Colorado Mountain College progresses toward home in Frisco
FRISCO – Colorado Mountain College (CMC) and the town of Frisco are inching toward a decision on the campus’ future home.The college’s first serious look into the Summit Medical Center site in Frisco has officials feeling cautiously optimistic about the Summit Boulevard location.”On the plus side of things, the location provides ready access to our staff and the students we expect to attract,” said CMC trustee Dick Bateman of Breckenridge. “The Summit Stage goes right by there and has stops adjacent to it.”An architectural firm hired by the college recently completed a study of the location. The preliminary report indicated the existing medical facilities could be transformed into a college.”It looks like retrofitting the building would make more economic sense than scraping down and building over. But until we sharpen our pencils on that, we won’t know for sure,” Bateman said.Bateman said the existing building contains roughly 10,000 square feet more than the college’s immediate needs would require, thus allowing for growth in student population and educational programs.”The most significant issue on the Summit Medical Center site is the number of parking spaces necessary,” said Frisco town manager Michael Penny, who met with CMC officials Tuesday. “We’re going to continue to keep each other in the loop over the next several months as we finalize what we’re thinking about the 9.4-acre parcel and they keep thinking about their vision for the campus,” he said.College officials voted in December to consolidate the Summit campus in Frisco from its two current locations in Dillon and Breckenridge. Town officials discussed the possibility of locating the college at the 9.4-acre parcel of town-owned land behind Safeway, but the council voted last month to allocate the land for retail development, as long as CMC can find another suitable location in the town.Penny said the Summit Stage public bus system is interested in working with the town to ensure the college has adequate public transit options at the Summit Medical Center site, should it end up as the winning spot. Frisco public works director Tim Mack will look into parking possibilities at the public works building, adjacent to the medical center on School Road.The college’s relocation on the site is contingent on more than parking. The town must purchase the medical building and the land beneath it and donate it to the school.Wise Inc., an Indiana-based medical facility development company, is scheduled to finalize its purchase of the building on March 22.Stephen Lowry of Wise wouldn’t disclose the sale price, but said the estimated value of the building and the land to be $4.5 to $5 million.”We are in the process of completing that sale,” Lowry said. “And we’re open to working with the town of Frisco and Colorado Mountain College. We’re doing this as an investment and to assist the medical community in exiting the Summit Vista building.”Summit Vista is the medical office building in front of the Summit Medical Center on Summit Boulevard.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at email@example.com.
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