A Dillon businessman is proposing a big project to the town: a two-story residential addition to the Dumler building, and a new parking/residential structure in the town-owned parking lot on the corner of Fiedler Avenue and LaBonte Street.
The proposal was put forth to Dillon Town Council Tuesday night by Tony Gancev, owner of the Dumler building (located at 330 Fiedler Ave., across from Colorado Mountain College), and the businesses Team Temp Staffing and Team Clean housed within. He recently acquired the building and would like to add two stories of condos on top (six units), but there is no parking to go along with it. To solve the problem, Gancev told council he'd like to build a parking garage on the current parking lot (in front of the Family and Intercultural Resource Center Thrift and Treasure store) with two stories of parking - one being partially underground - and 16 condos split throughout two stories on top. One of the parking levels would be dedicated to the public for free, while the other would be for the new residential units.
"At this point, it's a conceptual idea," Gancev told council. "I think it will add to the town."
Gancev wants his vision to be in line with the town's economic development vision, he told council.
The units would be of "a higher-end" quality, Arapahoe Architects owner Bobby Craig told council. Craig is working with Gancev on the idea.
The residential units on top of the parking garage would be added to help justify the cost of the structure, Craig said. Those 16 units, along with the six above Dumler, would be one or two bedrooms.
There are 53 spaces in the existing parking lot; Craig estimates 40-45 for each floor in the new structure, although nothing's set in stone.
There would still be pedestrian connections, so the sidewalks, like the one the Thrift and Treasure opens up to, would remain, according to Craig.
There is no timeline since everything is purely conceptual at this point, Craig said. He told council members and local citizens at Tuesday's meeting he wants to hear their opinions.
Council discussed the proposal in executive session Tuesday night. Town manager Joe Wray doesn't know when the subject will be brought before council again, and there is nothing scheduled for the public at this point. Wray said there is a possibility the matter will be transferred to the Dillon Urban Renewal Authority, a commission created to improve the town's center and encourage development, overseen by council members.