Decision imminent on 10-acre Frisco parcel |

Decision imminent on 10-acre Frisco parcel

JULIE SUTORsummit daily news

FRISCO – The fate of Frisco’s “10-acre parcel” has been the subject of town meetings, consultant analysis, council deliberation and water-cooler conversations throughout town during the past many months.The hundreds of hours of study, debate and discussion are about to bear fruit as the town council prepares to make a decision in February on the parcel’s fate.Options include retail development, open space, higher education, recreation facilities or a multipurpose center.Retail development has the potential to bolster the town’s sales tax revenues, but some fear impacts to Main Street businesses and Frisco’s small-town character.Colorado Mountain College has selected Frisco as the home for a new campus five years down the road, and the parcel, actually 9.4 acres, is one of two viable sites for the school. The other possibility is the current site of the Summit Medical Center campus on Summit Boulevard.BBC Research and Consulting, the firm that conducted an economic impact study on the site last year, concluded that a multipurpose conference center could never pay for itself and that recreation amenities are better suited to the Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area.Council members held closed-door executive sessions on possible development options for the parcel at each of its two meetings this month in preparation of February’s decision.”This has not been an attempt to circumvent the public process,” town manager Michael Penny said. “It’s been an opportunity for the council to have open discussion about future financial impacts of the site, including financial data that is proprietary.”Penny plans to make an official staff recommendation on the issue, to be followed by a council vote on Feb. 8 or Feb. 22.-Julie Sutor

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