COUNTY APPROVES RECOMMENDATION FOR FUTURE USE
Pitkin County commissioners approved the Emma Store Buildings Future Use Recommendation on Jan. 27, 2021. It provides guidance on potential use of the historic buildings, as well as next steps to reactivate the site. The approved recommendation is available via the above link (the recommendations begin on page 26).
The recommendation, also approved by the Open Space and Trails Board, was crafted by a Steering Committee, which met over a nearly two-year period to draft the proposals.
A proposed initial step is the creation of a soft-surface trail through the property and potential amenities to encourage visitors to explore the site. Among the potential uses for the store buildings, identified by the committee, are arts/heritage craft center/studio(s), agricultural-related uses, a museum, small-scale community gather spot, and other opportunities. The group agreed that a variety of uses could be housed together in a successful repurposing of the buildings.
IN THE BEGINNING...
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.