Catherine Cockburn: Leave F-lot open |

Catherine Cockburn: Leave F-lot open

Catherine Cockburn

I was appalled to read that the Town of Breckenridge is considering proposals to develop the F-lot. Seems the developers are circling like vultures to snap up this site, currently used for parking.

Ascent Resort Partners et. al. would like to build a 243-room hotel, bar, restaurant, 40 residential units and a parking structure on the site.

Jack Wolfe of Wolfe and Company calls the F-lot a “doughnut hole.” His solution? Fill it with a five-story, 150-room hotel, bar, 46 residential units and a parking garage.

Presumably, the parking offered by either of these developments wouldn’t be free as it presently is in F-lot during the summer months.

Here’s an idea, Jack: That “doughnut hole” is a pleasant piece of semi-open space in the town. Filling it with a five story hotel and parking garage will blot the views and the landscape. The only sensible remark you make is: “This is a really tremendous setting.” Yes it is, Jack, how about you leave it that way?

Triumph principal Steve Virostek wants the town to give this valuable land to a hotel, likely Marriott, “free of charge,” claiming the hotel would bring additional guests, beds and sales tax revenue to the town.

Well, here’s an idea Steve, how about Marriott pay the going rate for this valuable bit of real estate and the town could use the money up front instead of waiting for tax revenues years away?

And while I’m feeling generous with advice: Here’s a revelation, Steve, there’s already a Marriott in Breckenridge, (it’s on Columbine Drive next to the Maggie Pond – take a look). So presumably those “brand loyal” customers you think building a Marriott will bring to town, are already here.

Leave the F-lot alone. We don’t need Breck looking like another Vail with hotels stuck cheek-to-jowl together. And if the council bows to developer pressure to develop the lot, then make them pay the going rate. Don’t give our town away!

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