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On Monday, October 22, crews will begin the second phase of work on north Washington Ave. This will consist of a closure between Iowa Dr and 2nd St.
Iowa Dr. will remain open for east and west bound traffic, but 2nd St will not. There will be a detour in place for thru-traffic via HWY 58.
Resident access will be maintained for those who live within the closure. As a reminder, Phase 1 and 2 run concurrently with full closures to thru traffic. Please see the maps below for a full visual of the upcoming closures and the signs likely to accompany it.
During the Golden City Council meeting held on Thursday, October 11, 2018, City Council passed multiple resolutions expressing support or opposition to different ballot measures for the upcoming November election.
You may view the meeting agenda for a full look at everything covered at the meeting. A list of the resolutions passed are as follows:
Resolution No. 2632, in support of ballot issue 2E, permitting 16 and 17 year old city residents to vote in municipal elections.
Resolution No. 2633, in support of items 5A and 5B, providing future funding for Jefferson County Public Schools operations and capital expenditures.
Resolution No. 2635, in opposition to Proposition 109, which authorizes the state of Colorado to issue bonds to finance specific state transportation projects.
Resolution No. 2636, in support of Proposition 110, which would increase funding to support major highway and transit infrastructure improvements projects.
Resolution No. 2637, opposing "Amendment 74", an attempt to amend the Colorado Constitution pertaining to just compensation for government takings.
Resolution No. 2638, in support of Amendment 73, which would increase state income tax rates to fund PreK-12 Public Education at the state level.
Resolution No. 2639, in support of ballot item 7G, which will restore the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District's full taxing authority to increase funding for the District's work.
A Request For Proposals (RFP) has been issued to help determine the best possible future uses for the Astor House.
The Astor House inhabits a special part of Golden’s history and lore. The 150-year-old structure was built in 1867 and served as a hotel and boarding house for more than a century. The building was saved from demolition in the 1970s, came under City ownership, and was made into an historic house museum. In 2015, the Astor House underwent a major structural rehabilitation that effectively left the building structurally stable but the interior gutted with no ceilings, walls, plumbing, or electrical. The decision was made to not complete interior finishes until a determination is made as to the use or disposition of property. Cost estimates anticipate a minimum of $500,000 to make the building inhabitable. The City replaced the roof in August 2018. The property is zoned C-2.
The City previously considered several options for building use. These included other types of museums, office space, bed and breakfasts, special event rental space, conference space, etc. An extensive feasibility study was conducted in 2017 to evaluate a Colorado Beer Museum concept for the property. The findings of the study were that the standalone Astor House is an insufficient and inadequate space for a successful Colorado Beer Museum and that the Astor House is ill-suited for ANY standalone museum to sustain itself. Copies of the complete feasibility study are available for review.
While the City’s Golden History Museum and Park division utilized the building in the past, staff determined that the structure is not ideal for any current municipal use. According to the City Attorney, because the property was purchased for municipal use, any other type of use would be subject to a vote of the people for approval. City Council directed staff to solicit Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) to help determine best potential future uses and whether or not a vote of the people would be required.
To view the RFP including guidelines and submission deadlines, please check out our Bids and Proposals page.
The tradition continues for the 8th year in a row, as Golden’s Mayor Marjorie Sloan honors outstanding individuals and organizations for their exceptional contributions to Golden with the Mayor's Awards for Excellence. The winners will be awarded at the Mayor’s Community Celebration Tuesday, October 30, 6:30 p.m. at the Mines Campus Student Center at 1620 Maple St. Golden.
This year at the Mayor's Community Celebration, prepare to be inspired by a man who lived through the worst, and now works to encourage others to make an impact on the people and places around them. At the age of nine, John O’Leary suffered severe burns on 100 percent of his body. No one expected him to survive the first night, but he did. John endured months in a hospital bed, dozens of surgeries, the amputation of all of his fingers, and years of physical therapy. But for him it wasn’t the end, it was just the beginning of his journey. Some call John a survivor but he is much more than that. John O’Leary is a beacon of hope, and he has an important message to share with Golden. You won’t want to miss hearing this profound speaker, who can teach us all that together, we can forge an extraordinary future by finding the possibility in the present. John’s national bestselling book On Fire details his story and is the basis for his lectures.
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 became 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!