A-10 OREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE Mon.. April It, 19T3 i Area planners nearly set for more projects HPER BUILDING SITE -- Ground work is underway on the University of Northern Colorado's new Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Building. Construction site is between parking lot and Harrison Hall dormitory in foreground. Building is scheduled for completion in 1974 at a cost of $2 million. (UNC photo by Bob Waters) HPER building on UNC campus scheduled for completion next year By RON MORRIS UNC Journalism Student A $2 million Health, Physical Education and Recreation building will be completed on the University of Northern Colorado's West campus in 1974. The project, currently under construction, is located behind the James A. Michener Library, and is expected to be completed by June l of next year. "The building is designed primarily for the HPER department and not athletics. The building is for this purpose only and is very versatile," said John M. McAfee, assistant director of planning at UNC. The building will have two sections--the main activities area and the offices area. The two-story structure will house 78,684 square feet. "We did have a much larger building at first, but plans had to be cut in order to fit the money we had. That's still a lot of building, though," McAfee added. UNC bureau aids business in this area with information Providing businessmen, government agencies and University students and faculty with a source of information is the primary mission of the Bureau of Business and Public Research at Ihe University of Northern Colorado. "Its intent is to encourage and aid academic research and good government and business planning in the northern Col'rado region," a spokesman said. Dr. William Duff, .UNC associate professor of business, is director of the bureau, formed two years ago "out of the need for quick access to information by local planning agencies, business firms, and the University research community." He is aided by William Muhs, associate director, two graduate assistants and a secretary. Information available is based on 1970 census data, supplemented by data from the files of Weld and Larimer county assessors. Everything on the census form is available from the Bureau, according to Duff. "This includes housing information, age of occupants, relative income, population -and we can focus on any specific neighborhood or area needed," Duff said. One of the bureau's more recent clients was Taco Bell, seeking information on the Estes Park area. Another has been Wood Brothers, a homebuilding firm working in the Greeley, Fort Collins, and Loveland areas. "We pro.vide information and research services for those who might be interested, but the Bureau does not commit itself to doing research," Duff said. Instead it maintains local information files to facilitate c o m m u n i t y r e s e a r c h . Individuals in the Bureau and within the University may, however, accept research assignments. The operation is divided into three phases: a computerized data file, computerized information from local government sources and a business file. The census data file contains information pertinent to (lie northern Colorado region, specifically Weld and Larimer counties. .Slnlistical data includes types and numbers of businesscN, including the 'square footnge of stores devoted to a type of business; housing data; and, from the housing information, average income is derived. The government information file is small but growing, containing only information from the Weld County Assessor's file at this time. The business file provides information on business and economic information in the two-county region. A "Fact- book" is maintained with information from several sources showing trends in population, economics, income, utilities, and occupations. The Bureau also disseminates the information it maintains . in its information file. According to Duff, this takes place mainly in the form of the other specialized publications, as well a through direct contact, with potential data users. The "Business Review" edited by Muhs, contains feature articles and business data of local interest. "To date, 40-50 organizations in this area have used the Bureau's services. 'Business Review' has also picked up a number of unsolicited subscribers. The Greeley Chamber of Commerce has agreed to assist with a subscription campaign to begin next fall," Duff said. Wheat was' widely used in Europe for starch in the sizing of paper and cloth before the introduction of corn. UNC has long offered courses off the campus The main activities building will contain about 40,000 square feet, housing four basketball courts, four tennis courts, a baseball infield, an area for golf Dractice, eight volleyball courts, 18 badminton courts, two baseball hitting areas and an indoor track, all on planned Proturf surface. Proturf is similar, to a Tratan surface, which most major colleges are now using. A main court will be used for intercollegiate basketball, but no bleachers have been planned yet. When bleachers are installed, the seating capacity will be 4,992. Expansion in both ends of the court will be possible. The office complex will have two levels. The lower level will consist of storage space, a weight room, a wrestling room, two handball courts and six locker rooms. The upper level will house two lecture classrooms., one seminar room, one kinesiology laboratory and one teaching laboratory. It will be the office complex for the dean of HPER. Six offices for various department heads will be included along with 27 other faculty offices. The exterior of the building will be sheathed in cortex metal, the same type used at Currigan Hall in Denver. The building will rust to an even reddish, brown glow and the rust will protect the metal. Formed in September of 1969 by a joint resolution of the Boards of Commissioners of Larimer and Weld Counties; the L a r i m e r - W e l d R e g i o n a l Planning Commision will finish a slate of 1972-73 projects by May of this year and be ready to embark on fiscal 1973-74 with a new list of concerns. The first contracts on a regional basis began in October of 1971 using federal HUD funds. ,In January of 1972, Ben Cruce, former Greeley City Manager, was hired by the Planning Commission to serve as coordinator for the various projects. Three major concerns were . included among the first priorities of the group. First of these was a Regional Comprehensive plan which was adopted in October of 1972. Second concern was a Regional Housing Study which is currently nearing completion. Comprehensive plans for 20 smaller towns in Larimer and Weld Counties was the third concern and this project was completed in October of 1972. In September of 1972, a permanent office for the Planning Coordinator and his staff was set up at 201 E. 4th