• 08/29/2017 3:32 PM | Kylie Brown (Administrator)

    Small business owners and employees are often pulled in numerous directions.  In today’s digital environment, there are a lot of options for online marketing and branding and each platform comes with its own image and target audience.  Many small business owners may not even have a website or Facebook page. But businesses must consider the best return on the investment of money and time for advertising and marketing.  Most importantly, whichever platform they choose, they must maintain quality and current content.

    On June 19th, 2017 consultants from DCI collaborated with the Brush Chamber of Commerce to facilitate a discussion about attracting outside audiences to stores in Brush! through various marketing platforms. We have found many of our members around the state desiring information on this topic.

    Here are some of common concerns and the key takeaways from Brush!:

    • Oftentimes, the businesses that most need this kind of information are not the ones attending. This is true in other towns around Colorado.
    • Increased collaboration between downtown businesses will encourage information sharing and a friendly environment in which to attend events in the future.
    • The majority of customers at businesses in Brush! are from outside of the town while the residents of Brush! tend to shop online. 
    • Keep customers coming back with rewards and incentives and encourage check-ins and tags of your business page on social media
    • It can be difficult to market a business when the business offers many services in order to stay afloat.
    • Focus on marketing what you actually do or a certain image rather than products i.e. We provide all your technological needs, from brainstorming to implementation to regular website upkeep, just call us your local jack-of-all-tech helper!
    • We are busy, but we can’t hire enough staff to keep up with the demand. We require certified technicians, how do we attract staff?

    If you are a small business interested about learning more about these topics and creating a better experience for your customers, please join us in Castle Rock on October 23 for a business bootcamp. Click here for more information!


  • 08/03/2017 12:08 PM | Andrew Curtis (Administrator)

    At Downtown Colorado, Inc.’s recent Urban Renewal Board Training on July 14th, we discussed the necessary topics of processes, best practices, and successes for Urban Renewal Authorities (URA) in Wheat Ridge, CO. Quite aptly, our venue was the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center which was a major project of the Wheat Ridge URA, lead by one of our speakers and board members, Steve Art. We touched on such topics as Tax Increment Financing (TIF), URAs in rural communities, presented case studies from around the state, financing and the new state legislation affecting the way URAs function.


    Some of the speakers included Kimberly Bailey of the Fountain Urban Renewal Authority who talked about the recent number of rural URAs who have met success and keynote speaker Tracy Huggins of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority touched on supporting small businesses and entrepreneurship as well as public art. Our case study comes out of Colorado Springs, the Ivywild School development, in which the former school, closed in 2009, was brought back and repurposed for mixed use, public gardens, and common space to produce a vibrant built environment. Kristin Sullivan of Adams County spoke about being proactive in engaging with the recent state legislative changes regarding URAs and their experiences with this in Adams County. Finally, we had associates from the firm Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, and Schreck talk about financing and negotiating with developers in the course of implementing a URA project.

    Join us next time on December 8th for our next URA training where the theme will be “expanding opportunities” -- visit our website or give us a call at 303.282.0625!

  • 07/03/2017 9:25 AM | Andrew Curtis (Administrator)


    Lake City’s Downtown Improvement & revitalization Team (Lake City DIRT) recently had an “Economic Vitality Summit” on June 13th in which some exciting presentations about small business assistance, historic preservation, and downtown events were given. Regarding the last topic, DCI gave a presentation about how events on one’s Main Street can be used as an economic driver for all in addition to the numerous services and assistance that DCI provides for small rural towns in Colorado.

    As is known to most of us in the planning world, small businesses and downtowns have a mutually beneficial relationship: businesses develop innovative ideas and services, provide an ambiance, help market themselves and the town, employ workers, and get people to drop by. The collective downtown, with these benefits from small business, then cross-pollinates those new and innovative ideas, builds upon that ambiance into safe and fun urban environments, is an accumulative place to live, eat, and shop, and generally builds the vibrancy of downtown or Main Street.

    Having events in your downtown solidifies and cultivates this relationship by making the downtown a destination and at the same time, improving local business. The amount of discretionary income spent on holidays and weekends is definitely an area to utilize for any town – as an example, the National Retail Federation expects Americans to spend 6.3 billion dollars on food items alone this Fourth of July.

