Downtown Restaurants, Peaks to Plains Trail, Job Fair

January 28, 2019

The Downtown Development Authority will meet at 6:30 this evening in City Council Chambers. They will consider a grant request from “Tributary Market & Drinkery,” which is a food hall that plans to open at 701 12th St. later this year. “What’s a food hall?” you may wonder. This article from last fall explains. The owners plan to install a heated patio enclosure at the cost of $18K+, and are requesting a $2500 grant to help defray the expense.

The board will also be asked to approve a date change on the Buffalo Rose’s $58,000 sales tax sharing agreement, since the construction ran a little longer than originally scheduled. The Buffalo Rose also has a $250,000 reimbursement agreement for property tax. That one is good through 2030.

Finally, the owner of the Ace Hi Tavern will describe some improvements that he is considering for his building. Did you know that that building was constructed in 1879 as Golden’s Opera House? The Stillman family bought it in 1961, and Mike Stillman is the 3rd generation owner! For details on any of these agenda items, see the meeting packet….


This Wednesday (Jan. 30th) from 5:30-7:30, Jeffco Open Space will host a public meeting about the upcoming Mouth of the Canyon segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail. This 1.75-mile segment within Clear Creek Canyon will extend east from Tunnel 1 along US Highway 6 and connect to the existing trail in Golden. At the meeting, attendees will receive a brief presentation about the project, and then will have the opportunity to ask questions of Jeffco Open Space staff.  The meeting will be held at the Golden Community Center.  Learn more..


Jefferson County Human Services will host a Multi-Industry Career Fair tomorrow from 1-3PM. Meet with employers in person to learn about career opportunities. This is a great opportunity to meet employers from major industries that are hiring for in-demand, high growth occupations. Many of these employers offer on-the-job training and career paths for your current or new career! Come prepared with a current resume and speak with employers. Learn more….

Dinosaurs and Downtown Development

November 19, 2018

Dinosaur Ridge lecture on archosaurs/

Dinosaur Ridge has a lecture from 10-11 this morning on Archosaurs (Crocs, Dactyls, and Avians).  17681 W Alameda Pkwy, MorrisonMap


Jefferson Symphony Orchestra free concert in Parfet Park - Golden Colorado

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will meet tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. The Dove Inn is requesting a $2500 grant to improve the exterior of the Inn with paint, a new light fixture, and a new sign. They will also discuss whether to continue providing funding for the Jefferson Symphony’s free summer concert in Parfet Park. Staff will describe a planning project to guide future development in the “West Downtown Neighborhood.” This includes the parking lots west of Washington Avenue, the 12th Street Historic District, and the Golden History Park. They will vote to approve their budget for 2019. The summary is as followed, and the details are available in the meeting packet.

$ 411,300.00 – Current Operating Expenses
$ 770,000.00 – Capital Outlay
$ 679,660.00  – Contingency/Reserves

$ 1,860,959.00 TOTAL GENERAL FUND


Mindfulness Workshop at the Library
Denise Richter of Golden Life Coaching will present “From Mind Full to Mindful (A Mindfulness Workshop)” from 6:30-7:30 at the Library.  As we enter the holiday season, it can be difficult to stay present and manage the stress and expectations that come along with this time of year. This free workshop will be focused on ways to cultivate mindfulness, deal with your emotions, and stay present during busy times. I hope to see you many of you there!

Back to School, TIF Agreements

August 20, 2018

Jefferson Symphony Concert in Parfet Park - Golden CO

Last night’s Jefferson Symphony concert in Parfet Park attracted an impressive crowd!  The Chamber reports that they had record crowds at the Golden Fine Arts Festival. Dave Powers took a few photos while checking out the art. See them on our Facebook page.

The Colorado School of Mines students begin classes todayJeffco Public School students began last week.

