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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, resulting in the building that is today the Third Street Center.

The second story is the transformation from a dated educational facility into a modern community center. Natural light streams in from big windows and skylights. A spacious and ample design makes room for large events and offices and studios. the building is so energy efficient it operates at less than net-zero.

This was due to a fantastic collaboration between the Town of Carbondale, The Roaring Fork School District, the Manaus Fund, Alpine Bank, Roaring Fork CDC, and SCOR, design professional, tradespeople, doors, and tenants.

And then there is the story since our opening in 2010. The tenants, uses, spaces have changed, but the overall spirit remains strong.Moss outside entry

By day, groups meet here to hatch new ideas. Nonprofits carry out their missions. People meditate and worship. Monks create mandalas. Young and old come to dance, students stage plays.

It is the story we continue building today, with the imagination and resourcefulness of the people of Carbondale and the region.

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This Week @ Third Street

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Our Coffee Shop has a new name . . .

As of December 1, 2018

Cilundu Coffee is now Blue Spruce Coffee!

Blue Spruce is operated by the same people in the same space adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce just as you enter the Third Street Center.  Same great coffee too!

The coffee shop opened on May 22, 2017 as Lance Norton, Pastor of Mid Valley Church, decided to open the shop as a nonprofit project to raise funds for an orphanage in Zambia and build community locally.  

Blue Spruce serves some the best coffee in the valley. You can also get teas, cold coffees, and assorted snacks.  If you are lucky you can also get some of Fiona’s bagels. Open from Monday thru Friday, 7am – 2pm and now Sundays 8am-12noon.

All profits to charity.



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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 Hall,” had to wait until we got a new sign for it.

Thanks to Rainy Day Designs for crafting the sign.

We are scheduling more improvements in Community Hall for this fall.

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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 Carbondale/Third Street Center.

Let us know if you would like to help us duplicate this renovation in the other older restrooms in the building.

Check out the images detailing the renovation process.


The Next Phase @ Third Street


We’re Powered by the Sun

One goal of renovating the Carbondale Elementary School into the Third Street Center as to make the building much more resource efficient. The addition of skylight, solar tubes, efficient light fixture, and two 50 kW solar arrays has lowered electrical demand while turning Third Street Center into a mini renewable energy power plant. Today, Third Street Center generates more energy from solar that it uses in a year.

Your can see out energy use and generation on the Garfield Clean Energy Building Navigator.  We are one of several dozen buildings in the region that the Building Navigator tracks for energy use.  We use it daily to understand what is working well in our active energy management efforts – and what we can improve upon.

We are working on ways to bring the same tracking and reporting found on the Building Navigator to other resource areas, such as water and material waste. Stay tuned!