72 New Apartments and a 48-Unit Hotel on 8th Street, Influenza Epidemic, Yard Waste, and Affordable Housing

November 12, 2018

 

Yesterday’s Armistice Day and time capsule celebration at the History Center was hugely attended!  They had hoped to hold it outside, but because of the snow they held the ceremony inside City Hall.  Council Chambers filled to capacity and the overflow crowd moved to the History Center next door.  VisitGolden posted a brief video of the event.  The 1968 time capsule contained many interesting things, including a Denver Post with a headline about an Apollo mission, a Golden Chamber newsletter, items from the Golden Kiwanis, Golden Garden Club, School of Mines, Railroad Museum, Foss Drug, Buffalo Bill Days, Lookout Mountain Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Foothills Art Center, Golden Business & Professional Women, a 1968 Golden High School Yearbook, Coors Promotional items, and sample ballot from 1968, and much more.  Stop by the Museum soon to see some of the artifacts.


Golden Beer Talks - 1918 Influenza Epidemic

In other news from 1918…the Influenza Epidemic was still raging when the Armistice was declared, but Golden lifted the ban on public gatherings–possibly to allow people to celebrate the ending of the War.  Only one week later, the Transcript announced that the ban would be reinstated.

BAN GOES ON AGAIN AS INFLUENZA INCREASES
With more cases of influenza in Golden than at any time since the epidemic started, the ban on public meets; etc., has been placed on the city again, after having been lifted the first of last week.  This action was taken yesterday by the city health authorities, after several conferences.  For the present, the schools will not be closed, but no public gatherings of any sort will be permitted, and church services, parties, dances, lodge meetings, etc., will be taboo until further notice.
Colorado Transcript – November 21, 1918

Why was this epidemic so important?  Consider this:  “The typical estimates are that approximately 20 million people were killed by of World War I – over a four-year period – and 50 to 100 million people were killed by the flu – with most of those deaths being over a four-month period.”  Learn more about this nearly-forgotten pandemic tomorrow night at Golden Beer TalksLearn more….


Fall Yard Waste

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Yesterday I wrote that, since Monday is a holiday, our trash collection would be delayed one day.  That was wrong! Although we won’t have mail delivery today, our valiant trash collectors will be hard at work.  Fall Yard Waste Collection is happening this week, so (if you can find them, under the snow) get your leaves to the curb.  Learn more….


Golden Library - Teen Interactive ComicsThe Library will offer Teen DIY: Interactive Comics today from 3:30-5.  Use Makey Makey kits and other tech gadgets to add sound and tech elements to hand drawn comics as we combine technology and art! Register here….


The Golden Urban Renewal Authority (GURA) will meet tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will discuss a plan to build 72 apartments and a 48-unit hotel at the west end of 8th Street (where the Briarwood Inn recently closed). The developer plans to offer the units at market rate. GURA will discuss ways to incent the developer to offer some of the units as Affordable Housing. GURA will also discuss plans for the West Colfax Urban Development area, where that same developer hopes to redevelop the AAA-1 U Store It property into restaurants, low income housing, and office space.  For more information, review the meeting packet….


The Golden Safety Academy also meets tonight, from 6-8PM in the Fire Department training room. Tonight’s focus will be Identity Theft. Learn more….

Art (In Plein Sight) and Music (Golden Concert Choir) / GURA and DDA

September 10, 2018

PLAN Jeffco - In Plein Sight

PLAN Jeffco will be offering In Plein Sight again this year. This is a free, week-long public painting and gallery exposition in Jefferson County September 10-16. This biennial event will feature 25 professional artists painting in a variety of Jeffco Open Space locations throughout the week, with a gallery exhibit running Sept. 12 – 16 at the Golden Community Center.

