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Mountain Parks Electric, Granby Ace Hardware at odds over new road

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News

Two neighboring businesses in Granby have reached a stalemate.

Mountain Parks Electric wants to expand onto its vacant property, the location of the former El Monte Motel.

Ace Hardware, however, is opposed to a major detail on Mountain Parks’s site plant, namely, a public road on the east side of the Ace property, between the two neighbors.

Ace co-owner Jim Swanson told Granby’s board of trustees last night that “insurmountable” traffic problems will stem from such a road.

“It will close off one of the access points to the hardware store,” he said, a business that in the height of the retail season sees about 600 to 700 cars in a day.

The businesses stated their positions during a quasi-judicial hearing on a conditional use permit, which, had it been approved, would have given the initial go-ahead for a new town road west of Mountain Parks Electric’s future “campus.”

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But trustees, recognizing that Mountain Parks and Ace haven’t found middle ground, continued the hearing until after the holidays.

Mayor Ted Wang encouraged the two businesses to meet with the town traffic engineer and the Colorado Department of Transportation to find a solution in the meantime.

Mountain Parks President Joe Pandy presented an overview of expansion plans to the board.

The utility co-op, which has been headquartered in Granby since 1953, has proposed to build a17,000 square-foot steel warehouse and an 8,000 square-foot garage on the 5.2 acre site.

Pandy stressed that Mountain Parks would continue its efforts to provide extensive landscaping around the future buildings, as well as adequate fencing to hide the yard for poles, conduit wire and transformers, and would have low-profile security lighting that is “Dark Skies Association certified.”

Later, Mountain Parks hopes to build two more facilities, an additional garage and materials/vehicle storage, he said.

A 60-foot right of way on the site’s west end would serve not only the 100 residents in the Selak Drive Neighborhood, Pandy said, but the general public already using Lois Lane, a private drive owned by Mountain Parks.

Mountain Parks presented to trustees a petition signed by nearby residents, as well as letters from Granby Fire Chief Dave Boyes and East Grand School Superintendent Robb Rankin, both vouching that a future road would improve emergency vehicle and school bus access to neighborhoods.

The new access would be needed for the smooth entrance and exit of large trucks, trailers and equipment into the yard, according to Mountain Parks.

But Ace and Mountain Parks have not been able to resolve the proposed street issue in two years.

The turn radiuses, one into the Ace business and the other by cars turning left onto Highway 40 from the proposed road, intersect, said Ace co-owner Tom McConathy.

“The road proposed is not adequate for retail traffic,” he said.

He and Swanson testified that a road where suggested would hinder not only plans for a future expansion of the hardware store, but existing truck and storage accesses.

“We find ourselves on the defense. It will have a major impact on our business,” Swanson said.

Board adopts 2008 budget

The Granby Town Board adopted its 2008 budget.

Total revenues are $3,718,050, with total expenditures at $3,599,717. A more detailed story about the town of Granby’s 2008 budget will be published in a future edition of the Sky-Hi Daily News.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@grandcountynews.com.

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