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The next round of Future 50 events will take place in the coming month, beginning Jan. 15-17 when project leaders will meet with individual business and property owners along the U.S. Highway 50 corridor in Salida, especially in the proposed Uptown Salida District.

The upcoming events were recently posted on the Future 50 website and emphasize discussions with business and property owners in “uptown Salida” – the section of Highway 50 between 14th and H streets (see Google map) – because it was identified as a primary area of concern during the November Community Design Workshop.

Bud Tymczyszyn, Community Builders program associate, indicated that project leaders will schedule one-on-one meetings with individual business and property owners as well as go door-to-door to ensure that everyone with a financial interest in this area will be able to provide feedback.

A focus group meeting will follow the one-on-one meetings to further discuss ideas and refine concepts for the Uptown Business District from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Soulcraft Brewing.

While these two events will focus on engaging uptown Salida business and property owners, a Future 50 public workshop is slated for 4-7 p.m. Tursday, Jan. 31, at Soulcraft Brewing to allow all community members to provide feedback and help refine ideas developed so far.

Tymczyszyn also said a draft of the Community Design Workshop Summary is available on the Future 50 website.

The information in the report reviews the early stages of the project and highlights community members’ ideas for the Highway 50 corridor developed during the three-day Community Design Workshop in November.

With the prioritization of the Uptown Salida area, the Future 50 consultants focused on developing ideas for this area as a first step in addressing residents’ wishes for the Highway 50 corridor.

The report also identifies specific short-term priorities for Highway 50:
• Complete the east-side sidewalks begun under the 2007 corridor study.
• Engage consultants in drainage study to finish sidewalks from Holman Avenue to Walmart.
• Identify locations for new signalized intersection and pedestrian crossings to slow traffic speeds,
improve traffic flow and increase safety.
• Implement bicycle crossing improvements for Holman Avenue at Highway 50.
• Support a Colorado Department of Transportation intersection study for the Highway 291-50 intersection on the east side of Salida.

As noted in the report, “If we want to manage our growth and change in a way that preserves our character, creates more opportunity, and strengthens the community we love, we need to think ahead.”

Community members can access the report to learn about various ideas that could guide future development along Highway 50 and then provide input as these preliminary ideas and concepts are refined during January Future 50 events.

The November workshop brought together traffic experts, economic development specialists and architectural consultants to explore strategies and design concepts for achieving community goals for Highway 50.

Following the January events, Future 50 team members will develop a final concept and action plan and present it to the city of Salida and the Future 50 Community Leadership Committee, which will be responsible for implementing the plan.

Community Builders will continue to provide support as requested to ensure the success of the project. Community Builders is the nonprofit organization that provides funding and technical expertise for the project.

Previous Ark Valley Voice articles about the Future 50 project:

Planning officials seek input on Highway 50 project

Future 50 engages citizens to guide Highway 50 development

Future 50 seeks citizen input Sept. 14 at Soulcraft

Salida’s Future 50 shifts into high gear

Walking along Highway 50, talking about possibilities

Future 50 Community Design Workshop begins

Future 50 workshop develops ‘Uptown Salida’ concepts

Van Nimwegen provides overview of Future 50