WP Council approves quiet zone, playground grant
July 5, 2011
Winter Park Town Council approved, June 14, a commercial enhancement grant program for Cooper Creek Square that will allow the shopping center to build a children’s play area in the alley between the parking garage and the west end of the complex.
The town grant will fund 50 percent of the $25,691 project, which will provide children with a safe place to climb while their parents shop or wait for a table at one of the restaurants.
“It will keep kids from playing on the fountain and running around the stairs and walkways,” said Cooper Creek property manager Kajsa Anderson.
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission has signed off on a quiet zone for trains crossing through the Vasquez Road intersection in Winter Park.
The town decided to drop its request for a quiet zone at King’s Crossing after developer Clark Lipscomb objected, stating that he believes an underpass at Leland Creek is the only viable option for that end of town. The town signed a contract with Lipscomb years ago stating that it would help pay for the underpass. Initial negotiations fell through, but Lipscomb has indicated that he plans to hold the town’s feet the fire as far as its financial obligation to that project.
“We are trying to get 50 percent of issue taken care of,” said Mayor Jim Myers. “We are just taking care of 50 percent of the problem because we can get that done. After we get this in, then we can start the other 50 percent.”
Town council approved an expenditure of $225,000 to pay for upgraded equipment, gates and medians at the intersection.