    Specific business assistance can be found in the presentations from the event on Lake City DIRT's website under publications including tax credits, loan programs, and helpful information, as well as resource contact information.  Let DIRT know how they can help your Lake City business!


  • 06/14/2017 1:03 PM | Andrew Curtis (Administrator)





    As the only funder in the country to support arts activities in all 50 states and five U.S. jurisdictions, the National Endowment for the Arts announces its second round of funding for FY 2017. This funding round includes partnerships with state, jurisdictional, and regional arts agencies. The NEA will award 16 grants totaling over $2.8M to support Colorado organizations that employ artists and cultural workers to provide programs for thousands of people. 
     
    "The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected," said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. "Supporting projects like the ones in Colorado offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day." 

    Colorado recipients include: 

    Music Associates of Aspen, Inc. (aka Aspen Music Festival and School)
    $30,000 Aspen, CO
    Art Works - Music
    To support Aspen Music Festival and School's music education and engagement project. The year-long AfterWorks educational programming has been designed to supplement public school music education during and after the school day. The Teaching for Our Future project will engage additional teachers to provide music instruction for students in elementary and middle schools of the Roaring Fork Valley. Lessons, after-school classes, and master classes will be offered in instrument and voice study through courses such as Beginning Strings, Lead Guitar, and Maroon Bel Canto Children's Chorus.

    Colorado Music Festival (aka Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical)
    $20,000 Boulder, CO
    Art Works - Music
    To support the Colorado Music Festival. In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the summer festival will feature a retrospective of past programming with a performance by the festival orchestra conducted by founder and original artistic director, Giora Bernstein. In addition, the current music director, Jean-Marie Zeitouni will conduct a series of concerts of rarely performed classical French works. The festival also will include a family and community series, an orchestra and chamber orchestra series, and a guest artist series.

    EcoArts Connections (aka EcoArts)
    $15,000 Boulder, CO
    Art Works - Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
    To support Aspiration to Action: Overcoming Barriers to Creative Connections (A2A) and related activities. In partnership with the University of Colorado Boulder's Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and other arts and non-arts collaborators, EcoArts will convene virtual and in-person meetings of performing and visual artists, scientists, association leaders, curators, and funders, resulting in an interactive findings report. A2A will create and improve communications among disciplines to expand access, understanding, and implementation of co-created interdisciplinary projects.

    National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (aka NCECA)
    $25,000 Boulder, CO
    Art Works - Visual Arts
    To support exhibitions, catalogues, and educational programming associated with the national conference for the ceramic arts in Pittsburgh. Exhibitions, lectures, discussions, and workshops will be curated and hosted by organizations throughout the city and region to showcase work by established and emerging ceramic artists. Exhibitions will include nearly one thousand artists, drawing thousands more to the region. Wider engagement will be possible through "Virtual Clay," an online lecture series which will address challenges facing ceramics education in the 21st century.

    Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
    $10,000 Colorado Springs, CO
    Art Works - Museum
    To support a series of exhibitions and related programming exploring themes related to roots and origins. Artists featured may include Wendy Mike and De Lane Bredvik from Colorado Springs, emerging artist Steven Durow-also from Colorado, and Los Angeles-based artist Jennifer Steinkamp. A variety of public programs such as artists' talks, lectures, gallery tours, as well as dance and musical performances are planned to complement the exhibitions.



    Central City Opera House Association (aka Central City Opera)
    $15,000 Denver, CO
    Art Works - Opera
    To support performances and a tour of one-act operas. The Burning Fiery Furnace by Benjamin Britten follows three Israelites who were thrown into a furnace for rejecting King Nebuchadnezzar and his worship of gold. A parody of 1950s soap operas, "Gallantry" by Douglas Moore opens with a commercial by the "sponsor" and traces a hospital romance where Doctor Gregg has fallen in love with Lola-who loves someone else. Amy Beach's "Cabildo" shows the story of a French aristocrat who falls in love with an outlaw pirate. Mainstage performances will be part of Central City's 2017 summer festival. Tour performances are scheduled to occur in creative venues across Central City, and in cities along the Front Range.

