History of Third Street Center

1961

In 1961, Carbondale Elementary School opens.  Additions come in 1967, 1988 and 1989.  In December 2006, students move to the larger and modern Crystal River Elementary School. [CES Photo Album link]

2006

The Town of Carbondale conducts a economic planning process, The Economic Development and Sustainability Plan (The Roadmap), that identifies the decommissioned Carbondale Elementary School as community space for the many nonprofit organizations in Carbondale and an incubator of innovation, sustainability and economic activity.

2008

The Town of Carbondale swaps land with the Roaring Fork School District to gain ownership of Carbondale Elementary School. Town of Carbondale, The Manaus Fund, Alpine Bank, Roaring Fork Community Development Corp and Sustainability Center of the Rockies (SCoR) collaborate to set up nonprofit structure and finance the renovation of the Carbondale Elementary School to the Third Street Center.  Construction begins.

2010

The Third Street Center opens with a Grand Opening Celebration in June.

View more pictures of the Carbondale Elementary School to Third Street Center transformation below

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Welcome to the Third Street Center

A nonprofit community center serving Carbondale and the region. Our story is really three different stories. The building's story begins with the Carbondale Elementary School. It was built in 1961 and added onto each decade that followed,…
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We have a new name for the old gym

We can finally stop explaining that our gym really isn't a gym. :O) Continuing to call the space "the gym" was, err  . . . problematic as the space is even less like a gym after the addition of the windows. Our new chosen name, "Community…
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Cilundu Coffee Shop

  Cilundu Coffee opened at Third Street Center on May 22, 2017.  Lance Norton, Pastor of Mid Valley Church, is running the shop as a nonprofit project to raise funds for an orphanage the church supports in Zambia. Cilundu ("Mountain"…
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Women's Restroom Renovation Complete

It took longer than expected to get to the renovation, but as one user commented, "it was worth the wait." This Restroom Renovation Project is possible through a grant from the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District to the Town of…