Frisco Station pedestrian walkway a go
FRISCO – Plans for a pedestrian walkway through Frisco Station shopping center, connecting the Summit Boulevard area with the transportation center behind Wal-Mart and Safeway, are moving forward.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is in the process of finalizing an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with Frisco to build a pedestrian walkway through Frisco Station on Summit Boulevard, said CDOT spokeswoman Stacey Stegman. Officials expect to complete the necessary paperwork by the end of the month.
Frisco officials are negotiating to purchase unit 18 – between Wal-Mart and Safeway – where National Velvet Dry Cleaners currently resides.
According to the plans, Frisco would purchase the unit from Frisco Partners for about $290,000, using money from CDOT’s Park and Ride fund, town officials said. CDOT Park and Ride funds are used for park and ride improvements and related projects.
The proposed walkway would make it easier for bus passengers to walk between the stores and restaurants on Summit Boulevard and the transit center, which sits on the west side of Frisco Station.
Now, passengers must walk around the north or south end of the shopping center to access the transportation center – both extended walks.
The increased pedestrian traffic through Frisco Station would likely increase business potential at the nearby stores and restaurants, officials said.
“I think it opens up commerce from Frisco Station, because people are able to get to the stores easier from the transfer station instead of having to go all the way around Wal-Mart or Safeway,” said town manager Alan Briley.
Once the IGA paperwork is finalized and Frisco owns the unit, Frisco Partners can proceed with construction, said John Maragon, manager for the Frisco Station Commercial Condominium association.
Frisco Partners has agreed to shoulder the cost of the construction to make the walkway, including sidewalk enhancements on the back side of the building. The company is still finalizing the construction bids and won’t have a timetable for the construction until then.
Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or email@example.com.
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