The artists will be working different places each day, as follows:

• Monday, Sept. 10, 2018: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Lair O’ the Bear Park (Idledale)
• Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018: Artists’ choice – any location within Jeffco Open Space
• Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park (Evergreen)
• Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Elk Meadow Park (Evergreen)
• Friday, Sept. 14, 2018: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Centennial Cone Park (Golden)
• Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. along the Clear Creek Trail in Golden, west from the corner of 10th St. and Washington Ave. (Golden)

Remember to check the gallery at the Community Center, starting on Wednesday. The gallery hours are 3-6PM Weds-Friday, 10-8PM Saturday, and 10-4PM Sunday.


Golden Concert Choir - Golden CO

The Golden Concert Choir will hold their Membership Night tonight. New members are welcome. You don’t need to be a good singer; you just need to want to sing.

We are committed to bringing the joy of singing to Golden. To join, no preparation is required. The choir’s Director will have you work through some vocal exercises to evaluate your voice range and tonality, note retention, sight reading and rhythm abilities. Must be 13 or older. There are choir dues (special arrangements available). Subsequent rehearsals are on Mondays from 7-9 PM. The first concert will be in December 1, 2018.


The Golden Urban Renewal Authority (GURA) and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will meet tonight at 6:30PM in City Council Chambers. They will discuss possible projects for the Downtown Legacy Fund. GURA still retains about $2 million from the work they did downtown, when that was an urban renewal area. They have hoped to use it on a final, signature project downtown. They and the DDA, which is now responsible for downtown, will discuss several options, including:

Washington 14th to 19th (streetscape/ safety)
Clear Creek Trail Jackson to Ford
Parfet Park upgrades (events or otherwise)
Downtown Restrooms (contribute to reconstruct)
Upgrades to existing planters/streetscape
Partner in Astor House Project
Downtown Wayfinding
Partner in Affordable Housing Project
Land bank targeted properties
Washington and 58 upgrades
Contribute to Downtown Fiber Optics
Parfet Park Mobility Hub

Tuesday
Tomorrow night’s Golden Beer Talk will feature Joseph Kerski, a geographer, discussing Good Maps, Bad Maps, Location Privacy, and Why It All Matters.  Learn more….

Library for Little Ones, Climbing at the AMC, Safety Academy, GURA, Power Lunch at NREL

July 9, 2018

Golden Library Children's Program

Monday
2PM
The Library is hosting Wild Senses. Little learners take on animal behaviors to experience the natural world around them, as animals would. An adventurous Denver Museum of Nature & Science educator guides explorers as they smell out their food like a squirrel, hunt in the dark like a raccoon, and use infrared detection to see prey like a snake. Amaze and delight your animals – er, kids – with pretend play and fun.  Register

5:30-7:30PM Trailblazers FREE Open Climbing on the climbing wall inside the American Mountaineering Center. Please bring your own harness, belay device and climbing shoes (approach shoes or even normal athletic shoes work just fine on this wall). No chalk. 710 10th Street, Golden, CO (map)

6-8PM Golden Safety Academy – Run, Hide, Fight (Active Shooter)
The mission of the Golden Safety Academy is to help educate and empower citizens with information and resources that enhance their personal safety and crime prevention.  Participants must be over the age of 16, residents of Golden, and limit two people per household.  If you are interested in attending this session, please register here.

The Golden Urban Renewal Authority (GURA) meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will discuss last month’s field trip to the West Colfax urban renewal area. Staff will report on construction projects in the West Colfax area, including the Duluth Trading Company in the old Staples store and several new buildings that are near completion in Gateway Village. Staff will also update them about the new DeLong Park on 23rd Street (the buildings have been razed).  Learn more….

Tuesday
The National Renewable Energy Lab will host a Power Lunch Lecture tomorrow from 12-1PM. The topic is Modernizing the Electric Grid An Exciting Time to Be Working in the Area of Power Systems.  Presented by Annabelle Pratt, Ph.D., Principal Engineer, Power Systems Engineering Center at NREL

The electric grid is the world’s largest machine. Every time you plug a device into an outlet, you are connecting to a marvelously complex machine–technically, financially and socially. Do we need to invest in modernizing the grid so that we can continue to have access to affordable, reliable and sustainable power? Are technologies developing in a way that would allow consumers to take an active part in a modernized grid? Join Dr. Annabelle Pratt, Principal Engineer with the Power Systems Engineering Center at NREL, as she discusses the opportunities and challenges in modernizing the electric grid.