    Creative Industries Division (Colorado) (formerly CO Council on the Arts)
    $712,000 Denver, CO
    Partnerships (State & Regional)
    To support Partnership Agreement activities associated with carrying out your NEA-approved State strategic plan.

    Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Inc. (aka Lighthouse Writers Workshop)
    $20,000 Denver, CO
    Art Works - Literature
    To support literary programming for writers of all ages. Programs for youth include classes, camps, and writing labs, as well as workshops conducted for residents of homeless shelters and residential treatment centers. Programs for adults include intensive mentoring for advanced writers working on a book-length project; a literary festival featuring juried workshops and seminars; literary readings and events; residencies; and workshops for those experiencing homelessness. In addition to offering literary placemaking activities such as writing tours across Denver, Lighthouse offers a blog and podcasts with writing advice, author interviews, and more.

    New Dance Theatre, Inc. (aka Cleo Parker Robinson Dance)
    $20,000 Denver, CO
    Art Works - Dance
    To support the creation and presentation of new dance works by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. Choreographer Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernandez, artistic director of Ballet Folklorico de Mexico and the contemporary dance company, Mexico Movimiento, will create a new work inspired by the many derivatives of Spanish folklore dance. Choreographer Garfield Lemonius will create "Catharsis," a new work inspired by the necessity to release and achieve separation from the challenges of life. Both choreographers will create the new works on the company and teach classes to students at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Academy.

    Western States Arts Federation (aka WESTAF)
    $1,667,700 Denver, CO
    Partnerships (State & Regional)
    To support agency arts programs, services, and activities associated with carrying out your NEA-approved Regional strategic plan.

    cmDance (aka CMDance)
    $10,000 Denver, CO
    Art Works - Dance
    To support the Lindy on the Rocks Vintage Dance Festival. The multicultural festival encompasses themed events held in the same venue such as Lindy on the Rocks, Hot Night Fusion, and Denver Vintage Jazz Festival. Activities may include dance workshops, evenings of social dance with live music, educational programs for students, community performances, and classes with guest artists.

    City of Durango, Colorado
    $25,000 Durango, CO
    Art Works - Local Arts Agencies
    To support a new public art project as part of the Take pART in Durango Initiative. Under the direction of a lead artist to be selected through an open call process, local students and community members will participate in the creation of a gateway sculpture. Art classes and workshops will teach residents skills in artistic disciplines such as ceramics, mosaic, and welding, allowing them to collaborate on the creation of a sculpture that will reflect the historic and cultural character of the community. The artwork will be installed at a public site marking the entrance to the city.

    Phamaly Theatre Company (aka Phamaly)
    $20,000 Englewood, CO
    Art Works - Theater & Musical Theater
    To support a production of the musical "Annie" featuring a cast of actors with disabilities. The production will be staged in the company's summer home at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The performance run will include a sensory-friendly performance for audiences with autism or sensory integration disorders, and talkbacks with the cast and the artistic and administrative staff following several performances.

    City of Lafayette, Colorado (On behalf of Cultural Arts Division)
    $50,000 Lafayette, CO
    Our Town - Design
    To support programming at The Collective, a community arts hub on Main Street. Programs will include business training workshops for arts entrepreneurs, professional development for local nonprofit arts administrators, networking sessions, and art exhibitions and events featuring local talent. Programs will be developed and implemented by the City of Lafayette Cultural Arts Division, in partnership with the Boulder County Arts Alliance and ARTS!Lafayette. Expected benefits of the project are a stronger, more cohesive arts sector, and greater community participation in local arts activities.

    City of Lone Tree, Colorado (aka Lone Tree Arts Center)
    $20,000 Lone Tree, CO
    Art Works - Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
    To support programming for underserved audiences. Lone Tree Arts Center's programming will reach pre-K through middle school children and seniors. The center also will provide programming for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities such as autism, sensory processing disorders, and their families. Arts programming will include theater, visual arts, music, movement, and storytelling.



    Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities (aka Telluride Arts)
    $50,000 Telluride, CO
    Our Town - Design
    To support the Telluride Transfer Warehouse arts center design. Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities will work with the Town of Telluride on the new center, which will elevate the intellectual and cultural life of the community. All 2,300 residents will have access to this new center for the arts that will be hospitable to local artists and organizations and internationally acclaimed programming. 

    About Colorado Creative Industries 
    Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado's state arts agency, is a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Established to capitalize on the immense potential for our creative sector to enhance economic growth in Colorado, the mission of Colorado Creative Industries is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado's economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life. coloradocreativeindustries.org

    About the National Endowment for the Arts
    Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America's rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more about NEA.


  • 06/07/2017 9:45 AM | Andrew Curtis (Administrator)

     Join us and Lake City for an Economic Vitality Summit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a working lunch at the Lake City Arts Center in downtown Lake City on June 13, 2017. Topics include “Events as Stimulus”, the “Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation”, and presentations on resources available for small businesses from USDA Rural Development, Small Business Development Council, and Region 10. We will also have several forum discussions about regional economic development topics – such as with CMAC (Creede Mineral Action Committee); RWEACT (Rio Grande Watershed Emergency Action Coordination Team); and an update on the Community Technology Committee’s work with Hinsdale County Commissioner Susan Thompson.


    2016 identified transformational strategies for Lake City's community seek to strengthen arts and outdoor-recreation related commercial endeavors so current efforts will be discussed as well.

    There is no cost for the workshop but a $10 donation is requested for lunch.

    Email kristineborchers@yahoo.com or call / text 970-596-9071 to sign up.

    Lake City Downtown Improvement and Revitalization Team (DIRT) is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to preserving and enhancing Lake City's historic and commercial district. Visit www.lakecitydirt.com.


  • 06/02/2017 12:00 PM | Andrew Curtis (Administrator)

    The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is hosting six telephone town halls beginning in early June, providing the public with a forum to ask questions and give input about a variety of transportation issues.


    Between June 5 and June 13, residents in all 64 counties will be called at random through an automated system and invited to take part in their regional town hall (see dates and regions below). Coloradans who choose to join the conversation can listen in and also express their thoughts to their transportation commissioner and key CDOT personnel on how the Department is addressing the state’s transportation needs, important projects or initiatives and funding.

    “Together We Go” is an on-going conversation about transportation with the citizens of Colorado,” said CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt. “It allows everyone to take a look at what we’ve accomplished so far to make sure we’re all moving together in the right direction. It also gives us the opportunity to hear from people on how best to invest our limited funds and the projects they think should be prioritized.”

    The interactive calls will reach out to approximately 350,000 people statewide. After answering the phone, the call will be automatically connected to the meeting. Anyone who does not receive a call but wants to participate can dial in, toll-free, at 1-877-229-8493, PIN 112034.

    “It’s vital that we hear from the citizens in every county,” said Transportation Commission Chairman Gary Reiff. “Getting people to attend public meetings can be difficult. A telephone town hall is a fairly new approach that allows us to have these important discussions and people don’t even need to leave home. We’d like to hear from you.”

    If you would like to see the telephone town hall listings, including time, date, and region, follow this link.

  • 05/25/2017 1:05 PM | Andrew Curtis (Administrator)

    Over the seven years or so of its existence, Denver-based HistoriCorps has engaged almost 1,500 volunteers in the preservation of two hundred historic structures ranging from remote mountain cabins in Wyoming to the one room schoolhouse attended by George Washington Carver in the community of Neosho, Missouri. Although their geographic reach is great (24 states at last count), a huge number of preservation projects take place right here in HistoriCorps’ home state of Colorado. The work of HistoriCorps will be showcased in a planned documentary series by Boulder filmmaker Joe Daniel called SAVING PLACES®. Of the fifteen or so projects to be featured in the planned series, fully one third are in Colorado. They range from the restoration of the historic Rourke Ranch in the Comanche National Grasslands in South Eastern Colorado, the soaring structures of the Ute-Ulay Mine (the mine and townsite were included in the Endangered Places Program of Colorado Preservation Inc in 2015), the Skinner Cabin in Mesa County, Hahns Peak Fire Lookout near Steamboat Springs, to the Buffalo Peak Ranch near the historic town of Fairplay. 


