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|Council Declares Part of Downtown
"Bum Free" Zone
|February 17, 2017
Staff Recommendation to Loveland
"Vacation of Rights-of-Way Request
This is a public hearing item on a
legislative matter concerning the
vacation of right-of-way in the
downtown area associated with The
Foundry redevelopment project. The
proposal is to vacate Opera Alley and
portions of East Third Street to
accommodate this project. The
rights-ofway proposed for vacation will
no longer be needed. Plans
associated with The Foundry project
will ensure the provision of adequate
vehicular and pedestrian circulation as
well as adequate utility provision. The
Planning Commission's role is to make
a recommendation on the vacation
request to City Council for final action.
Staff believes that all key issues have
been addressed and staff supports the
|Circled in red are the non-public pedestrian areas where homeless or any other member of the public cannot remain for any period of
time without consent of the property owner. The Loveland City Council voted unanimously to abandon the city's "Right-of-Way" from most
of 3rd Street between Lincoln and Cleveland and the Opera Alley on the north end of the project.
In addition, widening of sidewalks and additional pedestrian areas on the previously city owned property was conveyed to the developer
as private therefore the public is only allowed with permission of the property owner onto the Foundry Project pedestrian areas.
Areas circled in yellow (see image above) near the proposed hotel along 2nd Street and the theater on Lincoln Ave. are still city owned
Rights-of-Way open to public access. However, the specific detailed site development plan for each (which has not been presented yet)
will include a staff recommendation to abandon the city's Right-of-Way for roughly these areas as well as a condition of development
going forward. Both hotel and theater operators prefer to control the "public" areas around their establishments.
When completed, the entire city subsidized development will be in private hands with the exception of the parking garage thus access by
the public a privilege granted by the new property owners.