Breck council exploring feedback on Main Street ground floor uses
February 28, 2008
BRECKENRIDGE ” After gathering community feedback about limiting ground floor office space on Main Street, Breckenridge Town councilmembers decided they needed to take a deeper look at the concerns and all possibilities.
“This is a tough issue,” said Councilmember Rob Millisor at this week’s work session, where Town staff provided information from a recent public open house on the topic.
The three options the council is exploring include prohibiting new offices, allowing new offices separated by a set distance, or taking no action. With all options, current office uses could remain that way even if sold.
Discussions about limiting office space on Main Street first arose more than a year ago out of concern for the area’s vitality. And while everyone who attended the community open house agreed they wanted to maintain vitality, the most favorable option from those who attended was taking no action, Mark Truckey, assistant director of community development, told the council Tuesday afternoon.
Councilmember Jeffrey Bergeron, who attended the open house, said after listening to much of the feedback, there are “some aspects of this I’ve become uncomfortable with.”
One of issues that concerned him was an ordinance prohibiting new office uses, which would limit what an owner could do and could impact their ability to rent the space.
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Councilmember Jennifer McAtamney said she was surprised more people weren’t interested in the option of allowing additional offices with distance separation. With that option, new offices would be allowed and the vitality wouldn’t be interrupted, she added.
About 13 percent of Main Street frontage is office. The concern is that, in the future, office space would become more prevalent, resulting in a less vibrant pedestrian experience, officials said.
“Today it works,” Millisor said. The question is, “Should we just say we’ll take the risk that the free market will continue to make it work?”
In the end, the council asked Town staff to explore some questions they had, look into the option of an incentive plan for restaurants, retail, and find a way to continue to gain community feedback.
“This is an ongoing process that’s going to involve a lot of input,” said Councilmember Dave Rossi, who also attended the open house and heard many concerns.