At its meeting on May 20, the Arvada council discussed annexing a 56th Avenue property into the city, and the approval of a lease change that would usher in an affordable medical clinic. The property …
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At its meeting on May 20, the Arvada council discussed annexing a 56th Avenue property into the city, and the approval of a lease change that would usher in an affordable medical clinic.
The property up for annexation, 6350 and 6360 W. 56th Ave., is part of an Arvada area “that’s kind of a hodgepodge of properties that are and aren’t the city,” said planner Jeremiah Bebo.
Bebo said the owner of the property, turbomachinery company Barber-Nichols, presented to the planning department on May 7. The company hopes to annex the property into the city and build on the property. If within city limits, the building could be powered by city utilities.
“Every now and then, we’ll get a request like this,” Bebo said. “There are properties that are in the city but just haven’t been annexed yet.”
Bebo added that the owners plan to re-landscape the property during the construction project.
“The site now has debris on it,” he said. “This development is going to make the property more visually appealing through architecture and landscaping.”
Council has scheduled a public hearing for the annexation at its meeting on June 3, which will start at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 8101 Ralston Road.
Toward the end of the meeting, council also held a public hearing for an ordinance that would amend the leasing agreement between the city and Community Table, formerly the Arvada Community Food Bank.
The ordinance will allow Community Table to open an “affordable healthcare clinic” in partnership with Red Rocks Community College.
At the clinic, doctors will supervise as Red Rocks students provide uninsured patients with low-cost healthcare services. Services may include taking throat cultures or supplying cold and flu medication, said Sandy Martin, Community Table CEO.
The clinic will serve patients 18 years and older, Martin said. Meanwhile, parents can find similar affordable healthcare services for their children in Arvada at the Carin’ Clinic, 5150 Allison St., she said.
“They’re an excellent program for the kids, and they’ve got that one taken care of,” she said. “We’re filling in the gap that they don’t serve.”
Council unanimously approved the ordinance, as well as a related one allowing for change to the leasing agreement between the city and Red Rocks Community College.
“I think that the partnership between the Community Table and Red Rocks is perfect,” said councilmember David Jones, one of several councilmembers to commend the two organizations.
“What an opportunity for those students to practice their craft of helping people feel better,” he said, “in a place where people really need to feel better, in more than just one way.”
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