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 August 20, 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 from the 311 10th St. building west to 6th Avenue.

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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 August 20, 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 from the 311 10th St. building west to 6th Avenue.

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  • Public Statement on Property Acquisition Negotiations

    23 days ago
    The City of Golden is releasing this public statement to inform the Golden community and general public as to the City’s progress on negotiations related to land acquisition in east downtown Golden, commonly known as Goosetown.

    On April 11, 2019, City Council approved a purchase agreement with MillerCoors USA for the acquisition of approximately 7.2 acres at 311 10th Street in downtown Golden. The agreed upon purchase price for the property is $12.25 million.

    Since that time, the City has been conducting due diligence evaluations and inspections of the property for the potential future use of a civic and cultural...

    The City of Golden is releasing this public statement to inform the Golden community and general public as to the City’s progress on negotiations related to land acquisition in east downtown Golden, commonly known as Goosetown.

    On April 11, 2019, City Council approved a purchase agreement with MillerCoors USA for the acquisition of approximately 7.2 acres at 311 10th Street in downtown Golden. The agreed upon purchase price for the property is $12.25 million.

    Since that time, the City has been conducting due diligence evaluations and inspections of the property for the potential future use of a civic and cultural center for the community. It has been anticipated that the current 160,000 square foot office building on the site would be renovated to become the home of Golden city government as well as that of other public and not-for-profit cultural entities, including the Golden History Museum. To that end, in June, City Council approved Ordinance 2112, which authorized the City to issue Certificates of Participation not to exceed $24 million to fund the acquisition and renovation costs.

    In early July, the City received final inspection reports from its consultants that revealed two issues related to the planned transaction. First, to clear the title for transfer of the property, the City needs to resolve permanent easements currently held by Coors on the property, which, if left unresolved, would limit the City’s future use of the property. Second, the City received an inspection report from its consultant team that indicated a number of maintenance and design issues with the existing office building that will increase the overall cost to renovate the building for use as a future civic and cultural center. As currently anticipated, these improvements and renovations would exceed the $24 million approved by City Council in June.

    City staff, pursuant to City Council guidance and direction, continues to negotiate these final elements of the deal with MillerCoors USA. The City has until August 9, 2019, to resolve these remaining items. Should the City not be able to resolve these items prior to that deadline, the purchase agreement will expire.

    If the final elements of the transaction are able to be successfully negotiated, it is anticipated that in order to achieve the vision of creating a vibrant civic and cultural center, significantly more dollars would be necessary beyond $24 million. As such, the City would launch an extensive community
    engagement effort to gather input from the community on determining the size and scope of the project, whether renovating the existing building or building a new structure is more appropriate, how much the community is comfortable in spending on this project, and what sources of revenue might be necessary to pay for the costs of the project. Additionally, community input will be essential on determining future uses of the remaining City-owned property in the Clear Creek corridor.

    City Council has held a number of executive sessions in recent weeks to discuss specific points of negotiation of the deal. As Council continues to scrutinize and evaluate the final terms of this transaction, it is committed to making a decision on the property acquisition that considers the City’s short and long-term financial interests as well as the future civic and cultural needs of our community. This opportunity continues to represent a bold and visionary prospect for the City’s future and the input of our citizens will ultimately be important on what a future civic and cultural center could look like, should the acquisition of this property be successful.

    As new information is available, it will be posted here at GuidingGolden.com. If members of the public have initial comments they would like to share with City Council on this matter, they can be posted here on GuidingGolden.com under the "Tell Us What You Think" tab, or emailed directly to CityCouncil@cityofgolden.net.
  • Council Endorses Purchase of Coors Property

    4 months ago

    During the City Council meeting on April 11, 2019, Golden City Council approved a resolution endorsing a contract to purchase the Miller/Coors property at 311 10th Street.

    Please view the Council Memorandum and Resolution 2664 below. You can also view a video from the Council meeting when the resolution was presented and approved.



    During the City Council meeting on April 11, 2019, Golden City Council approved a resolution endorsing a contract to purchase the Miller/Coors property at 311 10th Street.

    Please view the Council Memorandum and Resolution 2664 below. You can also view a video from the Council meeting when the resolution was presented and approved.



  • City of Golden and Coors Agree to Terms on Property Acquisition

    5 months ago

    The City has been in negotiations with Coors and has reached agreement on terms for the purchase that include:

    • A 160,000 square foot office building at 311 10th St.

    • 7.1 acres of land on multiple parcels

    • The sale price of $12.25 million

    • The agreement that Coors Employees will consolidate to one or two floors and can remain in building (without paying rent) until Jan. 30, 2020

    • A significant amount of office furniture included in purchase price

    The Golden City Council will vote on the purchase agreement at its regular meeting on April 11,...

    The City has been in negotiations with Coors and has reached agreement on terms for the purchase that include:

    • A 160,000 square foot office building at 311 10th St.

    • 7.1 acres of land on multiple parcels

    • The sale price of $12.25 million

    • The agreement that Coors Employees will consolidate to one or two floors and can remain in building (without paying rent) until Jan. 30, 2020

    • A significant amount of office furniture included in purchase price

    The Golden City Council will vote on the purchase agreement at its regular meeting on April 11, 2019.

    With the purchase, the City of Golden intends to renovate the office building into a new Civic Center, which will include City of Golden administrative offices, the Golden Police Department, the Golden History Museum, and space for other community cultural entities. Under the plan, the proposed Civic Center would replace the existing City Hall building at 911 10th Street as the home to Golden city government.
    “We envision a vibrant gathering place for the community with consolidated City offices as well as room for some of our cultural entities to expand and thrive,” said City Manager Jason Slowinski. “This project will help address some of the community’s capital needs recently identified by the Golden Investment Task Force.”

    The Golden Investment Task Force is a City Council-appointed working group that met throughout 2018 to help identify and prioritize Golden’s future capital investment needs. The purchase also allows the City greater control over the future development of the Clear Creek corridor in downtown Golden. If the purchase is approved, the City will engage in a lengthy public input process to determine future land uses of the existing City Hall and History Museum sites as well as the additional acreage acquired in the purchase.
    More information regarding the work of the Golden Investment Task Force can be obtained at www.guidinggolden.com/golden-investment-forums.