Brown: Don’t block the way to mass transit progress
June 3, 2013
Summit Daily's coverage of the possibility of 1-70 mass transit some time back stated that stations would require large pieces of ground. It also indicated that the Frisco Transfer Station area would be a likely possibility for a station.
However unlikely the possibility of an I-70 mass transit system is, we should not do anything to preclude that possibility. Before the Town of Frisco gives the Whole Foods project developers total rights and encouragement for the development, I would like to see site plans that ensure that the development will still allow appropriate space for a potential mass transit station on the Transfer Station and/or "Interstate Parcel" properties.
Selling the property outright, instead of leasing it, as the town apparently intends to do, makes this critically important. If the developers are to get the property for two-thirds of its appraised value, they certainly ought to be willing to allow the town to retain whatever portion of the property might reasonably be expected to be needed for the possibility of a mass transit station. If a station were to be built at that location, it would certainly dramatically increase the value of the development.
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