Olde Town open for comment

Parking structure sees minor changes

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The Regional Transportation District (RTD) and the City of Arvada hosted a neighborhood meeting on Thursday, Aug. 7, to discuss the changes surrounding an environmental reevaluation of the Olde Town Parking Facility.

More than 50 residents and business owners filled the Vineyard Church, 5445 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., to hear about the draft environmental reevaluation and see conceptual designs of the site with the proposed changes.

“How can we build a parking structure in Olde Town that adds to the poetic character of Olde Town, that increases public spaces, and increases better circulating pedestrian transit system,” asked Liz Telford, Environmental Project Manager for RTD.

Changes to the site include the moving of the garage west of Vance Street, adding an additional plaza, and three elevators. The garage will incorporate 600 spaces, an eight-stall bus facility, a kiss-and-ride site, and three connecting, pedestrian platforms.

In the depictions of the site, RNL Architect, Tony Thornton, proposes to use warm tones, bricks, add a clock tower, and planters around the site to give it character and blend in with Olde Town.

“We want an elegant, nice garage, it’s going to be a looker — in terms of a parking garage,” he said.

During the presentation Thornton described the views of the station from key points along Grandview Avenue. Currently, views of the garage along the avenue would reach 39 feet at the highest point, with the proposed clock tower extending 70 feet, looking up from the base level of the structure.

“The concerns are the final design, the way it’s going to look,” said Mayor Pro Tem, Mark McGoff, “The lack of the final answers doesn’t indicate anything more than that, we’ll just have to take another look at it three or four months down the road.”

RTD has opened a 30-day comment period for the proposed changes. Feedback may be given through

www.tinyurl.com/Olde-Town-Comments.