Larkspur, CO

Larkspur residents split on proposed truck stop

Natasha Lovato

Natasha Lovato / NewsBreak Denver

(Larkspur, Colo.) A proposed truck stop off Upper Lake Gulch Road and Interstate 25 proves to be controversial by Larkspur residents.

One resident even created a petition called, Stop the Truck Stop, while other residents believe building a truck stop would be a positive addition to the small town.

Larkspur Town Clerk Heather Yanda said the truck stop site plan is still in the application process, and there are no further updates. Yanda also stated that the town is not affiliated with the resident’s petition.

Some residents believe adding a truck stop would boost the local economy, and any negativities other residents share are purely hyperbolic.

“If it brings money to benefit the town, then it should be a good thing. If Larkspur can handle the Renaissance Fair, this should be nothing to compare,” Larkspur Resident Michelle Burhenn said.

Other residents, like Beth Allis, believe that the truck stop will benefit Larkspur as long as the proper safeguards are put in place. Allis explained that if the developer and town consider wildlife safety, traffic mitigation, snow removal plans, and regular patrolling by law enforcement, then the truck stop would pose no problems.

“This would be a great place to fuel up in an area where there are no options or even get a cup of coffee before 7 a.m.,” Allis said.

Those against the truck stop worry about the potential increase in crime, to which Allis said, “Crime is everywhere!”

Some residents believe the truck stop would cause light and air pollution, spread police resources too thinly to patrol other areas, and create other unanswered questions.

“There’s too many unanswered questions for me to be on board, besides the obvious fact of it’s a truck stop, and they’re nasty dirty places,” Larkspur Resident Janell Walter said.

Yanda stated that there would be updates in upcoming town hall meetings that would provide more details to educate the community about the truck stop project.

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