The Downtown Development Authority will gather an hour earlier than usual this evening–at 5:30, rather than 6:30–so they can take a walking tour of their downtown domain. Afterward, they will convene in City Council Chambers for their regularly-scheduled (and recorded) 6:30 meeting. Xicamiti La Taquería Bistro (715 Washington Avenue) is requesting a $500-700 grant to help pay for a one-way film window sign. They will vote on a sales taxed-based TIF agreement of up to $58,000 with the Buffalo Rose. Last year, the DDA approved a property tax-based TIF agreement of up to $250,000 with the Buffalo Rose. The DDA is working on a legal/financial agreement with the new owners of 1100 Washington (the former funeral parlor), but the details are not yet finalized.  To learn more about tonight’s DDA topics, review the meeting packet.

Tuesday Preview
The Downtown Merchants will meet tomorrow morning at 7:30 at Connects Workspace.  This is a monthly opportunity to exchange information about downtown events. All are welcome. Learn more….

The Chamber will host a Brown Bag Lunch & Learn tomorrow from 12:30-1:30. The topic is Solo-prenuer: Solutions for Common Problems of a “Solo-Proprietor’s” Experience, presented by Amira Watters and Lou Riverso with Jefferson County Business Resource Center. Learn more….

The Railroad Museum will hold their monthly craft and storytime tomorrow morning at 10AM.

Tomorrow night, the County is hosting an open host to discuss the Comprehensive Master Plan. If you have ideas or comments on development in Jefferson County, this is your chance to weigh in.

Proposed Downtown Projects and Artsweek Events

July 16, 2018

reducing lanes on Washington Avenue - Golden CO

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will meet at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They are considering a change on Washington Avenue that would reduce southbound Washington Avenue from two lanes to one between 15th and 19th Streets, .  If they do this, the cost will be $200,000 for concrete work, plus more for landscaping.

They will discuss funding several possible additional downtown projects:

renovate the downtown bathrooms
revise the downtown streetscape (the flower boxes)
Astor House Pocket Park
Astor House Renovation
Add a splashpad downtown
Build a trail along the Creek, behind the Golden Mill and the Gold apartments

Learn more about any of these projects by reviewing the meeting packet.


Artsweek Golden - Golden ColoradoARTSWEEK GOLDEN continues today. You’ll find painters at work in Lions Park from 10AM-5PM. Visit the Quilt Museum between 10AM and 1PM for a FREE guided tour of their latest exhibit: Hollis Chatelain: Stories of West Africa. You do not want to miss these masterfully created quilts. Foothills Art Center is open for FREE from 10AM-5PM. Virtuosity Dance Centre is having an open house from 7-9PM. This is a good chance to learn about the Centre and see talented performers too!

Tomorrow we’ll see Chalk on the Creek from 10AM-3PM. Tomorrow night, plan to visit Foothills Art Center at 7PM to see a documentary about our newest artwork–the mural on the retaining wall along Washington Avenue.  Learn more about the Artsweek Golden events.

Sign Grants, Free JSO Concert, Nature Yoga, New Restaurants and New Hotel

June 18, 2018

Jefferson Symphony Concert in Parfet Park - Golden CO

The Downtown Development Authority meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will consider two requests for sign grants: a $2500 request to fund half the cost of signs for the new Colorado Plus Cidery and Pub going in at 1100 Arapahoe Street (the old laundromat), and $200 to help finance signs for Adventure West Tubing, a seasonal tube rental business running in the Golden Mill parking lot.  The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra has requested $8500 to pay for the annual concert in Parfet Park that marks the end of the Fine Arts Festival. This year’s concert will take place on Sunday, August 19, 2018.  See the meeting packet for more information.

Tuesday Preview
The Railroad Museum will have their monthly Storytime and Craft tomorrow morning at 10. The Library will have Lego Play & Build at 4PM. The Lookout Mountain Nature Center will offer Nature Yoga at 5PM (register now–they usually fill up). The Library’s monthly book group meets from 6-7PM, discussing The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick.

