Town of Dillon to consider new development at Dillon Ridge
DILLON – Dillon’s planning commission will consider an application tonight to rezone six acres of land beside the Dillon Ridge shopping center to accommodate a new development that could include a Harley Davidson motorcycle shop, a Chili’s restaurant and an Aveda spa, said developer Jim Walsh.”We’re very close to hammering out a deal with all three companies, and we haven’t even put a shovel in the ground yet,” said Walsh, who is partnering with local developers Mark and Dan McCrerey for the project.Walsh is applying to rezone the land from mixed use to planned unit development. It sits off Dillon Ridge Road near the Blockbuster and is known as the Ptarmigan Trails Estates.
The first phase of the project proposes an approximately 25,000-square-foot retail building that would house Harley Davidson and Aveda if negotiations pan out with those companies.The Chili’s would sit next to the Comfort Suites, and would be constructed by the company under a potential lease agreement with the developers.The commission will also hold a preliminary hearing tonight for a variance to allow grading on the lots above the maximum 4 percent permitted by the town, and will consider a second application to rezone part of the property from mixed use to commercial.Freedom Harley Davidson’s first attempt to move into Dillon was in November 2002, shortly after the town of Silverthorne denied the shop’s application. Dillon’s planning commission approved an application for the motorcycle dealer to open a shop in the Dillon Factory Stores.
A breach of contract lawsuit between Freedom Harley Davidson and Factory Stores owner Sam Brown filed in April 2004 stalled those plans.The suit settled in July 2005.Because of the length of time the store was involved in litigation, store owner Ken Allen now needs to get refreshed approvals from the Harley Davidson corporate office to build a new store, which Walsh said he is hoping won’t be an issue.”The demographics in this area since the last application have done nothing but go up. A lot of what Harley looks at is the demographics of the area,” he said.
Walsh hopes to break ground on the building sometime in April.The planning commission meets at 4:30 p.m. at Dillon Town Hall. The meeting is open to the public, but is not a public hearing.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13625, or at email@example.com.
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