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Friday, January 22, 2021
This e-newsletter is designed to provide information regarding city programs and services, and those of its agency partners, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Littleton City Council and staff encourage social distancing, wearing face-coverings in public, supporting Littleton businesses, and taking care of each other.

In this issue...

Library and Museum Buildings to Reopen

Library to reopen Monday, January 25

Bemis Library will reopen with limited hours and capacity on Monday, January 25.

While COVID-19 remains an ongoing concern, the library has measures in place to help protect the safety of the staff and library patrons.

Monday–Friday: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Closed Sundays and holidays
  • Curbside service will continue to be available on an as-needed basis during the library's hours of operations.
  • Capacity will be limited to 35 people at a time. Patrons should plan for brief visits and prepare to wait outside the library if capacity is reached. Patrons are encouraged to limit their time in the library to one hour or less per day.
  • Computer use will be limited to one hour per person, per day.
  • Visitors are required to wear a mask while at the library. If someone is unable to wear a mask, they are asked to utilize the library's curbside service to pick up items or print jobs or use the chat reference service to ask questions.

Museum to reopen Tuesday, January 26

The main building at the Littleton Museum will reopen to the public with limited capacity on Tuesday, January 26. The 1860s and 1890s living history farms are open as a passive-use park where visitors can stroll the walking paths and view the livestock and animals. The historic buildings on the farms will remain closed.

Tuesday–Saturday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and holidays

There will be a limit of 50 visitors per hour and reservations are required. Five people will be allowed in the galleries at one time. School or organized groups will not be permitted. Visiting groups should be from the same household, maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing from other visitors, and are strongly encouraged to limit their time at the museum to one hour. Masks are required. For reservations, call the museum at 303-795-3950.

The Littleton Museum has four galleries which highlight the history, art, and culture of the community, as well as traveling exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution and other museums. In the Littleton Gallery is the permanent exhibit Littleton: Spirit of Community. The Fine Arts Gallery is hosting the traveling exhibit Colorado Abstracted: Five Artists Capture the Transcendental Experience of Nature, which runs through February 27. The temporary exhibit The Way We Played is on display in the Changing Gallery until this summer. The Kids Connection remains closed due to COVID restrictions.
Public Input Wanted for Santa Fe Improvements
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) launched the first online event for the Santa Fe Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) project. Participants can learn more about the study and share their feedback on how to improve the travel experience along Santa Fe Drive between C-470 and I-25. Visit and share the self-guided event anytime between now and February 8 at the project website.

The Santa Fe PEL Study is now in month four of the 18-month process. This CDOT-led project is supported by Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, and the cities of Sheridan, Englewood, Denver and Littleton. As an important project for the City of Littleton, extensive staff resources have been dedicated to the project.

Information on the Santa Fe Drive PEL Study can be found through the project website, by calling the project hotline at 303-524-8386, by sending an email to, or by reaching out to one of the Littleton staff representatives. Look for more information in the coming months on this important project and plan to be involved in the community engagement to help establish the future of Santa Fe Drive.
All Small Businesses Eligible for Arapahoe County Relief Payments

Funding available for businesses affected by COVID-19

Eligibility requirements have changed and all small businesses in Arapahoe County, including CARES Act funding recipients, can now apply for direct relief payments if they were affected by the pandemic.

As a result of the legislature's passage of SB20B-001 during last month's special session, a total of $37 million is now available to eligible small businesses that are in compliance with public health guidelines and are experiencing severe capacity restrictions and loss of revenue. Businesses can apply to receive funds until January 31.

The maximum amount of funding a business can receive is $7,000. If demand is greater than funding, eligible small businesses with receipts of less than $500,000 will be prioritized, followed by those with receipts between $500,000 and $1 million. For more information and to apply, visit Arapahoe County's Relief Fund Grant web page.
Five-Star Recovery Program FAQs
As the Arapahoe County Five-Star Recovery Program continues, the City of Littleton has compiled answers to these frequently asked questions to assist businesses.

Q: How will I know when I can operate in Level Yellow?
A: Certified businesses will be notified once the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) determines that the county has met the requirements to move to a lower level on the dial.

Q: Are there resources for Spanish speaking business owners?
A: Yes. The Tri-County Health Department created the Business Re-Opening Task Force to assist businesses navigating changing public health guidelines, as well as to answer questions about compliance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling 720-713-6030 or by email at Spanish translation is available.

Q: Can a business chose to decertify itself?
A: Yes. The Five-Star Recovery Partner Program is voluntary. If decertification is desired, the applicant should email

Littleton is encouraging businesses to apply for the variance so they will be poised to move to lower restrictions at the earliest possible time.

