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2020


City Cancels 2020 Fireworks Display; Announces Neighborhood Porch Festival Updated
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In accordance with current state and local health orders, and in anticipation of the continued need for physical distancing and other safety measures throughout the summer, the City of Arvada has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 fireworks celebration traditionally held on the 4th of...

City Continues Phased Reopening of City Facilities Updated
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  The City of Arvada continues the process of reopening City facilities to in-person services while prioritizing the health and safety of the Arvada community and members of the City team. With the closure of facilities set to expire on May 31, the City is following a phased approach to...

Organized Waste Hauling Public Hearing June 15; City Offers Ways to Learn More Updated
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The next important step in the public process for the City of Arvada’s Organized Waste Hauling Project will occur at the June 15 City Council public hearing, where City Council will hear and consider public comment and make a decision.  Arvada residents have consistently indicated that...

City Achieves Prestigious Public Works Accreditation for the Second Time Updated
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The City of Arvada Departments of Public Works and Utilities recently received full accreditation by the American Public Works Association (APWA) for the second time. This accreditation formally verifies and recognizes that the City is in full compliance with the recommended management practices...

2020 Arvada High School Graduates Updated
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Arvada High School seniors faced an unprecedented challenge at the end of their school year as the COVID-19 pandemic moved classes online and caused gradations to be postponed. The City of Arvada wants to acknowledge and celebrate the incredible achievements of these students and their resilience...

City Extends Facilities Closure to May 30 Updated
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As part of its continued response to the COVID-19 health crisis, the City of Arvada has extended the closure of City facilities to the public through May 30, 2020. The extension provides additional time for the City team to evaluate facilities and services to help ensure that physical...

City Extends Emergency Declaration to May 30 Updated
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Today, April 30, Arvada City Council voted to extend the City’s State of Emergency Declaration first issued on March 13 to May 30, 2020. Extending the declaration gives the City the flexibility it needs to continue to acquire and apply resources to support residents and partners as the City...

City Supports 256 Businesses with Emergency Small Business Loan Funds Updated
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Today, the City of Arvada announced the suspension of the Emergency Small Business Loan Fund, as available funding has been distributed to qualifying small businesses. Applicants who qualify for funding, but were not able to receive funding will be placed on a wait list. Through this fund, the City...

Notice of Emergency Special Meeting Updated
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Please be advised that members of the Arvada City Council will be holding an Emergency Special Meeting for the sole purpose of an Executive Session pursuant to C.S.R. 24-6-402(4)(b) and C.R.S. 24-6-402(4)(d) regarding the Emergency Operation Plan and to discuss the City's response to the...

City Invites Community to WinterFest on Feb. 29 Updated
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Leap into WinterFest 2020 on Saturday, Feb. 29,  to experience culture, entertainment and art at this outdoor, family-friendly event at McIlvoy Park in Olde Town Arvada.   WinterFest will present opportunities to learn, sample and experience many diverse cultures. There will be...

Feb. 3: City to close at 3 p.m. City Council meeting begins at 6 p.m. Updated
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All City of Arvada offices will be closing at 3 p.m. today, Feb. 3, due to inclement weather. Tonight’s City Council meeting will remain as scheduled, beginning at 6 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers. With increasing snow forecasted, residents and visitors are encouraged to avoid...

City Offices to Be Closed for Presidents' Day Updated
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All City offices will be closed for Presidents' Day, Monday, February 17,...

Adams County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Awards  Updated
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The City of Arvada supports the Adams County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Awards (ACMCYA). The ACMCYA program recognizes teenagers in grades 6 through 12, or those young people who may not currently be in a school setting but are 20 years of age or younger. This program provides businesses, the...

City Offices Closed in Recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Updated
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Please note: All City Offices are closed Monday, January 20, 2020 in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will be open for business during regular business hours on Tuesday, Jan....

