by John Kiljan
Dear CLRC members and friends,
These two meetings are being held simultaneously, and to keep down the email clutter, they are being combined into a single CLRC article. They are open to the public, but were not posted on the main Arvada.org website.
At 6:00 pm Wednesday, March 11th, at the Arvada library, there will be an informal discussion on what will be Olde Town’s newest park. The small public park will be located south of the railroad tracks east of the Bypass and will overlook the new Solana Olde Town Station apartment complex scheduled for construction later this year. Currently, the area is mostly wood and scrubland, and it is closed to the public.
The purpose of this informational meeting is to get public input on the park’s final design, to hear suggestions for tweaking that design, to hear suggestions for what to name the park, and to answer questions about issues such as access and safety. It should be of interest to those who live in Olde Town or in Stocke-Walter, or who frequently visit the area.
The discussion is being held by the Solana Olde Town Station developer, Jason Smith, who is with MKS Residential. Arvada City Staff may be present to answer questions, but will not be directing the discussion. The library is located at 7525 W 57th Avenue. The meeting is expected to last about an hour-and-a-half. It’s okay to arrive late.
Solana Olde Town Station is a 352-unit apartment complex planned to be located north of 56th Avenue just east of the mini-storage on the Wadsworth Bypass. The up-scale apartments will have 620 parking spaces and about that many residents. These should be some pretty nice apartments. They will be built to condominium standards and will include in-structure parking spaces. It will also have a clubhouse and outdoor pool for its residents.
Typically, the City of Arvada requires developments such as this to either contribute to a public park fund for future park construction, or to actually build an appropriately sized public park near the facility. MKS has opted to do the latter, hence the early construction of a new park and the park discussion on Wednesday.
For such a small park, it will have some nice features that could make it very popular. Those include easy walkability to Olde Town and the Stocke-Walter neighborhood north of Grandview, free wi-fi (courtesy of Solana), play areas, shaded areas, low vehicle traffic, a protective fence to keep children off the adjacent commuter rail line (courtesy of RTD), a quiet environment (apart from the passing commuter rail train), and a nice view to the south over the Solana pool. This “pocket park” could be a nice quiet place to take a sandwich from an Olde Town eatery and watch the kids play while you catch up on your email.
The pool is for Solana residents. It will be gated and not open to the public.
There are issues associated with the park’s location: Access to the park from Grandview for both vehicles and pedestrians has not been finalized. Approval from several agencies will be required to get a proposed rail crossing put in at Saulsbury Street, and that Is not a certainty. Nor is there any obvious access to the park for the Columbine neighborhoods to the south of 56th Avenue. There will be access available along the frontage road at the east end of the park.
If it turns out there will not be easy pedestrian access to the park, then available parking may also become an issue. Although, according to Planning Commission documents, Solana will be required to make the application to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for the Saulsbury crossing, these are mostly City of Arvada issues and the developer is not expected to be able to address them on Wednesday.
WHEN WILL CONSTRUCTION START?
Soon. The City Council has recently rezoned the land from industrial to residential. A ground-breaking ceremony may happen in April or May. The park and apartment construction should take about a year to complete and will include a re-signalization of 56th Avenue at the Wadsworth Bypass. All this will be going on at the same time as peak construction for the nearby Gold Line commuter rail station and parking structure in the heart of Olde Town.
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DESIGN WORK SESSION FOR HILTON GARDEN INN
This meeting is a follow-on to a meeting held last month on the concept plans for the new hotel’s design. You can read about that meeting in this CLRC article at
It has links to several other articles about the hotel. And here is the notice put out by the designer looking for a little more input on the concept design before they go to the City for approval. Mr Parker says the invitation is for anyone interested in the aesthetics of the building’s design.
“In response to the Community feedback received at the Neighborhood Meeting on February 19, 2015, Brinkman Partners would like to invite you to attend a design work session to discuss the conceptual plans for the construction of the Hilton Garden Inn located on the South West corner of West 55th Ave. and Olde Wadsworth Blvd. at 5445 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.”
“Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Lawrence Elementary School Library
5611 Zephyr Street
Arvada, CO 80002
“Representatives from Brinkman Partners will be present to listen and discuss the community’s feedback.
“Questions or inquiries can be directed to:
Brinkman Partners, LLC
WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
There is a lot of information about the Solana development and adjacent park in the City Council packet that approved the development. You can view a copy of that by going to this link:
Sorry, you have to wade through the entire Council packet to find the parts about Solana. The City’s “Arvada Records Search” feature which would have direct link is still not working.
You can also go to MKS Residential’s own website which may have updates on the project at
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.
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”. You can write to us, call us or email us at
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Arvada, CO 80004
March 7, 2015