Developer targets fall opening for retail space

Building near Wal-Mart to offer multiple spaces

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• Approved, 7-0, a special events permit for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4265 for Feb. 9 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

• Approved, 7-0, renewing a tavern liquor license for the VFW post, 419 E. Victory Way.

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• Approved, 7-0, a resolution to approve a professional services agreement with Armstrong Consultants, for improvements to the Craig-Moffat County Airport.

• Approved, 7-0, appointing City Council members Terry Carwile as a board member to the Rocky Mountain Rail Authority, and Ray Beck as an alternate.

— The developer of a proposed retail building near the Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Craig has received interest from potential business tenants and is targeting a fall opening date.

"I'm hoping to have tenants before the holiday shopping season," said Tom Metzger, of the Boulder firm, Laurus Associates, LLC.

The retail building, which would be on Wal-Mart's east side, would encompass about 9,750 square feet and contain five to seven spaces for small retail shops and stores. Each space would be between 1,300 and 2,000 square feet, the developer said.

Metzger said the building would house a "variety of tenants," and he has had inquiries from people interested in locating a sandwich shop and cellular telephone wireless store there.

The Craig City Council unanimously approved the development's site plan at its meeting Tuesday night. The Craig Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the site plan's approval by a 4-1 margin in December.

Community Development Director Dave Costa said the development "exceeds (city) requirements."

Metzger said small retail buildings such as his project typically do "very well" next to Wal-Mart stores.

"Wal-Mart is a great draw," he said. "There's a lot of synergy there."

Wal-Mart corporate restrictions limit the types of businesses that can be located inside the adjacent retail building. Metzger said bars, liquor stores or adult entertainment businesses would not be allowed.

"It's Wal-Mart's corporate philosophy at play," he said. "They want to create a shopping center that keeps out businesses they don't want."

Construction at the new building could begin this spring or summer, Metzger said.

In other news:

Council approved Compton's resignation - reluctantly. City Council member Rod Compton submitted his official resignation Tuesday night, about eight months into his first term.

Compton, who is also a pastor, is moving to Albuquerque, N.M., where he has accepted a position at a church.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to represent the people of Craig," said Compton, who told the council his plans had changed in a "divine sense."

"I'm not glad to leave here, but I have to do what I'm supposed to do."

The council voted, 5-2, to accept his resignation.

Council members Bill Johnston and Terry Carwile opposed the resignation, votes they admittedly cast as signs of support for the outgoing council member.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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