Rifle is ready for revitalization
The city of Rifle is ripe for downtown development and improvements, according to a panel of five experts who reported their findings at a public downtown revitalization meeting attended by nearly 40 citizens Thursday night.Their suggestions included a downtown cultural center around the Rifle Post Office on Railroad Avenue, between Third and Fourth streets, improved public parking, a better retail mix of businesses and calming the traffic through town.”Railroad Avenue is just going to get busier in the future,” said Mark Leese, director of urban design for URS Corporation out of Denver. “But the blocks are square and Rifle is really unique that way because retail frontage could could any where around the block.”Michael Warren, an architect for Colorado Community Revitalization Association, suggested a cultural center west of the Rifle Post Office that could house a multiplex movie theater and a park for social gatherings.”What we wanted to do in coming here was take everybody to a new level,” Warren said. “There’s a lot of potential here.”The group of experts came to Rifle on Wednesday to tour the city and give their advice. Rifle was chosen as the first municipality in the state to participate in a program with the newly formed Colorado Community Revitalization Association in a matching $3,000 grant program which paid to have the experts come to the city and evaluate its downtown potential.”Our mission is to create a starting point in Rifle,” said Barbara Silverman, executive director for the Colorado Community Revitalization Association. “The possibilities of the downtown are phenomenal.”
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