Visit Arapahoe County's Five-Star Recovery Partner Program web page  for more information or email Arapahoe County at
Five-Star Businesses Open in Littleton
The businesses listed here have implemented additional safety measures and acquired the designation of a Five-Star business.
  • 3 Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
  • Active Athletics
  • Angelo's Taverna & Carboy Winery
  • Buck Recreation Center - South Suburban Parks and Recreation
  • Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery
  • Five Wellbeing Studio & Spa
  • Group Voyagers, Inc.
  • Jakes Brew Bar
  • Kate's Wine Bar
  • Pho Real
  • Littleton Golf and Tennis/Centennial Grill
  • McKinners Pizza Bar
  • Piccino Wood Oven Pizza
  • Planet Fitness
  • Smokin Fins
  • The Alley
  • The Ice Ranch
  • The Lost Cajun
  • Viewhouse
  • Wedgewood Ashley Ridge

IFCS Helps Feed Those in Need
Integrated Family Community Services (IFCS) is serving over 5,000 people each month with weekly pre-packaged food boxes. During COVID-19, the demand for these services from this non-profit group has grown over 900 percent, serving the masses like never before. Its annual fundraising event, Nibbles and Sips, will be virtual this year on February 27. Anyone interested is welcome to participate.

For more information on food assistance and services, or to be a part of the annual fundraiser, visit the IFCS website.
Construction Completed at Mineral Avenue and Platte Canyon Road
The City of Littleton and Chavez Construction completed the Mineral Drive and Platte Canyon Road intersection improvements and 2020 Mill and Overlay project. This intersection has a history of accidents. Improvements included reconstructing the channelizing islands for improved pedestrian and vehicular safety. The reconstructed intersection also allows turning movements from southbound Platte Canyon Road onto Mineral Drive and from westbound Mineral Drive onto southbound Platte Canyon Road. Mineral Drive, Utica Drive, and Elati Street from Ridge Road to Euclid Avenue, were milled and overlaid as part of the project. City staff and contractors thank citizens and business owners for their patience during the project.

A resident living nearby observed, "This has been needed for a long time. I had been making the left turn illegally in the past because I didn't have another option, and now I feel like I can turn onto Platte Canyon a lot safer."

Upcoming Construction at Little's Creek
After many years of saving funds collaboratively between the city and Mile High Flood District, the roadway culvert on Little's Creek at the Gallup Street and Peakview Avenue intersection is due to be replaced and upsized in the spring of 2021. This project has been planned and designed over a number of years.

The project will replace the small existing culverts with three box culverts and improve drainage pipes to reduce frequency of roadway and adjacent property flooding. All other roadways crossing Little's Creek have already had culverts upgraded to address this same flooding issue.

The project includes relocation of a number of water mains and other utilities, which dictates the construction schedule. This project is slated to begin in March to ensure that the water lines will be operational in May.

To construct this project as economically as possible, the intersection will be closed to through traffic for approximately three months, with a signed detour for vehicles and pedestrians from February 15 until the end of May. Through traffic will be detoured around the work area at major streets including Elati Street, Ridge Road, Windermere Street, and Caley Avenue. Access to residences near the construction site will be maintained.

For questions about the project, contact the project manager at 303-795-3836 or
Improvements at Two Platte Canyon Road Intersections Planned
The City of Littleton is working with Apex Design to develop safety and capacity improvements at the intersections of Platte Canyon Road and Bowles Avenue, as well as Platte Canyon Road and Mineral Avenue. This project is utilizing a federally-funded grant distributed through the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The project team is developing concept designs focused on safer connections at these two intersections for pedestrians and bicyclists to access the Columbine Trail that runs parallel and along the west side of Platte Canyon Road, and the Mineral Trail along the north side of Mineral Avenue. The project also focuses on improving vehicle safety with the addition of exclusive and channelized turn lanes, signal equipment upgrades, and enhanced controls and monitoring at the intersections.

While the funding will not accommodate a complete rebuild of both intersections, the city will pursue future studies and supplementary grants for additional improvements. The design will be completed in 2021, with construction beginning in 2022. The city will create a project webpage and intends to reach out through virtual means to surrounding neighborhoods and businesses to learn about issues and ideas to gain feedback on design concepts.

Neighborhoods the Focus of Next Envision Littleton Studio

The City of Littleton continues to update its zoning regulations, integrating them into a new Unified Land Use Code (ULUC). Littleton is building on the future land use and character map [PDF] developed as part of the Comprehensive Plan.

Save the date of February 10 for another interactive webinar focused on neighborhoods. Register for the webinar at Eventbrite. More project information can be found at the Envision Littleton website.
Town Hall Arts Center Streams Musical Comedy
Town Hall Arts Center (THAC) is presenting a series of staged performances that can be streamed and viewed from anywhere. A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder will begin January 29. Ticket prices start at $15 but can go up to $55. All ticket prices have access to the same content. At least one ticket purchase per household is required to gain access.

Help support THAC as it continues to produce quality entertainment by purchasing a higher priced ticket, purchasing a ticket for each person viewing rather than for the household, or by donating to THAC directly. Visit the Town Hall Arts Center website, or call 303-794-2787 for more information.

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