Road Work Paves Way To Business Opportunities

County to consider park addition

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The Gila County Board of Supervisors will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the courthouse in Globe to consider a request to rezone the Creekview RV Park in Christopher Creek to allow the addition of two mobile home spaces.

Park owner Randy Slapnicka was out of town this week and unavailable for comment.

Nancy Olson, co-owner of the Grey Hackle Lodge across the street from the Creekview RV Park, said a number of business owners herself excluded and residents in the area are preparing to provide temporary housing for road crews who will be widening 50 miles of Highway 260 between Payson and Heber.

The first phase of the 20-year project is under way in the Preacher Canyon area. A contractor is expected to be chosen for the Christopher Creek section in June or July, with work scheduled to start next year, Olson said.

Although one property owner within a 300-foot radius of the park has opposed the Creekview RV Park zoning change request in writing, Gila County Dist. 1 Supervisor Ron Christensen said he doesn't expect any problem at the meeting.

While Olson is adding two cabins to the 11 she now has, she said she is not expanding to house highway workers.

"We really aren't all that interested in attracting that business," she said. "We're going to stick to our theme of a getaway for people who want peace and solitude."

A number of people in Christopher Creek are preparing to capitalize on road-work-related business, Christopher Creek resident Lance Sabo said.

"Even up the road in Colcord Estates some residents are putting in RV hookups to provide accommodations for workers," he said.

The recent expansion of Roosevelt Dam generated quite a bit of local business, Christensen said.

"Construction workers have to have a place to stay and eat, and that project generated a lot of additional business in the area for a number of years," he said.

While Olson said she is not interested in additional business from the workers, she is excited about the long-term implications of the highway widening.

"I'm ecstatic about the new highway," she said. "It should make Christopher Creek more of a destination point."

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