Silverthorne works at revitalizing downtown |

Silverthorne works at revitalizing downtown

As Silverthorne gears up for its downtown revitalization, town staff is seeking input.

The Community Revitalization Partnership is a combined planning effort between town staff, citizens and outside experts. Conversations are scheduled for various times on March 21 with a summary of feedback and presentation of action steps at 6 p.m. March 22 at the Silverthorne Pavilion. City officials will receive a hard copy of the proposed actions following the event.

Downtown Colorado, Inc. and the Colorado Department of Local Affairs are to be involved in the conversation, as is a team of economic developers. The cost of the two-day visit is $6,000, Silverthorne spokesman Ryan Hyland said.

Hyland said the town is relatively young, being incorporated in 1967, and it didn’t develop with a traditional, identifiable downtown area. It will take work to transform the area from a low-density, large parking lot area with limited sidewalks to a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly town center. It will also require attending to many properties that are “ripe for development and redevelopment,” the town’s website says.

A time frame for the revitalization project is uncertain, Hyland said, as times are still tight for funding projects like these.

“It depends on the economy. The main focus of this meeting will be that when things turn around, there’s a plan in place to accommodate the vision we have,” he said.

The downtown area includes properties east of Adams Avenue and west of Rainbow Drive from the Wendy’s intersection north to 4th Street. Sav-o-Mat, the Old Dillon Inn, the Mint, the 1st Interstate Inn, Locals Liquors and the Silverthorne Pavilion are some of the existing landmarks located in the core area.

The March conversation is meant to help determine priorities for economic development efforts as well as identify a common vision of a downtown area between staff, developers and citizens. Funding for the action items will be worked out as needed, Hyland said.

The partnership program is designed to provide downtown revitalization and economic development technical assistance to Colorado communities with populations of 20,000 or less. It’s coordinated by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and Downtown Colorado, Inc., a nonprofit membership organization committed to building better communities by providing assistance to Colorado downtowns, commercial districts and town centers, as well as the coordinator of the Colorado Main Street program.

Hyland said the town’s community development director learned about the opportunity in a municipal conference and applied. Conversations between town staff and the organizations began in late 2010, Hyland said.

This won’t be the first time Silverthorne has taken a stab at revitalizing its downtown area. Plans in the past have included everything from a river-themed area and fish museum along the Blue to an alternate main drag along Adams Avenue.

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