2019


City Facilities Closed 1/1 in Observance of the Holiday Updated
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City facilities will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 1, in observance of the holiday. We will re-open for regular business hours on Thursday, Jan....

City Facilities Closed 12/25 in Observance of the Holiday Updated
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City facilities will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25, in observance of the holiday. We will re-open during regular business hours on Thursday, Dec....

City Offices Closed Today, Nov.  26, Due to Inclement Weather Updated
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All City of Arvada offices are closed today, Nov. 26, due to inclement weather.  As falling snow and low temperatures continue, residents and visitors are encouraged to avoid traveling in the hazardous conditions and avoiding exposure to cold temperatures. If traveling during a snow event,...

W 72nd Avenue Closed Due to Gas Leak Updated
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UPDATE 8:45 am Tuesday November 26, 2019 W 72nd Avenue is open. The situation has been resolved.  UPDATE 4:15 pm There is one lane open on W 72nd Avenue. Traffic is flowing well with the assistance of flaggers. The current estimate for work completion is 5:00 pm.  Monday November 25,...

City Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday Updated
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City of Arvada offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Our offices will re-open for business during regular business hours on Monday, Dec. 2. We wish you a safe and happy...

Olde Town Arvada Tree Lighting Ceremony/Small Business Saturday 11/30 Updated
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The holiday season is always festive in Olde Town, and this year there are more opportunities to celebrate than ever. New This Year The  Annual Holiday Tree Lighting, traditionally held during  Lagniappe, will take place in conjunction with  Small Business Saturday on...

City Supplemental Fluoride Program on Hold Due to Equipment Issue Updated
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Nov. 11, 2019--Due to an equipment issue at the City of Arvada’s Ralston Water Treatment Plant, the City is unable to provide supplemental fluoride in municipal water until approximately mid-2020. The City’s Ralston Water Treatment Plant was designed to use a liquid form of fluoride to...

Olde Town Arvada Named a Great Place in Colorado Updated
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October, 2019...The City of Arvada has been recognized for excellence in planning. The  Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA Colorado) announced Olde Town Arvada as its first Great Places in Colorado designee.  The award and program builds off of the American...

New City Attorney Named Updated
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Following a national search, the Arvada City Council has appointed Rachel Morris as City Attorney. Morris, who previously served as the City’s Deputy City Attorney, replaces recently retired Christopher Daly, who had served in the position for nearly 25 years.  Arvada Mayor Marc...

League of Women Voters: Arvada City Council Candidate Forum Updated
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The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County hosted an Arvada City Council Candidate Forum on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Arvada City Hall to provide candidates for the Arvada Mayoral and City Council races the opportunity to discuss the issues. All candidates participated in the forum, which...

City Hires New Director of Public Works Updated
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Don Wick has been named Arvada’s new Director of Public Works. Wick was with the Arvada Police Department for more than thirty years, including 10 years as Chief of Police. “My previous work with the police department created strong ties to the community and I am proud to continue...

City Hires New Director of Utilities Updated
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Sharon Israel has been named Arvada’s new Director of Utilities. Israel was most recently with the City of Westminster where she was Stormwater Utility Administrator and Senior Projects Engineer. Prior to that, Ms. Israel was an engineer and unit manager with the Water Quality Control...

Restoring Arvada's .04 Trolley Updated
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The City of Arvada and its partner, the Friends of the .04 Trolley, are working to support the restoration of this important piece of Arvada's transportation history. The .04 Trolley operated between downtown Denver, Arvada, Leyden and Golden from 1902 to 1950 and has sat idle for 60...

City to Participate in Comprehensive Homeless Count; Seeks Volunteers Updated
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August 9, 2019--The City of Arvada is partnering with Jefferson County; the cities of Edgewater, Golden, Lakewood, Westminster and Wheat Ridge; and service providers to conduct the Jefferson County Comprehensive Homeless count during the month of August. The goal of the project is to count the...

