Fraser Valley benefits from Grand Park’s presence
March 20, 2008
To the Editor:
It should have been enough that you printed one letter where the author “didn’t get it,” but then you printed a second. Both Greg Murdock and Betsy Davis were commenting on a letter last week by Stephanie Souiers that was clearly tongue in cheek.
I realize Grand Park and the new rec center both make an easy target, but let’s get some perspective here.
First, on the rec center: There were public meetings, posters, fliers, an ad campaign, articles in the paper and information posted on the rec district’s Web site. At some point, voters have to take responsibility for their own action or inaction as the case may be. Mr. Murdock’s contention that he was “poorly informed and inadequately notified” to vote is disingenuous.
Second, on Grand Park, of course the donation of five acres of land will benefit Grand Park. I don’t think anyone at Cornerstone Development has ever contended that it will not. But, what Ms. Davis fails to realize is that it also benefits the residents of Grand County, and it is not really a question of who benefits more.
People will come to use the rec center and will then shop in the new town center, or some people shopping in the new shopping center will see the rec center and may decide to join or spend money on a drop-in basis. This is what in business is called a “win-win.” Some of the businesses in the new town center will be owned and managed by local residents who will directly benefit from walk-in business generated by the rec center.
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As far as Grand Park not putting money back into the local economy and “flooding the Market” with overpriced homes, there are other current projects, i.e. Winter Park Base Village, that also don’t hire local contractors and there seems to be no outcry over that.
The developer of Grand Park and his family live, work and spend their money in Grand County, and Cornerstone Development directly employs several residents of the Fraser Valley. He also seems to have a long-term vision for the project. It is maybe not a vision everyone agrees with but, so far, he hasn’t shown that he is going to take the money and run.