Alleys, Underpasses and Saloons – Back to the Future in Louisville

Alleys, Underpasses and Saloons – Back to the Future in Louisville

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
3 pm–6 pm
Short presentation, prior to walking tour, begins in
City Council Chambers (upstairs) at City Hall
749 Main Street, Louisville

3 AICP CMs Approved (Event # 9131009)
Presented by: City of Louisville, WTS and APA Colorado

Join us for a presentation and walking tour of Historic Downtown Louisville and its evolution into the future across the railroad tracks to DeLo (Downtown East Louisville). Staff from the City Manager’s Office, Planning and Building Safety and Public Works Departments and the Louisville Arts District will discuss a wide range of projects, including: DeLo, the South Street Underpass, modern/historic mixed use buildings, downtown parking, alley rehabilitations, murals and signs, removing downtown from the floodplain and Louisville’s first woonerf-style street. The event will conclude with a reception/historic preservation presentation at the historic Di Francia Saloon (740 Front Street). Three hours of AICP CM credits are pending approval from the Colorado APA for this event. No RSVP required.

If you have questions, please contact Rob Zuccaro (RZuccaro@LouisvilleCO.Gov) or Emily Kropf (EKropf@LouisvilleCO.Gov) for more information.


3:00 – 4:00: Meet in Council Chambers at City Hall for brief presentations to set the stage for the walking tour of Historic Downtown Louisville and DeLo (Downtown East Louisville). .

Walking Tour: 4:00 – 5:00

  • Voltage: New development in the heart of downtown, mixing modern development with historic buildings.  In 2017, the City entered into a land swap with a local business owner and landowner to facilitate a new street facing office and commercial development on Main Street and provide the City a more efficient public parking lot at the back of the building. The development is in the heart of downtown, surrounding by historic buildings.  Learn how staff worked with the architect and landowner to make sure this project met several overlapping design guidelines while having a modern feel that compliments the historic elements of downtown.  (Presenter, Kristin Dean, AICP )
  • Downtown Parking: The City has been assembling land for public parking in downtown as part of a long-term parking strategy.  Some of this land could accommodate future parking garage in historic Downtown.  Will this lead to long-term vibrancy and viability for Downtown businesses or destroy the character that makes Downtown unique and desirable? How will a parking garage be funded? (Presenters, Kristin Dean, AICP and Rob Zuccaro, AICP)
  • Alley-Lujah: Activating Louisville's Historic Alleys: Alleys are often overlooked as being amenities for people. They are typically auto-oriented, serving the purpose of trash collection, delivery access and garage access and can be run down, uninviting environments. However, many alleys provide connections between destinations and have the potential to be safe pedestrian routes or gathering places.  Having a short-term and long-term plan for a city’s alleys can improve and strengthen the overall vision for the community. Come learn about efforts to plan for the City’s alleys in Historic Downtown (Presenters, Lauren Trice, AICP)
  • Via Artista: Activating the alley/murals and signs.  A project began in August of 2015 to beautify the alleyway between Main Street and Front Street. The project was initiated by a private organization, the Louisville Arts District, and began with the installment of two murals on private properties owned by local businesses. It also included drawing attention to the alleyway by renaming it “Via Artista.” How do public and private organizations come together to bring art to public places? And how do local businesses benefit from these kinds of beautification projects? 
  • South Street Underpass: Connecting Historic Downtown and DeLo (Joliet and Alexa). The South Street Underpass connects downtown Louisville to the City’s Revitalization District. The underpass creates a safe and inviting connection under the BNSF Railway tracks that builds upon the character of downtown Louisville, provides a supportive environment for urban revitalization and private investment, maximizes opportunities for public art, and accommodates future regional transit plans. (Presenter, Joliette Woodson, PE)
  • Bringing Downtown out of the Floodplain: The City of Louisville sought to reduce the regulatory floodplain to the maximum extent practicable, protect public and private property, including the City’s wastewater treatment plant and allow eager developers to implement their plans. Main project components included 1/3 miles of open channel and grade control structures, 3200 feet of 100-year storm drain, manholes, inlets and culverts, pedestrian bridges, trail connections, and a 72-inch steel pipe under the railroad. (Presenter, Joliette Woodson, PE)
  • DeLo: TOD w/out the T.  DeLo (Downtown East Louisville) was intended to be Louisville’s TOD for commuter rail originally slated to come in 2015.  Development forged ahead without the transit component.  How will this new development intermingle with Historic Downtown and can it accommodate a train station when (if) the train comes to town?  (Planning Staff)
  • Woonerf: Not a spongy ball for kids; The DeLo development includes a unique European street type called a “woonerf.” Woonerfs do not include curbs and blend the pedestrian and vehicular environments, with the goal of slowing traffic and creating a more pedestrian centric and friendly streetscape (Presenters, Lisa Ritchie AICP and Lauren Trice, AICP)

Reception: 5:00 - ???
• 740 Front (Di Francia Saloon) – In 1908 there were 13 saloons, including the Di Francia Saloon, on three blocks of Front Street as the one “wet” community in Boulder County. The current owners have received a City of Louisville Historic Preservation Fund Grant for the preservation of the historic structure, the original bar and the construction of the new addition. Learn about the longest continuously operating saloon in Louisville (1904) our unique Historic Preservation grant program funded by sales tax. (Presenter, Lauren Trice AICP)

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