Big Idea: Golden Civic Center

City Council has decided to move forward with the purchase of 7.2 acres and an office building at 311 10th St. in Goosetown from Coors Brewery with the anticipated closing date of October 15, 2019. The City’s evaluation through the due diligence process revealed that utilizing the existing office building on site for a new civic center may not be practical and might even be cost prohibitive. It is quite possible that the City will need to explore building a new structure on the site rather than renovating the existing office building. In order to arrive at that eventual determination, there will be much work and dialogue with the community ahead on size, scope, cost, and funding for such a project.

This project is an exciting opportunity for Golden, studies, polls, and conversations brought to City Council over the past few years have revealed the significant space needs for community and cultural facilities, both now and into the future. This site could potentially address some or all of them along with a consolidated civic center. This would also allow the City to have significant influence in a large area susceptible to redevelopment. Centralizing and relocating city services at a new location could also create opportunities to explore future community uses along the key ¾-mile long Clear Creek Corridor.

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City Council has decided to move forward with the purchase of 7.2 acres and an office building at 311 10th St. in Goosetown from Coors Brewery with the anticipated closing date of October 15, 2019. The City’s evaluation through the due diligence process revealed that utilizing the existing office building on site for a new civic center may not be practical and might even be cost prohibitive. It is quite possible that the City will need to explore building a new structure on the site rather than renovating the existing office building. In order to arrive at that eventual determination, there will be much work and dialogue with the community ahead on size, scope, cost, and funding for such a project.

This project is an exciting opportunity for Golden, studies, polls, and conversations brought to City Council over the past few years have revealed the significant space needs for community and cultural facilities, both now and into the future. This site could potentially address some or all of them along with a consolidated civic center. This would also allow the City to have significant influence in a large area susceptible to redevelopment. Centralizing and relocating city services at a new location could also create opportunities to explore future community uses along the key ¾-mile long Clear Creek Corridor.

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Tonight all 5 candidates running for City Council were friendly to the idea of Golden acquiring the MillerCoors property, likely as the future home for a Civic Center and Culture Center. (The idea sounded good to me too, but at what price?) Then we were told the existing office structure is very dated and inadequate, and likely would be scraped and new structures built. Originally it seemed buying 160,000 square feet of office for $12,250,000 made good sense: $77/sf (plus the land). But I now wonder if buying 7.2 acres for $12,250,000, then spending at least a million dollars to scrape it makes sense: $1,840,000 per acre for vacant land ... especially in the face of discussions about maintaining a 20% budget surplus.The property would cost $12.25 million, but the allotted 24 million is not enough to complete the project; which means $11.75 million for improvements isn't enough. (What is the cost of new buildings?). Did the Purchase Agreement expire August 9th; if not, what is the current status?

connewr 10 days ago

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connewr 10 days ago

For 24 million dollars why not build a brand new building on city property?

Sarah 3 months ago

Earlier this year I expressed my concerns to city staff about acquiring this building, and among my concerns were the following: Cost of ownership due to its age, possible asbestos mitigation, lack of ability to do rooftop solar because the atrium roof dominates, loss of revenue ($250K to county of which $40K accrues to Golden). Because the reports from consultants are private, one has to read between the lines, but it seems that cost of ownership is definitely an issue being raised. When the agreement was made and discussion was around $12M, it may have seemed like a good deal, but now it is moving above $24M, and that is just not in the interest of the city. If the city can walk away, even at the loss of some earnest money, that is better than pursuing this. The dream of a transportation hub with the G-line is a great idea too, but a commercial partner would have always been needed in this scenario, and still would be required whether we get the building or not. That should not sway the decision. And while a civic center might still have a lot of merit, future developments associated with Coors Tech (9th and Washington to Ford), or the Wells Fargo Lot could solve that problem. There are different challenges in all these locations, but taking this building off Miller Coors hands is not a win for the city, it could be an anchor instead.

camerdb 3 months ago

I really think the city aquiring this property would be a good thing, but maybe building a new building to start is better than trying to rehab the existing structure which will continue to have issues and may be outgrown way too fast.

slynnwelsh 3 months ago

I think this could be a good idea, but unfortunately it seems like there's a serious lack of complete planning happening here. For one, there seems to be no discussion or commitment around sustainability and making sure this newly acquired building is renovating consistent with the City's energy and climate conservation objectives. For another, it is very disappointing to see the city punt on the future use of the Clear Creek Corridor from 311 10th St. west to 6th Ave. Future planning for the Creek Corridor should go hand in hand with any acquisition and future move. At a minimum, future planning should be guided by key principles, namely that the Creek Corridor be restored to provide more open and park space for the City, which is a tremendous economic generator and is key to the quality of life in Golden.

Jeremy Nichols 3 months ago