Downtown Glenwood alley to be given European flair
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A little slice of Italy is coming to the alleyway running next to the Italian Underground restaurant, between the Grand Avenue pedestrian plaza and Colorado Avenue in downtown Glenwood Springs.
The Downtown Development Authority and the city of Glenwood Springs are seeking proposals to convert the alley into an appealing pedestrian walkway, connecting the main part of downtown to the public parking lot east of the Garfield County Courthouse building.
The project is proposed to be the first in a broader effort to spruce up Glenwood’s downtown alleyways, said DDA Executive Director Leslie Bethel.
“That alley in particular is used so much by people just walking through to get to Grand Avenue,” Bethel said. “The county is also getting ready to expand the parking lot, so this is an incredible opportunity for downtown.”
The idea is to create an attractive space that is more inviting for people to gather and to walk through to the downtown area, according to the request for proposals, which is posted on the city’s website at http://www.cogs.us.
“We are looking for simple solutions,” including paving materials that could eventually be used throughout the downtown alleys, the bid request states.
The work would include demolition of the existing asphalt surface and resurfacing with some type of concrete or brick pavers, seating areas and lighting of some sort.
“It depends on the pricing what kind of pavers we use, but we’re looking for some ideas,” Bethel said. “The concept is also to maybe have some twinkle lighting overhead, or pedestrian lights along the side, and some raised benches where people can sit.”
Bid proposals are due to the city by June 13.
“We would like to get this first one done this summer,” Bethel said. “We’re excited to build this first piece of alley, and anxious to show the public what we’ve been working on.”
The project will then serve as a model for what’s proposed to be done with other downtown alleys, including the north-south running alley east of Grand Avenue that connects Eighth and Ninth streets, she said.
That’s where the city and Colorado Mountain College recently purchased two adjacent properties between Grand and Cooper avenues. The city is working with the DDA, the Garfield County Public Library District and CMC to redevelop the area with a new library, CMC facilities, a public parking structure and new commercial spaces.
“As we continue to do this throughout the downtown, many of the alleys will also need to remain functional for deliveries as well,” Bethel said.
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