Frisco Main Street inn on its way out
FRISCO – Bulldozers will tear down a little bit of Summit County history Monday, but few in Frisco will shed a tear.Frisco developer Rob Philippe will oversee the demolition of Main Street’s 5 Mountains Inn, a tiny, dingy motel just east of the Loaf ‘N Jug.”I don’t think anyone will be sad to see this place go,” Philippe said.Just the same, Philippe is inviting people to grab some memorabilia from the 5 Mountains Inn Saturday before he scraps it.”Everything goes – televisions, beds, sofas, fixtures. Bring your screwdrivers. No reasonable offer refused,” Philippe said. “I just want to get rid of it instead of sending it to the dump.”The sale will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday morning and will end when Philippe decides it’s time to partake in the town’s Oktoberfest festivities.The inn’s Frisco life was its second one.Decades ago, the structure sat in the old town of Dillon where it sheltered skiers and weary travelers under the name Holiday House Hotel. When the waters of Dillon Reservoir moved in, workers moved the building to Frisco’s Main Street, where it has changed names and owners almost as often as tenants.”It has housed every drunk and derelict in the town of Frisco. One of the town drunks – ‘Up-Chuck’ – used to sleep next to the hot water heater in the wintertime,” Philippe said.Philippe used to rent some of the units to Club Med as employee housing. That ended when one of the Club Med tenants stole thousands of rolls of toilet paper, unrolled them, wadded up the toilet paper and built tunnels with it throughout his room.”He lived in it like a rabbit. And he lit it with candles, if you can believe it,” Philippe said.Another of the motel’s residents once burglarized the nearby Blue Spruce Inn during a blizzard.”He was thinking the snow would cover his tracks, but it stopped snowing. So the police followed his footprints from the back of the Blue Spruce and found him sitting in one of the rooms with all the money and buckets of lobster tails,” Philippe mused. “That place is nothing but weird stories. I should have made a movie about it 20 years ago.”In the motel’s place, Philippe plans to build a 10-unit, mixed-use condominium building. The Frisco developer is known for architecturally creative endeavors elsewhere along Main Street, including the well-received Farley’s Chop House building on Fifth Avenue and Main Street.”We’ve got some really special 30-inch spruce logs that were killed by pine beetles. And we’ll have literally tons and tons of native Colorado stone,” Philippe said. “This is another piece of the puzzle. Main Street really needs to be contiguous so people keep walking down it.”Philippe expects to begin construction of the commercial/residential project in October and finish in August.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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