Scare Up Some History: Loveland Burial Park/Lakeside Cemetery

October 18th, 2017 by Downtown District

Cemeteries have a reputation of being spooky, portrayed as places where paranormal activity is nearly certain. Perhaps this is why our interest in them peaks during the month of October, when everyone is looking for a good scare.

On the far north edge of the Downtown District lies the Loveland Burial Park and Lakeside Cemetery. Sharon Danhauer, longtime Loveland resident and member of the Loveland Historical Society, gave us an inside look at the history of the cemetery and some notable figures laid to rest there. While we didn’t hear anything that gave us the chills, we did learn about Loveland’s rich history and those that came before us.

Lakeside Cemetery was opened in 1880 to address the needs of the growing Loveland community, with the west side of the cemetery opening in 1912 named Loveland Burial Park. Looking to combine the two and bring them under city management, both sides were purchased by the City of Loveland in 1919. While the first burial took place in 1880, over 50 graves are even older. Most were relocated in 1884 from the old St. Louis cemetery.

The oldest headstone belongs to HLW Peterson, who was struck by lightning on the Cherokee Trail near Namaqua. Moved from the trail west of town to the cemetery, his grave is dated 1854. Just next to him lies the grave of Mexican Joe, Jose Rosendo, who was also killed by lighting in 1870. An employee and friend of Mariano Medina, the first permanent settler in the Big Thompson Valley, Joe was herding sheep on the Marianna Butte. He was buried where he fell, with his grave marked by pioneers up to present day. With the development of the Marianna Butte golf course, Joe’s grave was moved from one of the fairways to Lakeside Cemetery, where a memorial remembers him.

Once located outside of the hustle and bustle of town, the grounds have now been surrounded by new developments. These led to a new name for the lake found in Lakeside Cemetery, changing from its original Cemetery Lake to Silver Lake in 1958. Traditions from long ago remain today, with graves facing east and the bride on the right when couples are buried together.

Sharon offers tours of the cemetery for a suggested donation of $7, during which she points out notable names and entertaining headstones – one of the more memorable reads “I told you that I was sick.” You can reach Sharon via email or phone: sadanhau@gmail.com or 970.290.0169.

Methods of Financing

September 14th, 2017 by Downtown District

Another important element of the DDA Plan of Development is the allowable methods of financing.  State law allows DDAs to impose a property tax levy, not to exceed five mills, however, revenue generated from the property tax may only be used for maintenance and operations within the Plan area.  In addition, the law authorizes tax increment financing (TIF) from both or either property or sales tax as a means of repaying financial obligations.   TIFs are a tool utilized by municipalities throughout the country to finance public improvements in identified areas of need, known as redevelopment districts or DDA’s.

A DDA can provide public amenities that encourage and facilitate corresponding “new development” within an approved geographic district and may use TIFs generated from a new development or a redevelopment to participate in the financing for new streetscapes, plazas, sidewalks, streets or simply to improve traffic/pedestrian circulation that would help to make the new development possible.

A DDA can also provide assistance to existing property owners who might want to rehabilitate or expand their property.  An example of this might be a façade improvement reimbursement program.  This financing tool is not new and has been utilized around the country for decades to help fund public improvements and encourage redevelopment.

Property Tax. Once a DDA is established and a Plan of Development is adopted, the property tax base for the district is frozen.  This means that after the date of the plan adoption, the assessed value to which the mill levy for the City, the school district, the county and other taxing jurisdictions would be the same each year thereafter with adjustment only for general reassessments (which occurs every odd year).

For example, if the assessed value in a DDA is $1 million on the date of plan adoption, then the mill levy for each of the overlapping taxing jurisdictions is applied to that $1 million base assessment each year.  As the properties in the DDA begin to increase in value due to redevelopment efforts, that increase in assessed value times the combined mill levy of the overlapping taxing jurisdictions goes to the DDA.

Another way of looking at it is, if the assessed value of property in the district increases to $10 million in year 5 of the plan, the taxes derived from multiplying the combined mill levy times the $1 million base go to the overlapping taxing jurisdictions and the mill levy times the $9 million increase would go to the DDA.  So, essentially, revenues that would have ended up with the county and other entities through increases in tax revenues tied to redevelopment, stay in the City and more specifically, in the DDA.