    Fixing the roof while the sun shines at the Ute Ulay mine buildings, Hinsdale County.

    Here in Colorado the vital connection between historic preservation and local communities is well understood. We instinctively know how a building saved can serve as a unique tourist attraction, or as the key to the interpretation of the whole region. This is as true of industrial structures such as the Ute-Ulay Mine buildings as it is of picturesque pioneer cabins like the Skinner Cabin near Grand Junction. The adaptive reuse of the Buffalo Peaks project (future home of the Rocky Mountain Land Library) offers a different example, where neglected buildings acquire a new lease of life, a fresh purpose that will likely draw visitors from far and wide. Indeed, it is a core belief at HistoriCorps that instilling a preservation ethic—inviting the public to a greater appreciation of our built history—provides the key to  understanding the special character of a place. We work with local partners to preserve those vital assets for public benefit before they are lost forever. That is where the interests of HistoriCorps and Downtown Colorado converge.


    Volunteers at Buffalo Peaks Ranch, future home of the Rocky Mountain Land Library, Colorado.

    More information on HistoriCorps and the Kickstarter campaign to fund the completion of SAVING PLACES® is available at http://kck.st/2r0vuI6. (You can also visit Kickstarter and search for either HistoriCorps or Saving Places.)

    HistoriCorps gratefully acknowledges Colorado Preservation, Inc., one of its founders, for permission to use the wonderfully apt title, SAVING PLACES® for the series.

  • 04/24/2017 1:04 PM | Izabela Petrykowska (Administrator)

    Walsenburg is located in east-central Huerfano county and is the most populous city in the county. It is home to Colorado's first state park, Lathrop State Park, just 2 miles west of the city limits. Located just 10 miles away from the Spanish peaks, and nearby lakes, Walsenburg is known for its recreation opportunities including fishing, water skiing, boating, hiking and camping. Visitors enjoy the small-town charm, rich in history, natural wonders, and artistic inspiration. 

    DCI: Are there existing partnerships between the museum, theater, library, schools, and other amenities? 

    A partnership to operate the Fox Theater was established between the County and the Spanish Peaks Community Foundation (SPFC), a foundation supporting non-profit community groups who work on projects concerning youth, health, economic development, arts and entertainment, housing, and education. The Director of the Foundation, Mike Peter, has been very active on social media to advertise events and create funding for the theater. The theater has also collaborated with local community stakeholders and organizations to host events including a craft beer event, Peakview School theater field trips for movie viewings held twice a year, as well as other community events. 

    The theater is funded through its sales in movies and rentals. Movies comprise 60% of its income and concession sales total 40%. Movies are currently hosted three days a week on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The partners are also working on an informational reception to help develop a long-term financing plan for the theater planned for the upcoming month. 

    In addition, La Plaza Inn has partnered with the Fox Theater on promotional giveaways of hotel rooms and concert tickets through radio advertising. The SPCF and La Plaza Inn, along with other partners, have been working on the Creative Music District, a gathering hub, work space, and creative playground for the music community.  Lastly, a calendar of activities is being organized to inform the community of local events. 


  • 04/20/2017 10:01 AM | Izabela Petrykowska (Administrator)

    The City of Monte Vista was laid out in 1884, and served as a water stop from the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. Early settlers in Monte Vista were primarily ranchers and farmers. Agriculture remains Monte Vista's largest economic contributor followed by Government, particularly the school system. Monte Vista is a diverse city with lots of culture and history. The racial/ethnic make-up consists of 61.3% Hispanic or Latino origin, while 36% are White. 

    Monte Vista is working to address the needs of its community and encourage the civic pride and engagement of its citizens. The Downtown District is geared towards promoting its economic potential while preserving the historical character of its downtown core. The future goals of the city include working with the San Luis Valley Development Resources Group and other to attract new businesses to improve the availability of services and local attractions for its community.

    Downtown Monte Vista

    We talked to Azarel Madrigal, the city's Community Outreach Coordinator about the civic pride and engagement of Monte Vista's citizens.

    DCI: What are some examples of times when the community celebrated success together? 

