COMMITTEE FINE-TUNES RECOMMENDATION
A Steering Committee assigned to explore potential future uses for the historic Emma Townsite store buildings fine-tuned its ideas during a July 21 virtual meeting. Minutes from the meeting are posted below.
The group's recommendation will go to the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board in September. Then, Open Space and Trails will seek public input on the committee's ideas. Ultimately, the recommendation will go to the Board of County Commissioners.
The draft recommendation will be posted here after the Open Space Board has reviewed it.
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 early 2020, before the pandemic put the group's meetings on hold. 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.
KEEP TABS ON THIS PROCESS
Watch this web page for future meeting dates and other information as this process moves forward. Steering Committee meetings are open to the public. Posted below is information that has been distributed to the committee and minutes from committee meetings.
JULY 21, 2020 STEERING COMMITTEE MINUTES
JAN 21, 2020 STEERING COMMITTEE MINUTES
DISCUSSIONS BEGAN WITH 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 for committee members who did not make the April 23 visit.