Nature Yoga at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center

The Local Licensing Authority meets tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday, June 19th) at 2:30 in City Council Chambers. They will review several applications for new licenses: a new restaurant (called “Launch) at 18455 W. Colfax Ave.; the new “Origin Red Rocks” hotel at 18485 W. Colfax Ave., and a new restaurant (called “Tributary Food Hall) at 701 12th St. Public hearing for each of these licenses will be held on July 25th.

Foss Liquor - Golden ColoradoThe judge will also consider three request to modify premises for existing liquor licensed businesses: Barrels & Bottles plans a 5th anniversary party on September 2nd and 3rd, and they want to use the parking lot north of the building for their celebration. Dirty Dogs Roadhouse plans a special event on July 14th and they want to sell liquor in their parking lot that day. The Foss Company is reconfiguring the space for their liquor store at 1224 Washington Avenue. Based on the drawings provided, it looks like the new version of the store will be smaller and will be located only on the west side of the building. The storefront on Washington Avenue will be dedicated to a new retail use.  See the meeting packet for more information.

Late Monday Update: Mixed Income Housing Proposal

April 16, 2018

Mixed Income Housing - Golden ColoradoMy apologies for writing twice in one day. I failed to inform you about a meeting scheduled for 6PM tonight. The Jefferson County Housing Authority is considering redeveloping the area from Ford to Jackson north of 24th Street as 100% residential “mixed income” housing. This plan includes the same ground where a Chicago based developer wanted to build a 44-unit 3 story apartment building. The new plan includes 51 units, but also includes more land, so the overall approach shouldn’t be as dense. The U-shaped complex at 24th and Jackson is already low-income housing, and would be included in this redevelopment project.

The key issues for the neighborhood for the previous proposal were mass (they thought the building was way too big for the lot) and parking (they felt the development didn’t include enough parking for the residents and that the extra cars would park on the streets in the neighborhood). It will be interesting to see how this new proposal handles those issues.

The meeting takes place TONIGHT (Monday April 16th) at 6PM in the community room of the Lewis Court apartments, 2200 Jackson Street. This is a good choice of location for the meeting, in that Lewis Court is also low-income housing, includes plenty of parking, and is generally regarded to have been a good addition to the neighborhood. Here’s the letter describing tonight’s meeting.


Washington Avenue "Streetscape" - Golden Colorado

I had an interesting discussion with a friend yesterday. I was encouraging him to go through the city spending exercise on GuidingGolden. I walked him through the options and explained things to the best of my ability. He had a bunch of questions I couldn’t answer, such as “what would they do in Grampsas park for $10.4 million?” “What would they do to Lions Park for $4.3 million?” “Where would the Clear Creek Pedestrian Bridge be built?” “Wouldn’t the Solar Garden be paid for by subscribers?” “What property do we want to buy as open space? Would it stay open, or would they build a park on it?” “What’s wrong with the current downtown streetscape? Downtown is crawling with people, so it must be working.” and “What is ‘the West Colfax Ave transportation project?'” My answer to all of those was “I don’t know.” In the end, he chose different projects than I had chosen when I took the survey, so we may have canceled out each other’s votes.

Here’s what the City is trying to do:  over the years we’ve had a lot of public meetings and come up with a long list of things we want.  Every one of the things on the list has value.  Often, spending decisions are made on a piecemeal basis, based on what seems most important right now.  The City is asking us to look at the entire list of wonderful ideas and decide which of them we want most.  If we don’t make any choices, or say we want them ALL, then we need to raise taxes to pay for them.  This is a big, complicated topic, and I think it’s laudable that the City is trying to get their arms around it, and ask people what they want.

TAKE THE SURVEY!  I heard on Saturday that only 85 people had done it. Do you want 85 people (who aren’t you) to determine your future tax levels?

Click here and make your own choices!  If nothing else, you can choose to NOT fund projects you DON’T support.