Sales Tax.  The plan can also affect City sales tax revenue, but not state or county sales tax revenues.  The Loveland DDA Plan dedicates sales tax revenues above the base year revenues to the DDA.

Once these revenues are captured, this new stream of revenue can be utilized to pay debt service on bonds that can be issued by the City(DDA) for public improvements.  Bonding may be necessary, as it would typically take a period of time to acquire enough revenue to fund public improvements.

Lending institutes find TIF a very stable source of revenue and therefore readily lend money when secured by TIF.  Bonds are only put in place once construction of public improvements begins and assuming the DDA has the financial capacity to repay the debt.  TIF can be utilized for up to 25 years from the date of establishment.

Is TIF a new tax?

No.  No new taxes are established using TIF nor are taxes (either property tax or sales tax) increased.  The revenues produced by increased property values and increased retail sales activity are simply redistributed to benefit the DDA for public improvements in the district.

The following graph generally depicts how Property TIF revenues are captured by the DDA:

TIF Model

(Inspired by graphics from CDFA and Stephen Friedman.) ULI

What is a Downtown Development Authority?

August 31st, 2017 by Downtown District

Downtown development authorities (DDAs) are state-authorized financing mechanisms designed to catalyze the revitalization and redevelopment of the physical components of a downtown.

The most important goal of a DDA is to halt property value deterioration, increase property tax valuations, work toward eliminating the causes of deterioration, promote economic growth, and create and provide for the general operation and maintenance of the physical DDA assets.

Is there a strategy for improvements in the downtown?

Simply, yes.  A Plan of Development (Plan) is a critical first step, and one required by state law, in the long-range master planning efforts for the downtown.

A Plan of Development recognizes the needs of the downtown and is essentially a “plan” for potential projects in the downtown over the next 30-50 year. D[RE]evelopment, infrastructure (including water, sewer, electric, streets, sidewalk, curb and gutter, beautification), and other projects are conceptual and the Plan is not limited to those projects identified, alone. As things have changed in the downtown throughout its rich history, things will continue to change into the future and the work that’s done today will continue speaking for that same rich history in the downtown as the City’s heart and soul.

Plan Elements

The Plan, recently approved by City Council, identifies the physical boundaries of the DDA, and the state law provides that residents, property owners and business entities within that boundary have the potential to be benefitted by the enhanced investment and/or may also be impacted by an additional property tax for maintenance and operations, and therefore these parties have the most vested in the decision making – and, for that reason are identified as the voters of the District.

DDA Mission and Objectives

There is a wide-ranging set of objectives identified in the Plan, but the primary focus of a DDA is to promote the safety, prosperity, security and general welfare of the downtown and to improve and sustain the economic vitality. The DDA is one of many strategies to be implemented that will help to not only rebuild the physical downtown, but give it economic life for years to come.  A heathy downtown provides the motivation for additional private investment, and a healthy downtown will eventually bring prosperity to the entire community.

Why Invest in Loveland's Downtown?

August 22nd, 2017 by Downtown District

No matter how you look at it, the history of downtown alone screams “gosh this is cool – just imagine what’s happened downtown over the past hundred or more years”.  Downtowns throughout the country represent the image and character of a community.  They are iconic and commanding symbols, typically comprised of historic landmarks and buildings, unique and distinguishing features, and unique neighborhoods. Our downtown is the core, the heart, and the soul of the Loveland community.

Revitalization – building upon what we have today – is challenging and our history alone (building remnants of the past) is an asset, but it also becomes one of the many hurdles we have to overcome. Loveland’s downtown is filled with a new resurgence and energy – there’s a focus on business creativity, we’ve seen how neighborhood activism plays a part, and we offer a diverse economy, one that’s building into providing attraction for residents, visitors, seniors, families, and those that have the luxury of both living and working in the downtown.

The City of Loveland has recently played a brave and significant role in kick-starting major public-private investments in the downtown.  New development and redevelopment projects, along with critical updates to the downtown infrastructure (parking garage, utilities, streets, sidewalks, etc.) will play an important role in not only rebuilding the physical downtown, but also the downtown as a more cultural and civic hub.  That public reinvestment in the downtown is providing the impetus for additional private investment, and is encouraging the continuing economic growth of center core of the city, and prosperity to the community at large.

