The Redevelopment and Revitalization Division serves several functions including:
- Developing and administering the City's redevelopment programs
- Collaborating with local economic development organizations to address mutual goals
- Recommending project activities required to facilitate new private investment
- Administering, and directing, the implementation of the two established urban renewal districts
- Interacting with property owners, developers and tenants to facilitate feasible and effective redevelopment
- Marketing the tools available for redevelopment
- Southeast Longmont Urban Renewal Area
- Twin Peaks Mall Area Urban Renewal Area
- Midtown Redevelopment Area
City of Longmont RFP for sale and development of Boston Avenue remnant lots
The City of Longmont has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the for sale and development of two prime sites just south of downtown southeast of the intersection of Main Street / Highway 287 and Boston Avenue. The sites consist of two lots, adjacent to one another and separated by an undeveloped South Kimbark Street right of way, along Boston Avenue, a new public street connecting Main Street and Martin Street. One of the lots is 0.86 acres in size and includes nearly 80 feet of street frontage along Main Street and 313 feet of street frontage along the newly constructed Boston Avenue. The second lot is 0.52‐acres in site and has nearly 190 feet of street frontage along the newly constructed Boston Avenue. Both lots are nearly rectangular in shape.
The lots are remnant property from the recent City construction of the new Boston Avenue extension connecting Main Street and Martin Street. Because the lots are remnant parcels with no expected City use, the City has declared the lots to be surplus to its municipal needs and desires to sell the lots. The City is interested in selling the lots and seeing them developed with uses consistent with the vision outlined in the City Comprehensive Plan (Envision Longmont) and adopted plans of the area – the 1st and Main Station Transit & Revitalization Plan and the Southeast Longmont Urban Renewal Plan.
Both lots are zoned Mixed Use (MU) which allow for a wide range of uses, including office, retail, services, high‐density residential and other commercial uses. The lots are located nearby to Main Street/Highway 287 with average annual daily traffic count of 32,000 (2015) on South Main Street north of Ken Pratt Boulevard, which is just south of the subject lots.
If you are interested in receiving copy of the RFP please contact David Starnes, Redevelopment Manager, City of Longmont, at email@example.com.
Complete proposals must be received by 3:00 pm via email on October 11, 2017.
Redevelopment-Ready Guide Self Evaluation for Longmont Colorado
To better understand how Longmont is doing to facilitate redevelopment, City redevelopment staff prepared a Redevelopment-Ready Guide -- Self-Evaluation for Longmont in 2016. This guide is based, in part, on the State of Michigan’s Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) Program. This Redevelopment-Ready Guide is a tool for the City of Longmont to evaluate its current policies, practices and public investment toolbox that use limited public dollars and investment to attract private investment, grow jobs, provide new housing, and build tax base for the betterment of the community. City staff used Michigan’s RRC program, criteria and best practices as a framework to evaluate Longmont’s redevelopment-readiness. The criteria and best practices were modified and expanded to reflect local and Colorado conditions, in particular the role of public/private partnerships in facilitating redevelopment projects. The seven Best Practices evaluated for Longmont includes: (1) Clear Community Vision and Infrastructure Investment; (2) Proactive Community and Policy Leader Outreach and Education; (3) Supportive Land Use / Zoning Regulations; (4) Predictable and Transparent Development Review Process; (5) Available Redevelopment Opportunity Sites; (6) Public/Private Partnerships; and (7) Community Prosperity. This timing of this evaluation is pertinent as the City has recently adopted a new comprehensive plan called Envision Longmont; infill and redevelopment has been identified as one of the plan’s Growth Framework key objectives.
In accordance with the Colorado Urban Renewal Statute (C.R.S.31-25-102), the objectives of urban renewal plans are to:
- Eliminate economic, social, physical, and visual blight
- Provide for economic revitalization
- Establish a more beneficial mix of land uses
- Restore public infrastructure
The City Council acts as the Longmont Urban Renewal Authority (LURA), which sets policy and provides oversight of redevelopment within the two designated urban renewal areas.
There are several tools available to LURA. These include:
- Financing and constructing needed public improvements and facilities
- Developing comprehensive strategies or preparing studies to assist private developers to respond to local economic opportunities that result in local investment and job creation
- Acquiring land for resale to a developer
- Entering into contractual agreements
If you have any questions, please contact:
Executive Director, Longmont Urban Renewal Authority
Email David Starnes