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Community center sits empty

FRISCO – Though many ideas are circulating for Frisco’s old community center, it’s unlikely any will be realized before the end of the year.

The building on 3rd Avenue has been standing empty since the seniors moved their headquarters to the new Summit County Community and Senior Center in August.

Town officials have discussed a variety of uses for the building, including a recreational facility, a day-care or teen center or office space for a nonprofit organization.



At last week’s council worksession, Frisco Assistant Town Manager Theresa Casey offered yet another idea for the building. She suggested the town council consider sending a request for proposals from all interested parties.

With some improvements, the building might be suitable for a meeting or wedding facility – or even a catering company’s headquarters, she said.



Several nonprofits have inquired about the building.

Krista Flannigan, a victims services consultant, said Rocky Mountain Advocacy Center officials are considering the building as a possible location for its headquarters. Susan Love, executive director for Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Continental Divide, a nonprofit that volunteers for children in court resulting from abuse or neglect, said she, too, is interested in the building.

“This space would be great,” Love said, adding that CASA currently has offices in Avon.

Because both nonprofits serve the Fifth Judicial District, which includes Summit, Eagle, Lake and Clear Creek counties, Frisco would provide a central location, she said.

“I think there are a lot of nonprofits who could use office space,” Love said.

Still, the town council will not decide any time soon, said Frisco Community Relations Director Linda Lichtendahl.

The town council recently hired a consulting firm to conduct an economic development study, and it likely will wait until that study is complete before deciding the best use for the facility, she said. The study is scheduled to be completed in the early part of 2003.

In the meantime, council members have directed the town staff to have the building appraised, adding the possibility of sale to the already long list of options.

Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or lsnyder@summitdaily.com


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