Brighton City Council approves pact to turn Depot building into bicycle shop

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON – The Brighton Depot is well on its way to becoming a bicycle shop.

City Council unanimously approved with an 8-0 vote an agreement with G&L Property, LLC, who wishes to purchase the building, to continue the family patronage use at the Depot.

The building would be occupied by Treads Bicycle Outfitters, a family owned business with three locations in the Denver metro area.

Economic Development Director Robert Smith said the depot building “is very significant to this community.”

“In 1980 when it was relocated to its current location the council entered into an agreement which placed a covenant on the property…and that agreement had several agreements associated with it, the two most significant are that the council wanted to make certain that the use of the property would continue into perpetuity as a family patronage business. They also wanted to make certain that all future owners of this property had a great deal of interest preserving and enhancing the historical presentation of the building,” he said.

Smith said the resolution reaffirms the elements of the 1980 agreement to express the desire of the contract purchaser to seek a local historical designation for the property and to change the use of the property from a restaurant to a retail store.

Gene Hodges, owner of Treads Bicycle Outfitters said he would be removing the kitchen since there’s nothing historical about the kitchen and would be expose the hardwood floors in the building and taking down the lower ceiling required by the health department and restore the ceiling to its original state.

“What we would do to the building will only take it back more to its historic state than it is currently and of course we want to preserve that because of the value to us as well,” he said.

Concerned with the possibility of the Depot being sold in the future and the buildings historic value to the city, Mayor ProTem Wayne Scott asked if council couldn’t amend the agreement.

City attorney Margaret Brubaker drafted a third stipulation in the agreement which would give the city a first right of refusal to purchase the building and require the preservation of the historic character of the interior of the building as well.

In other business:

— Council voted unanimously to approve a $200,000 grant agreement with Colorado Historical Society for phase two restoration of the Bromley-Koizuma-Hishinuma Farm. The city will provide an $88,900 match for the project.

Parks and Recreation Director Gary Wardle said the second phase of the project will include stabilizing the barn, the foundation under the house and the migrant workers cabin, the renovation of the exterior and painting of the migrant workers cabin and the stabilization of the wash house.

— Council voted unanimously to approve a land preservation agreement between Brighton and Adams County for 76 acres of property known as Autumn Landscape Farmland at 144th Avenue and Highway 85.

“It just preserves the conservation and the conservation values on the property and removes all of the development rights so it has to stay as farmland,” Wardle said.

— Council voted unanimously to approve a zoning change for the Healing Place Property. The 0.605-acre parcel of land known as parcel two has been zoned as public land from its original agricultural zoning designation.

Community Development Block Grant funds were allocated for the 2013-14 Program Year for Brighton. The funds allocated unanimously included $90,000 for the city’s handicap ramp project, $50,000 for Almost Home’s shelter project, and $20,000 for Brother’s Redevelopment house painting project.

— Council approved an allocation of $40,000 for repairs of a four-bedroom house owned by the city and used by the Brighton Housing Authority in a 6-2 vote. Mayor Pro-tem Wayne Scott was opposed to the allocation, saying the city has a vision for the Brighton Housing Authority and that he doesn’t believe it meets the authority’s future housing goals. Echoing Scott’s sentiments, councilwoman Lynn Baca was also opposed to the allocation. She said $40,000 is a significant amount to spend on one home, one project for the city.

All of the projects are located in the low-moderate income areas that CDBG funds qualify for.
the Brighton Historic Resources Survey Plan was adopted by city council unanimously. Council members heard the plan during its Sept. 11 study session.

— A resolution of support was passed unanimously by council for the Brighton School District Capital Facility Fee foundation. Council heard a presentation from the foundation during its Sept. 11 study session.

— Council scheduled a special city council meeting for 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at city hall for the Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant Conditional Use and canceled its regular Nov. 20 meeting. Council also canceled a Nov. 27 study session and added a special study session 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in regards to water rates.