Project Overview, 1st & Main Station
City Poised to Transform Area Near Old Flour Mill Site
into New Transportation Station
Imagine a vibrant, walkable retail and residential district adjacent to downtown Longmont where you can stop for a cup of coffee, pick up the local newspaper and hop on a bus or jump on a commuter train for your ride to work. In the afternoon, you meet friends at one of the many restaurants near the rail line or take a stroll or bike ride along the river. Then, a few steps away, you head to your loft or townhome overlooking the new 1st & Main Station.
The City of Longmont and the surrounding areas are on the brink of major advancements for our regional transit system that could eventually lead to such transit oriented development.
The City is moving forward to create the master plan for the 1st & Main Station to include a future Regional Transportation District (RTD) commuter rail station near the site of the old flour mill near 1st Avenue and Main Street. Although the site will serve initially as only a centralized bus hub, ultimately it will serve RTD rail and bus customers as the terminus for the FasTracks Northwest Corridor commuter rail line between Longmont and Denver.
RTD has allocated up to $17 million to pay for an initial bus facility at the site. With that commitment as an impetus, the City is moving ahead now to develop a master plan for the site in hopes of spurring economic development even before the FasTracks trains start rolling. "Once the details for the site are in place, we can start to discuss opportunities with developers who may want to get in the door early," said Phil Greenwald, City transportation planner.
Citizens Asked to Visualize What the Site Could Be
The transit/land use planning firm of Steer Davies Gleave (SDG) has been contracted by the City to conduct the 10-month study and draft the master plan. The project team is engaging the public and stakeholders for input into various design options. Longmont residents and businesses will be asked to participate by providing input on what they want to see at the site, what kinds of development (retail, residential, business, etc.) the City should pursue, how parking should be arranged and what the station platform should look like.
The 10-month study will identify:
- Station area phasing and staging plan, with recommendations on timing of improvements; Potential catalyst projects and interim uses to help jump-start redevelopment and prepare the area for future redevelopment once commuter rail is in place;
- Public/private programs and mechanisms to help implement parts of the plan, including zoning tools, development incentives, financing mechanisms, and business support programs;
- A logical sequence of recommended improvements and an implementation timetable; and,
- An implementation strategy that considers projected City and regional resources, available tools, and the phasing of other projects.