Developer meeting draws comments
Conceptual designs spurned a heated discussion about the Olde Town Transit Oriented Development at a public hearing regarding the 9-acre site.
The Olde Town Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Master Developer, Trammell Crow Company, held the first of several public discussions regarding the TOD site Nov. 13, at the Vineyard, 5445 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.
The meeting was initiated to ensure the developer heard the concerns and comments of the community and to discover ways to enhance the historic environment of Olde Town.
“This is a very conceptual plan, we want people to feel informed, heard, and comfortable as this process develops,” Bill Mosher, the senior managing director at Trammell Crow Company, said.
The meeting discussed the two possible options for developing the site, located between Vance Street and Wadsworth Boulevard to the east and west, and north of 55th Street and South of Grandview Avenue.
The first option would create a three-level, 400-space parking garage on the corner area of Grandview Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard; have a bus facility on Olde Wadsworth Boulevard and Vance Street and a possible, 108-room hotel.
The second option, favored by the developer, would create a 400 to 690 space parking garage in the hillside between Grandview and the Old Stadium 14 Landmark Theatres; a multimodal transit facility; rental housing; retail space and a possible hotel. This option would allow the existence of the parking and multimodal facility without disrupting Olde Town’s scenic views.
An online version of the presentation is available at www.oldetowntod.org.
Throughout the meeting, residents voiced concerns regarding the traffic, social, historical, and business problems that could arise with this development, especially the possible hotel. Many residents sounded in favor of the plans, as it would help increase the vibrancy of Arvada and help businesses thrive.
“We need to clean up Arvada and not fight the development that is keeping the money in Arvada businesses,” resident Joe Ewald said. “We’ve seen businesses come and go, and we don’t want to see that here.”
For some residents, such as Heidi Nesladek, the plans, while merely conceptual, left her concerned.
“It is encouraging to hear the developer had heard about these issues, but I’m skeptical. We’ve been promised a lot of things, and I’m concerned about the historical districts, the views being taken away, and traffic,” Nesladek said.
Overall, the meeting was held to hear the community’s comments and concerns with the project and as an opportunity to engage with the developer to create and enhance the historic, authentic environment of Olde Town, according to Mosher.
“We want to thrive and connect with and represent the authentic feel of Olde Town, and the only way to do that is to hear from the community — you know Arvada best,” Mosher said.
The next meeting will be in January to discuss the rezoning area and issues.