FORT COLLINS, Colorado – A multi-million dollar revamp in downtown Fort Collins is finally opening.
The Linden Street renovation is set to partially open on August 5 after numerous construction closures and much heartache for local businesses.
It’s the missing link, so to speak, between the old town and a new neighborhood called The River District. The Linden Street revamp has been going on for years.
As the lights rise above Linden, businesses like novelty store Curiosities can finally see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.
“I’ve seen the design plans and I think it’s going to be awesome once they’re done,” said Curiosities lead Haley Miculak. “It’s just the process that’s the problem. I can’t see it as a bad thing anymore.
Nor Bob Younger, owner of Younger Photography, who had been somewhat critical of the project in the past.
Partial opening of the Linden Street project in Fort Collins
“It’s very difficult to bring customers here with the street closed,” Younger said. “It was just a long, long process. I’m really looking forward to it being over. »
The wait is almost over and most seem happy with what they are seeing so far.
“I understand that businesses are hurting right now,” said Jeanne Sanford, who lived in Ft. Collins since the ’80s. I think it’s going to be great for the old town.
“I like the idea of walking out of a restaurant and having tables and chairs set up, you can hang out outside,” said Garrett Dewan, whose daughter is attending CSU this fall.
The street will still allow two-way traffic and some parallel parking, but it is also considered a flexible space and may be closed to vehicles for special events.
“For events and things like that down the line,” said City of Fort Collins project manager Dillon Willett. “All of this infrastructure is in place.”
Willett says this project bridges the gap between two great neighborhoods in the city. The project also includes infrastructure for a stage and a giant shadow structure.
“There’s a lot of really good energy, and everyone seems really excited about it and the potential for future events and different activities,” Willett said.
“Hopefully it will bring more interest to this side of the square,” Younger said.
“They’re going to be able to close for events and stuff and it’s going to be a really useful space,” Miculak said.
“The Old Town is very quaint and unique,” Sanford said. “It’s the perfect complement to that and it supports mom and pop businesses, unlike those big box retailers. We need these small businesses in our community.