Dillon Centre to get extensive overhaul
DILLON – Dillon town officials are optimistic that a massive overhaul of a centrally-located building may add a spark of life back into Dillon’s quiet downtown core.Denver-based DCB construction plans to add 40 townhomes on a new upper level of the Dillon Centre, which houses the bowling alley, a pool hall, a property management company and several other businesses.Along with the residential addition, the Centre will also receive a two-level parking garage and a new, stucco exterior shell.”This (building) will have a completely different look to it,” said building co-owner Abbas Rajabi.The plans, which have been approved by the town for two and half years, call for 16 one-bedroom units and 24 two-bedroom units to be built on top of the existing building.The town looks at the project as a step in the right direction toward reviving Dillon’s main drag, which has suffered in recent years, said Matt Thompson, planner for the town of Dillon.
“The success of the Dillon Ridge (Marketplace) came at the expense of some businesses in the core area, which don’t have any visibility from Highway 6, ” Thompson said.The Dillon Centre itself has been undergoing minor renovations since Rajabi became an owner in 1999.From 2000 to 2003, the motif has been updated with a timber and log design to make it “more conducive to the mountain environment.”The formerly metal railings are now wood and a mountain mural dons the interior walls.Regardless, occupancy at the Centre is still at just 70 percent, but Rajabi thinks adding residential units will “absolutely” boost up that figure. “Life centers are the new trend in living in America,” Rajabi said. “It brings a warm village environment where people can work, live and mingle in the same space.” Upon completion, the Centre will nearly double in size to 90,000 square feet. Its updated architectural style will be more attractive to prospective business owners, Rajabi said.
The project was originally approved by the town in May of 2002, but has been on the back burner ever since due to financial constraints.Now, the project is back on track and Rajabi would like to have the units for sale next summer, meaning architect Barry Sherman needs to start work early next spring.”It’s an aggressive schedule,” Sherman said. Before he can break ground, Sherman needs the town to approve an increase in its height limit from 40 feet to 50 feet because his plans call for the renovated Centre to reach 44 feet.The town’s planning commission has requested the town council amend the code to allow the increase.”The area has a lot of vacancies,” said town planner Matt Thompson. “We hope an increase (in height) will spur economic development and redevelopment in the core area.”
Dillon only has 12 lots remaining until it reaches build-out and redevelopments such as the Dillon Centre will soon be the only way to add more housing, Thompson said.He added that other town business owners have expressed interest in making similar renovations, but want to wait and see how successful the Dillon Centre units are before making any moves.Rajabi doesn’t yet know how much he’ll charge for the units, but he has priced similar townhomes in Frisco and Silverthorne at about $300,000.He expects the new housing with a “tremendous” view of the lake, will be gobbled up.”Right now, without having started any marketing or advertising, I’ve had seven people who want to sign a reservation form and begin picking their units now,” Rajabi said.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 229 or at email@example.com
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