Your Guide to the Business Alliance

July 20th, 2017 by Downtown District

The Loveland Downtown Partnership and Downtown Loveland Association have merged their efforts, forming the LDP Business Alliance, a business advocacy and advisory group under the Loveland Downtown Partnership. This effort strives to eliminate duplicate efforts, enable better service to the diverse business constituencies within Loveland’s downtown and join organizations with very similar visions and missions to enhance the success of businesses and residents in the Downtown District with one-stop convenience.

The Business Alliance is made up of Downtown Loveland business owners who play an active role in the continued development of the Downtown District, sharing their needs and vision for the area, and are willing to invest their support in making Downtown Loveland a destination to live, work and play.

Focused on collaborative marketing, members of the Business Alliance are able to enjoy certain benefits that vary by level. Each of these benefits is designed to give local businesses, and the area as a whole, greater visibility and accessibility to residents and visitors. All members have the ability to submit their news and events to the Loveland Downtown Partnership page for increased viewership. Benefits include:

  • Online directory listing
  • Membership decal
  • Downtown advocacy
  • Opportunities for collaborative advertising and marketing
  • Business listing in downtown guide
  • Networking spotlight opportunities
  • Website recognition
  • 1-time use of membership email list (with a reach of 250+)
  • Discount sponsorship opportunities
  • Social media shout out (7,600+ likes on Facebook)

Alliance members are encouraged to support activities and events that draw people downtown to shop, dine and stroll as well as showcase Loveland’s vibrant community. In addition to more traditional event sponsorships, members can now sponsor “local color” – chalk art, flower pots and more that make downtown Loveland unique.

“It’s exciting how invigorated our downtown is becoming. It is a great place, on the cusp of becoming a big deal!”
- Sara Turner, Owner of Studio Vino and Business Alliance leadership team member

Hop, Skip and Jump to Explore Downtown Loveland

June 20th, 2017 by Downtown District

Hop Skip JumpDespite the ongoing construction, all you love about downtown Loveland remains just a hop, skip or jump away!

HOP from shop to shop as downtown businesses remain open. SKIP along the sidewalks to discover artwork off the beaten path, enjoy chalk art by local artists created for downtown events or interact with selfie spots. JUMP into one of the pedicabs provided during Night on the Town and enjoy the ride.

You can find parking throughout downtown, including at the Foote Lagoon and several areas along East Railroad Avenue between Second and Sixth Streets. Check it out for yourself with this map.

With things to see and do around every corner, we know you’ll find something to enjoy – share your photos of downtown using #LoveHopSkipJump.

Head down to enjoy these upcoming events and see what’s hopping in the Downtown District:

  • Downtown District LIVE!, a new summer concert series featuring a wide variety of performers, kicks off June 24 from 2 – 9 p.m. on 4th street. Soak in the music, art, shopping, restaurants and more that create the best of Loveland’s downtown vibe.
  • The Cherry Pie Celebration, a summer tradition in Loveland, will be held at the Loveland Museum on July 8 from 5 – 8pm. Enjoy live music, vendors and, of course, pie!
  • Night on the Town is Friday, July 14 from 5 – 8 p.m. Join friends, family and neighbors to enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown Loveland, enjoy incredible chalk art, pedicabs and more!
  • Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews returns to Downtown with good eats, good beats and good company on July 14 & 15.

Night on the Town Remains Community Tradition

May 9th, 2017 by Downtown District

Night on the Town LogoFor more than 12 years, Night on the Town has been a monthly community tradition, celebrating downtown Loveland’s rich art scene and its historic district.

Loveland’s first Night on the Town was held in May of 2005, a result of the thought and planning of Loveland artist Billie Colson. It was intended to bring people downtown and showcase all there is to see and do in the area while offering artists a chance to show off their work and perform live demonstrations. Since then the tradition has expanded to include even more family-friendly entertainment and dining, unique shopping, art exhibits and gallery receptions, and local micro-breweries.

Billie partnered with another artist, Carl Kuntz, whose painting “A Night on the Town” became the logo for the event. May 12th marks the unveiling of a brand-new logo by John Metcalf of Perfect Square.