Unexpectedly, the city is asking people to take the survey even if they’ve already done it, because the survey has changed. So TAKE THE SURVEY!


DDA Grant Requests - Golden Colorado

The Downtown Development Authority meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will consider a grant request to help finance a $3500 mural on a new yoga studio at 612 10th St.  The Chamber of Commerce is requesting $8000 to help pay for First Friday celebrations this summer, including horse drawn carriage rides, the Golden Hayride, face painters, musicians, and other sidewalk entertainment.  Foothills Art Center is requesting $7000 to cover marketing costs for a new event this summer: Artsweek Golden. Artsweek will run from July 16th-22nd and is a separate event from the Golden Fine Arts Festival, which happens August 18th & 19th.

In other news, City Staff is working with a consultant to improve “wayfinding” signage. DDA board members are interested in improvements to the downtown streetscape. City staff is reviewing the intersection at 14th and Ford Streets. Staff is evaluating the parking on Washington between 15th and 18th Streets. Engineering standards indicate that most of that parking is “unsafe” because the line of sight is not adequate.

As always, review the meeting packet to get the details on any of these issues.


Live Music Tonight:
The Fireside Pickers will start playing at 6PM at New Terrain Brewing.


Tomorrow Morning:
The Mothers of Preschoolers will meet from 9-11AM at the Baptist Church (map).  Designed for mothers of children aged from birth to Kindergarten. Child care provided. Special topic speakers, fun, food & fellowship with other moms. Call 303-255-1780 or visit www.fbcgolden.org for more information.

Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden COThe Directors Storytime and Craft happens tomorrow morning at 10 at the Railroad Museum (map).  Join fellow young train enthusiasts, in collaboration with the Golden Public Library, for a morning of rail stories and make-and-take crafts. Recommended ages 4-6 years old. Free for Museum Members and $2 for nonmembers with general admission.  Learn more….

City Spending – Current and Future

April 16, 2018

Washington Avenue "Streetscape" - Golden Colorado

I had an interesting discussion with a friend yesterday. I was encouraging him to go through the city spending exercise on GuidingGolden. I walked him through the options and explained things to the best of my ability. He had a bunch of questions I couldn’t answer, such as “what would they do in Grampsas park for $10.4 million?” “What would they do to Lions Park for $4.3 million?” “Where would the Clear Creek Pedestrian Bridge be built?” “Wouldn’t the Solar Garden be paid for by subscribers?” “What property do we want to buy as open space? Would it stay open, or would they build a park on it?” “What’s wrong with the current downtown streetscape? Downtown is crawling with people, so it must be working.” and “What is ‘the West Colfax Ave transportation project?'” My answer to all of those was “I don’t know.” In the end, he chose different projects than I had chosen when I took the survey, so we may have canceled out each other’s votes.

Here’s what the City is trying to do:  over the years we’ve had a lot of public meetings and come up with a long list of things we want.  Every one of the things on the list has value.  Often, spending decisions are made on a piecemeal basis, based on what seems most important right now.  The City is asking us to look at the entire list of wonderful ideas and decide which of them we want most.  If we don’t make any choices, or say we want them ALL, then we need to raise taxes to pay for them.  This is a big, complicated topic, and I think it’s laudable that the City is trying to get their arms around it, and ask people what they want.

TAKE THE SURVEY!  I heard on Saturday that only 85 people had done it. Do you want 85 people (who aren’t you) to determine your future tax levels?

Click here and make your own choices!  If nothing else, you can choose to NOT fund projects you DON’T support.

Unexpectedly, the city is asking people to take the survey even if they’ve already done it, because the survey has changed. So TAKE THE SURVEY!


