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Drop-off center relocation to Coyne Valley Road opens up land for workforce housing
Contact:Aaron Byrne, Director, Summit County Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP)970-468-9263, Aaron.Byrne@SummitCountyCO.govDon Reimer, Senior Planner970-668-4207, Don.Reimer@SummitCountyCO.gov
SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County will relocate its Breckenridge Recycling Drop-Off Center on Tuesday, Jan. 26, from its current location on County Road 450 to a new location on Coyne Valley Road, just north of Colorado Mountain College. The move will make way for the Huron Landing workforce housing development, for which Summit County and the Town of Breckenridge will break ground this spring.
“This move is the last piece of the puzzle in creating space for the Huron Landing project,” County Commissioner Thomas Davidson said. “Summit County and the Town of Breckenridge have been working together for several years to make this much-needed workforce housing project a reality.”
Summit County has owned the 1.7-acre property on CR 450 since the 1960s and has used it as a Road and Bridge shop, ambulance substation, evidence storage for the Sheriff’s Office and a community drop-off center for recycling. The community identified it as a potential workforce housing site during the 2010 update of the Upper Blue Master Plan. Since that time, Summit County has co-located its Upper Blue Road and Bridge operations with those of the Town of Breckenridge on Airport Road and moved some of its ambulance operations to Red, White and Blue Fire District facilities.
“The change of use on this site is a win for workforce housing, as well as for the character of the neighborhood,” Summit County Senior Planner Don Reimer said. “Residential development is much more compatible with the surroundings, and there’s a long list of factors that make it well suited to be a neighborhood for local workers.”
The site is located next to Kenington Place Townhomes, which is restricted to ownership by local residents. The property is also close to multiple free public bus routes, the Breckenridge Recreation Center, several trails and several local employment centers.
Summit County and the Town of Breckenridge began planning for the Huron Landing project in early 2015. It will include 26 two-bedroom rental apartments, priced to house local workers who earn about 80 percent of the area median income (AMI). To maintain consistency with surrounding properties, the lease terms of the apartments will be tailored toward the needs of long-term local employees, rather than seasonal workers.
The Town and County have selected GE Johnson as the general contractor for the project, with groundbreaking planned for the spring. The design team, which includes local firms Matthew Stais Architects, Norris Design and Civil Insight, is providing architecture, landscape design and engineering services. The project is scheduled to be complete in summer 2017, after which a private property management company will handle day-to-day operations.
Monday, Jan. 25, will be the last day the site will serve as a recycling center. The Breckenridge Recycling Drop-Off Center will open to the public at the new Coyne Valley Road location beginning at 12 noon, Tuesday, Jan. 26. Summit County began construction there in fall 2015.
“The new site is going to be a big improvement for recycling center users,” Summit County Resource Allocation Park Director Aaron Byrne said. “We had a blank canvas, so we put a lot of thought into creating a site plan that organized and optimized traffic flow in a way that the old site just couldn’t accommodate.”
Summit County’s free recycling drop-off centers accept mixed paper, No. 1 and No. 2 plastic bottles, metal containers, cardboard and paperboard, colored glass, clear glass and batteries. The Frisco and Breckenridge centers also accept scrap metal.
The Summit County recycling drop-off centers are the only locations that accept glass for residential recycling. Glass is not allowed in single-stream curbside recycling, as it breaks and contaminates other materials during processing.
As of Jan. 1, the drop-off centers stopped accepting used motor oil, oil filters and antifreeze, because of water quality concerns. These materials are accepted, free of charge, at the Summit County Resource Allocation Park, located on Landfill Road near Keystone.