Glenwood Springs City Council took a significant step Thursday toward addressing a major concern that led to an earlier decision that night by developers to withdraw the Glenwood Ridge residential project from current consideration.
Presented with three possible public infrastructure projects to submit for the next round of Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District grants this fall, council gave top billing to the first of a three-phase reconstruction of South Midland Avenue.
The city intends to ask for up to $1 million to put toward the estimated $1.7 million cost to rebuild a 2,200-foot segment of Midland from the Four Mile Road intersection north. Future phases would involve rebuilding the remainder of that stretch north to 27th Street.
Costs associated with upgrading Midland to accommodate not only current traffic, but future traffic associated with growth along the Four Mile corridor, was a key reason for the city to recommend denial of the Glenwood Ridge annexation and 413-home development.
Developers pulled the application Thursday at the first of what was to be three meetings for City Council to hear the proposal and make a final decision.
Council was unanimous in giving top grant priority to the proposed Midland Avenue work, favoring it over a proposal to reconstruct Red Mountain Drive and W. 10th Street, at an estimated cost of $1.5 million, and a smaller, $400,000 proposal to complete the paved bike and pedestrian path along West Midland Avenue.
The city will seek funding from the special FMLD program, which distributes federal mineral lease dollars related to oil and gas activity that come to Garfield County. Those funds are allocated twice a year in the form of grants for public improvement projects and human-service-related programs.