Rainy Season Affecting Open Space Mowing Updated
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This rainy spring is in many ways a welcome relief to Arvada and many Colorado cities that have experienced drought in recent years. However, the additional moisture also presents challenges for the City parks maintenance staff and our open space maintenance plans. The City has recently received...

City Offices Closed July 4 Updated
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Please note: All City facilities will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2019 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. We will re-open for business during regular business hours on Friday, July...

Veteran City Attorney Announces Retirement Updated
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  Arvada, CO -- Friday, June 21--For nearly a quarter century, Christopher K. Daly has served as the City of Arvada’s City Attorney, providing legal counsel and guidance to dozens of elected City leaders during a period of significant growth and change to the community. Daly has...

City Facilities Delayed Opening Thursday June 13 Updated
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Please note: City Facilities will experience a delayed opening Thursday, June 13, due to an all-employee function. We will open at 9 a.m. Our apologies for any...

Tree Limb Disposal Updated
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As a thank you to Arvada residents for supporting their business during the past two decades, Mile High Tree Care will be accepting logs, branches, brush and other tree-related material at their recycling lot on Saturday, June 8. The recycling lot is located at 1051 E. 54th Ave., Denver (near 58th...

Planning/Building Counters Closed Wednesday, April 24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Updated
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Please Note: Planning and Building staff will be offsite on Wednesday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and counters will be closed to the public. Business will resume on Thursday, April 25, at 8 a.m. For information about applying for a building permit, please visit Permits and...

City of Arvada Offices Closing Due to Inclement Weather Updated
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Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Media Contact: Ben Irwin, Communications Manager, 720-898-7507 Due to expected inclement weather, all City of Arvada offices will be closing at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. With heavy blowing snow forecasted for later today, residents and visitors are...

City of Arvada Councilmember Bob Fifer Elected Chair of Denver Regional Council of Governments Updated
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Arvada, February 28, 2019-- The Denver Regional Council of Government (DRCOG) has announced the elections of its 2019-2020 officers. The City of Arvada is proud to announce that Councilmember at-Large Bob Fifer has been named Chair of the board of directors. The press release states that...

DRCOG Citizens' Academy Registration Open Updated
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Are you interested in regional topics such as Transportation and Personal Mobility; Growth and Development; Aging and Disability Resources?  Apply for the Citizens' Academy Have you ever wondered how big, regional issues get planned across the cities and counties around Arvada? The...

New Communication Manager Joins City Team Updated
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The City of Arvada is pleased to announce Ben Irwin as the City’s new Communications Manager. Irwin was selected from a pool of nearly 140 qualified candidates, which included applicants from the entire Rocky Mountain Region. Irwin’s extensive communications experience includes nearly...

City Offices Will Be Closed Monday, 1/21 Updated
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City Offices will be closed Monday, January 21, 2019 in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr....

2018


City Facilities Closed Tuesday, January 1, 2019 Updated
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Please note: All City facilities will be closed Tuesday, January 1, 2019 in observance of the holiday. We will re-open for business during regular business hours on Wednesday, January 2. We wish you a safe and enjoyable new...

Jefferson Parkway BOD Selects Finalists toward Potential Parkway Partnership Updated
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ARVADA, CO - On Thursday, December 20, the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority (JPPHA) Board of Directors selected three teams from among five submissions to move to the request for proposal phase for the construction of the Jefferson Parkway. The teams are: Jefferson...

City's Purchasing Team Recognized as Procurement Team of the Year Updated
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The City of Arvada Purchasing Team has received the 2018 Procurement Team of the Year Award from Rocky Mountain Governmental Purchasing Association (RMGPA)--Chapter of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing. RMGPA strives to maintain professionalism in public...

City's Finance Department Awarded Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Updated
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November 29, 2018... The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Arvada by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR.) The CAFR contains information summarizing the...

City of Arvada Passport Office Closed 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 11 Updated
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Please note that City of Arvada Passport Office will be closed between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2018. For passport information, visit...

