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Development issues dominate town of Silverthorne in 2004

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk The Town of Silverthorne is focusing on developing the town corps along the Blue River.
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SILVERTHORNE – The year began in Silverthorne with development on everybody’s minds.At the tail end of 2003, voters narrowly approved a controversial re-zoning to allow new commercial development, anchored by a Safeway grocery store, on an 11.2-acre parcel on Smith Ranch on the north end of town.Fast-forward a year and there hasn’t been a bulldozer in sight. Furthermore, the developer, Kornfeld, Koslosky Properties (KKP) saw a site plan approval from the town expire on Dec. 19.KKP developer Brad Kornfeld said he never broke ground because KKP’s contract with Safeway expired because of the lengthy approval process with the town.In the meantime, town manager Kevin Batchelder said the parcel is zoned and waiting for the right builder to develop it.

“We welcome a specific project with a specific timeline,” said Silverthorne Mayor Lou DelPiccolo. Until that happens, the town has redirected its focus to developing the riverfront instead.In June, the town turned its attention toward the public safety sector when Police Chief John Patterson moved to the Front Range to take over as chief of the Cherry Hills Police Department.After reviewing dozens of applications, the town trimmed the pool down to Kent Donahue, a 48-year-old captain with the Greeley Police Department.”(Kent) has jumped right in,” said town manager Kevin Batchelder. “He’s made lot of effort to connect with the community.”In September, hundreds of kids filed into Silverthorne Elementary School for the first day of school in the brand new, state-of-the-art building.The town sold the Cottonwood Park lot to the school district in 2003 and construction was completed on the $12 million school.

The school is highly touted for its energy-efficient design, including the placement of numerous skylights throughout the building to utilize natural lighting.”The school is a big thing for a lot of families in Silverthorne,” Batchelder said.Just as it began, 2004 also ended with development on everybody’s minds, but now the town is more focused on directing business and attention on the Blue River.The Silverthorne Factory Stores are in the midst of a $13 million renovation, the town has signed a lease with a Denver developer to build phase two of its Town Center project and the town recently received a sizable push toward completing its Blue River Experience.Polo Ralph Lauren, Ann Klein, Coach, Coldwater Creek, Pendleton and Timberland have all signed leases with the Factory Stores and are expected to open next spring, coinciding with the completion of the remodel.The idea is to have a pedestrian pathway that will link the Factory Stores and the Town Center, which consists of the Silverthorne Pavilion and the yet-to-be constructed phase two.



Developer Peter Cudlip has plans to build retail shops, a family-oriented restaurant and loft housing units on 2.2 acres of land on the south side of the pavilion. He hopes to have the project complete by the end of the year.For Silverthorne, the cherry on top came when the town learned it would be the recipient of a $1.67 million grant from Great Outdoors Colorado to help complete its “Blue River Experience.”The enhancement project is designed to create an infrastructure of parks, trails and open spaces, all centered around the Blue River, which is widely considered to be the town’s heart and soul.Batchelder said all these advancements are giving him a positive outlook heading into 2005.”I think we’ve come out of economic doldrums a little bit and I think the downtown commercial core is starting to show huge potential, not only with development, but possibly with redevelopment as well,” Batchelder said.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 229 or at nformosa@summitdaily.com


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