Progress on next phase of town center moving forward slowly |

Progress on next phase of town center moving forward slowly

SILVERTHORNE – The Silverthorne pavilion likely will continue to be the lone building at Silverthorne’s town center site for at least another couple of years.

While town officials have hired consultants to help plan the second phase of the town-owned property, community development director Mark Leidal said there probably will not be any construction there in the summer of 2003.

“We think we should be done with this (planning) process by the end of the year,” he said. “Beyond that, we haven’t set a time frame for actual development at this point.”

The town center is on about seven acres between Blue River Parkway and the Blue River. In June 2001, the town-owned and -operated pavilion opened there, along with a park. Eventually, the town plans to develop the remaining 2.5 acres of land to the south of the pavilion. That area is the focus of current planning efforts.

This spring, the town hired consultants Nore Winter of Winter and Associates and Ford Frick of BBB Research and Consulting to plan the next portion of development. The consultants met with the council and planning commission in September to present their suggestions. A second meeting with the consultants and town representatives is planned for Nov. 12.

Mayor Lou DelPiccolo said he hopes new activity could begin on the site in 2004, but now, he said, “We’re not far enough advanced in the process to do some sort of RFP (request for proposal).”

“I wouldn’t say it’s impossible, but it’s highly unlikely it’s going to happen next year,” he said.

Consultants are analyzing possible numbers and locations of buildings.

“Currently, they have been looking at sizes of buildings, where they physically would be located on the site, the uses, making sure it’s an inviting place to be and that it’s economically viable,” Leidal said.

All of the structures, he said, will complement the pavilion.

The number of buildings is “still up in the air,” Leidal said, though total square footage is estimated at 20,000 to 35,000.

He expects to see retail space, office space or both in the second phase of the center and, most likely, a restaurant.

Town officials haven’t yet decided if the town will retain ownership of the property or sell lots to business owners.

Jane Reuter can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at

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