For Immediate Release June 17, 2014
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Public-Private Partnership at Rider Open Space Benefits Community
The City of Longmont recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Eastgate Development (Eastgate), allowing the private company to remove soil from Rider Open Space. Before the City purchased this property in 2012, a deal was negotiated between the original owner, Top Operating (TO), and Eastgate to allow for the removal of up to 75,000 cubic yards of soil for the adjacent Eastgate residential development. This right to soil remained valid after the transfer of property from TO to the City.
Working together, City staff and Eastgate developed a plan that could honor the soil rights without adversely impacting Spring Gulch #2, the planned Spring Gulch #2 greenway trail (anticipated to begin construction in 2015), and the existing sanitary sewer utility that runs through the property.
Next week, Eastgate will begin removing approximately 50,000 cubic yards of soil. After the work has been completed, the disturbed area will be reestablished. The soil is being moved to the company’s adjacent residential development. There, it will be used to grade many of the lots, allowing for new homes to be built outside of the floodplain.
The removal of this soil will also be beneficial to the City’s objectives. Soil removals will be part of construction activities in the coming Spring Gulch #2 Greenway project. Eastgate’s removals provide the City a head start and cost savings. According to the City’s Engineering Services Manager, Nick Wolfrum, “Eastgate is taking and utilizing the material in such a way that will coordinate with our goals to develop a primary greenway and flood channel on that property.”
As part of the MOU, Eastgate Development has also agreed to terminate the agreement after the work is done, so there will be no additional disturbance to Rider Open Space related to the adjacent development in the future.
View a map of Rider Open Space and the approximate area for soil excavation.