2018 Human Services Funding Allocations Updated
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Since its establishment in 1998, the Arvada Human Services Advisory Committee--composed of community members appointed by the Arvada City Council—has awarded grant funding to area non-profits providing services to populations in need. The source of this funding is from the City’s...

Arvada Residents Encouraged to Attend Community Visioning Open House Updated
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Arvada, CO - On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, City Council and staff will be hosting a community visioning open house from 5 - 7 p.m. in the Atrium and the Anne Campbell room at Arvada City Hall located at 8101 Ralston Road. The goal is to learn about residents’ ideas and feedback for the...

Voters Approve Ballot Issue 3F Updated
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November 7, 2018... The unofficial results are in for the November 6, 2018 election. Based on the results at this point in time, Arvada residents have voted to approve Ballot Issue 3F, paving the way for Two Big Projects with No New Taxes. 66.2% of voters approved a bond issue, which will fund...

Full Closure of 72nd Avenue at Indiana Street Updated
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Arvada, CO – Starting at 11 a.m. on Sept. 24, W. 72nd Ave. for approximately 500 feet WEST of Indiana St. (Colorado Highway 72) will be closed for up to three months for a full bridge replacement. LOCAL access only will be permitted on 72nd Avenue between Quaker...

Arvada Days Festival Returns September 22 2018 Updated
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Arvada, CO – Bring the whole family and take a walk back in time to celebrate Arvada’s pioneering heritage during  Arvada Days, produced by the Arvada Festivals Commission. Experience Arvada in the 1800s! Fishing contests; Pony rides; Colorado Vintage...

Council Places Bonding Issue on November Ballot Updated
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(Arvada, CO) –  At their August 27 meeting, the Arvada City Council voted unanimously (7 – 0) to place the following issue on the November 2018 ballot: WITHOUT IMPOSING ANY NEW TAX OR INCREASING ANY TAX RATE, SHALL CITY OF ARVADA DEBT BE INCREASED UP TO $79.8 MILLION WITH A...

New Public Works Director Named Updated
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Arvada, CO ……Burton “Burt” Knight has been named Arvada’s new Director of Public Works.  Knight replaces Bob Manwaring, who retired on August 10. Knight’s first day with Arvada will be September 10. Burt Knight brings 34 years of municipal...

July 27 2018 Two Big Projects No New Taxes Updated
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Are you looking for more information on Two Big Projects. No New Taxes? Visit arvada.org/two-big-projects-no-new-taxes. (Arvada, CO) – At their August 27 meeting, the Arvada City Council will be voting as to whether to place an issue on the November 2018 ballot to...

West Woods Clubhouse Renovation Honored by Golf Inc Magazine Updated
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(Arvada, CO) –  Golf Inc. Magazine’s July/August 2018 issue highlights the Clubhouses of the Year, honorees that are “great example of how members are embracing stylish, modern venues for socializing and family activities. And the ‘wow’ factor is a...

Fitzmorris Recreation Center to Open June 23 Updated
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In August of 2017, the groundbreaking ceremony for Fitzmorris Recreation Center took place, and now less than one year later, that facility is set to open. The Fitzmorris Recreation Center located at  Independence St. and W. 62nd Pl. represents a powerful example of community and local...

City Facilities Delayed Opening, Thursday,  June 14 Updated
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Please note: City Facilities will experience a delayed opening Thursday, June 14 due to an all-employee function. We will open at 9 a.m. Our apologies for any...

City Offices Delayed Opening June 14, 2018 Updated
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Please Note: All City offices will have delayed opening time of 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2018 for an All Employee Event. This includes passport services, which will not be offered until after 9 a.m. We apologize for any...

Recruitment Underway for New Public Works Director Updated
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Arvada, CO ……Following the announcement by Arvada Public Works Director Bob Manwaring that he will be retiring in August of 2018, the City of Arvada is recruiting his replacement. The Public Works (PW) Director plays a key role in strategic planning and policy development for the...

