Heart of Golden: How We Got Here

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Background

The City of Golden purchased 7.27 acres of land east of Ford Street along the Clear Creek Corridor which now gives the Golden community the opportunity to address several longstanding community goals:

  • Enhancing civic and cultural community activities
  • Realizing the potential of the creek corridor
  • Consolidating and improving municipal facilities and service delivery

Heart of Golden Visioning Workshops

  • The City hosted two Heart of Golden Visioning Workshops and online engagement opportunities in January and February 2020. Each workshop began with a project update and had a feedback activity, which allowed direct community comments and suggestions.

Three key questions that were addressed at this workshop:

  1. What does your dream corridor look like?
  2. What uses would you like to see and where?
  3. What uses are most important to you?

Heart of Golden Refining Workshop

  • The City hosted one Heart of Golden Refining Workshop and online engagement opportunities before the pandemic began.

Three key questions will be addressed at this workshop:

  1. What key features do you like most ?
  2. What key features do you like least?
  3. What is missing?

Heart of Golden: Still Beating

  • The City is hosting online stakeholder meetings, focus group meetings, and more engagement opportunities to continue to clarify and address:
  1. What key features do you like most ?
  2. What key features do you like least?
  3. What is missing?

Continue to watch this page to make sure you know about all the newest information and opportunities to engage on this project!

Background

The City of Golden purchased 7.27 acres of land east of Ford Street along the Clear Creek Corridor which now gives the Golden community the opportunity to address several longstanding community goals:

  • Enhancing civic and cultural community activities
  • Realizing the potential of the creek corridor
  • Consolidating and improving municipal facilities and service delivery

Heart of Golden Visioning Workshops

  • The City hosted two Heart of Golden Visioning Workshops and online engagement opportunities in January and February 2020. Each workshop began with a project update and had a feedback activity, which allowed direct community comments and suggestions.

Three key questions that were addressed at this workshop:

  1. What does your dream corridor look like?
  2. What uses would you like to see and where?
  3. What uses are most important to you?

Heart of Golden Refining Workshop

  • The City hosted one Heart of Golden Refining Workshop and online engagement opportunities before the pandemic began.

Three key questions will be addressed at this workshop:

  1. What key features do you like most ?
  2. What key features do you like least?
  3. What is missing?

Heart of Golden: Still Beating

  • The City is hosting online stakeholder meetings, focus group meetings, and more engagement opportunities to continue to clarify and address:
  1. What key features do you like most ?
  2. What key features do you like least?
  3. What is missing?

Continue to watch this page to make sure you know about all the newest information and opportunities to engage on this project!

Q&A

We want to hear from you! Let us know your questions and we will get back to you with an answer.

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    I attended the meeting on 12/14/19. There was mention of making public the due diligence engineering report on this property, 311 10th. I can not find it anywhere on Guiding Golden. Could it be released for public consumption? I have heard it makes mention of how bad/expensive the building will be to maintain, but making it public would help to put that information into the decision making process for the public too.

    camerdb asked over 1 year ago

    The document is available on this page: Click here to view it. There was also a shorter PowerPoint presentation based on the study presented to City Council: Click here to view it.

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    Does the City own the land and/or building for the Canyon Gate Apartments as shown on the Heart of Golden 2020 map?

    over 1 year ago

    The City is the owner of the land, but not the building for the Canyon Gate Apartments.  In 1981, the City entered into a 75 year lease (extending to about October 2057) with the Jefferson County Housing Authority to enable the construction and operation of a 50 unit affordable senior housing project.  The project continues to be operated by the Jeffco Housing Authority.

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    What can the City do in the Mines owned area south of Clear Creek shown by a dotted line on the Heart of Golden 2020 map?

    over 1 year ago

    In 2012, the Colorado School of Mines granted a fifty (50) year easement to the City authorizing the City to utilize the area of the Clear Creek trail (south side of the creek) and the vacant area between the trail and the creek for “utility lines and appurtenances, concrete recreational trail, open space, passive recreation, public art, and safety fencing”.  AS granted, the easement allows a number of public uses, but would seemingly not include any structures or intense use.


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    If City Offices and the Golden History Museum move to the new facility, perhaps consideration could be given to separating the Jeffco library into the two adjacent buildings; the current library could be an Adult library and the current History Museum could be converted into a Children’s library. As the Jeffco Library is a different governmental entity than the city of Golden, this may not be possible or may be difficult to accomplish, but it would be nice to accommodate the different library needs and uses of adults and children into two separate facilities.

    over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your thoughts. The library is a very important part of Golden and we are committed to looking at different partnerships that might exist for us.

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    Will you include workforce housing on some of the property if its acquired? This area has long been considered a good location for that land use so long as it truly is workforce housing. You could requires that potential residents submit proof of at least 32 hours/week in Golden like other communities such as Breckenridge and Pitkin County.

    over 2 years ago

    As we are in the early stages of investigating this project, we are considering many different ideas. Workforce housing could be a good fit for this project. We will continue to consider all options and keep our community updated as we move forward.


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    How would acquistion of this property work with RTD for extension of the G line, as RTD has the ROW to do that? It could open up TOD and affordable housing options.

    Karen Oxman asked over 2 years ago

    We are very interested in working with RTD to expand transportation options in Golden including the possibility of connecting to or extending the G line, whether this project moves forward or if another use is identified. We will update the project page with any new information on this and other topics, please stay tuned.