PUBLIC FEEDBACK WELCOME ON EMMA STORE IDEAS
A draft recommendation on potential future use of the historic Emma Townsite store buildings is now open to review and public comment. Above are links to the recommendation (the recommendations begin on page 24), the appendices to the recommendation, a public survey and a summary presentation.
Please give your feedback by Nov 2.
OST staff is available to give site tours. Contact:
Lindsey Utter at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Jessie Young at email@example.com
The recommendation, reviewed by the Open Space and Trails Board on Sept. 3, was developed by a Steering Committee that first began meeting in 2019. The committee's assignment was to explore potential future uses for the Emma Store buildings. Its recommendation provides guidance on potential use and next steps to reactivate the structures.
Ultimately, the Pitkin County Commissioners, will review the public feedback and consider formal action on the recommendation.
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 committee 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 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.