DDA Grant Requests - Golden Colorado

The Downtown Development Authority meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will consider a grant request to help finance a $3500 mural on a new yoga studio at 612 10th St.  The Chamber of Commerce is requesting $8000 to help pay for First Friday celebrations this summer, including horse drawn carriage rides, the Golden Hayride, face painters, musicians, and other sidewalk entertainment.  Foothills Art Center is requesting $7000 to cover marketing costs for a new event this summer: Artsweek Golden. Artsweek will run from July 16th-22nd and is a separate event from the Golden Fine Arts Festival, which happens August 18th & 19th.

In other news, City Staff is working with a consultant to improve “wayfinding” signage. DDA board members are interested in improvements to the downtown streetscape. City staff is reviewing the intersection at 14th and Ford Streets. Staff is evaluating the parking on Washington between 15th and 18th Streets. Engineering standards indicate that most of that parking is “unsafe” because the line of sight is not adequate.

As always, review the meeting packet to get the details on any of these issues.


Live Music Tonight:
The Fireside Pickers will start playing at 6PM at New Terrain Brewing.


Tomorrow Morning:
The Mothers of Preschoolers will meet from 9-11AM at the Baptist Church (map).  Designed for mothers of children aged from birth to Kindergarten. Child care provided. Special topic speakers, fun, food & fellowship with other moms. Call 303-255-1780 or visit www.fbcgolden.org for more information.

Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden COThe Directors Storytime and Craft happens tomorrow morning at 10 at the Railroad Museum (map).  Join fellow young train enthusiasts, in collaboration with the Golden Public Library, for a morning of rail stories and make-and-take crafts. Recommended ages 4-6 years old. Free for Museum Members and $2 for nonmembers with general admission.  Learn more….

Eating, Screening, Meeting, and Picking

March 19, 2018

Golden Chamber of Commerce - Golden Colorado

If you were lucky enough to get tickets to the Golden Chamber’s 5th Annual Taste of Golden, plan to be at the Mountaineering Center (710 10th Street) between 5 and 7:30. Unfortunately, tickets will not be available at the door.

Screen Agers at Bell Middle School - Golden Colorado

Bell Middle School’s PTA is sponsoring a showing of SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age tonight from 6-8PM. This is a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time. Admission is $5 for adults. Learn more….

The Downtown Development Authority meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. A downtown resident has asked them to consider how to handle grants when a Downtown business moves or closes after receiving a grant. Should the City request repayment? The DDA will consider this question. They will discuss the developer’s plans for 1100 Washington Avenue (the former mortuary). At some point, the new owners are likely to request a Tax Increment Sharing agreement. The City will likely work with the owners of the new Cidery/old laundromat to install some landscape improvements between the sidewalk and the curb at that property. The meeting memo mentions that both the Golden Mill and the adjacent Gold apartments are for sale, so we may see changes on Ford Street at Clear Creek. Review their meeting packet to learn more….

Live Music: New Terrain Brewing will host a casual gathering of fireside pickers beginning at 6PM.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) Morning:
The MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group will meet from 9-11AM at the 1st Baptist Church (map). Designed for mothers of children aged from birth to Kindergarten. Child care provided. Special topic speakers, fun, food & fellowship with other moms. Call 303-255-1780 or visit www.fbcgolden.org for more information.

The Railroad Museum will host Storytime and Craft at 10AM. Join fellow young train enthusiasts, in collaboration with the Golden Public Library, for a morning of rail stories and make-and-take crafts. Recommended ages 4-6 years old. Free for Museum Members and $2 for nonmembers with general admission. Learn more….

Business, Corrections, Music, and Lectures

February 28, 2018

Business in Golden ColoradoThe Local Licensing Authority meets this afternoon at 2:30 in City Council Chambers. They will review a transfer of ownership application for the Courtyard Inn and Residence Inn. Bono’s Italian Restaurant has also submitted an ownership transfer application. The Foss Company has applied to have the liquor license for their building at 1224 Washington Avenue transferred from YDF Enterprises to the Foss Company.  Learn more….


