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Project Update - April 2019

After months of meetings, workshops, and engagement activities, the work has resulted in a list of preliminary projects and ideas that can be used to make the Highway 50 corridor a safer, more vibrant and economically prosperous street. These projects and ideas have been condensed into a Project Update document—developed to explain some of the big ideas and projects that are being discussed in community right now.

This document is meant to provide the community with information on the current details of each idea as they sit today—and we want to hear from you.

Upcoming Future 50 Events for Highway 50 Business and Property Owners

HIGHWAY 50 BUSINESS AND PROPERTY OWNERS;

Later this month, Future 50 is hosting a second round of engagement opportunities geared specifically towards Highway 50 business and property owners. The business owner-focused meetings held in January resulted in a lot of great feedback that Future 50 has been using to reorganize, refine, and update the projects and ideas—and we’d like to check in with you again on those updates.

Community Design Workshop Summary Available Now!

Project Updates:

The Community Design Workshop Summary

The Community Design Workshop Summary summarizes the Future 50 process so far and outlines the concepts, strategies, and big ideas developed during the Community Design Workshop.

The Future 50 Design Workshop was a three day work session that built on the community engagement efforts throughout summer and fall 2018. The workshop brought together traffic/ transportation consultants, economic development consultants, and architectural consultants to explore strategies and design concepts for achieving the community goals for Highway 50.

The work session began with information sharing that included site walks of the corridor, presentations of background information on public input, traffic analysis and economic conditions. The afternoon of the first and second day were open work sessions where the public was welcome to drop in. Each evening of the 3 day workshop culminated in a Public Open House sharing the work from the day.

This document provides a summary of key outcomes and community input from the Future 50 Design Workshop. You can view or download the summary and other project documents here.

Next Steps

Over the coming weeks the Community Builders Team will refine the concepts developed at the workshop and will be updating drawing that reflect community feedback from the Night Three Open House for release in early January. Future 50 project leaders will also meet with individual businesses, property owners, and other key stakeholder groups within the Uptown District to discuss opportunities, ideas, and concerns from the ideas developed in mid January, and hold an additional community workshop in late January. A final concept and action plan will be developed that will be presented to the City and CLC, who will have the responsibility of implementing the plan’s action items. Community Builders will continue to provide support as requested to see project success.

Upcoming Engagement Opportunities

There are a few engagement opportunities coming up in January. More info at future-50.com/events

Business 1-on-1 Meetings
January 15th-17th
Project leaders will schedule individual 1-on-1 meetings with business owners as well as conduct door-to-door drop ins to discuss ideas from the project, receive feedback, and refine concepts. These meetings will primarily focus on business and property owners in the Uptown District area.

Uptown District Business Focus Group
Thursday, January 17th, 5-6:30 @ Soulcraft Brewing
Highway 50 business and property owners, especially those in the Uptown District, are invited to a focus-group meeting to discuss ideas from the project, receive feedback, and refine concepts in a group setting.

Public Workshop
Thursday, January 31st, 4-7:00 @ Soulcraft Brewing
The community is invited to an interactive public workshop on Jan 31st to provide feedback and help refine concepts and ideas developed so far. More details TBA!

MOUNTAIN MAIL: Residents weigh in at Future 50 event

Sam Klomhaus of the Mountain Mail published the following article about Future 50: Re-Vision Rainbow Boulevard on November 15th, 2018. To see the original article, click here.

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About 50 Salida residents gathered at 50 Burger Wednesday evening to weigh in on ideas formulated at working sessions on the future of the U.S. 50 corridor as part of the Future: 50 project, led by nonprofit Community Builders.

Bud Tymczyszyn, Community Builders program associate, said the concepts presented were still fairly high level… {more}


MOUNTAIN MAIL ARTICLE: Walking meetings cover portions of U.S. 50

MOUNTAIN MAIL ARTICLE: Walking meetings cover portions of U.S. 50

Sam Klomhaus of the Mountain Mail published the following article about Future 50: Re-Vision Rainbow Boulevard on November 9th, 2018. To see the original article, click here.

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The nonprofit Community Builders held a series of walking meetings along the U.S. 50 corridor Wednesday as part of its Future 50: Re-Vision Rainbow Boulevard project. Each meeting covered a different portion of the corridor.

Community Builders is soliciting feedback as part of an effort to determine what residents want from U.S. 50 and how they want the area to change. [more]

ARK VALLEY VOICE ARTICLE: Walking Along Highway 50, Talking About Possibilities

ARK VALLEY VOICE ARTICLE: Walking Along Highway 50, Talking About Possibilities

Joe Stone of The Ark Valley Voice published the following article about Future 50: Re-Vision Rainbow Boulevard on November 9th, 2018. To see the original article, click here.

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Posted by Joe Stone | Nov 9, 2018

The Future 50 project took a few more steps – literally – toward the goal of developing a community-based vision for the future of the U.S. Highway 50 corridor in Salida.

Alison Bourquin and Bud Tymczyszyn with Community Builders, which provides funding and professional expertise to help the city create a vision for Highway 50 development, led Wednesday’s Walk and Talk event, which covered Salida’s Highway 50 corridor in four segments. [more]

ARK VALLEY VOICE ARTICLE: City of Salida Looking to Redefine Rainbow Blvd.

