Northglenn and Thornton

City researches land options

M-and-O Facility near future rail station being analyzed

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The Regional Transportation District Board of Directors voted Nov. 26 to hire Graham, Balfour Beatty, Hamon Constructors to design and build the North Metro Rail Line to 124th Avenue. Six stations are set in the Northglenn and Thornton area — 88th Avenue, 104th Avenue, 112th Avenue, Eastlake at 124th, 144th Avenue and 160th Avenue.

Northglenn City Council approved a contract for a firm to do a market analysis and site needs and relocation assessment of the existing Maintenance and Operations Facility, which is near the planned FasTracks Eastlake Station.

Council approved the contract (8-1) with Arland LLC for $43,255 during its Feb. 24 regular meeting.

The facility is on about 12 acres of land in the northeast corner of Northglenn at about York and 124th and has six structures of varying ages. The facility houses the city’s fleet service, parks maintenance, facility maintenance, streets maintenance, utility maintenance, solid waste, engineering and code enforcement.

City staff and council want the analysis to detail the opportunities, constraints and feasibility of relocating the facility to an alternative location(s) and transit oriented development (TOD) opportunities.

Ward IV Councilman Gene Wieneke protested the contract, and previous decisions by council to rezone the City Hall for commercial use and to allow Hawkins Development study the City Hall property for potential development.

“Next you’ll be diverting millions of tax dollars from providing city services to rebuilding what we already have, probably in the Northwest Open Space or asking the residents to increase their tax burden,” he said. “I remain opposed to the past and proposed actions.”

Mayor Joyce Downing said that council has not approved demolishing any city buildings.

“No one has said they’re going to demolished anything, this is something we’re trying to pursue to determine the cost effectiveness one way or another on any building in the city,” she said. “No one has said anything about demolishing anything. We’re doing research, that’s all this is.”

The site analysis is expected to be completed by mid-May.