Adjacent Property Owners Excited About Downtown Development In Star Valley

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About a dozen Star Valley property owners showed up at a meeting with developers to hear a presentation about the Freegard property and to voice their opinions about how the project might affect them.

Developers from the Acuvest group of Scottsdale, including architect Sal Ramel, presented their plans and answered questions of adjacent property owners.

The adjacent property owners present at the meeting seemed excited about the project and expressed an overall opinion favoring what the developers have in mind.

"I think this is a master plan," said Steve Freegard, one of the previous owners of the property. "I'm all for it."

The 15.3-acre Freegard property will be developed over the next three to five years and will include a town hall building, a hotel, restaurants and retail space. The historic windmill currently on the property will be retained and used as a focal point near the entrance of the development, Ramel said.

"This will put Star Valley on the map," developer Paul Thomas said. "It will be first-class."

The major concern of adjacent property owners was construction of a fence at the back of the Freegard property to prevent visitors of the development from roaming onto their property.

Developers said that a fence could be constructed to better protect adjacent property and that all the details of the project were not completed, leaving room for issues such as the fence to be discussed.

The development plan includes one major entrance to the property off of Highway 260 with a traffic light and a large boulevard extending to the back of the development. The boulevard will divide the property and will ease possible traffic congestion on the highway, Ramel said.

Developers will begin construction of the boulevard and town hall first, Ramel said.

The meeting and absence of objections from adjacent property owners brought the project one step closer to receiving a proper zoning certification. The developers will bring a more complete version of their development plans before the Star Valley town council in the upcoming weeks.

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