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The Historic Preservation Board (HPB) of the City of Golden will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7 in the City Hall Council Chambers, 911 10th St. At the hearing the HPB will review a proposal from the owner to demolish several of the structures in Heritage Square which were built from 1958 to 1959 as part of a Victorian theme park.
Heritage Square is not a designated historic site or part of a historic district, but is subject to a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) review because several of the commercial structures are more than 50 years old. The applicant is required to inform the HPB of their demolition plans in a public hearing, and receive any related feedback from the Board and the public with regard to these plans. The applicant has pledged that the Heritage Square Chapel, which many consider to be the most valuable structure on site for preservation, will be relocated and preserved at the applicant’s expense.
Please Note: this HPB hearing will not involve a discussion of future plans for development of Heritage Square. This is for the discussion of structures currently on the property only, and any future plans will require Site Plan Review at a Planning Commission hearing.
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Council will hold a public hearing during their regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10 in the City Hall Council Chambers, 911 10th St., to review an application requesting a vacation of a portion of Arapahoe Street between 13th and 14th Streets. Please note that Council voted to move the public hearing on first reading, from Dec. 3 to Dec. 10.
The proposed project would create a one block pedestrian thoroughfare in front of Calvary Church and the Armory building that would be open to the general public, though it would be permanently closed to motorized vehicle traffic. The conceptual plan is available for download below.
For more information, contact Planning Manager Rick Muriby at (303) 384-8098 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have been getting questions about why recent water bills have been more than usual. Golden did not increase water rates in 2015. After a wet spring and early summer, August and September were warm and, more importantly, very dry with very little precipitation, so demand was much higher than usual. You can see just how much more water was treated at the water treatment plant in August and September this year compared to last year in the chart below. This change in usage translates into higher water bills.
Golden, Colorado is rich with culture, outdoor activities, scenic beauty, thriving businesses, and friendly people, but the City’s origins are largely thanks to another valuable resource – gold. A small amount of gold discovered in Clear Creek attracted the area’s earliest settlers in the mid-19th century and Golden City quickly become an important supply stop for gold miners seeking their fortunes in the adjacent mountains. Farmers soon discovered the rich soil in the valley that is now home to the Coors complex, and Golden City further swelled as coal mining and clay extraction industries settled in the area, utilizing the region’s ample natural resources. Golden City became the capital of the federally recognized Colorado Territory in 1862, and the territorial legislature met from 1862 to 1867 in the building that is now home to the Old Capitol Grill restaurant. By the end of the 1860s, Golden City had been elected the seat of Jefferson County and the capital of the provisional Jefferson Territory. Locals were outraged when neighboring Denver snagged the honor of becoming capital of the newly formed state in 1876, but the loss of name distinction did nothing to dampen Golden’s vital growth – business was booming. Today, with the official name of City of Golden, the town continues to thrive. It offers residents and visitors an abundance of recreational, cultural and culinary opportunities. Come live, work and play with us in our modern town with an old west flair!