Saturday, November 26, 2016

St. Vrain Greenway east of Main

Seeing the new Sunset Avenue bridge, a visitor asked me the other day if all the damage from the 2013 flood has been repaired. 

Among other things I told him, the popular Pella Crossing park and open space has still not re-opened and the St. Vrain Greenway won't be finished out to Sandstone Ranch until next year (2017) at the earliest (a new long bridge is needed to cross the much-widened river out there.)

Speaking of the St. Vrain Greenway, east of Main, the "bridge to nowhere" still stands:

And the Greenway is being totally rebuilt under Main (looking east):


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Martin Street Extension Progress

The new bridge, as part of the Martin Street extension, has crossed Left Hand Creek.

Hasn't crossed over the Left Hand Creek Greenway yet, which I'm standing on looking north.

Under stormy skies, looking northwest toward Lowe's shopping center.

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.