Keystone Beautification Project
The Keystone Citizens League up in everyone’s favorite resort town has decided that they need to fix up their curb appeal. The Keystone Beautification Project will encompass mostly the refurbishment and renovation of Highway 6 (which runs throughout Keystone). More specifically, the KCL wants to fix the medians throughout the town and place more plants along the highway, particularly at the four corners stop light. The KCL has worked closely with the multiple Home Owner’s Associations in Keystone and has held public meetings and other conferences to get the community’s support. Ultimately, this project would beautify the Highway 6 corridor into Keystone and increase the curb appeal and refinement of the resort town!
The costs associated with this project are hefty. There is an expected $5 million requirement over the next ten years, with a $100,000 upkeep cost for each year after the initial ten. The costs will be added to property taxes and paid for by all the residents and commercial operators in Keystone. However, the price is relatively low on a per person basis, costing between $30-$100 per year for condo and town home owners and about 3-4 times that for commercial operators. Once the ten year mark is up, the additional tax drops 75% for all. The Keystone Parkway Improvement District has provided some opposition, asking to scale back the project and focus on refurbishment rather than reconstruction of the medians and to reduce the amount of grasses and planters by using other mountain themed decor, hopefully cutting costs by 50%.
Keystone is in desperate need of the beautification. The medians and streetscapes have not been updates since the 1986 plan to expand the highway and create the medians. However, they did not add a fund to help maintain the area or make any future plans for better development. The Keystone Citizens League decided to take that under their belt and are asking for Keystone residence and business to vote yes on the ballot this November for the Keystone Beautification Project. More to come as news develops!