Grand Lake board rejects proposal to use town property for movie theater
April 13, 2011
Entrepreneurs have been approaching the town of Grand Lake about use of the town’s property and vacated buildings. Most recently, one person approached the town about renting the Grand Lake Community House to offer first run or recent movies on weekends during the summer, but the town board declined to commit the facility to this every-weekend use.
For many years, the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre held performances in the Community House, but this year the theater group will be moving to its newly constructed theater uptown.
“I don’t know that this is the year to jump into a big lease,” said Town Board Member Jim Peterson, who said the town should first “see what the demand is” for the vacated Community House during its first summer in many summers that it will be available to the public.
Board members also discussed possible damage to the Community House and to the town’s chairs from movie concession food and sodas, possible security issues with the space connected to the town hall, and other factors.
The lease applicant was not present at the meeting to explain his business proposal.
But town board members did agree to grant A.J. (Andy) Murphy the opportunity to rent kayaks out of the Grand Lake Headwaters Marina, a town enterprise. Boat docks and the arcade at the marina are also set up as commercial rentals, town board members reasoned.
Murphy’s business “Mountain Paddlers” was approved to rent solo and tandem kayaks on an hourly and full-day basis. The boats will be kept near the public canoe and kayak dock.
Recently approached by another business owner, the town board was not in favor of renting out the old library building, located near the town basketball court, for an art shop. Allowing rental of kayaks from the Headwaters Marina “is much different from the (old) library, which is not in any way a commercial site,” said Grand Lake Mayor Judy Burke, via an April 10 email to the town board.