A group of homeowners in Dillon has come out strongly against a proposed five-story condominium building, saying the structure would be too large for the town’s staid core area and would bring down their home values by blocking mountain views.
They made their objections plain on Wednesday evening at a community meeting, where the group of mostly second homeowners and Front Range residents said they felt blindsided by the 24-unit project’s approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission on Aug. 2.
If approved by the Dillon Town Council, Dillon Flats Condominiums would be the first new building in the core area in over 20 years. While most of the homeowners said they support trying to get some development going in that area, they said a building of that size could set a dangerous precedent and wreck Dillon’s sleepy charm.
“People want to come here because we don’t have buildings everywhere, we are not Vail,” said Jennifer Payne, who lives in Aurora but owns a unit across the street from the proposed build site. “We don’t want to stand in a corridor of buildings where you can’t see anything.”
The building would sit on empty town-owned lots adjacent to Colorado Mountain College on East LaBonte Street that town council replatted and offered up for development earlier this year. Of the 24 proposed units in Dillon Flats, six would be reserved for workforce housing.
Dillon’s town council has been pushing hard to kick-start development downtown, which sits in an idyllic but tucked-away spot above the shores of Lake Dillon.
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