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. 

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Architectural Design

Restoration Plans

Business Plan and Proforma Analysis

Central City was recently approved for the Restart Destinations Program (, offered through the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO). This is a one-year endeavor designed to support Central City in developing and implementing tourism recovery strategies.
Here’s what we aim to accomplish through the Restart Destinations Program:

  • Coordination and collaboration across tourism partners including the Business Improvement District, gaming partners, heritage and cultural partners, and restaurant and retail,
  • Empower local businesses and organizations to take ownership in marketing efforts, and
  • Prepare partners for implementation of recovery efforts.

This is a great opportunity for Central City to collaborate and coordinate tourism marketing strategies with tourism partners. The one-year approach consists of:

  • A full-day recovery workshop to convene local tourism stakeholders, prioritize recommendations for recovery, and develop a recovery action plan,
  • 75 hours of customized technical assistance from CTO to implement priority tactics within the destination’s recovery action plan, and
  • $10,000 in Colorado Tourism Office marketing support.

If you are interested in participating or learning more, please contact Lisa Roemhildt, Planner & Main Street Advisor. 

During high rain discharge events, the streets in and around Central City become filled with yellow tailing sediment washing down from higher elevations.  These same tailings piles can become a burden to development opportunities.  An assessment of the tailing piles throughout the City is needed to better prepare the City for erosion control and potential clean-up efforts.

In effort to address this challenge, Trout Unlimited (TU), a nonprofit water conservation and restoration organization, is working to complete an abandoned mine characterization project within City-limits. TU will provide a systematic, holistic approach to Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) prioritization for the City, so that future characterization and restoration efforts of mined lands can be most beneficial and supportive of the City’s needs and priorities. The AML Prioritization Plan seeks to develop a planning document for identifying and prioritizing restoration projects surrounding, and impacting the City. The effort could become a template for expanded interjurisdiction and organization cooperation moving forward.

Project Description:

The planning effort will include the following key components within the scope:

  • GIS Mapping – developing a set of comprehensive maps of known and/or identifiable AML sites within city-limits.
  • Site evaluation and priority ranking – Identify prioritization criteria (i.e., growth/development, infrastructure, safety, tourism, and trail/open space), identify site characteristic (i.e., stability, proximity to waterways, and erosion potential), develop matrix, and identify sites for future analysis and evaluation.
  • Stakeholder and community outreach – identify stakeholders, initial outreach to landowners, and community discussions.
  • Final report – develop and present a final report and map set to the City.


Central City joined  Xcel Energy’s Partners in Energy program to help communities achieve energy goals and enable local residents and businesses to reduce their energy bills and carbon footprints. Xcel Energy’s Partners in Energy will help Central City put its energy goals into action. On October 6, 2020, City Council adopted Resolution 20-35 approving the Energy Action Plan and authorizing execution of the Memorandum of Understanding for Phase 2 - Plan Implementation.