Dillon to Lake Cliffe: We’ll talk
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The president of Lake Cliffe Condominium Association again brought the board’s case before Dillon Town Council Tuesday night, telling members he doesn’t believe the town needs the 50 proposed extra parking spaces at Dillon Marina.
Lake Cliffe president Michael Carollo has told council in the past that residents have a few concerns about the lot: Increased foot traffic and noise through their property when events are held, security concerns due to increased traffic, quality of life, and decreased property values – to the tune of $15,000 per unit, he said – because of destroyed scenery.
On Tuesday, Carollo also debated the number of spaces needed for Dillon Amphitheater events.
The new spots – which town manager Joe Wray said are meant to accommodate town visitors on busy event days – would mean a replacement of the island and cul-de-sac at the end of Lodgepole Street, and the removal of some trees there. There’s currently 270 spaces at the marina, but with the new parking improvements, including the cul-de-sac improvements, there would be 400. Wray said actual recommendations to the town were that 1,000 parking spaces are needed to accommodate the marina, Marina Park and amphitheater.
Carollo told council that a recent amphitheater parking study included too little seating space-per-person, and argued that the facility can only hold 2,305 people, as opposed to the study’s figure of 3,260. Factoring in town regulations and assumed parking within a seven-minute walking distance, Carollo estimates a parking surplus of 387 spaces.
Carollo told council he felt he has given a logical and reasonable argument, and wants to work with the town going forward. The association does not anticipate legal action with the town, he told council at a recent meeting.
“Hopefully we can convince you not to build this 50-space parking lot, which we don’t think you need,” Carollo said.
Wray told Carollo that the town intends to work with him and the association moving forward, and that the particular portion of the project hasn’t even been funded yet. Marina parking lot improvements start soon, with the leveling and widening of the existing area.
“I’m hoping that together, we can find a real solution to the parking needs,” Wray said.
Wray noted that the town has worked with Lake Cliffe before – a few years back, the cul-de-sac was scheduled to become the marina’s rigging and masting area, but it was moved after residents voiced disapproval, he said.
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