Dillon Center addition approved
DILLON – Dillon is poised to move into modern times.
Tuesday, Dillon town council members approved the proposed Dillon Center residential annex – and most said they think it is the answer to revitalizing the town core.
Silverthorne resident Eddie O’Brien, who owns property in Dillon, compared the small lakeside town to Carmel, Calif. The problem with Dillon, he said, is most condos are outdated and the proposed condos might “bring Dillon out of the ’60s, into the 2000s.”
Jackie McPheeters, a Silverthorne resident who works in Dillon, said she grew up in Summit County and growing up, she always wanted to live in Dillon. But many of the town’s condos have since become “obsolete,” she said.
“I have watched the town of Dillon go from being the cutest town,” McPheeters said. “I think this would be something fabulous for the town. I would like to see (Dillon) become the town in Summit County people would like to live in the most.”
The owners of Dillon Center – David Cyrus and Associates – have proposed building a 40-unit residential annex and a parking garage in the business center.
The 44,610 square-foot residential addition will include 24 two-bedroom and 16 one-bedroom units, for a total of 44,610 square feet. Each two-bedroom unit will be two levels and approximately 1,200 square feet. The one-level one-bedroom units will be approximately 900 square feet each, and will be stacked above one another.
The owner has purchased several lots to the west of the current building, where the 32,000 square-foot parking garage will be built.
The residential units will be built above the Dillon Center and the parking garage, said Dillon’s development coordinator Theresa Worsham.
“I think this is probably the best thing that has happened to this town,” said Council Member Judee Cathrall.
Mayor Barbara Davis agreed.
“Perhaps this is what we need to infuse vitality to the town,” Davis said.
Not everyone was happy with the proposal, though.
Dillon resident Mollie Crispell criticized the size of the project.
“I think it’s out of scale,” Crispell said. She added she has concerns of the impact during construction as well as the resulting increased traffic.
Council members Ben Raitano and Jim Dover also said they believed the project was too large for the town.
“This is one of the worst things in this town,” Dover said, calling the addition a “horrendous monstrosity.”
And Councilmember Mike Smith said he didn’t want to see any more condos built in Dillon.
But in the end, only Dover voted against the Dillon Center annex. Raitano and Smith both hesitated, but ultimately approved the proposal.
“We are delighted,” said Abbas Rajabi, the managing partner of David Cyrus Associates. Rajabi said the company has been working on this project for a long time, and he hopes it will improve business at the Dillon Center as well as bring vitality to the town’s core.
Now that he has the green light for building the addition, Rajabi said his company will begin with construction drawings and the building permit process. The company hopes to break ground for the parking garage by the end of August or early September. The project is estimated to take 18 months to complete.
Rajabi said he could not give an estimate for the total cost of the project, but guesses the units will sell for $250,000 to $300,000 each.
Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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