Meeting set to discuss Digger Field development

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Clear Creek school board has put properties under contract

By Deb Hurley Brobst

Idaho Springs city officials will conduct a community meeting on June 12 to discuss potential development for Golddigger Field, the bus barn and the district office now that the Clear Creek school board has entered into a contract to sell the properties.

The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Carlson Elementary School, 1300 Colorado Blvd.

The proposal includes 115 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments in three-story buildings on Digger Field and the bus barn properties. On the south side of Interstate 70, the proposal calls for 50 two- to four-unit townhomes on the track field; a remodeled school facility that would include medical, light manufacturing, co-working space, private office and day care; and a hotel complex.

For more information on the proposal, visit www.colorado.gov/pacific/idahosprings.

While the property is under contract, the sale won’t close until December at the earliest, according to school board president Mitch Houston. Clear Creek High School will be allowed to use Digger Field for one more football season, and the district will have up to two-and-a-half years to relocate the bus barn.

These are two of the considerations included in the contract, according to school Houston said. Centennial Opportunity Fund II will pay $3.75 million for all of the properties plus additional considerations, and the board approved the contract 3-0 at a May 29 special meeting.

Houston said Centennial is owned by Kurt Soukup, who is developing Bighorn Crossing in Georgetown.

“Based on the offers we received,” Houston said, “I think the price is fair.”

Additional considerations include:

• providing a concession stand and announcer booth at Clear Creek High School, which means the high school’s field wouldn’t need modifications completed until the 2020 football season;

• allowing the district to use the bus barn for 18 months after the deal closes, with the option for another six months;

• providing four below-market-rate rental units for district employees, though Houston said this point hasn’t been fully negotiated; and

• signing a 20-year no-cost lease for 3,000 square feet of space for the district office.

At the April school board meeting at which Soukup presented his initial proposal to the board and the public, he said: “In my view, a lot of (what should be put into the district office building) should be negotiated and worked out with the mayor (of Idaho Springs) and Clear Creek County on what is the most ideal use of that property.”

Soukup said he would try to keep home prices and rents affordable, so those who work in Clear Creek County can live there, too.