Breckenridge leaders optimistic for agreement with CMC
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BRECKENRIDGE ” A spat between the Town of Breckenridge and Colorado Mountain College appears to have subsided with the town’s preliminary approval of a land transfer Tuesday evening.
The agreement gives 16 acres to CMC for $1 for its new $14 million campus under construction southwest of the intersection of Highway 9 and Coyne Valley Road.
But the move doesn’t guarantee the transfer will be approved on second reading scheduled for July 22.
“We did a first reading just to buy some time,” council member Eric Mamula said, adding that town officials are dealing with a different CMC team than the one that butted heads with the town two weeks ago.
Demands from CMC to opt out of a 350-space shared-parking arrangement ” coupled with a contentious discussion ” led the council to pull the decision from its agenda last month.
The town is bound by an agreement with Breckenridge Ski Resort for 500 overflow parking spaces on the entire 45-acre parcel. It also has plans to develop attainable housing in the parcel.
The college wants flexibility for further expansion and is concerned for student safety.
All three entities met this week and appear to be near a solution on the parking issue, said CMC president Stan Jensen.
“I’m very pleased. We’ve had some really good meetings, and I look forward to many more in the future,” he said. “We’ve also set up a mechanism where we’ll be able to work out any problems (on an) ongoing basis.”
The town expressed similar optimism.
Council member Peter Joyce said the council is “happily surprised” with the improved communication. He said the parking issue will likely be worked out.
“I think that the (opt-out clause) is going to be omitted, and there’ll be some other language that gives some flexibility, so that the college has the ability to do future development if they want,” Joyce said.
But if a solution isn’t reached in the next two weeks, it could result in the final vote on the transfer being pulled from the next agenda, he said.
Mamula said the purpose of the shared parking is to accommodate skiers when the college isn’t busy.
“The original intent was so we didn’t have two humongous parking lots next to each other that aren’t used all the time,” he said.
He said the new CMC campus will be great for the community.
Town manager Tim Gagen said the earlier parking agreement had been drafted mostly by CMC, but now they’ve asked the town’s attorney to “take the lead in re-drafting.”
The college’s 35,000 square-foot expansion is to include classrooms, an auditorium and a community wing.
Further expansion hasn’t been planned, as the facility stands as the final component in the school’s existing master plan. Another blueprint for the school’s future is under development.
Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or email@example.com.
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