Editorial: Good news in Breckenridge, Frisco | SummitDaily.com

Editorial: Good news in Breckenridge, Frisco

Summit Daily Editorial Board

It was one of those times when we couldn’t help wonder: “Why didn’t they just do that in the first place?” The latest example was the U.S. Postal Service’s random decision to move its Breckenridge satellite office to a much-worse location in town without really mentioning it to anyone first. Happily, the bureaucrats at the USPS took heed of the public outcry and worked with town officials to find a better site. Although not perfect, the location on Airport Road has better parking than the one proposed at the Towne Square Mall, and hopefully it’ll serve postal customers almost as conveniently as the old site near City Market.

In the end, though, it’s hard not to ask why the USPS doesn’t just deliver mail in Breckenridge and Summit County like most other communities in the country. With an estimated $7 billion budget shortfall, though, don’t look for any added services anytime soon.

With last spring’s contentious ballot question about the proposed affordable-housing neighborhood on Frisco’s Peak One parcel behind us, it’s encouraging to see the drive to provide worker housing in the town one step closer with the selection of a developer this week. Details still need to be worked out, but it appears Ten Mile Partners âa‚¬a€ the developers behind Breck’s very successful Wellington Neighborhood affordable-housing project âa‚¬a€ will take the lead on Peak One.

While at least four of the five finalists had strong designs for the 12-acre town-owned parcel, Ten Mile Partners came in with the best overall look and plan for building a locals’ neighborhood the town can be proud of. With a track record of more than 10 years building and maintaining a community of locals’ homes above 9,000 feet, the team seems like the right fit to help the town create 70 or so homes that’ll be affordable for local workers. Best-case scenario: Folks are moving in sometime late next year or early 2011.

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