Consolidation opens doors for Breckenridge
BRECKENRIDGE ” Colorado Mountain College’s (CMC) announcement that it wants to consolidate its Summit County facilities in Frisco has Breckenridge officials eager to talk about the future of the Breckenridge campus.
The town has been eyeing the historic brick building on Harris Street since CMC officials announced they were going to evaluate the future of its Summit campuses earlier this year. CMC has another campus in Dillon.
“It opens up some opportunity for the town to have a good discussion about the best use for the CMC building, regardless of who may eventually own it,” said Councilmember Larry Crispell.
“There’s a good case to be made that the town could best make good use of that building. I’d like to take a serious look and have a discussion with CMC about its future,” Crispell said.
Some of CMC’s options for upgrading its facilities included staying in and renovating the existing Breckenridge building, creating a campus in Dillon, consolidating everything in Frisco or trading the existing Breckenridge building for a town-owned parcel of land on Airport Road.
College officials solicited comments from the community earlier this year. Many people said they didn’t want the Breckenridge campus to move as it is a landmark in town. Others said an Airport Road location wouldn’t serve students well, as they would have to drive instead of walk.
“They had to do what they feel is best for them,” Crispell said. “I think CMC has been a great resource for Breckenridge. I’m sorry to see them go.”
Any consolidation is expected to take about five years and would involve building a new campus, phasing out the Dillon campus and selling the Breckenridge building.
If the town were to purchase the Breckenridge building, it would have to undergo massive renovation to accommodate the various town departments.
Councilmember Jim Lamb declined to comment as he works for the college. He hasn’t even attended town council executive session discussion surrounding the issue, citing a conflict of interest.
“I think it would be beneficial to the town to control that building,” Councilmember Jeffrey Bergeron said. “Whether we can afford it or what the master plan for it would be I have no idea. I think CMC is of such historic importance to our town, hopefully the town can maintain it.”
“I’d hoped they had decided to stay,” Councilmember Rob Millisor said. “If they’re moving, it gives us a great opportunity for that building.”
Town manager Tim Gagen said the town would have to keep the current town hall for about another six years because it was used as collateral to finance the Cucumber Gulch open space purchase.
Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or at
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