Archive for August, 2008

Luxury strikes Breckenridge again

water house main street breckenridge Luxury strikes Breckenridge again

On Aug. 22, developers started building Water House on Main Street in Breckenridge — a $70 million condo

complex with 55 luxury units, which are close to Quicksilver lift at the base of Peak 9.

Developers dubbed the interior design and furnishings, by Ranch House Design, as the “highest quality” in Breckenridge. Oz Architecture in Boulder designed the buildings, which will include a pool, 7 hot tubs, parking underground and a valet to carry skis.

Storage, instead of homes, may come to Breckenridge

1181908121 3a8e07d7d4 o Storage, instead of homes, may come to BreckenridgeThe town of Breckenridge wanted townhome development, but it might be getting 60,000 square feet of storage units, instead.

Kurt Ave and Kirk Mickelsen think it’s more profitable to build storage on 4 acres they own on Highway 9, across from 7-Eleven. If they built townhomes, more than half would have to be affordable housing, according to town guidelines. So, in essence, the town’s stringent affordable housing demands on new developers are shooting both parties in the foot, and Ave and Mickelsen have decided not to play the game.

The county approved the Super Storage in 2007, despite the town’s concerns. Ave and Mickelsen plan to start construction by mid-fall. They say there’s a demand for the units.



Another tax hike?

breckenridge tax1 Another tax hike?In November, the Summit County will ask for a property tax increase of approximately $11 for each $100,000 of property value, meaning a $600,000 home would have an extra $66 added to its tax bill.

The county wants to raise $5.9 million a year to create a fund for wildfire prevention, as well as to protect open spaces and expand affordable housing programs.

Part of the county’s reasoning is that fuel costs, materials for roads and health insurance for employees is skyrocketing. If approved, the new tax increase would start in 2010, end in 2022, and replace a mill levy that currently brings in approximately $3 million a year for open space. The county hasn’t asked for a tax increase since 1992.

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Breckenridge Events August 28-September 3

Thursday, August 28

(s) Arts Alive Presents: Breckenridge Colorado Colors – 11am-5pm at 500 South Main Street (La Cima Mall). Summit County’s only local co-op Gallery celebratess autumn with a new show, Colorado Colors. Featured artists of the month are Sandy Bruns, MaryLou Johns and Kathy Wahler, watercolor artists. 970 453-0450 for more info.

(h) Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Sites and Tours –Today’s available historic sites and tours include: Barney Ford House Museum (11 a.m.-4 p.m., free); Historic Walking Tour (11 a.m.; $5/adult, $3/child); Lomax Placer Mine Tour (3 p.m.; $5/adult, $3/child); Washington Mine Tour (1 p.m.; $5/person, $3/child); Rotary Snowplow Park (11 a.m.-4 p.m.; free); William H. Briggle House (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) For more information Read more »

Breckenridge Events August 21-27

Thursday, August 21

(s) Arts Alive Paresents: Colorado Colors – 11am-5pm at 500 South Main Street (La Cima Mall). Summit County’s only local co-op Gallery celebrates autumn with a new show, Colorado Colors. Featured artists of the month are Sandy Bruns, MaryLou Johns and Kathy Wahler, watercolor artists. 970 453-0450 for more info.

(c) Backstage Theater Presents: Read more »

Summit County Sales Statistics 2008

statistics Summit County Sales Statistics 2008Greetings All:

Attached you will find the summary of the Year to Date 2008 Sales Statistics. 2007 Statistics are included as well for comparison. This information is generated utilizing data from the Summit County Government website and includes For Sale By Owner transactions. Read more »

Breckenridge Events August 14-20

Thursday, August 14

(s) Arts Alive Presents: Colorado Colors – 11am-5pm at 500 South Main Street (La Cima Mall). Summit County’s only local co-op Gallery celebrates autumn with a new show, Colorado Colors. Featured artists of the month are Sandy Bruns, MaryLou Johns and Kathy Wahler, watercolor artists. 970 453-0450 for more info.

(c) Backstage Theater Presents: Guys on Ice – From their ice-fishing shanty, long-time pals Lloyd and Marvin keep warm with a mutual appreciation for good bait, cold beer, and the Green Bay Packers. As Marvin anxiously awaits his opportunity to appear on a cable TV fishing show and share secrets of his life on da lake, Lloyd ponders a recent squabble with his wife concerning plans to spend their anniversary at Lambeau Field. Both pals scramble to protect their cold ones from fellow angler, Ernie the Moocher. $20 adulst/$14children under 12. 121 South Ridge Street, 7:30pm. 970 453-0199

(h) Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Sites and Tours –Today’s available Read more »

Mining-claim on Peak 6 makes news

Robert Sasick, from northern Colorado, owns a 10-acre mining claim, located about 1,500 feet from a proposed lift on Peak 6 and 300 feet from a Peak 7 run.

It’s zoned as backcountry, which means someone could buy it, but the biggest house that could be built on it would be 1,200 square feet. Plus, the Forest Service would have to give special permission to access a home there.

Still, Sasick is marketing it. A local real estate agent says the land is basically worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it. Sasick doesn’t say how much he wants, but it’s beyond the budget to buy it for open space. Meanwhile, Vail Resorts says its not interested, though it did make an offer the owner refused several years ago. He’s owned the land since 1962 and isn’t in any hurry to sell.

The privately owned land wouldn’t affect Vail Resort’s Peak 6 development.

Update on Dam Road alternatives

The Denver Water Board is paying HDR Engineering $52,180 to present road alternatives to the Dam Road. HDR gave 15 routes as alternatives, ranging from $18 million to $49 million.

Denver Water officials admitted they can’t afford building a new road but said grants from the Department of Homeland Security may help.

But they’re still suggesting three “viable” options, mostly originating from the existing road and dumping out in Silverthorne, at Stephen’s Way, Wildernest or Anemone Trail.

Local officials say such routes would strain Silverthorne’s    I-70 Interstate , which is one of the busiest in Colorado. They prefer to keep the Dam Road open, perhaps by building a bridge over the dam, and add that they don’t have the money to maintain another road.

Denver officials said, on Aug. 1, that they weren’t sure of their next move, but they’d keep locals in the loop.

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Supporting the children

Colorado made headlines when legislation stating employers must allow working mothers to breastfeed passed.  

Sen. Dan Gibbs supported it, saying that it helps babies’ health, with so many working mothers in Summit County.  

Summit Prevention Alliance is providing grants up to $500 for local businesses to help accommodate breastfeeding, by creating private rooms or providing refrigerators for milk. It’s not acceptable for bathroom stalls to be mothers’ only option.

Meanwhile, Lake Dillon Preschool made progress for children by completing its $115,000 playground, after fundraising for seven years. It provides fall zones that are bouncy, as well as safer fences.

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