New Group Seeks Funding for Housing and Open Space

March 11, 2019

Tonight’s 5:30 presentation at the History Museum, Unconventional Women of the West, is sold out. Sign up for their future events now, before they sell out too!

The topic at tonight’s 6PM Golden Safety Academy is Home Safety, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. Register here….

The Golden Urban Renewal Authority meets at 6:30 this evening in City Council Chambers. A group of residents will present a plan to form a non-profit “Community Benefit Trust.” This organization would seek funding to support subsidized housing and acquire open space. According to their website, they hope to raise funds or acquire land through “charitable donations, an investment structure, bonding authority, TIF financing, developer fees, cash-in-lieu options, partner funds or a lodging tax.” They are approaching GURA because GURA seeks to incorporate workforce housing within its districts (8th Street, the Natural Grocers area, and West Colfax), and because GURA can negotiate TIF deals.

The “Future Conveyance” area is the quarry.

GURA commissioners will also discuss the proposed Heritage Square/Bachman property/quarry land exchange. At last week’s public meeting, the Jeffco Open Space representative described more development than we usually associate with open space. He described an educational park and Jeffco Open Space offices on the Heritage Square site, and commercial development along Colfax. That last part is of interest to GURA, since their charter is to develop blighted property and contribute to the City’s financial vitality. The quarry is eventually destined to be used as a reservoir–though that may be half a century in the future.

Learn more about GURA’s agenda items by viewing tonight’s meeting packet.

Congratulations to the finalists and winners at last Friday’s Jeffco International Women’s Day Luncheon, and thanks to the Front Ranger newsletter for the following information:

The finalists for the Unsung Heroine Award were Dr. Julia Atkins, Carol Ann Bowles, Susan Golicic, Roxann Ritchie, Ashley Ruiz, Toni Winkler, and Phyllis Writz. The winner was Roxann Ritchie. For the past 12 years, Roxann Ritchie has volunteered over 3,500 hours of service to Lutheran Medical Center, primarily with the Lutheran Pet Therapy program.

The finalists for the Shattered Glass Award were Dr. Gayle Crawford, Dr. Neena Jain, Lynn Johnson, Erika Schultz, Jennifer Thoemke, and Chief Alicia Welch. The winner was Golden Fire Chief Alicia Welch. Alicia Welch is one of the few female fire chiefs in the country – nationwide there are only 50.