by John Kiljan
Dear CLRC members and friends,
You can help decide what Olde Town’s first modern hotel will look like, but you have to speak up soon. Last Wednesday evening, the Hilton Garden Inn developers showed the public four possible design concepts for the hotel to be located just south of the center of Olde Town.
All four proposed concepts look different than a typical Hilton Garden Inn located in other states. The designer has made a conscious effort to redesign the HGI standard model to better fit in with Olde Town’s existing architecture. And, most people attending the Wednesday design meeting seemed to appreciate that effort.
The designer, Brinkman Partners, is welcoming further comments from the public before they select their choice to take to the City of Arvada to start the approval process around the middle of next week. Brinkman’s Development Manager, Todd Parker, invites you to call him with your preference for their concept designs or any other thoughts you might have related to the appearance of the building. But you have to do it before the close of business on Monday, March 16th.
His direct number is 970-672-1014 and you can leave a voicemail message if he’s not in. You are also invited to try his cell phone at 970-231-0746. The 970 area code is for Fort Collins, so you might need to add a “1” to the number.
If you want to email him instead, that’s okay too. But you have to get emailed comments in a little earlier, by Sunday night. And, you have to put in a subject line that has the words “Olde Town Hotel Design” or something similar so it is not overlooked in the weekend email clutter. That email address is firstname.lastname@example.org . [That’s a corrected email address.]
So get ready for a lot of pictures. I’m sorry about the quality, but there was no time to get the files and do the conversions needed for a high-resolution WordPress posting on RalstonCommunity.org .
[Disclosure: My own comments were that I preferred concept #3 the best, but that number four was pretty good also. I liked the brighter colors of #3, and I really liked the design of the entryway rain cover on #3. The flat-roof entryway in the other designs looks very 1970-ish to me. I’m told there was almost a tie between #2 and #4, with #3 close behind for the dozen or so members of the public attending the Wednesday showing. Nobody seemed to like concept #1 – myself included. Personally, I thought concept #2 looked like a factory or warehouse and was somewhat dreary. What looks like brick in that design is actually stucco, but others thought it was more in keeping with the character of the commercial buildings in the oldest part of Olde Town.]
WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
The backstory on the new hotel is covered in several CLRC articles. The most relevant one can be found at
And just in case you haven’t seen enough photos, here are some pictures of what the adjacent buildings surrounding the site look like – most are of the Water Tower apartments/condos. You should be able to enlarge any by clicking on them.
Of course, if you really want to be thoughtful in your comments, you can take advantage of the nice weather predicted for the weekend and drive (or walk or cycle) out to the Mile High Vineyard church and look at what is out there now for yourself. That’s what I did last myself last weekend.
And, finally, if you are interested in the church that temporarily occupies the site of the hotel, you might want to drop in and say hello while you are looking over the site. Pastor Jay Pathak is very personable and has a neat website that tells you what the church does and what to expect if you attend a service there. That website can be found at http://www.milehighvineyard.org/ .
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.
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March 13, 2015