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Town Board To Consider Option To Sell Land For Downtown Theater Project


During its regular meeting on Nov. 27, the Estes Park Town Board will consider an ordinance approving an option for Estes Performance Incorporated (EPIC) to purchase a portion of the Riverside parking lot. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Town Board Room of Town Hall. The public is encouraged to attend and comment. Written comments will be accepted by the Town Clerk, preferably by Nov. 21 but no later than noon on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Please email comments to townclerk@estes.org, deliver to Town Hall Room 130, or mail to P.O. Box 1200, Estes Park, CO 80517. The draft ordinance and supplemental materials will be posted at www.estes.org/boardsandmeetings, as part of the Town Board meeting materials packet, by Nov. 23.

EPIC intends to design, permit, construct and operate a performing arts center facility at 116 East Elkhorn Ave., the former site of the Park Theater Mall. Before designing the project, EPIC has requested that the Town grant an option to EPIC to purchase a portion of the Town’s Riverside parking lot contiguous to the potential development site. The “Exclusive Option to Purchase Real Estate” would grant to EPIC the option to purchase a portion of the Town’s property. The option must be exercised by January 31, 2014. Prior to transfer of the Town’s property, EPIC must receive all necessary approvals of its future development plan, including special review approval from the Estes Valley Planning Commission and Estes Park Town Board, as well as any variances for the project.

The first step in land use approvals for the performing arts center project was EPIC’s request for a height variance (60 feet total) and river setback variance (to span the river) from the Estes Valley Development Code guidelines, which was approved by the Estes Valley Board of Adjustment on Oct. 2. This process involved public notifications including newspaper and website notices, and expanded direct outreach to property owners within 500 feet of the property. The variance was approved after the Board of Adjustment received numerous comments from the public, utilities providers, the Fire District, CDOT and the Army Corps of Engineers, and upon referencing several design policies of the Estes Valley Comprehensive Plan which support such projects, including the guideline that encourages concentration of cultural uses and activities in the downtown area.

For more information on commenting on the proposed option for EPIC to purchase land from the Town, please contact the town clerk’s office at 970-577-4777 or townclerk@estes.org.

 

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