COMMITTEE BRAINSTORMS ON USES
A Steering Committee assigned to explore potential future uses for the historic Emma Townsite store buildings met Aug. 14 to brainstorm on uses that would fit with the group's vision statement for the property (see below).
The committee also reviewed information, compiled at its request, regarding the potential for highway changes, protective barriers for the buildings and the potential for moving the structures farther from the highway. The materials are posted below (Aug. 14 Steering Committee Packet).
The group's discussion is expected to continue in September; the meeting date has not yet been set. Information will be posted here when it is available.
At its May 28 meeting, the group agreed to a vision statement that will guide its recommendations regarding the buildings. The vision statement:
The Emma Store Buildings will honor their historic agricultural roots, the natural environment and character of Emma with high public value, and provide a space that 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.
DISCUSSIONS BEGAN WITH SITE VISITS
The Emma Townsite Steering Committee convened for a site visit on April 23. 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.