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The Douglas County Libraries currently owns the Castle Rock branch building and surrounding property and has been planning a redesign of this area for some time. Douglas County Libraries is proposing a new two-story 62,000-square-foot library to replace the existing one-story 45,000-square-foot library. If approved, the existing library will remain open until the new building is constructed. Once the new building is constructed, the old library building will be demolished and replaced with parking.
Posted on Oct. 12, 2021
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As part of the Encore project, the developer of that property provided $900,000 in funding for implementation of a Downtown railroad quiet zone. The railroad quiet zone project is currently awaiting a construction agreement from Union Pacific.
The Traffic Impact Analysis for The View – prepared by a licensed traffic engineer and reviewed by the Town’s traffic planner – indicates that allowed movements at the Wilcox/Eight streets intersection (referred to in the analysis as the Wilcox/Jerry streets intersection) may need to be limited in the future.
The study says the Public Works Department may ultimately wish to disallow left turns from Eighth/Jerry onto Wilcox, to head north, in order to maintain performance levels at that intersection.
View the analysis.
Posted Feb. 16, 2021
Do we have a plan of open space to acquire to provide that land for these downtown residents to access? Could we ask developers to dedicate open space elsewhere in town, as close to downtown at possible, to provide open space for this population that they’re bringing to town?
Regarding B&B Cafe, Town staff is not aware of a change of ownership, nor any new development plans for this area. We’d recommend you contact the business directly for confirmation. The View, proposed on Jerry Street, is the only active multifamily project under review for Downtown at this time. View the Development Activity Map for information on all active development projects.
Since 2008, the goals for Downtown Castle Rock have included having a welcoming, friendly Downtown core; enhancing the area’s historic character; providing easy access to trails and open spaces; and ensuring public spaces and event areas that are family friendly.
These goals were outlined in the 2008 Downtown Master Plan – a 20-year plan for the evolution of Downtown Castle Rock. Work on the plan began in 2006 and was guided by an advisory commission, along with input from more than 600 community members. Adding residential uses Downtown has been an important part of this plan also, as residents Downtown help support our small businesses.
View the entire Downtown Master Plan.
Planning for parks and open space, current facilities and acreages, and plans for future needs, can be seen in our Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The Town currently owns and manages approximately 3,000 acres of open space, which along with Douglas County and HOA-owned open space, accounts for about 28% of Castle Rock’s total land area. This percentage will grow to over 30% in the future. In addition, Castle Rock will continue to meet the Municipal Code requirement of 8 acres per 1,000 residents for parkland as the community grows.
Castle Rock residents living Downtown have direct access to extensive open space areas along the East Plum Creek Trail and nearby parks, including Festival Park and the Douglas County Fairgrounds by way of the Sellars Gulch Trail.
As of Dec. 2021, there are no formal land use applications or pre-application meetings scheduled for the Barn or the Emporium properties. Any such proposal would require a site plan that would go before the Town’s Design Review Board. Stay up-to-date on land-use public hearings by subscribing to the Public Notices calendar at CRgov.com.
Updated Dec. 7, 2021
Buildings built in the historic Downtown area before 1945, or buildings that have a landmark designation, require a recommendation from the Historic Preservation Board if they are historic landmark properties and approval from Town Council before they can be demolished. If the building was built after 1945 and is not eligible for landmark designation, the owner must obtain a demolition permit from the Development Services Department.
When reviewing a demolition request, the Board and Council use the following criteria:
Allowable building height depends on where the building is located Downtown.
There are three districts in Downtown – the Core District, and the North and South districts. The Downtown Core District is bounded by Fifth Street on the north, the railroad tracks on the east, Second Street on the south and Interstate 25 on the west. Building height in the Downtown Core District is limited to four stories, with a maximum height of 60 feet. A landowner may request one additional floor, with a corresponding increase in building height, in the Downtown Core District. The Design Review Board, which has the authority to review building heights in Downtown, may, at its discretion, grant an additional floor request after considering the following criteria:
The North District is bounded by Wolfensberger Road on the north, the railroad tracks on the east, Fifth Street on the south and I-25 on the west. The South District is bounded by Second Street on the north, the railroad tracks on the east, the Safeway shopping center on the south and I-25 on the east. Building height in the North and South districts is limited to six stories, with no maximum height limitation. The Board, at its discretion, may grant two additional floors in these districts.
The Town purchased the gas station on the east side of Wilcox at I-25 for use for future transportation needs. There are no current applications related to the gas station on the west side of Wilcox at I-25, so if and how that parcel may redevelop is unknown at this time.