The Ark Valley Voice published the following article about Future 50: Re-Vision Rainbow Boulevard on November 5th, 2018. To see the original article, click here.

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It has been a busy, tiring and contentious election season. Maybe now we can use the rest of November re-training ourselves about how to compromise for the greater good. What better opportunity to do this then by participating in Future-50: Re-visioning Rainbow Boulevard…. [more]

ARK VALLEY VOICE ARTICLE: Salida's Future 50 Shifts into High Gear

The Ark Valley Voice published the following article about Future 50: Re-Vision Rainbow Boulevard on November 4th, 2018. To see the original article, click here.

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Future 50 held its first Community Visioning Workshop in October and has organized multiple community engagement events for November as part of the process of creating a community-directed vision for future development along Salida’s U.S. Highway 50 corridor.

Four Walk and Talk events are slated for Wednesday, Nov. 7, followed by a Community Design Workshop Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 14-16, with an open house each evening. [more]

Mountain Mail: Residents give U.S. 50 input at meeting

Sam Klomhaus of The Mountain Mail published the following article about Future 50: Re-Vision Rainbow Boulevard on November 5th, 2018. To see the original article, click here.

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Salida residents gave input on the future of the U.S. 50 corridor at a workshop Wednesday at Salida SteamPlant as part of the Future 50: Re-Vision Rainbow Boulevard project, “We’re having some really important and constructive conversations about the highway,” Mayor P.T. Wood said.

Wood mentioned increasing business and sales tax revenue along U.S. 50.

“We want people to slow down, to stop, to get out of their cars and spend money in Salida,” Wood said. [more]

Ark Valley Voice: Community Visioning Workshop for Highway 50 Happens Tuesday

Joe Stone of The Ark Valley Voice published the following article about Future 50: Re-Vision Rainbow Boulevard on October 8th, 2018. To see the original article, click here.

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The city of Salida will hold an open house Community Visioning Workshop to discuss the future of the U.S. Highway 50 corridor from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Salida SteamPlant annex. All are invited to drop by any time between 5 and 8 p.m. to share ideas and discuss possibilities for future development along Highway 50 in Salida. [more]

Mountain Mail: City hosts U.S. 50 visioning workshop Tuesday

The Mountain Mail published the following article about Future 50: Re-Vision Rainbow Boulevard on October 8th, 2018. To see the original article, click here.

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The city of Salida will host a community visioning workshop from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the SteamPlant annex to solicit input from residents on the future of the U.S. 50 corridor.

The workshop is part of the Future 50: Re-Vision Rainbow Boulevard project, a four- month community visioning and planning effort to allow residents to help plan the future of the U.S. 50 corridor.

Drinks and snacks will be provided. Residents can also give input online at future-50.com.

Mountain Mail: Salida seeks U.S. 50 input

The Mountain Mail published the following article about Future 50: Re-Vision Rainbow Boulevard on October 5th, 2018. To see the original article, click here.

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The City of Salida will have a pop-up table during the Salida Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Alpine Park to solicit public input on the future of the U.S. 50 corridor.

The pop-up table is part of the Future 50: Re-vision Rainbow Bouldevard project, a four-month community visioning and planning effort to allow residents to determine what they want the U.S. 50 corridor to look like in the future. [more]

Ark Valley Voice: Future 50 Seeks Citizen Input Sept. 14 at Soulcraft

Joe Stone of The Ark Valley Voice published the following article about Future 50: Re-Vision Rainbow Boulevard on September 7th, 2018. To see the original article, click here.

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Officials with the Future 50 project will be at the Salida Bike Fest Kickoff Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Soulcraft Brewing, 248 W. U.S. Highway 50. Everyone is invited to stop by Soulcraft to ask questions and provide input about the future of the Highway 50 corridor in Salida. [more]

Ark Valley Voice: Future 50 Engages Citizens To Guide Highway 50 Development

Ark Valley Voice: Future 50 Engages Citizens To Guide Highway 50 Development

The Ark Valley Voice published the following article about Future 50: Re-Vision Rainbow Boulevard on September 4th, 2018.

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The Future 50: Re-Vision Rainbow Boulevard project seeks to engage community members in creating and implementing a vision for the development of Salida’s U.S. Highway 50 corridor from Oak Street to Walmart.

As indicated by the Future 50 website, (https://www.future-50.com/) desirable outcomes could include making the Highway 50 corridor safe, walkable and economically vibrant. But the focus of the project is to shape development of the corridor to support the values and vision of the community… [more]

Mountain Mail: Salida Celebrates Labor Day

Mountain Mail: Salida Celebrates Labor Day

The Mountain Mail published the following article mentioning Future 50: Re-Vision Rainbow Boulevard on September 4th, 2018.

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by Cody Olivas | Sep 4, 2018
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The city and county had a booth set up at the event to get input from the community about the future of U.S. 50.

“We’ll see what the community really wants,” Wood said. “I think there’s great potential out there,” adding that he’d like to see the highway as more of a connecting space than a dividing space.

“People want more green and a consistent speed limit,” Christie Barton, a planner for Chaffee County, said. “All kinds of things are coming out, and we want to hear it all.”

The plan is to get more feedback at future events.

“Things are going good for the city right now,” Wood said. “A lot of positives are happening.” [more]