CMC renews interest in Frisco campus site
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FRISCO ” The Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees voted this week to renew its commitment to Frisco by pursuing a site along the Dam Road for its new Summit County campus.
Colorado Mountain College (CMC) is interested in developing 20 acres on the site, which was chosen after the board reviewed an engineering report.
The board’s choice, according to Richard Bateman, the Board of Trustee member for Summit County, was dictated by their strong interest in consolidating their Dillon and Breckenridge campuses.
“The conversations that Dean (Leah) Bornstein and I have had have indicated strong sentiments toward consolidating the campuses,” Bateman said. “After arriving at that decision, Frisco popped out as the epicenter for Summit County.”
Bateman cited several factors which make Frisco a top choice.
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“Accessibility is a big factor,” he said. “Frisco is in a centralized position in the county. It’s close to the interstate, and it’s close to public transportation as well.”
Bornstein is optimistic about the proposed site.
“One part that is unique and exciting is that Summit County is talking about a longtime vision for the Dam Road, which would include a partnership with Frisco, Dillon, Silverthorne and Summit County,” she said.
Frisco town manager Michael Penny was at the meeting, and agreed to take the CMC board’s decision to the Frisco Town Council for consideration.
“We’re going to proceed forward with getting an appraisal for the site,” said Penny, adding that these appraisals typically take 60 days.
Penny said that a council work session for discussing the proposed development could take place in October or November.
The entire Dam Road site is U.S. Forest Service land, which will necessitate a land trade negotiation between CMC and the Forest Service. While land trades can typically take several years, Bateman expressed hopes that, if the site is made available, there could be ways to expedite the negotiations.
But CMC is cautious about setting any timelines.
“The feeling of the board is, if this is the best property, let’s put that as the priority and not the timeline,” said Bornstein.
A specific location on the Dam Road site has not yet been designated, but will be decided upon after proposed joint comprehensive land-use surveys by Frisco, Dillon, Silverthorne and Summit County, in conjunction with CMC and the U.S. Forest Service.
Frisco Director of Community Development Mark Gage said he approves of the idea of a joint effort.
“We should plan this more comprehensively, rather than just piecemeal; that would be more welcome to the Forest Service as well,” Gage added.
If the Dam Road site is not made available, the CMC Board of Trustees will consider the possibility of negotiating for land within the town-owned Frisco Peninsula Recreational Area along Highway 9 across from the new hospital site.
But in the meantime, the board’s decision on Monday solidified their commitment to Frisco ” and particularly the site on the Dam Road.
“Well continue to move ahead on the Dam Road property,” Bateman said. “We don’t want to lose momentum on that.”
Keely Brown can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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