Cities in region receive Downtown Excellence awards

DENVER – The cities of Longmont, Loveland, Fort Collins and Greeley received  2014 Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence for recent projects that reflect an attitude of perseverance and dedication to community revitalization in Colorado.
The Denver-based nonprofit Downtown Colorado Inc. runs the awards program that honors projects completed between Sept. 1, 2010 and May 30.

Loveland won the Best New Construction, Infill, or Redevelopment category for The Gallery Flats, an apartment complex in the heart of downtown that was erected through a public-private partnership between the city, the Loveland Urban Renewal Authority, Brinkman Partners and Woodbury Strategic Partners.

Longmont and Fort Collins tied in the Best Façade Program category.

Longmont was recognized for its Alleyscape Façade Program, a project that moved power lines from poles to underground and converted asphalt alleys to red brick that run behind businesses on Main Street in downtown for a several block area. The project was executed by the Longmont Downtown Development Authority and city of Longmont.

And Longmont topped the Community Creativity category for its Downtown Longmont Creative District.

Fort Collins was honored for its Avery Block Façade Rehabilitation Project that was spearheaded by Slaterpaull Architects Inc., city of Fort Collins, Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority, Palmer Properties LLC and the Colorado State Historical Fund.

Greeley won the Colorful Colorado award for its Greeley Creative District. The district encompasses the contiguous areas of downtown Greeley and the neighborhoods including and surrounding the University of Northern Colorado. It is an arts-rich area where people live, work, shop, dine and play.

All winners will be featured at the Governor’s Award Dinner and Reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins.

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