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Town center addition to get hearing

Lu Snyder

DILLON – The owner of the Dillon Center is proposing the addition of a 40-unit residential annex above the current commercial building.

The proposal is scheduled for its first public hearing at Dillon’s planning and zoning commission meeting today at 5:30 p.m. at Dillon Town Hall.

The residential addition would include 24 two-bedroom units and 16 one-bedroom units, for a total of 44,610 square feet, said Dillon’s development coordinator, Theresa Worsham. The plans also include a 32,000 square-foot parking garage, to be reserved for residents only, she said.

Worsham said the owners of the Dillon Center purchased eight vacant lots adjacent to the commercial center. If approved, the garage would be built next to the current building, and the residential units above the building and the parking garage.

“With this project, if it gets approved, they’re going to re-do the entire outside of the existing building,” Worsham said. She said the proposed facelift includes wood, stucco and rock, and “looks much more modern than the existing building.”

Abbas Rajabi is the managing partner of David Cyrus Associates – the company that owns Dillon Center and has submitted the proposal for the residential unit. He said he hopes the addition will help the business at the center.

“The center of Dillon has been really abandoned since Dillon Ridge developed,” Rajabi said. “This would bring some life and some walking traffic.”

Rajabi said he hopes to create a mix of residential, commercial and retail for the small town center, as he has seen done with success in other towns, such as Vail.

“People walk and mingle and it’s a pretty pleasant atmosphere,” Rajabi said of towns with such a mixture.

So far, he has received positive support both from Dillon’s planning commission and the public.

According to Worsham, the proposal has been reviewed by the planning commission twice to date. The commission is scheduled to make a recommendation at today’s meeting – after the public hearing – and the proposal will then be reviewed by the town council May 21.

Rajabi said his company cannot start the process – including hiring contractors, scheduling construction, or pricing – until the proposal is approved by council. However, he said he hopes to begin construction this summer.

If approved, Rajabi said construction will begin with the parking garage, which would provide a “staging area,” allowing construction to continue through the winter.

“We’d be delighted to have the whole thing completed somewhere in the neighborhood of 12 to 16 months,” he said. He added he’s received a good deal of interest from prospective buyers – both local and from the Front Range.

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


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