by John Kiljan
Dear CLRC members and friends,
On Friday, February 20th, and on Saturday, February 28th, there will be a couple of public meetings of significance. One will be on the benefits that urban renewal brings to Arvada, and the other will center on why urban renewal should be stopped altogether.
The first discussion will be hosted by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce (CoC). The second is being put together by the loosely organized Facebook group called, “Let’s Talk, Arvada – Arvada for All the People” (LTA).
These are not academic discussions. The General Assembly is expected to be taking a hard look at urban renewal during its 2015 legislative session. During the 2014 session, the Legislature passed a last-minute bill that would have effectively redirected much urban renewal revenues to counties and stopped urban renewal activities for a number of months while the bill was weighed by attorneys and adjudicated by the courts. The Governor vetoed that bill. But a similar bill is expected to be brought up again during the 2015 session which ends in early May.
The CoC’s speaker will be Maureen Phair, the Arvada Urban Renewal Authority’s Executive Director. She’s expected to give a short history of urban renewal in Arvada and an update on the City’s plans for redeveloping the Triangle shopping centers and the areas surrounding the heart of Olde Town. All told, if carried through, those developments will amount to many tens of millions of dollars in new commercial investments in central Arvada.
The Chamber’s early Friday morning breakfasts are usually pretty good when hosted at the Arvada Center and are well worth the $15 fee — even if you don’t like what you’re hearing. And you don’t have to be a member of the Chamber to attend. But be sure to book by noon on Thursday so the caterers can figure out how much food to come up with the next morning. Chamber members can get grumpy if they run out of eggs and bacon.
Here’s the link that lets you do that:
The LTA’s Saturday morning meeting will feature Bruce Baker, who is a Westminster City Council member elected in November of 2013 and who ran on a platform opposed to urban renewal in the City of Westminster. Westminster has a lot of urban renewal on its plate and some are wondering if that city can afford all the urban renewal programs it has planned. You can read about the LTA meeting in this Arvada Press article:
The lengthy 24-item action agenda referenced in the Arvada Press article can be found at
And there is no fee planned for the 10:30 am LTA meeting at the library on Saturday morning. Any cookies and refreshments provided should be free.
The LTA keynote speaker, Bruce Baker, was elected councilor in Westminster in November of 2013. You can read more of his somewhat unique-for-Westminster opinions on urban renewal at this link:
There’s a lot happening in Arvada in 2015, and whatever view of urban renewal prevails, it should be as Yankee catcher Yogi Berra once observed: “The future ain’t what it used to be.”
WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
Arvada City Council member Jerry Marks is the current chair of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Kami Welch is the Chamber’s President. Their website can be found at
The independent Arvada Urban Renewal Authority (AURA) has a web page at
The City of Arvada also updates AURA’s Triangle shopping center efforts at its website at
If you want to read a recent article about AURA’s influence on the redevelopment of Olde Town, try this link for a Denver Post article:
The “Let’s Talk, Arvada – Arvada for All the People” Facebook group is thought to be organized by community activist Cindi Kreutzer (pronounced CRYTZ-er) and former Arvada mayoral candidate Dave Chandler. If you are on Facebook, you can just type in that long name and read the many posts denouncing urban renewal in Arvada. You can also read many anti-Walmart posts on the “Stop Arvada Walmart” Facebook page which seems to have the same principal sponsors as the LTA.
This group, the Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community, is an independent neighborhood association representing the neighborhoods adjacent to Ralston Road from Wadsworth Bypass to the Kipling Parkway. There are many articles on our website about urban renewal, the Triangle shopping centers, Olde Town and the Arvada Urban Renewal Authority. Feel free to browse our archives and sign up for new postings.
Our main website is at http://www.RalstonCommunity.org or you can read even more posts on our Facebook page at “CLRC – Citizens for a Liveable Ralston Community”. And, you can write to us, call us or email us at
6185 Field Street
Arvada, CO 80004
— John Kiljan, CLRC secretary
February 18, 2015