Grand Lake Area Historical Society still looking for land for historical park
February 1, 2009
The Grand Lake Area Historical Society is back to square one in its pursuit of land to locate a historic park in Grand Lake.
The Society’s recent offer made on two parcels in town was not accepted by the seller, reported Society President Jim Cervenka. The Society’s offer reflected the properties’ full accessed value, he said.
That means the historic Eslick Motor Court is not yet guaranteed a future home.
The building rests on Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre’s Grand Avenue property next to a location slated for future theater development.
But the Society is not giving up, according to Cervenka.
Its upcoming tack is to review a list of properties it has in mind for a Grand Lake historic park similar to that in Kremmling.
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One property the Society is considering is Triangle Park at the entrance to town. The park belongs in part to Grand County.
Since the Rocky Mountain Repertory’s announcement that it won’t be breaking ground on its new theatre this June, the Society does not have as tight a deadline to move the motor-court building, Cervenka said.
“The urgency of moving the motor court is gone, but our desire to move it is still there,” he said.
The near-century-old motor court is considered to be the earliest example in Colorado and perhaps the United States of a motor court that predates the modern motel.
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