by John Kiljan
[updated February 21, 2015]
Dear CLRC members and friends,
The City of Arvada and its urban renewal authority have been trying to get a hotel to locate in or near Olde Town for at least a couple of decades now. They have not been successful. Although there has been interest, no private developer has yet been able to get the financing needed to actually build a hotel – this despite offers of financial assistance based on the new revenues a hotel would bring to Olde Town.
Until now, that is. An independent operator says it now has the financing needed to build a Hilton Garden Inn hotel at the current location of the Vineyard church just below the hill in Olde Town. The site is also known as Brooklyn’s. This should be very good news for Olde Town businesses — and for the County and Jeffco schools who will eventually see quite a pop in the property tax revenues they receive from the increased value of the land.
According to a Wikipedia posting, “Hilton Garden Inns are considered to be upscale mid-priced hotels that are designed for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel brand is similar to that of the Courtyard by Marriott, a key competitor. Similar to other Hilton brands, most Hilton Garden Inn properties are independently owned and operated, franchised under a licensing agreement with Hilton Worldwide.” The $17 million hotel is planned to be four stories tall and have 136 rooms. It will employ 60 to 80 people and have 3000 square feet of meeting space.
The developer and the City will be holding a public meeting later this week to answer questions about the development. If you are interested, it should be a pretty informative meeting. Here’s the time and place:
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Lawrence Elementary School Library
5611 Zephyr Street
Arvada, CO 80002
[Update February 21, 2015]
The meeting held last Thursday had about a dozen citizens attending. The comments were generally supportive of Olde Town having a hotel on the site. However, most attending seemed to think the architecture was a bit boxy and didn’t blend in that well with the rest of of the architecture in Olde Town. The designers seemed disappointed to hear that, and they said it was their intent to modify a standard HGI format as much as they could to blend in better with the other buildings in the neighborhood. They will go back and have another look at the design proposal. Cost is a major factor in having a radically different design.
The conceptual design proposed by the developer is shown here in the photo below, where it can be compared to the example of a more typical HGI hotel pictured at the top of this article.
The Denver Post covered the meeting with reporter Austin Briggs, and you can read their article at
And the Arvada Press printed a guest column by local community activist, Dave Chandler, who characterized the project as a government giveaway scheme in his writeup. You can read that article at
[end of update]
WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
If you are interested in the economic benefits the hotel brings to the City, you can read a very detailed financial statement in the AURA board packet at this link:
And you can read a previous CLRC article on Arvada’s future hotel prospects, what happens to the Vineyard church, and more, at this link:
For a look at the features a HGI hotel typically offers, have a look at this website:
And the Wikipedia article referenced can be found at
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February 14, 2015