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Dept Head: Cameron Gloss

Downtown General Improvement District (GID)

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What's the Downtown GID?

The Downtown GID is a property tax district formed by property owners in 1976 for the purpose of funding parking, pedestrian, and street beautification improvements. See the map in the Downloads box for the specific boundaries. The GID is managed by City staff, and City Council sits as the governing Board. Examples of past projects include College Avenue corner plazas, medians and street trees; Oak Street Plaza with its fountains; Linden Street streetscape; recent sidewalk replacements; and on a smaller scale, the sidewalk bike dismount signs and decals.

GID Current Projects

GID Current Projects
 

What: 2019 College Avenue Downtown Tree Pruning, Removal & Replacement Project

Schedule: 

Monday, July 22nd

  • College Avenue from E Olive Street to Mountain Avenue
  • Northbound lane closure (include parking spaces) and pedestrian sidewalk detour
  • City of Fort Collins Forestry crews and SavAtree contract crews
  • Start Time: 6:00 a.m. – End Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Three tree removals, east side of S College Ave
    • 224 S College Ave – Tony’s
    • 152 S College Ave – The Cupboard
    • 120 S College Ave – All Sales Vinyl (Old Bisetti's Restaurant)

Tuesday, July 23rd

  • College Avenue from Mountain Avenue to W Olive Street
  • Southbound lane closure (include parking spaces) and pedestrian sidewalk detour
  • City of Fort Collins Forestry crews and SavAtree contract crews
  • Start Time: 6:00 a.m. – End Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • One tree removal, west side of S College Ave
    • 151 S College Ave or 120 W Oak St – Great Western Bank

Wednesday, July 24th

  • College Avenue from Mountain Avenue to Laporte Avenue
  • Northbound lane closure (include parking spaces) and pedestrian sidewalk detour
  • City of Fort Collins Forestry crews and SavAtree contract crews
  • Start Time: 6:00 a.m. – End Time: 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, July 25th

  • College Avenue from Laporte Avenue to Mountain Avenue
  • Southbound lane closure (include parking spaces) and pedestrian sidewalk detour
  • City of Fort Collins Forestry crews and SavAtree contract crews
  • Start Time: 6:00 a.m. – End Time: 11:00 a.m.

Friday, July 26th

  • College Avenue and Oak Street – Center Medians
  • Northbound and Southbound inside lane closures
  • City of Fort Collins Forestry crews
  • Start Time: 6:00 a.m. – End Time: 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, July 30th – Three tree removals

  • 204 Walnut Street – Rocket Jones
  • “No Parking” Signs – eight spaces
  • Start: 6:30 am
  • 310 South College Ave on the Olive Street side (two small trees) – Uncommon Apartments
  • “No Parking” Signs – from College Avenue to the alley
  • Start: 7:30 am

Wednesday, July 31st – Two tree removals

  • 200 North College Avenue on the Pine Street side – Crooked Stave
  • “No Parking” Signs – eight spaces
  • Start: 6:30 am
  • 118 North Mason on the Laporte side – Laporte Parking Garage
  • Eastbound lane closure from Mason Street to the alley
  • Start: 8:30 am

2011 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)

Why Did We Need This CIP?

The CIP for the Downtown GID was last updated in 1994. That CIP consisted of a memo to City Council that identified a list of potential projects to be pursued over approximately a 15-year period. Most of the projects on that list have been done, and bonds that financed a group of the projects were retired in 2009.

A number of issues and ideas emerged over the past several years regarding the use of the GID fund. A new CIP was needed to address those topics, and to identify the next generation of potential projects to be pursued with the GID fund, from 2012 going forward for about 15 years.

 

The GID is a major factor in the look and feel of College Avenue in Downtown. Landscaped medians, corner plazas, and street trees are enhancements largely funded by the GID. Also, Oak Street Plaza, the Oak/Remington parking lot, and Linden Street enhancements exemplify the activities of the GID.

What's the General Outline of the 2011 Capital Improvement Plan?

The CIP involved property owners, who self-fund the GID, and other stakeholders in determining how the GID should continue to invest in Downtown public improvements. The City's Advance Planning staff manages the CIP, in collaboration with other key City departments the Downtown Development Authority and the Downtown Business Association. The CIP was presented to City Council members, who sit as the governing board of the GID, for approval.

Contact

SeonAh Kendall, Manager, Economic Sustainability
970-416-2164
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