Now that the first part of the new Northglenn Civic Center has won approval from the City Council, the process turns to deciding just what a new recreation center will look like. “We’ve heard …
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Now that the first part of the new Northglenn Civic Center has won approval from the City Council, the process turns to deciding just what a new recreation center will look like.
“We’ve heard from some people that they don’t want it to look too modern,” Amanda Peterson, Northglenn’s director of parks, recreation and culture. “Then, we’ve had people say they don’t want it to look like a farmhouse.”
Peterson said councilors approved the site plan for the recreation center in April. Now the city has hired a project management firm, Englewood-based Project One, to coordinate the next steps.
“They will be working with us to hire a design team and that should be the next tangible piece,” she said. “There will be full drawings and complete design of the building. And we will have additional public meetings along the way to build on what we’ve already done.”
It’s been a long process getting to this point, she said, with numerous public meetings and reviews by a volunteer committee. That group settled on what services the new complex will have.
It will keep the features the current center has, including the theater, preschool programs and swimming and judo offerings.
It will add a new therapy pool, more fitness, cardio and weight rooms, a walking track and senior citizen community rooms for meetings. The expanded theater will also include a smaller rehearsal area.
“What we have now is one possible layout that fits the amenities that our committees and all the public input we received has agreed upon,” Peterson said.
But the final look of the building and how all those services fit together should be settled by within a year, with construction set to begin in the fall of 2019.
“But we expect this will be tweaked as we go through the design process,” she said. “But we want to stay as true as to the city’s intentions as we’ve worked through the process.”
City Councilors approved an overall site plan for a new community recreation center, senior center and expanded theater in April. It’s the first phase of a multi-year revamp for the area that will ultimately bring a new City Hall, retail and housing to the area.
“This is phase one, which allows the new building to built without disrupting the existing recreation center or City Hall,” Peterson said. “This space, the rec space, senior center, and a memorial parkway, are all parts of the first phase. “In the second phase, the existing recreation center would come down and that brings in a some public/private development. We’d look at some retail, maybe a hotel and retail and residential. The only city piece would be a future city hall.”
She said she expects work on the recreation center to wrap up in 2021, with work on the second phase lasting through 2028. A third phase, which involves tearing down the current City Hall and putting in more parking and residential development, would come after that.”
The City Council has accepted the master plan for this entire civic campus and the recreation center is the most fully developed, Peterson said. Plans call for putting the new recreation center along the eastern edge of the civic center site, between the current City Hall and parking area on the east and Interstate 25 on the west.
Police operations are scheduled to move to the new Justice Center later this year and the current City Hall would stay through construction of the new recreation center while the old recreation center would be opened for private development.
Overall, Peterson said the new construction should cost $53 million, including $13 million for site development and infrastructure work. The bulk of that would be paid with money from the city’s marijuana tax revenues and sales taxes.
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