Salida Council Business Session reviews planning applicants, Poncha Blvd. Design, creative space needs – by Ark Valley Voice Staff
Starting at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 15, Salida City Council will hold its next business session to discuss candidates for the Planning Commission and Adjustment Board, the ArtSpace survey, and concepts for improving public works. from Salida on Poncha Boulevard. The complete meeting file is here.
Planning Commission/Adjustment Board Candidates
At the top of the agenda, Franco Palumbo of the Planning Department will present information to council members on two potential candidates for a single vacancy on the Planning Commission/Adjustment Council. Brian Colby is currently an alternate member and Laura Wancura Atwood has also expressed interest.
After studying the applications, a nomination for one of the candidates will be taken during the ordinary meeting of the municipal council on Tuesday, August 16.
Comments sought for preliminary design of Poncha Boulevard
Director of Public Works, David Lady, will present the designs prepared by the city’s consultants, SEH Engineers, for the continued improvements along Poncha Boulevard, a major and historic thoroughfare in Salida. Improvements along the roadway from H Street to Fifth Street were completed in 2021.
Designs should include the addition of bike lanes, a detached sidewalk and multi-use lane, intersection improvements, storm water and green spaces. Similar improvements are proposed starting at Fifth Street and extending to Holman Avenue.
According to the City, this phase aims to calm traffic, improve the user experience for cyclists and pedestrians, and enhance the aesthetics and canopy of the city. Landscaped pockets along the property of the Golf Course and Thonhoff Park are offered by the city as well as strips of promenade where property owners would be encouraged to use the city’s Adopt-a-Tree program.
Artspace presents the results of Space To Create Market Survey
Of great interest to the public, the non-profit organization known as Artspace will present the results of the Space to Create (S2C) market research.
As reported by Voice of the Valley of the Ark, the online survey collected data to determine the size and nature of the market for an affordable, mixed-use Artspace project in Salida. The survey captured the challenges and opportunities facing creatives in Salida, Colorado’s second-oldest creative district.
The top five needs identified by creatives responding to the survey are:
- Workforce/housing living
- Shared creative space
- Private studio space
- Public Engagement/Community Space
- Performance space
Artspace has identified the vacant apartment building at 102 D Street (now city-owned and soon to be demolished) as an attractive potential site for a 20-30 unit mixed-use affordable housing project to meet Need No. 1 of housing for the workforce. . The adjacent city-owned parcel at 233 East First St. was also suggested as ideal for creative commercial space. The two sites could materialize such a project in a shorter time and establish a logical link with the existing creative and historic districts.
Although there are many financial and other hurdles to overcome, the momentum already underway is a good start. The risk of inaction indicated in the survey parallels that faced by other housing-burdened Salida residents as well:
“Seventy-five percent of those who are permanent residents of Salida have considered leaving, and 100% of them would stay for the opportunity to have affordable housing/work.” Creative endeavors (and their patrons) are recognized by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) as a powerful economic driver. And, “Colorado ranks first in the percentage of residents who personally perform or create artwork, according to the National Endowment for the Arts Participation Study.”
With the local tourism industry long recognized, both are vital to rural and mountain economies, creating sales tax revenue in the retail, restaurant and accommodation sectors which make up the majority of revenue. of Salida.
Board members will be asked to provide advice to Artspace on their recommendations for:
- Proceed with a pre-development contract to secure control of the site and sources of funding
- Start consolidating the project concept and financial resources for a Creative Space project
Potential funding sources for pre-development:
- DOLA: Energy Impact and/or REDI Grant $300,000
- Boettcher Foundation $250,000
- Gates Family Foundation $50,000
- Colorado Creative Industries $50,000
Those wishing to attend in person or the online webinar must register for the City Council business session.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.