Confluence workshop takes place Wednesday |

Confluence workshop takes place Wednesday

The public is invited to share its vision for the confluence area in Glenwood Springs.

The Confluence Area Goal-setting Workshop, which will take place from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday in the City Council chambers, is part of a larger project exploring future uses and opportunities for the confluence area, which has long been viewed as a prime location for redevelopment.

It’s been 10 years since the city of Glenwood Springs adopted its current plan for the Confluence Area, which is an area of about 23 acres between downtown and the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers. In that time, the city has been able to tackle some of the plan’s key recommendations, most notably relocating the wastewater facility, which freed up the land that previously housed the plant for other uses.

Last year, the city and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) decided to take a fresh look at the area. The DDA then approached the Glenwood Springs office of the Sonoran Institute, a nonprofit conservation and community development organization, about collaborating on the project, and the Institute was able to attain grant funding from the Gates Family Foundation to provide assistance.

The project includes this week’s goal-setting workshop, which will also explore the market feasibility of various land uses and development types and open discussion of shared community goals for the site. It will be followed up with a three-day design workshop in May, which will engage community members in exploring more specific design solutions for the area. Ultimately, the city and DDA hope the project will provide a market-feasible plan and implementation strategy for the Confluence Area that they can act upon.

For more information, people are encouraged to contact Jillian Sutherland at 384-4364, ext. 4002.

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