Broomfield Town Square Development

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Town Square Status

Initial Plans Approved for Zoning and General Development Layout -

On September 13, 2022, City Council unanimously approved the zoning-related plans (PUD Plan), Final Plat, and a Comprehensive Plan land use map amendment for the Broomfield Town Square development planned on an approximately 39-acre site north of West 120th Avenue and east of Main Street. Council carefully deliberated the merits of the proposal and significant public input, mostly in favor of the project, as well as certain density concessions by the Developer.

Collectively, these preliminary plan approvals establish the broad framework for the future town square. The plans were approved for a mix of uses including up to 643 residential units located north of E. 1st Avenue and up to 187,000 sqft of commercial development including the redevelopment of the former Safeway site as a market hall.

The plans were approved with certain conditions. Once those updates have been incorporated into the plan, they will be added to the Document library on the left.

Click here to view the Developer's presentation to City Council on September 13th.

Click here for a link to the Council hearing video - scroll to Agenda item 11.a for the town square.

Work in Progress -

Broomfield staff and the Broomfield Town Square Alliance (the master developer of the town square) are already working on the next phase of the project. This phase includes:

  • Review of the formal application for a master site development plan (SDP) addressing the site layout, architecture, and landscaping and associated technical studies for traffic, drainage, utilities, parking, etc.;
  • Formation of a Business Improvement District (BID) to manage certain maintenance and program elements within the town square;
  • Coordination with applicable taxing districts regarding Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Agreements. TIF is not a new tax, rather it is the allocation of newly generated tax revenues above the base tax level which can be used to fund development projects in the urban renewal area;
  • Creation of a new Urban Renewal Area (URA) for the town square. Urban renewal is designed to facilitate private investment to remediate or prevent blighted conditions in a specific geographical area; and
  • Coordination with other capital improvement projects in the area such as drainage improvements to City Park Channel and a possible pedestrian underpass at Main Street among others.

All of the work currently underway will require approval by the Broomfield City Council and/or the Broomfield Urban Renewal Authority (BURA). These approvals are generally expected to occur in 2023; however, an updated schedule is being developed by the Broomfield Town Square Alliance. The schedule will be shared in the near future.

The first phase of development (design to be finalized in these site plans and approved by Council) is expected to include:

  • Approximately 500 multi-family (apartment) residential units;
  • Approximately 75,000 sqft of commercial development including a new market hall in the former Safeway building;
  • An enlarged lake with trails and gathering areas incorporated throughout such as with a plaza near E. 1st Ave, a beach and future boathouse at the northwest edge of the lake, restaurants, and in smaller settings in various locations around the lake;
  • Space for a potential future expansion of the Broomfield Library/Auditorium facility on the east side of the expanded lake; and
  • Parking that is primarily located within parking structures set within the mixed-use buildings.
  • Realignment of Community Park Drive; and
  • Site improvements such as grading, drainage, and utilities to serve the site.
  • Affordable housing is required. The developer has the option to provide on-site units or pay a cash in lieu fee to Broomfield to apply to other affordable housing development within Broomfield.

Please refer to the document center at the top right corner of this web page for more information.

Note - The site development plan is currently considered to be within a quasi-judicial phase meaning public comments and discussion should take place through the Broomfield Voice Forum section below or by submitting written comments for the public record to council@broomfieldcitycouncil.org.

Anticipated Schedule (As of January 2022*):

*A schedule update is anticipated from the Developer later in 2022 (Q3 or early Q4) and will be added here as soon as it is available.

Background

Based on community input, a preliminary vision is crafted and a development agreement approved (2017-2019) -

The guiding principles and preliminary vision for the Broomfield Town Square emerged through a series of community focus sessions held in January 2017 and shared at a community presentation in February 2017. The Guiding Principles called for creating:

  • A signature Town Square that is uniquely Broomfield.
  • An authentic Town Square for the Broomfield community including a curated mix of retail/restaurants - ideally local and unique to the area.
  • An interconnected and pedestrian-friendly network of streets, promenades, trails, and public spaces to knit the Town Square into the surrounding community.
  • A built environment that encourages a healthy lifestyle and community and incorporates opportunities for public art.
  • A Town Square that embodies resilient and environmentally sustainable strategies into the construction and function of the public realm and built environment.

Civitas, an urban and landscape design firm, was selected to prepare conceptual plans and a video of the Civic Center (now referred to as the Broomfield Town Square). The video and graphics were shared with community in 2018 (see Project Timeline for links). The initial plans envisioned:

  • A substantially enlarged Community Park Pond wrapping around the Library and Auditorium towards E. 1st Avenue;
  • Extensive plaza and walking areas including outdoor dining, entertainment areas, and public art;
  • Approximately 50,000 sf of retail and restaurant uses, a 100 room inn, 22 row-houses, approximately 365 dwelling units, re-purposing of the Safeway building into 25,000 sf of retail, 15,000 sf of co-working space, 10,000 sf of community space and 10,000 sf of common area. The plans depicted mixed-use buildings with ground-floor commercial/restaurant space and residential on the upper floors.

In 2019, City Council approved a redevelopment and reimbursement agreement with the Broomfield Town Square Alliance to further refine the planning and ultimately serve as the master developer of the Broomfield Town Square.

