Fraser trustees OK bowling alley/theater complex
June 17, 2011
Fraser trustees cleared the way Wednesday, June 15, for a new movie theater and bowling alley in Grand Park.
The town board unanimously approved four resolutions laying the groundwork for developer Clark Lipscomb to complete a deal with potential buyer Marc Unicume.
The entertainment center would be located on a little less than one acre just north of Pine Creek Plaza. Unicume has proposed a two-screen theater with stadium seating and an eight-lane bowling alley that would serve food and liquor.
Brian Dornbusch of Alan Carter Architects has been working with Unicume to create a building design reminiscent of the “LoDo” warehouse district.
Among the actions the town board took were: approving the planned development district plan, the final plan, the final plat and the development permit for that lot of land, as well as vacating a small utility easement on the property and approving a revised final plat phasing plan for the Village at Grand Park.
Several people spoke in support of the project during a public hearing, including Dick Norman who represented Pine Tree Plaza and Jon de Vos who represented the Grand County Bowling Association.
De Vos said that the bowling association believes it can attract big regional tournaments to the area with a new bowling alley and suggested that the board “get these guys out of here and back into construction trailer where they belong.”
He added that it will be nice for Fraser to have an alternative evening entertainment venue to Crooked Creek Saloon, which, he joked, “only allows bowling after midnight.”
Nobody spoke against the project.
Winter Park Town Council and the Fraser Board of Trustees asked Lipscomb to look into putting a hard top on the gravel road that extends from First Street to Lions Gate to open it year round and improve traffic flow.
Lipscomb said that is something he is evaluating.
– Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.