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Glenwood invites public input on confluence plan

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Glenwood Springs invites the public to participate in planning the future of the confluence area between Eighth Street and the Colorado River.Thursday and Friday, the city is holding intensive work sessions for most of both days. The goal is to review the plan, look for possible changes and gather community input. Besides comment, people will have the chance to offer input through sketching. Or they can just listen.The original confluence plan was created in 2003, city engineer Mike McDill said. For the upcoming sessions, city sent out around 145 invitations to interested parties, but wanted to get the word out as much as possible.

“We want to make sure that the public in general is aware that we’re doing it and that they’re more than welcome to come and participate,” he said. “A charrette is where they actually give you colored markers and maps and everybody gets to scribble their ideas down and the consultants kind of pile all that stuff together.”One big part of the plan to be discussed will be the extension of Eighth Street to Midland Avenue. In the original plan, it would have gone underneath railroad tracks in an underpass. Now, the idea of moving the tracks so that Eighth Street could cross over them is being thrown around. The tracks would have to move east toward City Hall.Plans to move the current wastewater treatment plant out of town will also be discussed. A site south of the Colorado River across from the westernmost part of west Glenwood is a location being eyed for a new wastewater facility.The future of the confluence area itself and space vacated by the wastewater facility will also be discussed. The 2003 confluence plan called for a restaurant, a park and office buildings there. One question that has come up is whether the city should consider residential development or attainable housing there. Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611 pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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