Breckenridge to start rock-crushing operations at Denison Placer parcel |

Breckenridge to start rock-crushing operations at Denison Placer parcel

The town of Breckenridge began rock-crushing operations on Wednesday at the site of a future workforce housing development. The "Denison Placer" site on Block 11 will host a total of 96 workforce rental units.
Courtesy of the town of Breckenridge |

With town council’s vote of approval, the town of Breckenridge will begin rock-crushing operations near 107 Denison Place Road in conjunction with the adjacent workforce housing project, which broke ground last week. Over the next twelve weeks, 52,200 tons of dredge rock will be processed on-site to reduce truck traffic and lower the ground to better integrate the Denison Placer housing development with the Blue River.

“We’re moving the actual machine that will crush the rock to that site so we’re recycling the stuff that’s there and the town will be utilizing that rock,” Breckenridge communications director Kim Dykstra said, “We don’t have to transport it and then when we need it transport it back.”

The planned workforce housing development is divided into two phases: The first will include the construction of 30 studios set at 80-percent AMI (Area Median Income), and the second is planned for larger townhomes set at 30- to 60 percent-AMI. In total, both phases will bring 96 workforce rental units. While the second project is still pending Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) funding the town is proceeding with grading work for both projects.

“It’s two- to three-bedroom townhome rentals really targeted at families,” Breckenridge long-range planner Laurie Best said in a previous interview. In total, the town has designated about 25 acres of land in the “Block 11” area north of Valley Brook Street for workforce housing.

Rock crushing operations will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, starting on June 29, exempting July 4 and Labor Day. The crusher will be located at the east end of the eastern side of Block 11, away from existing development. To maintain air quality standards and prevent the spread of dust, the site will be watered regularly.

By crushing the material on-site, the town will prevent an estimated 4,500 truckloads that would be needed to haul the dredge rocks.

The material will be used to create 15,000 tons of rock for pipe bedding for a new water treatment plant that will be constructed next spring. It will also create 34,000 tons of road-base for a variety of projects, including the workforce housing project, and 3,700 tons of finely crushed rock for town trails.

For questions about the rock crushing operation, please contact Breckenridge town planner Chris Kulick at

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