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Editorial: Downtown investment is needed

Loveland Reporter-Herald Editorial: Downtown investment is needed

Posted:   10/04/2016 09:58:38 PM MDT

The last time voters in downtown Loveland were asked to create a taxing district, various businesses, buildings and other structures stood in the area between Lincoln and Cleveland avenues, and between First and Third streets.

Now, that area is a blank slate, awaiting development.

The city has been in ongoing negotiations with developer Brinkman Partners about the next step in the process. So far, Brinkman has signaled it has an agreement with a multi-screen theater company for downtown and interest from a four-story hotel that might have as many as 110 rooms.

What are taxpayers being asked to do?

Ballot Issue 5D would increase the property taxes in downtown by as much as 5 mills to pay for the public improvements in the Downtown Development Authority. Those include sidewalks, street cleaning, litter pickup and landscape maintenance — items that are paid for from the general fund in other neighborhoods in Loveland.

Ballot Issue 5E would allow the Downtown Development Authority to borrow as much as $75 million to finance improvements, the biggest of which would be a parking garage to hold all of the vehicles that will be drawn to the neighborhood.

An unstated disappointment from the development direction has been the loss of a Larimer County building component to the neighborhood — over the issue of parking. However, if the proposed hotel is in a site where the county building would have been, that does ensure the ground will be taxable instead of exempt.

The overall question is whether the residents and property owners in downtown should shoulder an additional burden. If the proposals are successful, it will inject vitality into the city's core and lift the values of the commercial and residential properties there.

However, if both are approved, city and downtown officials should keep a keen eye to make sure residents who may be 10 or 12 blocks away are also reaping the benefits. If they are not, then at some point they should be allowed to take action to leave the district.

Both issues, 5D and 5E, are recommended for approval.

Read online here.

 Night on the Town

Friday, Aug 10, 2018 5 pm-9 pm

Night on the Town is Downtown Loveland’s “night out” with many art galleries and businesses offering a ready welcome from 5 pm to 9 pm. There's plenty of fine and casual dining, craft beer tasting rooms and retail shops to enjoy. You’ll find snacks, live music and sales in multiple locations, all part of an inviting atmosphere and hearty welcome from downtown businesses. It’s an opportunity to spend an evening with friends in our downtown.

During our "Summer Version" there are street performers, live musicians, something on every corner. 

 

 

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I'm the lucky one that gets to document all of the amazing things that people do in this community everyday for the Loveland Reporter-Herald through my lens. I can tell you from experience that Loveland is truly filled with love.

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It's truly a gift to be able to embed myself into people's lives. In their best moments or their worst, I'm there. Sometimes they love me for it and sometimes they're not very happy to see me. If they knew me, they would realize I'm shooting with my heart and I feel their joy and their pain. My mission is to make my own little positive difference in people's lives. Whether that's filling readers hearts with joy when they see a joyful photo or causing someone to want to make a difference because they see others doing the same, or evoking empathy and love from a photo of a tragedy- I hope to make a difference, even if just for a moment.

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There is a beautiful new mural evolving in Downtown Loveland! 

Stop by to watch her come to live at The Gressiwick!
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Have you noticed the sculptures in Downtown Loveland seem to change each year? They are part of a TAAP Program through the City of Loveland! 

   

TAAP sculptures are on the move as we make way for three new sculptures in downtown.

"Big Vision, Small Steps" by Charlotte Zink, "Convergence" by Steve Shachtman and "Love/Fear" by Joe Norman will be installed next Friday! "Broken Violin" by Jack Kreutzer; "Ovilepod" by Ted Schaal and "Hard Rock" by Pati Stajcar will remain on display for another year. Thank you to all of our TAAP artists -- past and future!









 

Patina Flats at The Foundry is now open and taking tours!

Living spaces at Patina Flats at The Foundry are thoughtfully designed with comfort and convenience in mind, and are stylishly appointed with the kind of premium materials and finishes you won’t find in any other apartments for rent in Loveland. Our Lincoln building is set to open in August 2018, and the Cleveland building is set to open in October 2018!

Our community amenities feature a 24-hour fully equipped fitness center, an executive lounge with a pool table and rooftop patio, a lobby and lounge space, and much more! Patina Flats will also have an on-site hotel and movie theatre, a central plaza for entertainment, and first floor restaurants and retail!   

The apartments offer open and modern floorplans with high-end finishes that make Patina Flats at The Foundry the most desirable new apartments in Loveland, Colorado. Studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom urban living units fill the upper floors while retail, restaurants, and creative offices fill the first floor to give residents the convenience of urban living right in the heart of the Sweetheart City!

Stop by our office located at 320 N. Cleveland Avenue; contact us at 970-672-1013 or email us here to set up a tour today! We look forward to speaking with you!


 

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