Do you really think there isn't a ton of profit built into that stuff. $1.00 for a hot dog - what can you buy a whole pkg. for at City Market?!

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westrouttrez 3 years, 1 month ago

Perhaps Kum & Go Corp should pull a petition to take this issue to the voters of THE TOWN OF HAYDEN as a ballot issue and let the MAJORITY decide this issue once and for all!!!

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Scott Wedel 3 years ago

Kum n Go doesn't need to do anything. While they were turned down, they also know that no competitor can move into downtown. They also know that they had put forth a reasonable proposal and can wait. They can wait until someone wants to buy the lot for a modest profit or the political climate changes.

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sledneck 3 years ago

And since they are assured of no increased competition prices in Hayden are going....? Come on... you can do it. Think... ! Prices are going...??? If you guessed UP you were right!

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sledneck 3 years ago

Hey, wait a minute. Isn't it ironic that those who opposed the expansion of a business are directly responsible for that businesses ability to INCREASE prices... on the very people who opposed that business! ??

Hee hee, Can't make this stuff up.

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greenwash 3 years ago

3canines I stand by my comment....Very Little Profit in gas / food .

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Colette Erickson 3 years ago

greenwash - how can you seriously say that there is very little profit in a $1.00 hot dog? Do you have any idea how little it costs to get a canister of syrup with which to make soda? How much profit do you think there is in a "Big Gulp" - mucho, mucho, mucho! They aren't in this business as a community service.

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Colette Erickson 3 years ago

greenwash - how can you seriously say that there is very little profit in a $1.00 hot dog? Do you have any idea how little it costs to get a canister of syrup with which to make soda? How much profit do you think there is in a "Big Gulp" - mucho, mucho, mucho! They aren't in this business as a community service. Also, if you spent any time in Hayden, you would know that fuel prices there are consistently higher than in Steamboat - I would suggest that additional cost is (drum roll please) PROFIT!

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greenwash 3 years ago

Tiny little town , tiny amounts of customers , tiny amount of profit.

$1.00 hot dog from Kum and Go.......GROSS.

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