No groundbreaking in sight for Shops at Silver Mountain |

No groundbreaking in sight for Shops at Silver Mountain

SILVERTHORNE – Despite the early arrival of spring, no building permits have been filed yet by developers of the Shops at Silver Mountain Village.

Developer Brad Kornfeld earlier this winter said he plans to get permits and begin construction on the project this spring.

Plans are still under way for the 94,000 square-foot shopping center on part of the Smith Ranch, Kornfeld said Wednesday.

The undeveloped site is on the west side of Highway 9, on the north side of town.

Building permits are required before construction can begin. Town officials said no building permits have been filed yet for The Shops at Silver Mountain Village.

Kornfeld said he could not approximate a groundbreaking date, nor a construction schedule.

Town residents voted three and a half months ago to approve the rezoning of an 11-acre corner of the 72-acre pasture south of the Willowbrook neighborhood.

In the record Silverthorne voter turnout Dec. 9, the vote tally was 475 yes votes to 466 no votes.

Proponents said the town needs the sales tax revenue, and they want a grocery store in town.

Opponents said Silverthorne didn’t need the grocery-anchored shopping center on the Smith Ranch.

In town council meetings last fall leading up to the vote, several residents questioned whether the town had any guarantee that the promised Safeway would be included in the project.

Developers are not required to show town officials their leases with tenants such as Safeway, said Mayor Lou DelPiccolo.

The Denver regional real estate manager for Safeway, Inc., Tom Duffy, attended many of the town’s public hearings last year, when plans for the project were being discussed.

On Tuesday Duffy said Safeway still plans to be one of the central tenants at the Shops at Silver Mountain Village.

“It is our intent to continue working with the Kornfelds. We do not have any alternative sites in mind,” said Duffy.

Because of the unexpectedly lengthy planning and approval process at the town level, Safeway executives have had to revisit the decision at the corporate level as a matter of procedure, Duffy said.

The land is currently an undeveloped meadow.

“We are in touch with Kornfeld Koslosky Properties, and we expect something soon,” said Mayor DelPiccolo.

The Shops at Silver Mountain Village on 11 acres in north Silverthorne will be approximately half the size of the 200,000-square-foot Dillon Ridge shopping center south of Silverthorne on Highway 6.

In the late 1990s, City Market pulled out of the Summit Village shops, where Office Depot is now located, and moved to Dillon Ridge, taking its sales tax base away from Silverthorne and giving it to the town of Dillon.

Christine McManus can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229 or at

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