Checking In at Union Station

You’ve heard the news. The RTD Board made the right decision last night with regard to the re-use of their historic building. An agreement will be crafted with the Union Station Alliance group for the development of a hotel combined with first floor transit facilities, restaurants and retail.

 The USA group includes Dana Crawford and Sage Hospitality combining for the project that will coordinate some services and facilities with the Oxford Hotel.

 The unanimous vote of approval from the Board came after many months of meetings and proposals with the final decision being made between the USA bid and one provided by the Union Station Neighborhood Company. At last night’s Board meeting, no one spoke for the USNC program at all. A count of USA supporters and speakers, on the other hand, showed 54 people in attendance. Many were neighborhood residents.

 Now, more of the huge Union Station project will be moving forward, due for completion in 2014. Keep in mind that as of January 2, the parking lots on the Wynkoop Street side of the station will cease to exist and Plaza-area construction will begin. Bring out the noisemakers.

 Happy New Year!