Jan. 25 Community Roundtable
Help Brainstorm Concepts for 1st & Main Station Area Neighborhood
Plans are underway to redesign the neighborhood surrounding the future transit station at 1st Avenue and Main Street in Longmont. Options include housing, bike trails and walking paths, restaurants and other retail, even light manufacturing. Longmont citizens are invited to contribute their ideas at an informal and interactive Community Roundtable. Come see the preliminary concepts developed by the project team as potential catalysts for revitalization prior to RTD's long-term plans for a commuter rail station. Bring your own ideas, plan the future and have fun!
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012
Place: Longmont Public Library, Meeting Rooms A & B,
409 4th Ave.
For more information or special accommodations, send an email to the project team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303/651-8335.
Butterball Site, Natural Environment Provide Opportunities
The 1st & Main Station project is a master plan and revitalization study for the area near the old flourmill site at 1st Avenue and Main Street. The study, expected to be complete by April 2012, is examining short-, mid- and long-term development and land use potential for the site, in addition to determining bus, pedestrian, bicycle and auto connections at the future train station at the 1st & Main location. With the announced closure of the Butterball plant, there is an additional opportunity to explore land use changes to help offset this loss the the local economy.
Knowing that about half of Longmont's population commutes to jobs outside the city, there is an opportunity to revitalize the 1st & Main Station area into a walkable, livable neighborhood designed bring some of the future growth back into downtown and reshape Longmont as a destination city. The south part of downtown has the opportunity to absorb new population and housing and funnel employment growth into the city.
In addition, the natural environment of the area with the St. Vrain River and Greenway provide numerous opportunities for a River/Park District. Additional information is available on the project website.
Transit Users Weigh-in
The 1st & Main Station project team met Dec. 8, 2011 with a group of current Longmont public transit users to discuss ideas for the 1st & Main Station site, including repackaging and optimizing local transit service. Suggestions, taking into consideration RTD's current fiscal constraints, include:
- Higher frequency buses with more visibility along Main Street, possibly with reduced fares and links from the north (Walmart) to the south (Community College)
- Crosstown shuttle; fixed route serving the hospital, Main Street, senior center and library
- Optimized fixed routes, an expanded/flexible Call-n-Ride, and various flexible shuttle options
- Coordination with Boulder County regarding the new service to the Town of Lyons (stats Jan. 22, 2012) to include local service in Longmont
Click on the link and view a short video overview of the plans and goals for the project.