The Future of Exit 205

Behind the scenes of a major revitalization.

By Kassondra Cloos

master plan rendering of proposed Silverthorne CO downtown

Screen Shot 2018-04-13 at 1.21.56 PMhange is coming to Exit 205, including new housing, lodging, shopping, and dining experiences, as well as places for the community to gather. Dillon and Silverthorne have a shared vision to usher in thoughtful development and enhanced community amenities, as well as elevated architectural design. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming:


Fourth Street Crossing and Public Food Hall

What: A walkable shopping, housing, entertainment, and dining district in a new downtown. You’ll also find a full-service hotel within walking distance of the new Silverthorne Performing Arts Center. “We’re taking arts and culture to a whole new level,” says Ryan Hyland, Silverthorne’s town manager. An indoor market with boutique shopping and dining options will live across the street from the theater.

When: Developers hope to break ground in 2018.

Why: “It’s going to be a vibrant downtown environment,” says Tim Fredregill, development executive of Milender White, the project’s developer. “More than a development, Fourth Street Crossing is creating history for an entire mountain town.”

Smith Ranch

What: Housing for Summit County workers in the heart of Silverthorne, with homes for purchase starting in the $200s.

When: Phase I by the end of 2018.

Why: “Smith Ranch will bring more people and vibrancy to the heart of our community near our new Performing Arts Center and revitalized downtown,” Hyland says.

Summit Sky Ranch Community Park

What: A 20-acre park on the site of an upscale housing development, which has also been designated as a Dark Sky Community (see page 60). Amenities include a sledding hill, disc golf, dog park, and ball parks. It will also serve as the site of a new trailhead for hiking up to the Gore Range.

When: Expected to break ground in 2018.

Why: “From day one, our vision has been to bring families and their love for the outdoors together, and the park is one way to give back to the community and share our land for public use,” says Matt Mueller, development director for the project. “It’s not just about dollars and cents all the time. Long-time Summit County businessman Tom Everist is developing Summit Sky Ranch on his family’s pristine parcel of Rocky Mountain wilderness. Everist has contributed significant time and resources to the town and over the years, and the park will be a part of that legacy.”

Dillon Colorado Master Plan Rendering


Sail Lofts

What: Two 24-unit condominium developments in the heart of downtown Dillon with access to parks, the marina and the amphitheatre.

When: Phase I by the end of 2018.

Why: “Summit County continues to be a place where people want to live,” says Blake Shutler, development partner and operations manager for Sail Lofts LLC. Now is a good time to buy if a new home is what you’re after, he added.

Uptown 240

What: Mountain-modern housing development and restaurant three blocks from Lake Dillon.

When: 2019.

Why: “Colorado is exploding with growth,” Italian restaurant Adriano’s Bistro that will be updated as part of the new mixed-use development. The family’s investment is in part driven by the desire to provide more housing for the people who work in the area. “I think this will be the flagship development that puts Dillon on the map.”

Lake Dillon Hotel

What: A hotel at the entrance to the town of Dillon, featuring more than 125 rooms, conference and party spaces, and a rooftop restaurant.

When: 2019.

Why: “We get a lot of people asking for restaurants with views of the lake,” says Danny Eilts, the project’s developer. “This will have views of everything from Buffalo Mountain, Breckenridge, Lake Dillon, Keystone, and North Peak.” It’ll be the only rooftop restaurant in all of Summit County, he says, and the hotel will have stunning views.

Down the Road …

A new hostel made from shipping containers, The Pad, is in the works for Silverthorne. The vision is to bring rooms and bunks for all budgets to the town as early as 2019.

Dillon continues to invest in smart growth and community amenities. In addition to improvements to Dillon Town Park, expect to see more changes over the next few years. Graduate students from the University of Colorado-Denver’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program will spend the summer evaluating Dillon’s comprehensive plan, identifying ways to bring in new businesses and further strengthen an already vibrant community.