Alleyscape Construction Update
It is an exciting time for the Alleyscape and Breezeway Project. The Alleyscape construction took place in 2012 on the east side of Main St. on the 300, 400, and 500 blocks. J2 Contracting Company finished the final block in December 2012 and all blocks are donning their new look! The west side of Main St. blocks will begin construction in 2014.
The LDDA and City of Longmont are committed to keeping you informed of construction schedules, parking restrictions, street closures and any other impacts the project will have on visitors, businesses, residents, and employees downtown.
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West Side Alleyscape Project to Start in 2014
The City of Longmont finished reviewing the bid from J2 Contracting for the 300 west block, which was to be the first block to begin construction. This was in accordance with the Phase I contract between the City and J2. To extend the contract to J2 without going out to a formal public bid, the costs needed to be within 10% of the original bid J2 submitted from September 2011. The costs came in higher, therefore, it is required to put the 300 west block out to bid. The time required for this process will not allow us to substantially complete construction prior to the start of the Holiday Season, which was established as a criteria for the work. The City and the LDDA also respect the request from 300 block businesses that submitted a petition on August 2 asking to delay the project until 2014 for the same reason.
The west side project will need to be issued for public bid. This means that the design plans will also be completed for the 400 and 500 blocks with the intent of bidding all three alley segments at one time. It is anticipated the plans will be completed in November and the project posted for bid in December with a construction start date at the beginning of March 2014.
The $100,000 in Alleyscape Incentive Grant funds will be extended through 2014 for alley facing improvements.
The City of Longmont and the Longmont Downtown Development Authority held two public information meetings on January 24th, 2013 about the Alleyscape Constructing on the west side of Main St. View a complete PowerPoint presentation for information and to see architectural drawings.
Anticipated Dates of Construction on the West Side
The project will take approximately 4 months per block. The exact schedule for the west side will be determined after a bid has been accepted. Remember that construction is a moving target and activities may take shorter/longer as the process unfolds.
300 west block: 2014
400 west block: 2014
500 west block: 2014
Closures to both vehicles and pedestrian traffic will take place during the project. Visitors, businesses, residents, and employees downtown are asked to please adhere to the closures for your safety and use the Main St. business entrance. The alley and parking lot are construction zones and therefore present inherent risks. Construction crews only are allowed in these areas.
Construction Activity - East Side
Construction is a moving target and activities may take shorter or longer as the process unfolds.
- reinstalling Los Arcos
- installing benches near Los Arcos (July)
- installing banners in breezeways
There will be heavy equipment, trip hazards, airborne sparks and debris, and overhead construction within the alley. These and other required construction activities present inherit risks. J2 will take full precaution to minimize these risks to the public. Businesses and tenants please lock your rear access doors and heed the alley closure.
Keep Your Alleys Beautiful: Alleyscape Guidelines
- Do not use chemical cleaners in/around the alleyway. Clean up any spills and if you must rinse, rinse with water only
- Pick up trash on ground in shared trash enclosures and close trash lids
- Close gates to trash enclosures
- Ask employees and customers to dispose of cigarette butts in trash (consider adding a cigarette receptacle near building)
- Ask delivery drivers to use pull out delivery lanes and setup delivery times around prime lunch and dinner hours
- Pick up pet waste
Click here for a Downtown Parking Map including nearby public lots and street parking.
Parking in the 300 and 500 west parking lots on Coffman Street will be affected at times when construction takes place on the west side. We are working to minimize the impact of this, but due to the nature of the work, there will be times when parking is unavailable in those lots even for permit holders. Here are a few things to note:
- A new public parking lot is now open on the 200 east block of Main St., next to Jester's Dinner Theatre
- Parking is available on both the east and west side of downtown, including the Avenues, and Kimbark and Coffman Streets
For permit holders and those with private parking behind their building: If the lot you hold a permit for is closed or full, your permit does not allow you to park in another permitted lot on Coffman or Kimbark Streets. The LDDA will inform permit holders and individuals with private parking behind their building, of alternate locations that have been secured for their parking use. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (303) 651-8586 if you have not received this notice or if you have questions.
City of Longmont Engineering Services
Chris Huffer, P.E.
Work: (303) 651-8351
Longmont Downtown Development Authority
Del Rae Heiser, Progam Specialist
Work: (303) 651-8586