Registration is required. Call 303-384-6565 or e-mail education.center@nrel.gov to make a reservation for this free public program. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy during the presentation.

A Dark Chapter from Golden History

June 11, 2018

The City is doing a pilot program this summer with dockless bikes placed throughout downtown. To use these bikes, download the ofo app, scan the code on a bike, and borrow it for $1/hour. The City will have a launch party this afternoon at 2PM at Parfet Park. Grab an Otter Pop and some swag and learn more about using the bikes.


The Golden Urban Renewal Authority has an off-site meeting tonight. They’re doing a walking tour of the West Colfax Urban Renewal area. They will meet at the West Colfax and Zeta Street parking lot (map) at 6:30.


Ku Klux Klan in Golden Colorado

I give a lot of Golden history lectures. One topic that always fascinates people is the Ku Klux Klan. The KKK was originally formed in the south, right after the Civil War, but faded away in a few years. In the mid-19-teens, a large scale revival of the Klan began, inspired by the movie “The Birth of a Nation.” That film showed a re-imagined, shockingly racist version of the south during Reconstruction, and depicted the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan as heroes.

This second generation Klan spread quickly throughout the U.S., including Colorado. Their tenets were pro-white Protestant and anti- anything else. They marketed themselves as a pro-morality social club and were known for burning crosses and hiding their identities beneath robes and hoods. This second Klan reached its height of popularity in the mid-1920s and crumbled by the early 1930s.

I wanted to learn more about the Klan in Golden, so I spent yesterday going through the online Colorado Transcripts and searching for the words “klux” and “klan.” Here’s what I learned:

The Klan chapters throughout the Denver metro area held their gatherings on Castle Rock, above Golden. They drove out to Golden on “the cement road” (Colfax). The automobiles would be stopped by robed and hooded Klansmen on horses and their identities checked before they were allowed to proceed up South Table Mountain towards Castle Rock. During their meetings, they burned crosses which, according to the Transcript, were at least 50 feet high and could be seen for miles around. The Transcripts dated 4/20/22, 9/27/23, and 10/23/23 describe the meetings.

They made very public donations to what they considered worthy causes. In 1923 and 1924, the Transcript told of hooded Klansmen visiting the Presbyterian, Methodist, and Baptist churches in Golden and donating money or, in one case, a rug that the church needed. In 1925 they contributed an American flag and a fifty-foot flagpole to the City, and installed it at the intersection of 12th and Washington. In 1926, the ladies of the KKK donated $145 to the school board for playground equipment for Golden’s schools.

Castle Rock Resort burns in 1927 - Golden Colorado

In 1927, the old dance hall on Castle Rock, which had been used as a meeting place for the KKK, burned down. The Klan was beginning to die out by that time as its highest-ranking officers were indicted for embezzlement. A few attempts were made to revive the Klan during the 1930s, but for the most part it stayed dormant until the 1950s, when it was revived in the south, in response to the Civil Rights movement.

The Golden Transcript (originally called the Colorado Transcript) has been publishing since 1866. The Golden History Museum has been working on digitizing the old issues, and they’re currently up to June of 1948. You’ll find old Transcripts online at coloradohistoricnewspapers.org.  You can contribute to the cost of the digitizing project with a donation to the Golden History Museum.

Growth and Affordable Housing

May 21, 2018

Growth and affordable housing were recurring threads in last week’s meetings.  You can watch any of these meetings or review their meeting packets on the City website.

GURA met on Monday (5/14). They heard from Confluence, which is the company that built the 8th Street Apartments. They have tentative plans to partner with the owners of the Briarwood to build apartments and a hotel on that property. Confluence is also seeking to buy the AAA-1 U Store It property on Colfax and redevelop it into restaurants, low income housing, and creative office space. The Jefferson County Housing Authority plans to build low-income housing on 24th between Ford and Jackson. They will bring this to the Planning Commission in June.

Condominiums at 19th and Ford in Golden Colorado

The Planning Commission had a study session on Wednesday (5/16). They agreed with citizen requests to require more setback and green space for new buildings, to set a higher bar on granting special use permits, and to limit 100% residential buildings to two stories. New mixed use or commercial buildings may be allowed to build a third story if they include affordable housing, exceptional sustainability, or extra streetscape or open space.  Staff needs to write up the results of their discussion and bring it back to the Planning Commission.  If they approve it, it will go on to City Council for their consideration.

City Council met on Thursday (5/17).  They discussed the future of the Astor House.  They decided to post a Request for Proposals to see what kind of ideas people and organizations have for the building.  In the meantime, they will clean up and spruce up the back yard of the Astor House for use as a public park.

One of my readers expressed concern over the plans to build more low-income housing in the south end of town. Both the existing and proposed low-income housing are in the Shelton Elementary district, which currently has 42.35% of their students on the free and reduced lunch program. The City’s comprehensive plan suggests that affordable housing should be distributed throughout the city. Shelton’s 42.35% versus Mitchell’s 11.11% does indicate a significant imbalance. This is a problem with no easy solution. The City is anxious to have more affordable housing, but no developers have stepped forward with a plan to build any on the north end of town.


Tonight’s Meeting
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will consider a $2500 grant request from the Golden History Museum to help fund a new exhibit about Magic Mountain.  They also have a $20,000 grant request by the Downtown Merchants. That group wants to encourage downtown visitors on Friday and Saturday nights this summer by providing musicians and carriage rides. The merchants plan to stay open until at least 8PM every Friday and Saturday night and provide various types of entertainment and demos.  City Staff will also report on a plan to improve and unify the city’s “wayfinding” signage.


Last of the Doughboys book discussion - Golden ColoradoThis year is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The Golden History Museums will be hosting a book discussion on Wednesday afternoon from 2-3 of The Last of the Doughboys. The discussion will take place in the Guy Hill Schoolhouse at the History Park. This event is free, thought they do ask that you register.

GURA, Beers, and Banjos

January 8, 2018

The Golden Urban Renewal Authority (GURA) meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. Since the Central Neighborhoods urban renewal plan recommended that the city acquire land for a neighborhood park, the city is now asking GURA if they will consider contributing to the cost of the new park-to-be on 23rd Street. The board will also discuss their budget and work plan for 2018.  See the meeting packet for more information….


Rex Rideout - Golden Beer Talks - Golden Colorado

Tomorrow night’s Golden Beer Talk should be extra fun:  Rex Rideout will discuss History of the American West through Music and Lyrics.  Rex sings of the American West–from the times of the early explorers, the fur trade, the Civil War and the cattle drive era to the end of the 19th century– by re-creating documented music of the 19th and early 20th centuries. He approaches music as an historian, consulting manuscript materials, diaries and journals, early sheet music, historic photographs, vintage recordings and oral sources. Rex has worked with interpreters of historic sites, humanities councils and theatres in presentation of the life of the first cowboys.

Golden Beer Talks take place at Windy Saddle Cafe – 1110 Washington Ave (map). Food and beer will be available at 6:00 p.m., with our speaker starting around 6:35 p.m. Following the presentation, we’ll take a brief intermission for Q + A. We’ll wrap up around 7:45 p.m., so that the cafe can close by 8:00 p.m. There is no cover charge and no purchase is necessary.

Rex will be performing later this month at the Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering at the Mountaineering Center.

GURA and Golden Beer Talks

November 13, 2017

Tonight: GURA
The Golden Urban Renewal Authority will meet tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will hold a public hearing regarding their 2018 budget. Staff will ask if the Central Neighborhoods Urban Renewal area wants to contribute funds to the new Central Neighborhoods park on 23rd Street. They will vote on a proposed change to the bylaws that would prohibit landowners or developers who might have business with GURA from meeting with GURA Commissioners outside of public meetings. A member of the Public Art Commission will attend the meeting to discuss GURA providing funding for a new piece of Public Art at the Washington Avenue/Highway 58 interchange. They will discuss including affordable housing in any potential mixed use or residential projects in the West Colfax Urban Renewal area.  Learn more….

