Eyes turn to CMC decision
On Dec. 6, the Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Board of Trustees will throw a wild card at the debate about what to do with Frisco’s vacant 10-acre parcel.That Monday is when the trustees, meeting in Glenwood Springs, will decide what to do about their two-headed Summit Campus.If they follow the campus management’s preference, they will seek consolidation of the Dillon and Breckenridge buildings at an unspecified site in Frisco.They also could agree to build a new consolidated campus in Breckenridge on vacant Block 11, property the town owns. In either case, the town has its eyes on acquiring the historic brick campus building.If the decision is to aim for Frisco, the fun begins. Dean Leah Bornstein has made it clear to all of the towns vying for a consolidated CMC campus that the land must be donated.Frisco has two potential in-town sites, the 10-acre parcel (really 9.4 acres) behind Safeway and the Frisco Transfer Center; and the Summit Medical Center and the associated doctors.The medical center is heading to new digs under construction at the County Commons outside of town. The building is for sale. The doctors want to sell their adjacent building, as well, to construct new offices next to the new hospital.The fact the buildings and land have to be bought seems to rule out a CMC switch to that site unless some rainmaker deal arises.Meanwhile, some people in Frisco are starting to like the idea of a CMC campus behind Safeway, at least compared to mini big-box stores.CMC certainly wouldn’t eat up all the land a pure retail development would.But neither would it be a top revenue producer for the town coffers.The 10-acre parcel, for better or worse, is money in the bank for Frisco to finance some of the fun stuff envisioned in recreation master plans, particularly the Nordic Village at the peninsula.CMC does not do the job on the sales tax side, even if it would add to the town’s quality of life.Town officials are clearly on a plan to educate themselves and citizens about the financial ramifications of any decision with the 10 acres.They also are holding out the idea of building more fun stuff – but financing has to be found. And, incidentally, retail development on the 10 acres is the highest and best economic use of the land.The alternatives remain to do nothing, or raise property taxes.
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