“We’re starting to see a lot of energy among our downtown businesses, including a commitment to Friday Night on the Town with its fresh new look, expanded business hours, and entertainment.” – Jacque Wedding-Scott, Executive Director of the Loveland Downtown District.

With retailers, restaurants and artists all participating, community tradition in a vibrant downtown setting remains strong today. Join us this Friday, May 12th, along with every second Friday, from 5 - 9 pm to experience downtown Loveland and enjoy a Night on the Town!

Don’t miss in May:

  • The Governor’s Art Show is offering free admission from 6 - 9 pm during Night on the Town at the Loveland Museum. See the juried collection of outstanding works exclusively by Colorado artists.
  • Mother’s Day is May 14th, so all of you last minute shoppers can find the perfect gift for Mom while supporting local businesses.
  • Bloom’n Hearts of Downtown, sponsored by friends and businesses in the Downtown District, will showcase its beautiful planters and hanging baskets of fresh blooming May flowers.
  • Explore the downtown streets, enjoy pedestrian chalk works, and find other art throughout the historic district.
  • Jump into one of two TadPole Pedicabs, sponsored by Studio Vino, which will be transporting attendees from two locations – the Foote Lagoon parking lot and Lola’s Fresh Patina parking lot. They make it easy to get to the heart of the action!

Share your photos from Night on the Town using #LoveNightontheTown and tag the Loveland Downtown Partnership on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

OPEN HOUSE - Loveland Development Services Department

March 9th, 2017 by Jacque Wedding-Scott

Loveland Development Services Department 
OPEN HOUSE
New Standards for Unified Development Code

Loveland Development Services Department, Loveland Colorado
When:
March 13, 2017
Where: City Council Chambers,
500 E. 3rd Street, 5:30 pm

Come to the Open House to hear more about new
development standards proposed for the
Loveland community

Why should I attend?

  •  The new standards will change development opportunities and patterns along Loveland’s highway corridors.
    • Allow buildings to be located at the front property line
    • Allow a maximum building height of 90 feet
    • Apply “sloping building height plane” to ensure compatibility with adjacent residential neighborhoods
    • Require enhance landscaping and pedestrian improvements along the highway frontage
  • A “Housing Palette” will allow a greater mix of housing types in new mixed-use zoning districts and existing neighborhoods.
    • Establish standards for new housing types, including single-family urban alley loaded, lot-line homes, over-under duplexes, infill multi-family, Downtown multi-family, cluster homes, manufacture homes and tiny homes
    • Establish new limitations on building coverage and building height to ensure that the scale and mass of infill development reflects that found in existing neighborhoods

The Loveland Planning Commission will consider these new development standards at a Study Session immediately following the Open House. The Study Session will be in the City Council Chambers starting at 6:30 pm.

You are encouraged to stay and attend
the Planning Commission Study Session

WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FOUNDRY PROJECT? 

February 14th, 2017 by Jacque Wedding-Scott

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Conceptual Illustration - The Foundry - Loveland Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE:

The meeting listed in this 2/14/17 post has subsequently been CANCELLED.
Post updated 2/20/17

The City’s Development Services office will be posting signs on The Foundry site beginning this Friday (2/17/17) to notice the Planning Commission meeting on February 27th at 6:30 in the Council Chambers.

The Planning Commission’s review is a technical review to determine if the site plan is in compliance with the provisions of the Downtown BE zoning district.  The review occurs in a public meeting setting, not as a public hearing, however it is anticipated they will accept public comment.

If you are unable to attend the Planning Commission meeting and would like more project information, please feel free to either stop by our office and take a look at our project boards, or give me a call @ 970-744.4796.

Hope to see you there!
Jacque

 

SHOP Downtown

November 23rd, 2016 by Jennifer Poplaski

Downtown Loveland is becoming a destination in Northern Colorado for shopping, dining, and brewery hopping! With more to offer than ever before, you can spend an afternoon strolling through locally owned retail stores. The next time you want to enjoy a day out & about, stop by Downtown
Loveland! Your shopping experience awaits you! Click the link and learn about the great shopping opportunities in Downtown Loveland... shopdowntownloveland