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Public invited to help design the Estes Park Visitor Center Transit Facility and Parking Structure

News-Town-ShuttleInitial plans are progressing for the Estes Park Transit Facility and Parking Structure, to be built east of the Estes Park Visitor Center at 500 Big Thompson Avenue. The Town and community stakeholders are reviewing consultants’ proposals for design and construction management. Ultimately, the project will increase parking availability in the downtown area and serve as another hub for transit systems, including the Town’s free shuttles. The project is expected to be completed by summer of 2014.

Estes Park Town Administrator Frank Lancaster noted, “The stakeholder team, which includes community members, will work with consultants to plan a process that will bring the public together with the Town Board and Estes Valley Planning Commission to design the facility.”

Generous grant contributions reflect the commitment of Federal , State and local government to find a solution to traffic congestion in Estes Park, improve parking options and reduce emissions in the Estes Valley and in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Estes Park Transit Facility Parking Structure has received funding from several entities:

• $3 million was awarded to the Town of Estes Park through the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in the Parks Program of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

• $329,000 grant through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program by Upper Front Range Regional Planning Commission and additional grant funds from CMAQ grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

• $400,000 was awarded from the FASTER program of the Colorado Department of Transportation.

• The Town of Estes Park has budgeted a 20 percent match of the total project cost from its Community

Reinvestment Fund.

During the public design process, consideration will be given to future expansion as well as a design that preserves the aesthetics of Estes Park. The Town and the public, along with all approving agencies, will work together with the design consultant to manage ideas, discuss affordability, and share information as the project phases develop. Phase one, currently, is outlining program development, site master plan, access and functions of the facility. Phase two will be the schematic design phase, considering affordability. Once a final design is approved, the construction phase will begin with anticipated completion in the summer of 2014.

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