Golden Beer Talks - Golden Colorado

Tomorrow Night: Golden Beer Talks
Tomorrow’s Golden Beer Talk features Margaret Blaha from the Horse Protection League.  She will describe why this horse rescue exists and how it came to be housed at the beautiful and historic Churches Ranch, just north of Golden. She will tell us how horses come to the Ranch, what HPL does for them, and how they find new homes.  Windy Saddle will be offering dinner and serving beer from one of the Golden breweries.  As always, the doors open at 6 and the talk starts at 6:30.  Get there early to make sure you’ll have a table!   |  1110 Washington Avenue  |  Map

Also Tomorrow Night:  EdComm
The Economic Development Commission will meet tomorrow night at the planning offices. They will discuss which programs they will continue to sponsor for the coming year. Options include the Jefferson County Business Resource Center at $10K/year, Traxion business accelerator for $20,000/year, the daily Golden Business News on Goldentoday.com for $1,100/month, and the International Women’s Day luncheon for $1,500.  Learn more….

This Week’s Meetings

October 9, 2017

Goldentoday.com 10th Anniversary - Golden ColoradoThanks to those who responded to our 10th Anniversary survey yesterday.  If you would still like to weigh in on Goldentoday.com’s content and performance, please take the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/HMX8TK8.


GURA – Monday 10/9
The GURA board meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will discuss the handling of the TIF agreement funds for Golden Fossil Point (the under-construction project on the south side of 24th and Ford St.).

For those who don’t know, TIF stands for Tax Increment Financing. It’s how GURA encourages business development in depressed areas. The idea is that they establish the amount of sales tax that the property is currently generating as a baseline. A developer agrees to invest in the property with the understanding that they will be able to generate more sales tax in the future by improving the property. A TIF agreement allows the developer to keep the NEW sales tax (the amount over the baseline) for a fixed number of years, up to an agreed upon maximum. The developer uses this sales tax increment to help pay for the property improvements. If there is no increase in sales tax, the developer gets nothing. It’s a good deal for both the city and the developer.

GURA will also continue discussion of how they might encourage and help finance affordable housing in the GURA areas.  The Planning Commission voted last week to include affordable housing in the city’s plans, and City Council is expected to go with their endorsement. Since the City will be spending money on affordable housing, GURA and TIF are a desirable way to do it. It ensures that new affordable housing will help pay for itself through tax increment funds.


Golden Overlook - possible developmentGolden Overlook Potential Rezoning Neighborhood Meeting – Tuesday 10/10
There will be a meeting at 5:30 at the Jeffco Fairgrounds to discuss a a potential application from the property owner of the Golden Overlook Subdivision, seeking approval for a rezoning to allow commercial uses. The potential request would involve the approval of a PUD for the construction of indoor storage units, as well as a recreational vehicle dealership. The current zoning allows residential use and is platted for 92 single-household lots.  Learn more….


EdComm – Tuesday 10/10
The Economic Development Commission will meet tomorrow night at 7PM in the Public Works Building. They will discuss two of their major sponsorships–the Golden Business News published by Goldentoday.com, which supports existing Golden businesses, and Traxion, which supports startup businesses and Connects Workspace in the Armory Building.


Materials Recycling FacilityTour the Alpine Waste Materials Recycling Facility – Thursday 10/12
The City has arranged for interested citizens to tour the Materials Recycling Facility, which is in Denver.  The tour will be offered at 9:30AM and 1:30PM.  Contact goldensustainability@cityofgolden.net if you are interested.  Learn more….


City Council – Thursday 10/12
City Council meets Thursday night at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. Celebrations:  Citizens who participated in the Public Works Academy will receive their graduation certificates. The Police Department will celebrate their continuing accreditation by the Commission On Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. LiveWell Colorado will recognize Golden with “elite” status for providing access to physical activity and healthy food via bike lanes, recreation centers, and farmers’ markets.

