History of Third Street Center


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]


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.


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.


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