Summit County locals asked to weigh in on County Commons future |

Summit County locals asked to weigh in on County Commons future

Summit County is looking for public input on improvements for the County Commons building.
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Summit County government is seeking input from local residents to create a master plan for the County Commons.

“The County Commons campus is home to a wide variety of operations and storage facilities for county departments and other agencies that serve our community,” County Commissioner Thomas Davidson said. “As our year-round and seasonal populations continue to grow, we need to be sure we have a good plan in place to house these public services well into the future.”

The county will hold an open house on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Loveland Room at the Summit County Community and Senior Center at 83 Nancy’s Place in Frisco.

The industrial portion of the campus, located just off Peak One Drive, includes facilities for Summit County Road & Bridge, Facilities Maintenance, Ambulance Service, 911 Communications Center, Sheriff’s Office, Search & Rescue and the Summit Stage. It also houses fleet services, vehicle fueling and wash facilities, recycling, some CDOT operations and the Fire Training Authority.

“Several of these services are outgrowing the capacities of their existing facilities, and some aging buildings in the complex need to be upgraded or reconfigured,” said Scott Vargo, assistant county manager. “So we’re taking a step back to look at this site in the big picture: We’ll evaluate current and future storage needs, the functionality of current facilities, vehicle and pedestrian traffic patterns, potential options for future development and the projected costs associated with various alternatives over the next two decades or more.”

Summit County hired RNL Design to conduct a site analysis and facilitate the master-plan development. RNL is preparing short- and long-term site-plan concepts for public review, and the public is invited to meet with county staff and design team representatives to provide feedback on site-plan alternatives.

“A lot of what takes place on this site is very much behind-the-scenes,” Vargo said, “but it’s critical that we use the space as efficiently and effectively as possible.”

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