Dillon redraws public lots as part of revitalization plan
As part of a long-term project to revitalize Dillon’s town center, the town council voted Tuesday night to redraw town-owned property in hopes of bringing in new businesses.
Three lots were created on the east side of Dillon’s town center. Lot 16R, at the corner of LaBonte Street and Buffalo Street, measures at 17,667 square feet, while lots 17A and 17B, following LaBonte Street to Fiedler Avenue, measure at 24,265 square feet and 9,861 square feet each. The land, which was formerly reserved as undeveloped space, may be open to growth within a matter of months.
“We want to go from something that’s an afterthought to something that’s nice and neat,” said Dillon engineer Dan Burroughs. “We would like to see new buildings and new streetscaping in front of those buildings to revitalize the town.”
Burroughs plans to transfer the land to the Dillon Urban Renewal Authority, where the town could review potential buyers once the lots are on the market. The town could also consider requests for proposals for specific types of businesses, such as restaurants or office buildings. Burroughs hopes that the added tax revenue brought in from new property owners could be used for further projects to improve Dillon’s town center.
A few of residents in the surrounding condominiums expressed reservations about the potential changes across from their doorsteps. Owners at the Lodge at Lake Dillon wrote in with worries about decreasing property value, construction noise and limited parking.
“It seems like every time we get a piece of land here we’re in a hurry to put something on it,” said Kevin Stout, a property owner and board member with La Riva Del Lago Condominiums. “If redrawing lines opens us up to more one-off solutions, let’s make sure we look at a solution holistically regardless of what we do with these lots.”
The three lots are just the beginning of a larger analysis of government-owned land across Dillon. The town council is currently considering up to 12 possible plans, including adding lots for new buildings and revamping parking and downtown streets. One idea might include narrowing Lake Dillon Drive, while adding more storefronts along the town’s main drag.
But for now, the town is testing the waters with these three spaces.
“They’ll probably be the first ones to go out on the market,” Burroughs said. “We’ll see if there’s any interest.”
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