Granby Awarded Main Street Grant
The Town of Granby and Destination Granby are pleased to announce an award of $757,140 for improvements to a number of businesses located in the Town’s downtown district. The Main Street Open for Business Grant is made possible by the Town of Granby through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). Projects for selected businesses will include painting, window, façade improvements, and energy efficiency projects.
"The Town of Granby is grateful for these DOLA funds," Josh Hardy, Granby Mayor said. "This grant will allow many of our downtown business owners to do some much needed improvements to their businesses. Executive Director Lauren Huber and her staff at Destination Granby have gone above and beyond by obtaining these funds."
The highly competitive grant received over $21 million dollars in requests from 48 applications throughout Colorado with only $5.72 million dollars available. The awarded funds will pay for 80% of the total project costs with the remaining funds being split between the Town and the local businesses. These funds will be distributed among several downtown businesses who applied to be a part of this project during public information sessions. Their projects had to prove to meet several criteria including an increase in revenue, jobs and energy efficiency. All work must be completed prior to June 30, 2022 to be eligible for the funding. Work will begin after a contractor is chosen through a competitive bid process.
This grant is a game changer for downtown Granby," says Lauren Huber, Destination Granby, Executive Director. "These projects will be a catalyst for economic growth for our town. We're excited to get started."
Additional Investment in Granby
Granby is getting noticed by investors for both commercial and residential development. Read below to learn more about these upcoming projects and efforts that the Town of Granby and Destination Granby are taking to promote smart, sustainable growth with a focus on the quality of life for local residents.
The Town of Granby is beginning the process to update its Comprehensive Plan, to guide the growth and evolution of the community over the next 20 years. This effort – “Imagine Granby” – will address key issues facing Granby, including planning for future land uses and development, housing, parks and open space, transportation, and infrastructure (water, sewer, etc.). Imagine Granby will also establish a vision for the future of Downtown Granby. A series of community meetings and surveys will be held over the next year to gather input from the Granby community concerning various options for the future and the preliminary and final versions of the Granby Comprehensive Plan.
The Imagine Granby website will serve as the central repository for information on the planning effort. Visit the website to learn more about upcoming meetings, take a community survey, and provide your input on the future of Granby. We look forward to hearing from everyone as Imagine Granby moves forward!
Housing Development Progress
Per Sky Hi News: Granby’s trustees have decided to move forward with a couple projects that should make an affordable housing project more appealing to a new developer. The big purchase the town made Tuesday was a 1.9 acre commercial lot adjacent to the town’s affordable housing plat. For $350,000, the town purchased direct access to US Highway 40. Providing highway access was the main reason for buying the lot, but the rest could be used as part of the future development or be resold to recoup the purchase. That will be a future decision for the town board.
The other big investment Tuesday was the sewer line that would serve the proposed 310 units. There’s a sag in the line that would not allow the sewer to properly flow once it sees that amount of use. The town board approved spending up to $47,822 for the engineering costs using American Recovery Act funds and other possible sources of funding. While a developer would typically take these kind of fixes on, the town board felt that investing in these upgrades would help make building affordable housing more appealing to a developer down the line.
“We realize that affordable housing is not the easiest thing to build because it’s expensive to build,” Cherry said. “The board really felt that moving forward with these items can have some drop in place components to the project.”
New Downtown Development
While the developers, Royal Oak, have already begun developing residential homes in Grand Elk, they have now set their sights on downtown. Royal Oak Communities has 3 multi-use developments planned over the next several years. Their focus is on creating much needed additional commercial space as well as a vibrant and walkable experience.
Granby Station: Located at the intersection of Agate. Ave and 4th Street, Granby Station will include 9 townhomes face south over the Fraser River. The main street facing building is slated to include an English style pub and additional commercial space yet to be determined. This project has broken ground and the residential space will be announced for sale soon. The commercial space is not expected to be completed until after the residential space.
Granby Market Square: This new development will be located diagonally across Agate Ave. where Shear Design and Edward Jones are currently located. Again this multi-use property will include multiple residential spaces between Pearl Dragon on the new commercial building facing main street. Royal Oak is slated to break ground on this project soon with a hopeful completion date in the coming years.
Development 3 Unnamed: Details to be announced soon.
Granby Ranch Rising
There is a new Master Plan for the base area and beyond. The SE Group will be seeking community input soon.
The SE Group has made a 4 million dollar investment into the snowmaking capabilities to improve the existing infrastructure and expand the coverage to include additional terrain across both peaks. Partnering with Tecno Alpin means "more snow, earlier skiing on more terrain and high quality snow surfaces." Jace Wirth General Manager.
For more information about Granby Ranch Rising, visit Granby Ranch's website.
Bode Miller Ski Academy
Per Sky Hi News, "Granby Ranch will be the future home of an innovative ski academy dreamt up by the most decorated male alpine skier in the country."
Andy Wirth, who’s part of the management team at Granby Ranch, and Bode Miller plan to open a ski academy focused on academics and athletic development in four disciplines, including alpine, Nordic, freestyle and adaptive skiing, in three to five years. The academy will be housed in a 56,000 square foot building designed by Don Ruggles next to Base Camp and athletes will train on the West Mountain. Scholarships and accessibility are already in the non profit's plans.