Saguache Downtown Revitalization Project (SDRP)

Latest News

Street renovations are complete! Lights, benches, planters and other improvements are in place. The David Martinez Pocket Park has finalized the 4th Street Vision, complete with a kiosk displaying the town's history, as well as local current events.

 

 

Past Updates:

 

4th Street Update- July 7, 2011

Demolition of sidewalks and removal of asphalt is scheduled to begin on July 8th and asphalt milling is currently scheduled to take place on July 13th.  The asphalt milling will take the entire day from 7 AM to 7 PM, and it will be a loud and messy process.  So you may want to avoid 4th Street that day! Changes in these times will be updated in this weekly notice.

 

Bid Packet B (construction) was posted for 15 days and the Town accepted bid packets on July 6th until 2 PM.  The bids for Packet B were opened and a bid was awarded on July 6th at Town Hall to the lowest bidder, SLV Earth Movers. A preconstruction meeting is scheduled for July 18th.  Work will begin shortly thereafter. More information will be forthcoming after the preconstruction meeting.

 

It is anticipated that there will be several weeks of construction when the sidewalks and road will be in poor condition, and there may be times when you will have to walk on planks to get into businesses. The 4th Street businesses WILL REMAIN OPEN during construction.  We ask for your patience during this process. 

 

We will update everyone about our progress in this weekly article in the Saguache Crescent.  So please follow us here or contact Kim Smoyer, Project Manager, at 719-655-0104 for more information.

 

4th Street Update- June 30, 2011

The Town sewer portion of the project, replacing decaying pipes along sections of the street were there were identified needs, was completed on Friday, June 24th. 

 

Bid Packet A (demolition of sidewalks and removal of asphalt) was posted for 15 days and the Town received two bids. These two bids were reviewed and the Town Trustees, at their meeting on June 20th, accepted the lower bid. RMS Utilities of Alamosa was awarded the demolition job.  A preconstruction conference meeting was held on June 29th.  RMS will begin the asphalt and sidewalk demolition on July 7th, asphalt milling is currently scheduled to take place on July 13th.  Changes in these times will be updated in this weekly notice.

 

Bid Packet B (construction) is currently posted for interested parties and the Town is accepting bid packet responses until 2:00 PM on July 6th.  Then the bids for Packet B will be opened and a bid will be awarded on July 6th at Town Hall. We are anticipating a preconstruction meeting for July 18th and for work replacing the concrete sidewalk and road to begin around July 19th. More information will be forthcoming at that time.

 

We will update everyone about our progress in this weekly article in the Saguache Crescent.  So please follow us here or contact Kim Smoyer, Project Manager, at 719-655-0104 for more information.

 

4th Street Update- June 23, 2011 

4th Street was buzzing with activity this last week.  The Town began the sewer portion of the project; replacing decaying pipes along sections of the street were there were identified needs.  The contractor expects to be done with this portion of the project by Friday (barring any unforeseen problems), June 24th.

 

Bid Packet A (demolition of sidewalks and removal of asphalt) was posted for 15 days and the Town received two bids. These two bids were reviewed and the Town Trustees, at their meeting on June 20th, accepted the lower bid. RMS Utilities of Alamosa was awarded the demolition job.  There is a preconstruction conference meeting scheduled for June 29th and work will likely begin after July 6th.

 

Bid Packet B (construction) is currently posted for interested parties and the Town is accepting bid packet responses until 2:00 PM on July 6th.  Then the bids for Packet B will be opened on July 6th at Town Hall. More information will be forthcoming at that time.

 

We will update everyone about our progress here and in a weekly article in the Saguache Crescent.  Contact Kim Smoyer, Project Manager, at 719-655-0104 for more information.

 

Find out how it all began with the Saguache Downtown Revitalization Project (SDRP) Learning History
Planning Process – Phase I

 

Organizations like ours try to learn from our experiences, especially the successful ones.  This is a way of assessing our effectiveness and sharing information.  It is an important process for the growth of any organization. In doing so, we have developed this article around the concept of a “learning history.”  We went back to the source of our project - the people who initiated the idea, developed the goals, formed the partnerships, motivated the volunteers, implemented and managed the program, and represented the community.  We tried to capture and convey the experience and understandings of these groups of people.  The result of this new form of assessment, a learning history, is put forth here.  We hope that what we have learned throughout this process will help you to develop a successful project in your community. 

 

Within the pages of this document we have gathered the building blocks for developing a project designed to mobilize people and generate community support.  Obviously, the nature and success of the project has much to do with the people involved.  It is very likely that you will end up with some variation of this project specific to the personalities you bring to it.  The building blocks described on the following pages are specific to the Phase I planning process of the Saguache Downtown Revitalization Project, an economic development project developed by and for the residents of the Town of Saguache.

 

ScSEED would like to thank those volunteers who agreed to be interviewed for this document: Liza Marron, Rese Garcia, Rick Barandes, Lindy McDaniel, Kate Vasha, Laura Archuleta, Steve Sanchez; and Kim Smoyer, who has written the piece.

 

We hope that this work will help you lay the foundation for your own project.  It is designed to give you the building blocks to get started.  What you create will be up to the “architects, builders, carpenters, designers and occupants” who create and participate in your program.

