Steamboat Springs With the potential for as many as two new hotels being built, officials in Hayden want to make sure the town can accommodate its guests.
Last week, Hayden officials met with a state expert whose job it is to help rural communities that do not have the staff resources to plan, engineer and take on certain projects.
Christopher Endreson, with the Colorado Center for Community Development, has been tapped to work with the town. The department he works for is funded by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Programs Endreson could help with is to utilize graduate students to do the work, which would mean significant savings to the town, said Tammie Delaney, an active Hayden community member and owner of Wild Goose Coffee at the Granary. The town also could seek out grants to help fund the projects.
The Hayden Economic Development Commission in May said parking needs should be looked at. Delaney said parking is particularly important if hotels are built in town.
"In the best of both worlds, we suddenly have parking issues, which is a great thing," Delaney said.
Heritage tourism has been identified as a market for Hayden. To help make the town an attractive destination, facade improvements have been identified as a priority for downtown buildings, especially those on Walnut Street.
"That requires a willing property owner, and some of us are very into this," Delaney said.
The third thing identified as a potential project was signage improvements throughout the town that would help visitors get around.
"Even though it doesn't cost a lot, we just have to figure out a funding mechanism for that," Delaney said.
Going forward, Delaney said Endreson would develop a plan for the work that needs to be done to accomplish the projects. The town then would need to enter into an agreement with the Colorado Center for Community Development.
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