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Prevention Alliance’s lease is in question

Lu Snyder

FRISCO – For several years, Summit Prevention Alliance (SPA) has been headquartered in an historic building at 518 Main St. Alliance officials would like to stay, but Frisco town officials aren’t sure they want them to.

SPA is a nonprofit organization that works to promote positive behaviors and lifestyles through education and prevention services. But several council members have expressed a desire to see a unique retail store in the town-owned building instead, said Frisco’s interim manager, Tim Mack.

SPA’s latest one-year lease ended in November, and the nonprofit group has been on a month-to-month lease since then, Mack said. Jeanie Ringelberg, director of SPA, met with council members at a work session Tuesday to discuss the possibility of signing another one-year lease.

While the council members understand the importance of SPA and the service it provides, they are not sure they want the organization to remain in the Main Street location, Mack said. Aside from the increased revenues a retail business would provide, there also is a concern about foot traffic down Main Street, he added.

Only about 100 of the town’s 400-some businesses are retail, with the remaining 300 in the service sector, Mack said. And some council members believe putting retail in SPA’s current home would be more effective in drawing foot traffic from the central portion of Main Street east toward the Backcountry Brewery and Abbey’s Coffee, he said.

The town’s solution might be to move SPA from its current location to a new location off Main Street, but no decisions have been made, Mack said. He said he believes the town would help the nonprofit find a new place, if the town decides it would prefer retail in the Main Street location.

“At this point in time, SPA is there and we’re happy to have them there,” Mack said.

Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or lsnyder@summitdaily.com


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