City Offices Will Be Closed in Observance of Memorial Day Updated
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Please Note: All City offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019 in observance of Memorial...

Wind Wreaks Havoc on Arvada Trees Updated
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On April 17, 2018 a wild wind storm took its toll on trees throughout the Denver area including many in Arvada. Arvada residents sent us photos of trees in their neighborhoods that were literally toppled by the winds, which, according to the National Weather Service, gusted to more...

Arvada Chosen as High Performing City by Governing and Living Cities Updated
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(Arvada, CO) – Governing magazine announced that the City of Arvada has been named a high performer in the 2018 Equipt to Innovate national survey of American cities. Equipt to Innovate is a joint initiative launched by Living Cities...

City of Arvada Named Top Work Place 2018 Updated
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(Arvada, CO) – The City of Arvada has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by The Denver Post. It is the only local government organization awarded in the ‘large company’ category.  Arvada was also named a Denver Post Top Workplace in 2012 and 2015. The list is based...

Arvada to Conduct National Recruitment for Next Police Chief Updated
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For information on the Police Chief Recruitment requirements/process, visit arvada.org/city-jobs. Arvada, CO ……Arvada City Manager Mark Deven recently announced that he will conduct a national recruitment for the City’s next Chief of Police. Mr. Deven...

Olde Town Residences Project Approved Updated
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At their March 19, 2018 meeting, the Arvada City Council approved the Preliminary Development Plan (PDP) for the Olde Town Residences Project.  The development is a 252-unit apartment complex on 3.94 acres at 5565 Wadsworth Blvd. For more information visit AURA's...

Councilmember Bob Fifer Elected as Vice Chair of DRCOG Updated
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Arvada, CO……. Arvada City Councilmember Bob Fifer was elected Vice Chair of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Board of Directors at its Feb. 21, 2018 meeting. Joining Fifer on the 2018 Board of Directors is Westminster Mayor Herb Atchison as Chair, Parker City...

Arvada Deputy City Manager Bill Ray Receives Lifetime Achievent Award Updated
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Arvada, CO…… Deputy City Manager Bill Ray, who will retire as of June 1, 2018, was recently awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the Colorado City/County Managers Association (CCCMA).  This award recognizes a CCCMA member for significant, long-term...

AURA:   Trammell Crow Resubmits PDP Application for Olde Town Residence Project Updated
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Contact: Maureen Phair / 720-898-7060 ARVADA— The Arvada Urban Renewal Authority announced today that the Trammell Crow Company resubmitted its PDP application on Friday, February 9, for the Olde Town Residence project. Once received, the resubmission will be available on the city’s...

Public Art Project Planned Updated
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Arvada, CO ……The Arvada Arts and Culture Commission will be conducting a Public Art Project in conjunction with the  Annual Chocolate Affair taking place from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, February 3, in Olde Town Square. The Arvada Arts and Culture Commission (a citizen...

City of Arvada Engineer Receives Professional Manager of the Year Award Updated
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Each year, the American Public Works Association (APWA) Colorado Chapter honors individuals, programs, and projects to recognize outstanding professionals who represent the best in the public works profession. In late 2017, City of Arvada Engineer Chris Proper was presented with the prestigious...

January 9, 2018: Citizen Survey Results Are In Updated
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Arvada, CO – The 2017 Arvada Citizen Survey was conducted by Northwest Research Group (NWRG) between September 27 and October 29, 2017.  Unlike past surveys which were sent out in the mail, NWRG utilized a mixed-mode address-based methodology resulting in a total of 692...

Public Meeting Invitation RE: WestConnect Planning and Environmental Linkages Study Updated
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The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the WestConnect Coalition of agencies have been conducting a Planning and Environmental Linkages study to evaluate and develop short-term and long-term transportation alternatives, and to identify proposed improvements along C-470, between...

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