Gauging Woodward's possible relocation
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Shift in boundaries - Red-shaded areas show the current boundary of the Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority. The green area shows where Woodward could potentially locate its new headquarters. If the DDA shifts its boundaries to include this property, it could collect tax increment financing from Woodward’s redevelopment.
(Sources: Fort Collins DDA and BHA Design Inc.)
Traffic patterns surrounding the 101.5-acre property, changes to Downtown Development Authority boundaries and protecting the Poudre are just some of the topics getting a lot of attention.
Here's a breakdown:
Protecting the Poudre
The project sits within the floodplain of the Poudre River, something that Woodward will work to change if the project moves forward. As reported by the Business Report, re-grading is likely to occur if Woodward expects to obtain the green light from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Beyond that, the project has the potential to interfere with the Poudre River, but the company has been in discussions with both the city and with environmental group Save the Poudre to enhance the river instead.
"I'm initially optimistic," Gary Wockner of Save the Poudre said. "I think this will be more beneficial than some of the other proposed projects (throughout the city)."
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