2017 in Review

JANUARY

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  • The Colorado Cowboy Gathering took place in the Mountaineering Center.
  • UllrGrass Bluegrass Festival took place in Parfet Park.
  • January 10th marked the beginning of the 100-year anniversary observance of Buffalo Bill’s death.
  • The Library & the School of Mines sponsored the 1st annual Girls in STEM competition.

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  • The Planning Commission finished the North Clear Creek Neighborhoods Plan. The plan considers that at some point the CoorsTek building may be demolished and/or redeveloped. The City hopes to encourage low and middle income affordable housing in this neighborhood. One interesting and desirable addition to this plan is a suggestion to preserve “view sheds.”
  • The City bought a the former Golden Transcript building to provide more office space for employees.
  • The Economic Development Commission granted $25K incentives to three businesses–Nuclear Filter Technologies, Gunslinger Custom Paint, and Gateway Village Hotel.
  • The City held the first of several meetings to gather public input for the redesign of North Washington Avenue.
  • The city hired a Los Angeles-based consultant to undertake an $86K feasibility study regarding turning the Astor House into a Beer Museum.

FEBRUARY

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  • Paid parking was instituted in the downtown parking lots and garages.
  • GURA, the Planning Commission, and City Council discussed Affordable Housing.

MARCH

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  • Golden Beer Talks had their biggest turn out ever, when the Regional Director for the Associated Press talked about “This Just In: How to Spot Fake News.”
  • The Golden Lions Club celebrated their 75th anniversary.
  • Golden Chamber held The Taste of Golden at the Mountaineering Center.

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  • The Golden Relief Group asked City Council to name Golden a Sanctuary City.
  • City Council selected a new food vendor for Fossil Trace Golf Club, and so Schnepf’s replaced Three Tomatoes.
  • Fire on South Table Mountain, near Coors.
  • GURA heard updates on the new hotel and retail to be built in the Gateway Village Development area and a CarMax to be built east of Kohl’s.
  • City Council approved a request to build 12 condos in the former parking lot at 19th and Ford.

APRIL

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  • The School of Mines held their Helluva Service Event.
  • The Kiwanis Club and the Chamber celebrated Easter with an egg hunt in Parfet Park, and the Railroad Museum had a Bunny Express Train. The Library had a Peeps literary diorama competition.
  • CSM celebrated E-Days with merriment and explosions.

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  • The Planning Commission discussed ways of incorporating more affordable housing into Golden, including rent subsidies and relaxing the 1% growth limit.
  • GURA finalized a Tax Incentive Agreement with the developer at 24th and Jackson.
  • The City hosted a meeting for the public to discuss the School of Mines planning process as it affects the surrounding neighborhoods.
  • The City’s Bike Library opened for the season.
  • The giant hummingbird was installed at South Golden Road and Ulysses Street.
  • The City opened the new $1 million skate park.

MAY

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  • People picked up their xeric gardens at Greener Golden Day
  • The Planning Commission approved a request to allow the new senior housing development at Hwy 93 and Golden Gate Canyon Road to include 120 apartments instead of 110.
  • The Visitors Center hosted a rally for the opening of the tourism season.
  • The Citizen’s Budget Advisory Committee discussed Affordable Housing
  • The City held Golden Pride Days and residents brought a lot of junk and yard waste for disposal.

JUNE

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  • First Farmers Market of the season.
  • Chamber’s First “First Friday” celebration downtown.
  • Buffalo Bill’s Burial was reenacted.
  • Archaologists from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science did a “dig” at the Magic Mountain site to learn about Golden residents of 1500 years ago.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine visited the Railroad Museum
  • The Golden Community Rodeo took place in Clear Creek.
  • Woods Mortuary in downtown Golden closed, after more than a century in that location.

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  • The Downtown Development Authority heard from a developer who wanted to build a 186 unit dormitory on the empty lot across from Safeway.

JULY

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  • 4th of July celebration and fireworks in Lions Park.
  • The Boettcher Mansion on Lookout Mountain celebrated its 100th anniversary.
  • Buffalo Bill Days pancake breakfast, parade, Wild West Show, Duck Race, car show, muttin bustin, and live music.

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AUGUST

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  • National Night Out with the Golden Police in Parfet Park.
  • A developer asked permission to demolish a single family home on Ford Street to replace it with 6 condos.
  • City Council heard the results of the $86K survey to determine whether the Astor House should become a Beer Museum. The consultants concluded that a Beer Museum would be popular, but the Astor House isn’t big enough to contain it.
  • The GURA Board discussed supporting affordable housing in their Urban Renewal districts.
  • The Parks & Recreation Board heard concerns from residents of the 8th & 9th St. Historic District about begging, unconsciousness, overnight camping, public consumption of alcohol, drug use, profanity, noise ordinance violations, theft, pet abandonment, and threatening in Lions Park.
  • City Council heard from citizens who are are concerned about growth, congestion, increased density, and having no effective method of addressing the issues with city government.

SEPTEMBER

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  • Calvary Church celebrated its 150th anniversary.
  • The Neighborhood Rehab Project held their Be A Tool Day and helped many Golden residents with home repairs and yard work.
  • The Downtown Merchants held a sidewalk sale.
  • The Golden Gallop raised money for the Golden Schools Foundation.

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  • The Fire Department hosted Safety and Preparedness Day, and the Golden City Brewery hosted a benefit to raise money for the Fire Department.
  • The Golden Urban Renewal Authority discussed a possible redevelopment project on Colfax.
  • City Staff reported to the Parks & Rec Board that it would take $500,000-$1,000,000 to bring the Astor House to a “minimum level of integrity,” and that no funds have been set aside to make the building serviceable or to study how it should be used.
  • The Golden History Museums held their Black & White Night Fund-Raiser and announced plans to close and remodel the History Center.
  • City Council discussed potential public improvements and how to pay for them.

OCTOBER

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NOVEMBER

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  • Golden United hosted a Flavors of Golden dinner, to foster community discourse.
  • The Golden Civic Foundation held their annual auction and raised record amounts of money to be distributed to Golden’s non-profit organizations.
  • The Buffalo Rose closed down for a year-long remodel.
  • The Be A Tool 5K Elf Run and Small Business Saturday kicked off the holiday season.

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  • City Council approved a change to the comprehensive plan to include the following Affordable Housing goal: “The city will use its resources to ensure that at least 15% of the total housing stock is affordable to low income households, 15% affordable to moderate income households, and 15% is affordable to middle income households.”
  • Robert W Reed, Paul Haseman, and Jim Dale were newly elected to Golden’s City Council, and Laura Weinberg was re-elected.
  • City Council appropriated funds to purchase a large parcel of land on 23rd Street to become a neighborhood park.
  • Councilor Casey Brown departed from the tradition of having Coffee with a Councilor by offering Craft Beer with a Councilor. He had a much better turn-out than usual!

DECEMBER

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  • We celebrated “Olde Golden Christmas” all month, beginning with the Candlelight Walk, following it with 3 parades. The Railroad Museum offered continuous performances of The Polar Express and Miners Alley sold out on their performances of A Christmas Carol. The Jefferson Symphony and Golden Concer Choir both gave holiday concerts.
  • Colorado Gives Day brought windfall donations to more than 30 Golden non-profits.
  • The Golden Library and the School of Mines kicked off their second annual Girls in STEM Competition.

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