Community Development Projects

In 2016, Central City gained ownership of the historic Belvidere Theater, one of Colorado Preservation Inc's most endangered places. Since then, work has been completed to stabilize the structure including an emergency roof repair in fall 2018. Learn more about the project in the Westword. In fall 2019, the City completed a business pro forma addressing occupancy uses and the business plan. The next phases include exterior and interior restoration and renovations. Construction for Phase 1 starting in 2022 through 2024. 

Support the project by donating to the Belvidere Foundation here.

The City adopted a Trails Master Plan in 2020 to provide a path forward to developing new recreation infrastructure that would improve connectivity and offer multi-modal transportation options for residents as well as encourage visitation. The Trails Master Plan and Master Plan Map is available on our website here

The Trails Master Plan was developed with community input collected through events, public meetings, and surveys to gauge the community’s interest and priorities related to trails and outdoor recreation. One of three priority projects included the Gold Mountain and Virginia Canyon/Spring Street Pedestrian Connection via an existing water and sewer easement. The City received a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation – Revitalizing Main Streets Program to fund a portion of the project. The general location of the project is depicted below. 


The timeline for the project including the design and engineering phase, and the construction phase is outlined below:
•    November – December 2022 – Design and Engineering
•    April 2023 – Release a Request for Proposals (RFP)
•    Spring 2023 – Award contract
•    Summer 2023 – Winter 2024 Trail construction

Starting at the base of the trail at Virginia Canyon Road is a memorial for Cody and Shelby Allen, two Central City Firefighters who passed away in their home on December 11, 2020 from carbon monoxide poisoning. Through collaboration and partnerships with the Central City Fire Department, the Central City Firefighter Foundation, and the business community, this stairway portion of the trail will be named the "Stairway to Heaven" in their memory.  

Should you have any questions, please contact Joe Loyet, Project Manager, at jloyet@cityofcentral.co or 303-582-5251 ext. 33. 

Resolution 18-11 approved a lease agreement with South Park Rail Society (SPRS), for the lease and restoration of Colorado & Southern Gondola Railcar #4319. The railcar was restored in compliance with the written and approved work plan. The SPRS Restoration Plan included a number of structural and mechanical repairs as well as paint and lettering. The intent was to preserve as much of the original materials as possible and per the Agreement, the Secretary of the Interior Standards would be followed. The SPRS has paid for all the labor and materials required to restore the railcar as well as loading and shipping costs including returning the railcar to Central City.  

Learn about the project from their briefs here!