A long-held dream of creating a public space north of the river in downtown is much closer to reality now that the DDA and City have financially partnered for the development of the site design and construction documents. North Landing, located south of the intersection of 6th Street and Pine Street, will serve downtown for generations to come as a space for gathering, relaxing, and enjoying community.
The site gets its name from formerly serving as the “north landing” area of the Grand Avenue Bridge. A community visioning process began pre-pandemic and was resumed this year to help determine how this public resource will look and function. The opportunities for such a special space are nearly endless, and we look forward to sharing final designs in 2023.
NOTE: sketch is for illustrative purposes only, it is not reflective of the final design
6th Street Phase 1 Implementation
After more than 4 years since the 6th Street Corridor Master Plan’s adoption, implementation of Phase 1 is here! The DDA contracted with the Glenwood Springs-based engineering firm Boundaries Unlimited to develop final design and construction documents for the section of 6th Street between Laurel and Pine Streets. The goal is to improve the economic health of this section of Glenwood’s historic Main Street while creating safer, more comfortable pedestrian and bicycle connections for the public to enjoy as they navigate the downtown area.
The project has recently come to life with newly completed illustrations and art recommendations. It will transform the former 5-lane highway into a vibrant downtown street complete with bike lanes, wide sidewalks and public art for all to enjoy. A true partnership effort, this $1.8 million project is funded by a $1.1 million CDOT Revitalizing Main Streets grant, $350,000 from the DDA and $383,000 through the City’s Acquisition & Improvements (A&I) Fund.
Alleys are an important, yet underutilized part of the City’s downtown pedestrian-friendly street network. Unlocking the potential of the City’s alley system is part of the DDA’s overarching vision to energize downtown Glenwood Springs. Several years ago, the DDA completed an Alley Revitalization Strategy that outlined improvements to transform the alleys into inviting, active places to foster social interaction with paving, benches, signage, lighting and color.
Several strides have been made in recent years to accomplish this, including the transformation and trash consolidation of the east-west alley between Colorado and Grand Avenue and trash consolidation in the alleys between Grand Avenue and Cooper Street along the 700 block. To continue progress, the DDA financially partnered with the City to contract with an engineering firm to move forward design and construction plans to further improve all alleys on the 700 Block between Colorado and Blake Avenues.
Once designs are completed, the DDA will pursue grant funding to help with implementation.
Facade Improvement Grant
The DDA’s Facade Improvement Program provides financial assistance for eligible projects in the district that enhance building façades, thereby enhancing the downtown street environment. Matching grants of up to $15,000 are awarded on a “first come, first served” basis. This year, five businesses were approved for grant funding through the program. Native Son owner Ricky Rodriguez, for example, utilized the program to help with a vibrant and comprehensive paint job and will be installing a brand new awning in Spring 2023.
Alley Lighting Program
Fostering active alley connections has long been a priority of the DDA. To increase the sense of safety in the alleys after dark, the DDA funded a new grant program this year that pays for the purchase and installation of alley lights for property and business owners that desire them. This year, four property owners in three separate alleys requested and received lights, greatly improving illumination for employees and downtown patrons.
Market on 7th
The downtown farmers market has been a community tradition for over 10 years. This year, when the founding organizer retired mid-season, the DDA stepped in to continue this cherished event under a new name and brand: “Market on 7th.” With the support of our friends and partners at the City of Glenwood Springs and Garfield County Public Health, who help us meet regulatory requirements and run a safe event, we are so proud to offer fresh, local produce and goods from dozens of vendors in this community-supported event.
Downtown is bigger than many people realize! Our merchants expressed interest in bringing events to more parts of our downtown area so in October, the DDA in partnership with the City organized a three-week music series called “Music Meanders.” The series brought 24 local performing artists to four unique locations across the downtown.
The Great Glenwood Holiday Hunt
During the pandemic, the DDA partnered with the City to bring the famous Butterfly Wings art installations across downtown. These wildly popular “photo ops” have been enjoyed by the community for over a year. To offer a new twist on this popular activity, the DDA worked with Novaby, a company that develops Augmented Reality art installations, to bring four fun pieces into the downtown for the duration of the holiday season. The installations are at four unique locations across the downtown, meant to encourage window shoppers to experience all that downtown has to offer for shopping and dining.