Construction underway on future sporting goods store in Breckenridge
Summit Daily News
A new building inspired by the town’s mining history will greet incoming traffic to Breckenridge on the corner of Park Avenue and Airport Road by early October.
Construction has already begun on the building, which will provide space for Alpine Sports, a sporting-goods store, on the first floor and offices on the second floor and will feature a tower reminiscent of a historic mining structure.
“It’s one of the first buildings you see when you get into the main part of Breckenridge,” designer Suzanne Allen-Guerra said. “So we wanted to create something that spoke of Breckenridge and also greeted people.”
The tower will house a climbing wall visible from the street, Allen-Guerra.
“(The developer) wanted to have a tower element on the corner of the building, recognizing the old airport in Breckenridge and also greeting visitors and locals alike who choose to enter Breckenridge via Park Avenue,” Allen-Guerra wrote in an email. “(Architect) Jerry Burns and I rotated the tower to be visible from every aspect of the intersection utilizing the precedent of ‘tower’ type elements in a typical mining structure.”
The development will sit close to the street, respecting the norms of historic building styles and will feature a side parking lot.
The second story will include a patio and one unit of affordable housing in addition to office space.
The project was approved by the Breckenridge planning commission in September.
“It really anchors the corner,” said Chris Kulick, the planner who reviewed the project for the town. “The planning commission was very supportive of it. They liked the look of the building. For a project this size, it’s fairly rare that it comes through and there isn’t some type of issue the planning commission can poke a hole at.”
The building is expected to be complete by October 1, and Alpine Sports could be ready to open its doors by Thanksgiving.
The land parcel is zoned for three separate developments and one common parking lot, so the new building could potentially be the first of three structures at the site.
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