On Friday, March 19, Governor Jared Polis came to Golden to sign a bill that will provide funding for a purpose that is (quite literally) close to the city’s heart: main streets. Senate Bill …
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On Friday, March 19, Governor Jared Polis came to Golden to sign a bill that will provide funding for a purpose that is (quite literally) close to the city’s heart: main streets.
Senate Bill 21-110, or the Fund Safe Revitalization of Main Streets bill, will provide $30 million in state stimulus funding to two statewide programs that provide funds to communities to revitalize their main streets and make them safer.
Polis signed the bill in Miners Alley, which is set to receive new hanging lights that will be paid for with dollars from those programs. Cities will be able to use the funds for everything from creating spaces for kids and families to installing stages and structures for gatherings and cultural events that will attract people to main streets, he said.
“We know how important our main streets are and right here in Miners Alley this is going to be an example of a project Golden residents and those who visit Golden are going to be so proud of,” he said. “It helps attract even more business to our downtown areas and you are going to see these kinds of projects all over Colorado.”
The bill is the first in a series of several proposed bills that would provide a total of $700 million in stimulus funding for Colorado to be signed into law.
“It’s official,” said Polis upon signing the bill. “And it’s special to be the first, isn’t it?”
Polis was joined at the ceremony by several of the state senators who sponsored the bill. Among those sponsors was State Senator Tammy Story, whose district is centered on Golden.
“I am delighted that Golden has an opportunity to utilize some of this $30 million dollars to help revitalize their main street here,” said Story. “The opportunities and possibilities for the summer and beyond are just endless.”
Brandon Narva, the owner of Goozell Yogurt and Coffee on Washington Avenue, thanked Polis and the legislature for passing the bill.
“As so many of us need assistance right now, our community here in Golden is honored and thankful with this being just one wonderful step in what will be a great revitalization for us and main streets across the state,” said Narva, who is also member of the Golden Downtown Development Authority board.
Golden Mayor Laura Weinberg said she is looking forward to the fun space the new lights will create in Miner’s Alley.
“Many of our businesses do have storefronts on Miner’s Alley and the opportunity to add some overhead lighting that is both interesting and attractive and provides that safe environment will allow people to come to Golden and have a great evening here,” she said.
“So we look forward to you coming back once the lights are up and hopefully having a great night here in our city.”
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