 

ScSEED staff members are more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this process.  Please call Kim Smoyer at (719) 655-2775 for more information.
 

Saguache Community Volunteer Day

The next Community Volunteer Day is scheduled for June 4, all day. Come to 4th Street to see how you can help our Town move towards a brighter future.

On October 3rd, 2010, over sixty volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got to work revitalizing buildings in historic Saguache. The project was coordinated by the newly created HistoriCorps and by the Endangered Places Program, both initiatives of Colorado Preservation, Inc.  Partner groups included the United States Forest Service, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, Saguache Public Library's RSVP Volunteer group and the ScSEED.


In the course of one day, volunteers:

  • painted the facades of five commercial buildings of 4th Street (the Main Street of Saguache)
  • replaced four rotten vigas on two 1930s CCC-constructed historic Forest Service buildings
  • scraped and painted windows on the historic 1930s Forest Service garage
  • cleaned up vacant lots on 4th Street with pruning and mowing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to see the final 4th Street conceptual design elements plan approved by the Saguache Town Trustess on September 8th.


SDRP Executive Summary

 

The Saguache Downtown Revitalization Partnership (SDRP) Planning Committee has concluded six months of effort to provide the Saguache Town Trustees a draft Action Plan aimed at reestablishing Saguache as a vibrant and healthy community to live, visit, and work.
 

The overarching theme that has surfaced at the core of SDRP planning efforts has been the unanimous need to focus on creating an attractive and welcoming community here in Saguache; a community that provides residents and visitors alike with opportunities for employment, recreation, sight-seeing, shopping, and relaxation. The vision revolves around presenting a community that shows pride in its past, present, and future. You will find goals, objectives, and dozens of action items in the following Action Plan Recommendations all aimed at this overall theme.
 

Three key pillars for the success are identified in the Plan. The fist pillar, the restoration and renovation of historic 4th Street, is most directly related to the overarching theme. The second is the establishment of the Town of Saguache as a Certified Local Government (CLG). The third is the rebirth of the Saguache Chamber of Commerce. The SDRP Planning Committee strongly believes that these three pillars provide the basis for the overall public/private partnership necessary to achieve success.
 

There was a strong belief resonating through the majority of participants of the SDRP Planning committee, that the restoration of 4th Street would have the greatest impact in the shortest amount of time. Fourth Street is blessed with a number of historical assets and inherent charm. The Committee believes that a rapid revitalization of 4th Street would serve as a magnet for visitors and new business. Completing this effort as the first phase of Downtown Revitalization would provide a strong and sustainable platform for expanding and implementing the many other objectives identified in the plan and would set the standard for things to come.
 

Establishing Saguache as a Certified Local Government opens the doors to a significant amount of federal funding for the preservation and restoration of historic properties within the community. It would provide a means to sustain much of the work accomplished after the 4th Street renovation is completed. Restoration of our town’s historic assets has been identified time and again as the key to reinvigorating the town and bringing back the ambience and charm that was so inherent in the heart and soul of Saguache. Establishing Saguache as a CLG is a great enabler to getting this done. In order to accomplish this, the Town Trustees would need to establish new ordinances according to the federal guidelines provide by the State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service. The use of CLG status combined with other known grant funding vehicles will provide a long term and sustainable funding source for rejuvenation and maintenance of the many historic assets within Saguache.
 

Recognizing that private business and entrepreneurship is vital to economic growth, the SDRP Planning Committee is seeking to reinvigorate the former Saguache Chamber of Commerce. This will in effect create a community of business leaders and entrepreneurs to lead the private investment and growth in the community. An active Chamber, inclusive of all the key businesses in town, is essential to create a collective business consciousness that can work together for the greater good of all business growth and direction in Town. A unified Chamber will provide a single voice to the Town citizens and leaders on the concerns, vision, and resources that can be brought to bear collectively in order to promote economic development. A Chamber that is tightly coupled to the town leadership and its strategic economic development direction will create a level of community and energy that will form a critical bond and cooperation in civic opportunity and growth.
 

The SDRP Planning Committee recognizes that the success of the Saguache Downtown Revitalization rest on the shoulders of many. This includes the town leaders represented by the Town Trustees, the town businesses, volunteer support, and the citizens themselves.  As representatives of the community and thus the enablers to progressive changes in the town of Saguache, the support of the Town Trustees will be instrumental to the success of these future efforts.  Through the collective efforts of many the following details are offered as ideas and suggestions for achieving a future with opportunity and pride for the town. The public/private partnership described in the following pages is only the beginning. The SDRP Planning Committee is seeking the support and commitment from the Town Trustees to enable needed ordnances, provide additional resources when possible, provide leadership in the promotion and direction of this plan, and join hands with the business community to create a new and vibrant town that will rise from the ashes of old to shine again as the proud county seat of Saguache.


Saguache Survey Results (downloads)

 

 

ScSEED has received generous support for this project from the following funders:

 

Sagauche County Sales Tax Grant


El Pomar Foundation - San Luis Valley Regional Council


A
nschutz Family Foundation

 

 


 

RESOURCES

 

Read the SDRP Learning History - Phase I - Planning

 

Review the Final Action Plan and Summary Abstract documents.

 

Review the Final 4th Street Renovation Design Plan.