Summit County Scoop
Happy Tuesday to YOU!
We were fortunate to attend the "State of the County" meeting hosted by the different town managers a week or so ago. Here are some of the highlights and tidbits about what is happening around the county:
Silverthorne - Ryan Hyland
- Smith Ranch - 50 acre parcel; town is working with Summit County Housing Authority to build affordable housing. There will also be an additional 11 acres of commercial space next to the road
- Built a new Xcel substation
- Pavilion Revenue up 36%, lots of events and shows being held there
- Rec Center trying to expand space without expanding the walls; this means the racquetball courts will be going away
- A new brewery will be going in the old Village Inn building
- Want a place that is economically viable and supported by the community
- Hampton Inn applied to build a hotel in Summit Place shopping center (next to Mountain Sports Outlet) was approved –sort of... with 22 conditions- it may not be happening anytime soon!
Frisco - Bill Efting
- The so-called "Christmas tree lot: was sold to Gerald Hines, an Aspen Developer, no plans have been submitted
- Whole foods currently hiring – Grand Opening end of April / beginning of May
- Step up Main Street: starting in the fall – narrowing main street and widening the sidewalks; improving the drainage of 6th and 7th Avenues; re-doing curbs
- Revenue at the Frisco Marina is up due almost entirely to stand-up paddle board rentals
- Best Western sold for $7.3 million – gave real estate tax huge boost in 2013
- Frisco Adventure Park – $1.3 million in revenue just from the tubing hill, might put in another Frisbee golf course – trying to create a long term plan for the area
- Frisco BBQ Challenge will be the 2nd weekend of June, the competition spots sold in 25 minutes!
Dillon - Joe Wray
- Sales tax revenues up 7% - putting money in the reserves and savings
- Petco should be opening in the late spring or early summer in the old Borders building
- Putting another $300,000 in the marina to finish the parking lot this year and add more slips - currently have 300, adding a few 100 more
- Over 100 events during the year – concerts (thinking of adding some Wednesday/Thursday nights) and Friday Farmers’ Market.
- Dillon BBQ will be expanded to become more of a summer festival rather than just a BBQ – more music
- April 1 ballot issue for pot – over the next few weeks there will be public forums held to discuss regulations
- As of right now there can be no churches in the center of Dillon, changing that – One Community (which has been meeting in the movie theater) will be located in the ground floor of the La Riva complex
Breckenridge – Tim Regan
- Want to expand the arts and culture at the River Walk Center – plans to start using it year-round
- Almost all improvements at Breckenridge Ski Resort are taking place at Peak 8 and Peak 6 this year
- Changing the Colorado chair to a six-pack this year
- Opening of Peak 6 terrain
- In the first 3 weeks, one marijuana retail store made $1 million, $60,000 in sales tax
- 80% of pot buyers are from out of state, most of the purchasers are 60-70 years old
- Possible roundabout at French St
- CMC Breckenridge – considering dormitories/housing especially for 4-year students
- Only 45% of people who work in Breckenridge live in town - don’t want to become an Aspen where everyone has to live elsewhere due to costs
Summit County – Gary Martinez
- Revenues up overall 12.5% - first up since 2005, this means that A-Basin, Keystone and Copper are starting to come back
- Property values down 17% overall; however, the next period looks strong - so far seeing an 8% property value increase in most recent tax evaluations
- Summit County building department was busiest ever 2013 - $96 million in permits (includes any and all permits)
- New South Ranch library in old CMC building in Breck planning for opening November/December
- Working with Frisco to buy parcel from Forest Service along Dillon Reservoir to built affordable housing
- Old Dillon Reservoir: Stocked with golden trout (not native to the area but isolated in Old Dillon), went from 50 acre feet to 300 acre feet; currently half full, expected to fill up with the run-off this spring
- Talking about extending bike path over Leadville through climax.
- Vail pass path also improved – joint effort between Summit and Eagle counties
- After Iron Springs changes to Hwy 9, the bike path will be able to go all around the lake
- Dillon Reservoir is 4ft to 5ft down, usually lower this time of year but Denver Reservoirs are full so they are not drawing water from Dillon right now
- 2014 Spring Break supposed to be the largest Summit County has ever seen
- By the end of 2015, CDOT is are hoping to have a “hard shoulder” on I-70 that can be used as an HOV/Toll Lane during peak traffic times!
So much going on in our lovely little Summit County!
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