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Council mulls expanding Frisco’s borders

JULIE SUTORsummit daily news
Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Frisco resident Laura Young skis on a 12.7-acre parcel of town-owned land on Belford Street. The town will explore the possibility of annexing the land into the town boundary for future development options, including a public park and affordable housing.
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FRISCO – The town of Frisco may someday grow to accommodate more affordable housing and public park space.The town council agreed Tuesday night to explore annexation of almost 13 acres of land at the west end of Belford Street. The town already owns the land, but it sits outside the Frisco boundary in unincorporated Summit County.

“That’s a beautiful piece of property, and I think a combination of affordable housing and a park makes a lot of sense,” said Councilmember Tom Looby.The parcel, known by some as the “ski jump site” or the “Kids’ Pond site,” is possibly the largest vacant parcel adjacent to Frisco with good development potential, according to community development director Mark Gage. The site is adjacent to the recreation path, U.S. Forest Service land, existing residences and existing sewer and water infrastructure.Gage suggested partnering with a developer someday to “ensure that affordable housing for a variety of income targets can be made available for local residents.”

The council’s consideration of the land was part of a larger discussion on the future of various parcels of land in and around Frisco, many of them town-owned.The council gave town staff the go-ahead to explore several other land-use initiatives, including: the purchase of several acres of Denver Water land near Summit Middle School for open space and recreation; the purchase of land near the entrance to the marina to create a better gateway to Frisco Bay Marina and Main Street; and the sale of two condos on Mt. Royal Drive now used for short-term employee housing.According to Gage, the condos generally do not see enough use to justify the town’s expense in owning them.

“We have trouble renting them, and the homeowners association dues are quite high. Our recommendation is selling them and putting deed restrictions on them as affordable housing,” Gage said. Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at jsutor@summitdaily.com.


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