Leftover old CMC space up for grabs in Breckenridge
October 24, 2012
BRECKENRIDGE – A yoga studio, museum and indoor playground are among the ideas pitched so far for uses of 3,200 undesignated square feet included in the plans for the new south branch library in Breckenridge’s old CMC building.
The Breckenridge Town Council set aside the area inside the historic building to be used as community space and agreed Tuesday to request proposals from the public how to best use the extra rooms.
“We can always use people’s good ideas,” Councilwoman Wendy Wolfe said.
Officials said top priority would go to ideas and proposals that would bring the greatest number of people to the building. Some council members also said they wanted to see the space offer options for less fortunate individuals as well.
“My bias would be toward underserved populations in our community,” Councilman Ben Brewer said. “That’s the kind of place I’d like it to be: something where people feel welcome.”
The old CMC building was constructed as a school at the turn of the 20th century, in later years it became of the local Colorado Mountain College, earning its current unofficial moniker.
The town of Breckenridge purchased the building in 2009 with the intention of renovating it as a community facility. After years of debating different possible uses for the historic structure, the town partnered with Summit County government to refinish and transform the building into the new site of the south branch.
The existing south branch, located near the Justice Center, is overcrowded and too small to meet the community’s needs, officials said. The county was preparing to construct a new library building when Breckenridge officials suggested repurposing the old CMC structure instead.
“This partnership is in the best interest of our community at large, saving taxpayer dollars and protecting a Summit County historical icon,” County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said of the project.
The controversial renovation project is expected to cost approximately $7 million, with the better part of the bill to be split between county and Breckenridge coffers.
Work on the building is set to begin in July 2013 and be completed the following summer.