New Lane on Union Blvd.
At the recent city council budget retreat, itwas reported an additional southbound lane will beadded to Union Blvd. between 6
Ave. and 4
Place. Construction will be coordinated with thelight rail tunnel to be dug under Union atDenny’s/Cold Springs in 2010.The intersection at Colfax and Simms will berebuilt in 2010 to include two left turn lanes.The federal government has committed to spendover $400 million dollars in infrastructure needson the Federal Center over the next 26 months.
Tech Center West Downsized
City council recently changed the zoning of the Red Rocks Business Park Official Develop-ment Plan (ODP), sometimes referred to as TechCenter West, to allow for a mix of institutional,retail, office and residential uses to be known asSolterra Centre ODP. Density was dropped from13 million square feet of office space to 4 millionsquare feet. The zoning is vested for 25 years.
New City Manager Chosen
City Council has chosen an internal candidate,
, as the new city manager. Ms.Hodgson has worked for the city for 29 years,rising from lifeguard to the director of CommunityResources for the last nine years. She assumes her new duties September 18.
Sophie Milman October 1
The winner of the Best Jazz Album of the Year is performing Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the LakewoodCultural Center. Tickets are $28.
Jazz Up the Night
, a benefit for the HCA Alliance offersdinner, show, champagne reception and a signedCD for $125. Box office is 303-987-7845.
Council adopts smoking rules
Lakewood city council adopted the state’srules regulating smoking in public places. An adhoc committee will be formed to explore makingthe city’s rules stronger than the state’s.Council also gave the Community ResourcesDirector the authority to regulate alcohol andfirearms in city parks and facilities.The proposal to put a city charter change onthe November ballot regarding the rules for citizen’s initiatives was withdrawn and will beconsidered next year. Efforts to put a vehicleimpoundment proposal on the November ballethave also been put on hold pending a legal appeal.
Coyote Gulch Field Finished
The parking lot and improvements are nowopen and available for use. Unrelated to the ballfield, the city will be doing some concretereplacement on the pathways. In addition, adrainage contractor will be doing some stream bank stabilization. It will take 7-10 weeks toreplace the Coyote sculpture.Total constructioncosts came in under budget at $644,000.
Alameda Fire Station Rebuild
West Metro Fire
is expanding its Green Mtn.station (13155 W. Alameda) this summer. Thecurrent building has been razed and a larger station planned to handle more staff and vehicles. Duringconstruction, fire crews will operate out of atemporary site behind the shopping center just eastof Vitamin Cottage on Alameda. The new stationshould be operational in late spring 2010.To receive on your cell phone reverse-911emergency calls (like last summer’s wild land fireon Green Mtn.) register atwww.your911.net. For fire district questions, call your elected representa-tive