    AM: I can honestly say that in the past year I have not witnessed any gathers or celebration where the town comes together to celebrate its success, history, or heritage. The city hosted its first open house last September. It was a nice barbecue but there weren't that many community members in attendance. The Monte Vista School District sports are a source of pride for the community. There is definitely a lot of room for improvement and a lot more the city can do to engage and foster a feeling of pride and place.

    DCI: Is there one place or visual aspect to the community, natural or man-made, that people all relate to in the city?

    AM: The community takes pride in the events that are hosted in the City of Monte Vista. The first one is the Crane Festival. This even happens every march and it celebrates the migration of the cranes from South America into the San Luis Valley, specifically at the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge. The second event is the Ski Stampede Rodeo festival and concert. This event happens every year at the end of July. It is one of the oldest ongoing rodeos in Colorado. Both of these events attract a lot of people from surrounding communities and the state and country.

    DCI: What are some challenges your community faces with community pride?

    AM: Monte Vista faces some problems of inclusion. Although we have some great events that bring summer tourists into the city I do not think we do enough celebration of our community and citizens. Within the community, there is a historical divide between the Anglo farmers and Hispanic population that has been here for generations. I think the city has a lot of great natural assets within city limits and the immediate surrounding areas that are not being utilized. Another point of tension and lack of pride is the number of empty storefronts in our main street district. 

    DCI: What opportunities are there for youth to take leadership roles in the community?

    AM: There are no opportunities for youth to take leadership roles at this time. 

    Be IN THE GAME. Join DCI at the Vibrant Downtowns: IN THE GAME Conference on May 2-5 in Breckenridge Colorado as we explore solve this challenge and 10 others that Colorado Communities are facing.

  • 04/17/2017 12:13 PM | Izabela Petrykowska (Administrator)

    The City of Brush is fortunate in having several historic structures that add to the charm and unique design quality of the city. The city has provided mechanisms for revitalizing these buildings that have the most important historic qualities. Rural schools are often the most beautiful and loved buildings in the historic downtown area. Once the district moves to a new building, these buildings often fall to disrepair and require the most complex partnerships and funding strategies to save them. 

    Two of the growing needs in Brush include housing and daycare needs. Nearly 96% of all residential units within the city are occupied, which reflects a very low vacancy rate. In addition, as a result of a community survey conducted by the Planning Commission, the first most important issue facing Brush in the next five years was said to be Child Care/Early Learning services at 82%. To address these future needs, how can a small community with strong partners turn this challenge to meet the needs for daycare and housing?

     Brush's Central Platoon School


    We talked to Melody Christensen, the Executive Director at the  Brush Area Chamber of Commerce about the redevelopment of  the Central Platoon School.

    DCI: How long has the Central Platoon School been vacant? 

    MC: It has been sitting empty for about 20 years and is privately owned.  It is approximately 50,000 s.f. with beautiful architecture., built in 1928.  Currently there are many windows that are broken out and it has had infestation of pigeons and small rodents.  I believe the original intent of the owner was to make sure it was not torn down and he bought it as an investment property. When the market dropped in the late 2000's, his interest in the building also dropped.

    Are there estimates on what it will take to rehabilitate the building?

    We have recently completed a Historic Structure Assessment and Feasibility Study with the State Historical Society. One end of the building has a gymnasium and the other end is an auditorium and cafeteria.  The center 2-story portion of the building is all classrooms.  

    The study came back with a total cost of $7.5 million.  Even if we could figure out a way to rehabilitate the building in stages, cost break down with the gymnasium and the 2 story center portion is $5,498,000, while the auditorium is $981,000, and the cafeteria $1,118,000. We would love to have help with the feasibility part of the building, something that would at least break even. 

    What uses might be possible? 

    What we keep hearing is the need for more housing and daycare facilities, which without those two, future residents find it hard to come here to work. Some other suggestions from the community were a hotel, restaurants, bars, arts and culture center, recreational space, health related services, and public entity offices, or a mix of those suggestions.

    Be IN THE GAME. Join DCI at the Vibrant Downtowns: IN THE GAME Conference on May 2-5 in Breckenridge Colorado as we explore solve this challenge and 10 others that Colorado Communities are facing.

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