Council will vote on a resolution to support the ballot issue regarding solar panels in the Rooney Road Sports Complex. They will vote to revise the Municipal Code as it defines our various boards and Commissions. They will vote to revise the Municipal Code regarding telecommunications facilities in response to changes in the Federal rules.

More information about the board, commission, and council meetings is available on the City’s Agenda, Minutes, Webcasts, Schedule page.

Bikes, Cars, Singing, and Redevelopment

September 10, 2017

Sidewalk Sale in Golden Colorado

Yesterday’s sidewalk sale was fun–I ran into a lot of friends and Dave Powers got some nice photos.  View them on our Facebook page.

The Golden Giddyup Mountain Bike Race will be happening today, starting at 7:30, and it will be celebrated this afternoon in Lions Park (map).  Whether you’re riding the Giddyup event or not, it will be a fun day of bluegrass, beers, and bikes at Lions Park on Sunday afternoon, with dozens of great bike brands displaying their wares, and fun for all ages.  The Expo will be set up in Lions Park from 10-6, the Beer Garden & Lunch will be open from 11-4, and Rapidgrass will play from 1:30-3 and again from 4:30-5:30.  The awards will be presented between 3 and 4:430.  Learn more….

Golden Real Estate will have lots of electric cars on hand today between 10 and 3, so if you’ve been thinking about buying one, this is a good opportunity to see a bunch of them all in one place, talk to their owners, and ride in them.

Don’t forget the Quilt Museum’s Sunday at the Museum lecture at 2PM.

Tomorrow
The Golden Concert Choir will have their first rehearsal of the year tomorrow night, starting at 6:30.  If you enjoy singing and would like to do it in company, consider joining the community choir.  Learn more….

At tomorrow night’s GURA meeting, the board will discuss a possible redevelopment project on Colfax. Confluence–the company that built the 8th Street Apartments and proposed a commercial “dormitory” building across from Safeway–is trying to acquire property on West Colfax.

This Week’s Meetings

July 10, 2017

Monday – GURA
The Golden Urban Renewal Authority (GURA) will meet tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. The developer who wants to build affordable housing at 24th and Ford will attend. His project was approved by the Planning Commission and City Council, but he did not get the tax credits from the state that he needed to proceed with the project. He intends to come back with a different version, with still more housing units. He will describe his intentions to the GURA board tonight, with the hope that they might provide a tax incentive for his project.

Staff is suggesting that GURA fund $17,000 of sidewalk and driveway work for 2450 East Street.

The plan to redesign North Washington Avenue is now stretching south of Highway 58 and the cost estimate has gone from $3.8 million to $6.8 million, so staff will ask GURA if they would support putting some of their Legacy Fund into street work on Washington Avenue.

The Gateway Village project (at I-70 and Colfax) is moving right along. The Avalanche Harley store is finished, and the 123 room hotel is under construction. Two retail buildings at that location were approved by the Planning Commission last week.

Confluence–the company that built the 8th Street Apartments and wants to build 186 dormitory rooms across from Safeway–is looking at purchasing the AAA-1 U Store it property on Colfax.


Tuesday – EdComm
The Economic Development Commission will meet tomorrow night at 6:30 in the Planning Office at 1445 10th St. The meeting will not be broadcast, but the public is welcome to attend. They will discuss a proposed intern program to promote workforce development. They will also discuss changes to the city website to make economic development information easier to find.


Thursday – City Council
City Council will meet Thursday night at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. They will hear from Dr. Jason Glass, the new R1 Schools Superintendent. They will hear recommendations from the Sustainability Board regarding many requests from citizens that Golden support the Paris Climate agreement. They will discuss whether to create a new citizen advisory board to allow more input into traffic designs in Golden. Finally, they will discuss whether the City should look for new revenue sources to support various enhancements, including cultural and recreation amenities, park improvements, acquiring open space, funding affordable housing, improving transportation, enhancing our sustainability efforts, and improving or buying municipal/community buildings. They would hire a consultant for up to $40,000 to research the topic.


See the Agenda and Meetings page for more information about any of these meetings.



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