Silver Mountain developers to host meeting on project
What: Community meeting on Silver Mountain Village
When : 6 p.m. Thursday
Where: Silverthorne pavilion
SILVERTHORNE – Five days before an election that could be critical to its future, developers of Silver Mountain Village are hosting a community meeting on their plans.
“This is an attempt to answer some questions,” said Dick Marshall, land planner for the project. “It’s unfortunate the project became an election issue. It shouldn’t have, but it did. There’s a lot of misinformation out there, and we think it’s important to clarify that before the election.”
Silver Mountain Village, which has received sketch plan approval from the town, is proposed on a 72-acre parcel at the base of Ruby Ranch, south of the Willowbrook subdivision. Developers plan 192 homes – half of which will be affordably priced – an elementary school, day-care, grocery store and seven retail spots. For the project to move forward, part of it must be annexed into the town.
The development has been criticized by some people as unsightly because of the 11-acre commercial area. But as it stands, the commercial can’t be eliminated from the project.
“The developer’s position is that it’s an all-or-nothing deal,” Marshall said. “I think for people to assume they can get one (housing, the school) without the other (commercial) is wrong.
“We’d be starting over if we took the commercial out. But then they’d get a big lot subdivision similar to Ruby Ranch instead of affordable housing and an elementary school. They can do that (the large lots) as a use by right in the county.”
Silverthorne residents will choose a mayor Tuesday. Incumbent Mayor Lou DelPiccolo favors annexing the project, and the proposed commercial development there. Candidate Sheila Groneman isn’t in favor of the commercial portion of the project.
Developers hope Thursday to allay citizen concerns about the proposal. Kornfeld Koslosky Properties, managing partner in Silverthorne’s Summit Place Shopping Center, is the developer for the commercial area.
“Silver Mountain Village will be different from Summit Place,” said developer Brad Kornfeld. “This development is much smaller, and potential tenants such as a coffee shop, book store and doctor’s office would be designed to serve the Silverthorne community.”
Developers also say Thursday night’s meeting will show residents extensive wetlands and open space that will be dedicated.
Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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