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Confluence workshop kicks off Monday

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Monday night marks the kickoff for a four-day design workshop focused on the future of the confluence area just west of downtown Glenwood Springs. The workshop — called a design charrette — is intended to take a focused and intensive look at future land uses and development opportunities in the confluence area.

The workshop will take place in the Cooper Room on the second floor of the Hotel Denver, where a design team will spend three days taking input from the public. The city of Glenwood Springs, Downtown Development Authority and Sonoran Institute, all partners on the project, are hosting the workshop.

The activities get under way with a kickoff event from 5-7 p.m. Monday, which will include light refreshments. The public is invited to come by any time from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday to offer ideas and input to the design team.

Being able to focus on design details while getting constant input from the community is what makes a design charrette effective, said Community Development Director Andrew McGregor.

“The design team responds to people’s ideas, then people respond to what the team comes up with, and in that way you can cover a lot of ground in three days,” he said. “The more input we get from the community, the better it works.”

The design charrette builds on a goal-setting workshop held in March, which was attended by about 70 people. While that workshop focused on big-picture goals for the confluence area, the design charrette will dive into more specific planning and design details.

McGregor said a few key themes arose at the workshop.

“Connecting to the river was big. People want to make it easier to access and enjoy that resource.”

Complementing the downtown — and avoiding competing uses — was another priority.

“People see that this area has the potential to support and complement the downtown, and that’s what they want, so we’ll explore how to do that,” McGregor said.

A daily recap will take place with the design team each afternoon from 5-6 p.m. The design charrette will wrap up with a community open house showcasing design concepts developed throughout the week from 5-7 p.m. Thursday evening. Light refreshments will be available at the open house and kickoff.

For more information, contact Jillian Sutherland at jsutherland@sonoraninstitute.org or 970-384-4364, ext. 4002.


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