RECOMMENDATION GOES TO COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
The Open Space and Trails Board approved a Future Use Recommendation for the Emma Store Buildings on Jan. 7, 2021 and recommended its adoption by the Pitkin County Commissioners. The commissioners will discuss the proposals on Jan. 27 in a virtual meeting; public comment will be accepted.
The recommendation as approved by the Open Space Board is available in the link above. It was crafted by the Emma Townsite Steering Committee, which met over a nearly two-year period to draft the proposals. The recommendation provides guidance on potential use and next steps to reactivate the structures. The actual recommendations begin on page 26. A draft of the recommendation was released for public feedback before its approval by the board. A link to the public comments is provided above.
The Steering Committee first met in April 2019 (details at right) for a site visit at the historic store buildings at Emma Open Space. A series of discussions followed throughout 2019 and into 2020. Early on, the committee agreed to a Vision Statement (below) that guided its recommendation on future use of the buildings.
The Emma Store Buildings will honor their historic agricultural roots, the natural environment and character of Emma, and provide a space that is accessible to the community and celebrates the innovative spirit of this location.
STEERING COMMITTEE MINUTES
Posted below is information that was distributed to the committee and minutes from committee meetings.
DEC. 1, 2020 STEERING COMMITTEE MINUTES
JULY 21, 2020 STEERING COMMITTEE MINUTES
JAN. 21, 2020 STEERING COMMITTEE MINUTES
DISCUSSIONS BEGAN WITH 2019 SITE VISITS
The Emma Townsite Steering Committee convened for a site visit on April 23, 2019. Suzannah Reid, Pitkin County's historic preservation officer, led the group on a tour of the structures and explained the work that has been done to date to preserve the buildings. The townsite is located on the county's Emma Open Space. A second site visit took place May 3, 2019 for committee members who did not make the April visit.