Street in Loveland. Monthly meetings are held at the Board room of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District in Loveland. In addition to the activities outlined above, the Larimer- Weld Regional Planning Commission also serves as the Region II Clearing House for A- 95 Review projects. These are projects which involve the use of some federal funds. Projects reviewed favorably in 1972 were 40 in number and .ran tne gamut from open space; cand recreation projects to : federally funded projects for :law enforcement training and facilities. Total value of these projects was slightly more than $13.5 million. Broken down by categories (here were four open space and recreation projects totaling $400,395, funded in part by the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation. Four projects using funds from the Housing and Urban development agency had a dollar value of $1.74 million. Two libraries with the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare as the funding federal agency were valued at $34,730. Two comprehensive "701" plans with HUD funding had a valuation of $1S4,907. The Farmers Home Administration was the participating federal agency in three water works projects with a cost of $564,000. Four sewer systems with a value of $5,647,500 were approved with federal money coming from the .Environmental Protection Agency. HUD funds for $1 million were approved for' another sewer system. T h r e e n e i g h b o r h o o d development programs were also approved by the Larimer- Weld group with a total money outlay of $1,841,600; HUD was the participating federal body. The Soil Conservation service was the federal agency involved in one irrigation facility with a dollar value of $1.1 million. The Law Enforcement Assistance Agency was involved in 14 projects with a total value of $456,119. Most of these latter involved various training programs for offices in various police departments and sheriff's offices, with some of the money to provide various types of communications equipment and mobile crime detection equipment. The Larimer-Weld Regional Planning Commission is also taking part in two computer programs in the two counties. In Weld County, the computer at the University of Northern Colorado School of Business has been programmed to take advantage of many of the files in the County Assessor's office. Information contained in the computer can also be used in business operations and information is updated periodically. Larimer County has a computer and it is currently being programmed to aid the regional planners in such areas as industrial and subdivision location. It is the hope that past mistakes in these fields can be eliminated through the use of such programs and interpretation of the data that will be available from them. Cruce reorganized the Regional Planning body in February of 1972, after being named coordinator a month earlier. Since that time, work done by the Regional group has stepped up a great deal and efforts of planning staff members in both counties have been coordinated to reach common goals and to avoid duplication. The General development Plan for the Region (Planning and Management 'District 2) has been revised and copies printed for Ihe P l a n n i n g Commission members and staff. The Plan will also be published for general distribution and the Regional Map will also be published. Cruce has prepared a hand- book for planning and the StatJ^ Planning Office has decided to /; publish the handbook for.-general use to serve ^as a guideline for other planning regions. H U D ' s p l a n n i n g requirements call for an overall program design for a three- year work program. Crude has. done this with funds , being- approved by the State Planning- Office to later publish the Overall Design Plan for general ; distribution. . . ..'.:. The Overall Plan is reveiwed-' 1 annually so new programs can be added and obsolete programs deleted. ' . Priorities for the 1973r74Â·Â· program have not been ani.' nouncecl as this is being written; but it is likely that a water quality management plan will be among the priority items. The Larimer-Weld Planning group might well find itself, involved in transportation problems within the next few years as well. The group is on record as favoring the .withdrawal of Weld County from the current RTD system and the Â· establishment of a Larimer- Weld regional transportation, authority. :. GROW Growing with Greeley for over 40 years! FRANK'S SEED AND HATCHERY 709 10th Street 352-1096 Primarily as a service to public school teachers and school systems, the University of Northern Colorado has offered off-campus study to individuals from its earliest days. In 1964-65, under an expanded program, the Department of Special Studies and Continuing Education at UNC offered 40 off-campus courses to 1,021 students in northern Colorado. In 1971-72, 2R8 classes enrolled 8,o60 and included locales throughout the state. This academic quarter, 86 courses are offered in 24 localities. These generally run for ten weeks, meet once a week from 7-10p.m., .and include both undergraduate and graduate level offerings. D e p a r t m e n t a l p l a n n i n g provides a wide range of curricula, and includes adjoining areas. For example, a particular seminar offered in Aurora fall quarter may be offered again in Littleton spring quarter. Under the coordination and direction of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, UNC and other state colleges and universities have Island climate steady SAN JUAN -- Puerto Rico's subtropical climate remains much Ihe same all year round, temperatures varying from an average high of 79.6 degrees in January to 85 degrees in'September: developed a unified program of extension courses to make opportunities for post high school education as available as Â· possible to the citizens of Colorado. Clift Realty will move to new offices Clift Realty, Inc., after one year of existence and $1.5 million in sales, will be moving a block west to new offices at 2159 9th St. on May 1. Clifford Clift, president of the Greeley real estate firm, said the new offices -- at 1,500 square feet -- will provide doubled space. Clift expects to expand his firm from four up to 10 salesmen. In the 12 months since the firm opened in March 1972, Clift said they have closed more than $1.5 million in sales and have been involved in more than $4.5 million of activity. In the coming year, Clift expects his firm to handle more than $2.5 million in sales and be involved in $5 million in activity. The firm is slated to open a 20-unit subdivision in La Salic this month and is working on condominium and farm-land development as well. Clift, who has lived in Greeley five years, also teaches University of Colorado extension classes on real estate in this nrcÂ«: A ffi o.
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