Basalt unveils three downtown options; residents get chance to vote
Basalt residents and anyone else interested in the town will get an opportunity to vote to mold its future over the next 12 days.
More than 300 maps that were submitted by residents during the “Our Town” planning process have been culled down to three options. People were invited to draw what they envision on aerial maps of the downtown area. Five key parcels that are or may become available for development were whited out on the maps. Participants were urged to put in specific uses, such as retail stores, or general land uses, such as parks, commercial and housing.
The process attracted everyone from elementary-school kids to teams of architects. Basalt Town Manager Mike Scanlon said the flood of ideas follow general themes. The three options depict those themes.
The options are on display at http://www.ourtownplanning.org. Voting will be open until June 14, Scanlon said. Voters will be required to enter their email address to reduce multiple votes.
The top two options will be forwarded to the Basalt Planning and Zoning Commission on June 17 for review. The Town Council will take up the debate on June 24.
The intent is to pass a resolution that supports the community vision, then use it as a blueprint for future development, Scanlon said. In theory, the planning process will reduce the time necessary for review, if development applications for the parcels match the community’s vision.
Option 1 features relocation of Wyly Community Arts Center and Town Hall off Lions Park and redevelopment of the triangular piece. The half of the former Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park closest to Two Rivers Road will be redeveloped, with the new Wyly placed on the southwest corner of the Two Rivers-Midland Avenue intersection. A hotel is eyed where the Clark’s Market building is currently located.
Option 2 is similar to Option 1 with one major exception. Lions Park would be left as open space after relocating the Wyly and Town Hall.
Option 3 would combine the former Pan and Fork with Lions Park by relocating the western side of Two Rivers Road to align with Midland Spur.
All three options envision the Clark’s building redeveloped with a hotel and underground parking garage.
July 3rd and 4th will probably never be quite the same for residents of the mid-Roaring Fork Valley after the events of 2018.
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