Breckenridge approves sandwich boards outside town core
A newly passed ordinance now allows Breckenridge businesses outside the town’s historic downtown district to erect 2-by-3-foot sandwich board signs in front of their shops.
Some business owners inside the Main Street district wondered why it can’t apply to the entire town.
“I was contacted by some business owners in the downtown core,” said Councilman Ben Brewer. “They thought the ordinance gave outlying businesses an unfair advantage.”
Councilwoman Wendy Wolfe commented on the vast difference between the historic district and the rest of town.
“Outside the core of town there is a lot of spaces between businesses and signs,” Wolfe said.
Council doesn’t want the already crowded sidewalks of Main Street cluttered with sandwich boards.
Brewer also wondered how much the town planning commission should be involved on ordinances regarding signage.
“Some planning commissioners also wish they’d seen it,” he said of the ordinance.
“I feel like sign code stuff is so touchy,” said Councilwoman Elisabeth Lawrence. “I think it’d be OK to let the planning commission help us feel it out.”
“The planning commission could play a bigger role when we are discussing signage inside the historic district,” Wolfe added.
“I’m voting for it because it’s outside the core,” Mayor John Warner said. “I think we did a pretty good job with it.”
The new ordinance amending the Breckenridge Town Code, known as the “Breckenridge Sign Code,” passed a second reading during the Tuesday, Sept. 9, regular meeting.
Council approved the first reading of a resolution naming eight buildings inside the town’s almost completed Arts District. There was mild debate over the naming of the Randall Barn. The barn was originally owned by Robert Whyte, but because there is already a house in the district named after Whyte they went with Randall, who didn’t own the property until the 1940s. The district is located at the intersection of South Ridge Street and East Washington Avenue.
Council approved resolutions related to refinancing a $7.2 million temporary loan agreement the town entered with Breckenridge Village Apartments LLC, also known as Pinewood Village, in February 2013. The loan agreement provided that Pinewood would secure permanent refinancing itself within three years. It took less than two years to secure refinancing from Freddie Mac to help pay the town back.
Located on Airport Road, Pinewood Village has steadily enjoyed an occupancy rate of 95 percent.
The council approved first readings of two resolutions related to the loan refinancing.
The town also entered into a 10-year lease agreement to rent the Barney Ford Museum and J.R. Hodges Tin Shop.
The town will continue to operate the museum and tin shop and will pay $20,000 annual rent for the two properties. The lease expires Dec. 31, 2023, and will receive the “right of first offer” if the landlord, the Colorado non-profit Saddle Rock Society, ever decides to sell part or all of the property.
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