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GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Miller Weingarten has requested that the city decide by Jan. 1 whether to build a municipal golf course above Glenwood Meadows.That request, as well as requests for off-site street improvement projects, will be considered during the regular City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. Miller Weingarten is the commercial development company that won formal City Council approval Oct. 9 to build its shopping center at Glenwood Meadows, located along Midland Avenue between the Community Center and the city’s Municipal Operations Center. The company requested a Jan. 1 deadline so it can, in turn, decide what type of debris-flow basin to build above the site. If the decision is made by council to build a golf course, a debris-flow catch basin will be designed especially for the layout of the course. If no course is to be built, a more generic basin will be carved into the northern flank of Red Mountain.Miller Weingarten also requested that City Council set a deadline to complete the basins. “Should the city not have an acceptable revised debris-flow plan which incorporates the golf course by January 1, 2004, then (Glenwood Meadows) will be permitted to complete the approved debris-flow structure as currently designed and the option to incorporate the design into the golf course would be lost,” an Oct. 8 Miller Weingarten memorandum said. “Finally, if the golf course is to proceed, thereby incorporating the revised debris-flow structure, the debris-flow structure must be completed no later than May 2004,” the memo adds.To help underscore the need for the city to follow these guidelines, Miller Weingarten included excerpts from a Coley-Forrest financial forecast that predicts over the first 20 years of Glenwood Meadows’ existence, the shopping center will generate about $1.9 billion in taxable sales to the city. During those 20 years, the city would receive about 3 percent of that $1.9 billion. Those revenues would be accompanied by an average of $1.2 million per year in property taxes on the shopping center, the forecast said.

City Council is slated to look at other Glenwood Meadows-related improvements on Thursday.Miller Weingarten and its anchors are asking that “all offsite improvements, including the 8th and Midland intersection, must be completed prior to the opening of the shopping center,” the memo said. To accomplish this, the developers asked the city to approve their January 2003 roadway plan, or accept a payment of $573,000 from Meadows developers for those improvements. Under the heading “Request,” Miller Weingarten’s memo states, “Further, if the city elects to undertake the improvements itself, it agrees to complete such improvements by April 2005.”On the subject of the Interstate 70 exit 114 roundabouts, the memo also asks the city’s assistance “in keeping the Colorado Department of Transportation focused on this shopping center.”The last request for road improvements involves a non-Glenwood Meadows funded improvement – the connection of the 8th Street Bridge with the eastern portion of 8th Street by way of an underpass. “Both (Miller Weingarten) and the anchors (Target and Lowe’s) believe that a direct connection to downtown and, in particular, Grand Avenue, are critical to the success of the shopping center,” the memo said. “Further, we believe it important that this underpass serve as a connection to downtown Glenwood Springs during the GAPP project.”Specifically, Miller Weingarten requested that the construction of the underpass should be included in the city’s 2005 capital plan prior to the start of the GAPP project.

Hold a work session on the city’s insurance program.-Consider a request by the Glenwood Springs High School Touchdown Club to rename a city street. -Consider whether to grant a major development permit to Richard and Kathy Warner to relocate the Sears retail store to Devereux Road. -Consider whether to adopt the Glenwood Springs Confluence Plan. -Consider whether to approve an ordinance providing economic incentives for businesses. -Consider city attorney Karl Hanlon’s employment contract. Contact Greg Mass: 945-8515, ext. 511gmasse@postindependent.com


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