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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.