December 8, 2019

Jeffco Foreclosure Rate Growing

According to Jefferson County Trustee Margaret Chapman, the foreclosure rate in Jefferson County in the first quarter of 2010 increased 4.3% to 966.

Jackson Street Residential Project in the Works

After years of seeing mostly dirt on the old Big Tree Mobile Home Park site at 2200 Jackson Street, a new residential project is finally in the works.  The Jefferson County Housing Authority, supported by federal grant funding through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, purchased the property late last year and is now preparing to come to the city with a project proposal.

The Jackson Street has been an eyesore, consisting mostly of dirt, for years.

Most recently, the site was a mobile home park, but the private owners shut down the park in 2005 with the intention of building a new townhome project.  They were never able to pull the project together, however, and the property went into foreclosure last March.  Jefferson County Housing Authority is now looking at an affordable housing project for seniors.  City staff encouraged the Housing Authority to explore the project because it could meet multiple community goals: eliminate the blight of the empty lot, provide additional opportunities for older Golden residents to remain in the community as they age, and meet the goals of our Housing Affordability Task Force efforts.

Because we anticipate that the new owners may seek some sort of change to their zoning, City Council is legally prohibited from discussing land use issues regarding the site – all of that must be done through the formal public hearing process at Planning Commission and eventually City Council.  Staff did hold a community open house last night, however, to update everyone about the project and to solicit feedback.  One outcome: a subcommittee of immediately adjacent neighbors was formed to preview early design alternatives.  We’ll also have public meetings and all the other elements on a normal land use process, so everyone should have plenty of opportunity to weigh in on questions about the density (how many units is ok), the height and size of the building(s), the design of the buildings, and similar issues.

I’ve heard a number of questions about the purchase of the site that I can address here:

  • The property was originally known as Sapp’s Grove Resort in the 1890s, it was purchased by the City of Golden in 1924 to provide a campground park (known as Golden Tourist Park), and Golden voters approved selling the site back to a private owner in 1943.  It has been privately owned since.
  • The city considered purchasing the site after the mobile home park was eliminated but the price tag was prohibitive and City Council felt there were other priorities for our limited open space dollars.
  • Non-profits and other governmental organizations aren’t required to notify a city before they purchase land in that city.  They are like any other property buyer, and have the right to purchase or sell property just like any other private landowner.
  • The city did not contribute financially to the Housing Authority’s purchase of the property.  The city’s only financial contribution related to the site was the use of Community Development Block Grant dollars to help relocate the residents displaced when the private owners shut down the mobile home park.
  • Apparently the Housing Authority did look at other sorts of projects but were able to get federal funding to support a project providing affordable rentals to seniors.  While I generally favor programs that create ownership opportunities, I also recognize the importance of affordable rental opportunities as well, and this was an explicit goal and recommendation of our 2008 Housing Affordability Task Force report (endorsed by City Council).

Jacob’s Golden Update: Pedestrian Improvements at 6th and 19th are Underway

Jacob’s Golden Update: May 13, 2009

1. Pedestrian Improvements at 6th and 19th are Underway
2. Fee Waivers for Renewable Energy Projects
3. Updating Golden’s Lighting Code
4. Parks and Recreation Earns More Awards
5. Pharmaceutical Roundup a Big Success
6. The Goose Droppings Problem
7. City Council Creates New “Moderate Housing Pool” Within Golden’s 1% Growth Limit
8. City to Establish Holiday Displays Policy
9. CDOT’s Clear Creek Canyon Closures
10. Blog Round Up
11. Other Upcoming Events
12. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, May 14

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Jacob's Golden Update: Pedestrian Improvements at 6th and 19th are Underway

Jacob’s Golden Update: May 13, 2009

1. Pedestrian Improvements at 6th and 19th are Underway
2. Fee Waivers for Renewable Energy Projects
3. Updating Golden’s Lighting Code
4. Parks and Recreation Earns More Awards
5. Pharmaceutical Roundup a Big Success
6. The Goose Droppings Problem
7. City Council Creates New “Moderate Housing Pool” Within Golden’s 1% Growth Limit
8. City to Establish Holiday Displays Policy
9. CDOT’s Clear Creek Canyon Closures
10. Blog Round Up
11. Other Upcoming Events
12. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, May 14

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Jacob’s Golden Update: Fixing the Ethics Code Loophole

Jacob’s Golden Update: April 22, 2009
Happy Earth Day!

1. Fixing the Ethics Code Loophole
2. Eliminating the Campaign Finance Loophole
3. All-Ward Town Hall Meeting: May 5
4. Redeveloping the Area Across From the High School
5. Free Horizon Montessori Recognized as a High Performing School
6. Council Approves Golden Community Garden
7. Parks and Recreation Board Opening: Deadline April 30
8. Improving Disabled Access in Golden
9. Council Selects Plan for Pedestrian Improvements on Kimball and Crawford
10. Creating a “Moderate Housing Pool” Under the City’s Growth Limit
11. Other Upcoming Events
12. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, April 23

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Jacob's Golden Update: Fixing the Ethics Code Loophole

Jacob’s Golden Update: April 22, 2009
Happy Earth Day!

1. Fixing the Ethics Code Loophole
2. Eliminating the Campaign Finance Loophole
3. All-Ward Town Hall Meeting: May 5
4. Redeveloping the Area Across From the High School
5. Free Horizon Montessori Recognized as a High Performing School
6. Council Approves Golden Community Garden
7. Parks and Recreation Board Opening: Deadline April 30
8. Improving Disabled Access in Golden
9. Council Selects Plan for Pedestrian Improvements on Kimball and Crawford
10. Creating a “Moderate Housing Pool” Under the City’s Growth Limit
11. Other Upcoming Events
12. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, April 23

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