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Summit, CDOT working on better pedestrian access to Stage transit center

Julie Sutor
Summit Daily/Julie SutorSummit Stage and the Town of Frisco hope to transform National Velvet-The Dry Cleaners into a pedestrian walkway that would provide better access to and from the Frisco Transfer Station.

FRISCO – Summit Stage riders who schlep around Frisco Station shopping center to get to and from the Frisco Transfer Station may have a shorter walk in the future.Summit County, the Town of Frisco and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) are collaborating to create a pedestrian passageway through the shopping center.”This will make Summit Stage more accessible,” said town manager Theresa Casey. “We think it will increase ridership of the buses.”The town will use CDOT Park-n-Ride money to purchase the units now occupied by National Velvet-The Dry Cleaners, where the passageway will be located; the county will fund the construction of a path to access the passageway.”Our guests on Summit Stage will find this a great convenience,” said Summit Stage director Bill Watterson. “It’s certainly something they’re going to be excited about.”Now, you certainly can see people making the trudge between the two places. We deliver shoppers to the shopping center, so hopefully it’s viewed as a win-win situation for everybody involved,” Watterson added.In 2003, an average of 746 riders per day got on or off buses at the Frisco Transfer Center. Watterson said that number can double during the ski season’s peak days.Mark Wimberly, owner of Pioneer Sports in Frisco Station, is excited about the project. The store is the only unit in the shopping center that has a customer entrance facing the transfer station, which can create problems”It just creates a lot of foot traffic,” Wimberly said. “Everybody who gets off the bus makes a beeline right through the store. If we don’t curb it, we could have 25 to 30 people through here every half hour. It has come down to where we have to lock our back entrance.”We like to use the back entrance a lot in the summer to direct people to the bike path. I also have customers that could use that door from the transfer center. We miss out on that because we have to keep the door locked.”We’re really pushing for this walk-through,” Wimberly added.Bill House, owner of the dry cleaning store, is less enthusiastic.”I want to stay in Frisco Station,” House said. “At the present time, there are no vacant spots. I explained to (Frisco Station property managers, Buell & Co.) how imperative it is for me to be near the liquor store and the grocery store rather than me sitting out somewhere by myself. People combine those errands.”Frisco officials are negotiating with Buell & Co. about the details of the deal, including Buell’s potential financing of the site’s renovation.”There are still some things to hammer out,” said town engineer Mark Luna.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at

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