The Sustainability Board will hold their Board Retreat from 3-9PM today at Fossil Trace. They will discuss their strategic vision and identify 2-3 priorities, map out a work plan, and discuss ways to transmit historical knowledge from long-time board members to new members.  Learn more….


Correction:
City employee Robin Fleischmann pointed out that I made some errors in yesterday’s DDA meeting description. First, I mis-read a document in the meeting packet and said that the DDA had allocated $15K for Movies and Music in the Park. In fact, they have allocated $15K for ALL special event requests and the city has asked for $1500 of it. The City has allocated $22K for Movies and Music out of another budget and is now asking the DDA to kick in another $1500. (The moral of that story is that the DDA has $13,500 left for special events, so if you plan to do one, ask soon for the money.)

Second, I over-simplified a discussion item about the Buffalo Rose. In October, the DDA approved a tax increment agreement with the Buffalo Rose that will result in their being reimbursed “up to $250,000 plus interest” of property tax by the city. Last night’s agreement was a “Collateral Assignment Agreement,” which said that the reimbursement money would be paid directly to the bank that made the construction loan, rather than going to the Buffalo Rose. I thought that was a bit more detailed than people wanted to know, so tried to simplify it by saying they were “reviewing the reimbursement agreement.” But now you know! It’s a “Collateral Assignment Agreement.” For details of the reimbursement, check the October meeting packet, and for details of the “Collateral Assignment Agreement” check last night’s packet.  They’re both available on the city website.  The DDA had also planned to consider a $58,500 sales tax incentive agreement in December of 2017, but that one is on hold for now.


Live Music in Golden ColoradoFor those who aren’t as interested in City business as I am, you’ll want to know that the Library is having Ukulele Wednesday tonight from 6-7:30.  Dirty Dogs Roadhouse is hosting Tony Rosario Wednesday Night Wiggle starting at 6PM.  The Rock Rest Lodge has Dave Frisk starting at 6PM.


LECTURES
Dinosaur Ridge is having a talk tonight from 6-7PM on “What IS a Dinosaur?”  Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge for an interesting talk on what dinosaurs are, how they’re classified, and even what fossils are mistaken for dinosaurs! This also covers what are NOT dinosaurs.  Free.  RSVP at education@dinoridge.org


Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum - Golden Colorado
Tomorrow night (Thursday March 1st) the Friends of the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum “First Thursday” Lecture Series Presents….”The Boulder County Tungsten District” by our guest speaker Ed Raines, Curator and Collections Manager, Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum.  Socializing and munchies start at 6:30 and the lecture starts at 7 at the Ben Parker Student Center, 6th & Maple Streets, Golden, CO (map)Learn more….


The Astor House lecture is also tomorrow night.  That one will run from 6-7:30 at the Golden Community Center.  Learn more….

Tuesday in Golden

February 27, 2018

Movies and Music in the Park - Golden Colorado

The Downtown Development Authority will meet tonight at 6:30 at the Public Works Building (1445 10th Street). They will discuss a grant request by the City to cover Movies and Music in the Park, which is held every August in Parfet Park. The City wants to bring in a special, more expensive group on August 17th. They will be showing Coco (which is based on the Mexican Day of the Dead) that night and want to have Fiesta Colorado perform for the music part of the evening. They will also review the reimbursement agreement with the Buffalo Rose.

The Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board is also meeting tonight, 6PM in the Public Works Building, 1445 10th Street, Golden, CO (map).  They will review standards for crosswalks, Golden’s walkability plans, and discuss the plans for the new single track trails.

The Golden History Roundtable will hold their initial (planning) meeting tonight from 6-7:30 at the library.  There will be no presentation tonight–the attendees will be considering future topics and presenters.

Live Music Tonight
From 6-8PM, Shawn Nelson will be playing at Mountain Toad Brewing.
The Old Capitol Grill and Smokehouse has live mic tonight.  Performers can sign up starting at 6PM.



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