Friday, April 22, 2016

New lawn for Kanemoto Park

Earlier this year I mentioned the beat-up grounds of Kanemoto Park after three years of various mostly-2013 flood reconstruction projects.  

The park lawn has been recently been completely plowed and will be re-seeded:

You can't read the sign on the right below but it says that the park is closed until July but that the playground is still accessible throughout the turf restoration period, and that the new pool will open at the end of May:


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Martin Street extension to Quail Road

Once again, Martin Street is being extended south, this time from the current dead-end at the roundabout in the Lowe's shopping center to Quail Road.  The bigger picture here is that a housing development is being built in this area and that this extension is needed for access.

Had to go check it out before the real construction begins.

Looking south from the roundabout:

A closer southward and down hill look from the roundabout.  The city says a two-span bridge will be built from here that will cross Left Hand Creek below:

Looking north at the roundabout from Left Hand creek.  Someday there will be a 2 million dollar (privately funded) bridge where I'm standing:

From the likely intersection at Quail Road, looking north.  The telephone poles provide the clue.

One more look south toward Quail Road.  Won't be long until this quiet dirt road will be buzzing with traffic.

The previous Martin Street extension:

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Longmont Then And Now #17: 4th & Pratt (1915-2016)

From a 1915 postcard, the intersection of 4th Avenue and Pratt St facing Thompson Park:

Today, 101 years later:

The Queen Anne-style house on the corner goes by two names according to the sources below:  the Andrew Turrell House or the Dr. Charles Andrew House.  One source [1] says it was built in 1901, the other [2] 1896.  Dr. Andrew was the president of the Longmont Hospital Association and was married to Elizabeth Turrell, daughter of Burlington pioneer and owner of Longmont's first drugstore, Judson Turrell.  In the 1920's, the house became a parsonage for the First Methodist-Episcopal Church, which continued for 40 years. 
[1] Longmont's History in Architecture Today by Charles Bullard and Sally Vecchio-Martin 1986.
[2] West Side Walking Tour brochure, Longmont, Colorado, St. Vrain Historical Society

A summary of the informal "Longmont: Then and Now" series so far:

Friday, February 26, 2016

Starbucks is the new business on Ken Pratt Blvd

Much thanks to reader Warren who pointed me to the City's active development log showing that a Starbucks Drive-through is the new business at Ken Pratt Boulevard & South Pratt Parkway.  Drawings/plans are likely on file but perhaps it will be a one of their Micro Drive Thru facilities.

No doubt Starbucks has seen the traffic ("cars passed") numbers of thousands heading west from Weld County on Ken Pratt in the morning during peak coffee hours. Seems like a tricky traffic situation at that intersection though in getting cars off Ken Pratt and back on again.  

And for those who favor a different brand, from the same development log, it looks like Dunkin' Donuts is also trying to capture that same steady stream of commuters with their own drive-in, in the Harvest Junction shopping center to the east.  Not sure which of the road it is on yet.

Monday, February 22, 2016

What's Going On at Ken Pratt & South Pratt Parkway?

Anyone know what's going on with the Conoco station on the NE corner of Ken Pratt Boulevard & South Pratt Parkway?

Renovation or demolition for a new business?

It did seem silly to have two Conoco stations right next to each other but I know this was a result of mergers/acquisitions.  This site was previously a long-standing Amoco business.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Prospect's Cottonwood Trees Coming Down

As predicted almost eight years ago, the Times-Call is reporting today that 181 cottonwood trees are being removed in Longmont's Prospect neighborhood.  Cottonwoods are the fool's gold of mountain west residential streets:  their benefits of being quick growers and leafy shade providers are outweighed by their short lifetime and messiness.  They are nice trees but best belong in their native habitat along creeksides.

Cottonwood-intensive picture above is Tenacity Drive from 2008.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Tower of Compassion Pagoda Renovation Starts Today

The perimeter fence went up today (MLK Day 2016) marking the start of the renovation of the weathered but treasured Tower of Compassion pagoda in Kanemoto Park, Longmont.

I mentioned last week that construction activity should be winding up in Kanemoto Park but I forgot about this project which was mentioned on a sign in the park that I saw over the summer.

The pagoda is getting a new roof, among other things and the roofing contractor told me that 45 days is the estimated time of completion, weather permitting.  If you're interested in seeing details of the full project, including the new railings, repair of the base of the torii gate, and a modern LED lighting system, checkout the RFP (PDF, 6.9MB).

Readers here know that I like "before and after" pictures (and in-between ones too), so here's some more Day One pictures:

Other articles on the Tower of Compassion: