by John Kiljan
Dear CLRC members and friends,
At the AURA board meeting held Wednesday evening, September 2nd, not much new information was presented when doing project updates, except that Arvada’s urban renewal developments are still moving along at a fast clip. The upcoming October 7th meeting is being moved up to September 30th when it is anticipated that the Olde Town developments by Trammell Crow will be ready for board action, as will the Loftus development in the Triangle’s Arvada Square.
Assuming the developer, Loftus, gets an agreement with AURA, they are asking that the remaining two tenants in the west part of Arvada Square (the liquor store and check-cashing business) be out by April 1st. That’s still not certain, but it would mean giving a six-month vacation notice to these tenants as soon as the beginning of next month.
The Walmart development across the street hit a snag when the developer, IRG, failed to give enough notice to Xcel Energy to shut off the power to the closed part of Arvada Plaza where Walmart will build its store starting in mid-October. You’d think a power shutoff would be as simple as throwing a switch – and apparently IRG thought that as well. But it’s not. Xcel needs many months of advance notice to schedule its crews for that kind of work and timely notice wasn’t given.
This threatened a substantial delay In Walmart’s groundbreaking, and it would give Walmart the option to abandon the Arvada site altogether under the terms of its contract with IRG. But earlier this week, Mayor Williams met with a dozen Xcel officials on the site and they agreed to set aside other projects to put the Arvada Plaza development back on schedule to turn the property over to Walmart for construction on October 15th. The Mayor credited a long working relationship with Xcel in getting them to agree to rework their schedule to get the Arvada Plaza work done in time.
Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Olde Town is now scheduled to go before the full City Council for approval on September 21st. This will be Olde Town’s first modern hotel. The developers are hoping to break ground as soon as next month.
The high-tier Solanana Olde Town Station apartments located just east of the Wadsworth Bypass on 56th Avenue have passed their last approval hurdles and will soon be scheduling a ground breaking.
WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community is an independent neighborhood association representing the neighborhoods adjacent to Ralston Road from the Wadsworth Bypass to the Kipling Parkway.
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c/o John Kiljan, Secretary
6185 Field Street
Arvada, CO 80004
September 2, 2015