Master developer's vision evolves for desired mix of uses and energy needed for a successful town square (2020-Present)

Since 2019, the Alliance has built on the initial vision created with community input to refine the development plans. The developer's formal plans now propose additional residential units and commercial development to achieve the desired level of density and mix of uses needed to promote a successful town square. The proposed land use details are addressed in the PUD Plan (custom zoning plan) proposed for City Council consideration. The plan calls for:

  • Up to 643 dwelling units* (+/-500 units in the early phases). In the early phases, the residential will be apartments north of E. 1st Ave in four- to five-story mixed-use buildings with 12 three-story townhomes following along Main St.
  • Up to 187,000 sf of commercial development (restaurants, office, entertainment) phased over time. The commercial in the early phases is expected to include a re-purposing of the former Safeway building into a market hall with a mix of retail area, co-working space, community space and common area collectively comprising approximately 65,000 sf. North of E. 1st Avenue, approximately 35,000 sf of commercial development would occur on the ground floor of the mixed uses buildings.
  • Affordable housing is required. The developer has the option to provide on-site units or pay a cash in lieu.
  • Gathering areas will be incorporated throughout such as with a plaza near E. 1st Ave, a beach and future boathouse at the northwest edge of the lake, restaurants, and in smaller settings in various locations around the lake;
  • Space for a potential future expansion of the Broomfield Library/Auditorium facility on the east side of the expanded lake; and
  • Parking that is primarily located within parking structures set within the mixed-use buildings.

*The maximum of 643 dwelling units was reduced from 818 requested. The developer reduced the number of units as a concession to City Council's concerns about density during the public hearings.

The development will be phased over time.






Town Square Status

Initial Plans Approved for Zoning and General Development Layout -

On September 13, 2022, City Council unanimously approved the zoning-related plans (PUD Plan), Final Plat, and a Comprehensive Plan land use map amendment for the Broomfield Town Square development planned on an approximately 39-acre site north of West 120th Avenue and east of Main Street. Council carefully deliberated the merits of the proposal and significant public input, mostly in favor of the project, as well as certain density concessions by the Developer.

Collectively, these preliminary plan approvals establish the broad framework for the future town square. The plans were approved for a mix of uses including up to 643 residential units located north of E. 1st Avenue and up to 187,000 sqft of commercial development including the redevelopment of the former Safeway site as a market hall.

The plans were approved with certain conditions. Once those updates have been incorporated into the plan, they will be added to the Document library on the left.

Click here to view the Developer's presentation to City Council on September 13th.

Click here for a link to the Council hearing video - scroll to Agenda item 11.a for the town square.

Work in Progress -

Broomfield staff and the Broomfield Town Square Alliance (the master developer of the town square) are already working on the next phase of the project. This phase includes:

  • Review of the formal application for a master site development plan (SDP) addressing the site layout, architecture, and landscaping and associated technical studies for traffic, drainage, utilities, parking, etc.;
  • Formation of a Business Improvement District (BID) to manage certain maintenance and program elements within the town square;
  • Coordination with applicable taxing districts regarding Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Agreements. TIF is not a new tax, rather it is the allocation of newly generated tax revenues above the base tax level which can be used to fund development projects in the urban renewal area;
  • Creation of a new Urban Renewal Area (URA) for the town square. Urban renewal is designed to facilitate private investment to remediate or prevent blighted conditions in a specific geographical area; and
  • Coordination with other capital improvement projects in the area such as drainage improvements to City Park Channel and a possible pedestrian underpass at Main Street among others.

All of the work currently underway will require approval by the Broomfield City Council and/or the Broomfield Urban Renewal Authority (BURA). These approvals are generally expected to occur in 2023; however, an updated schedule is being developed by the Broomfield Town Square Alliance. The schedule will be shared in the near future.

The first phase of development (design to be finalized in these site plans and approved by Council) is expected to include:

  • Approximately 500 multi-family (apartment) residential units;
  • Approximately 75,000 sqft of commercial development including a new market hall in the former Safeway building;
  • An enlarged lake with trails and gathering areas incorporated throughout such as with a plaza near E. 1st Ave, a beach and future boathouse at the northwest edge of the lake, restaurants, and in smaller settings in various locations around the lake;
  • Space for a potential future expansion of the Broomfield Library/Auditorium facility on the east side of the expanded lake; and
  • Parking that is primarily located within parking structures set within the mixed-use buildings.
  • Realignment of Community Park Drive; and
  • Site improvements such as grading, drainage, and utilities to serve the site.
  • Affordable housing is required. The developer has the option to provide on-site units or pay a cash in lieu fee to Broomfield to apply to other affordable housing development within Broomfield.

Please refer to the document center at the top right corner of this web page for more information.

Note - The site development plan is currently considered to be within a quasi-judicial phase meaning public comments and discussion should take place through the Broomfield Voice Forum section below or by submitting written comments for the public record to council@broomfieldcitycouncil.org.

Anticipated Schedule (As of January 2022*):

*A schedule update is anticipated from the Developer later in 2022 (Q3 or early Q4) and will be added here as soon as it is available.

Background

Based on community input, a preliminary vision is crafted and a development agreement approved (2017-2019) -

The guiding principles and preliminary vision for the Broomfield Town Square emerged through a series of community focus sessions held in January 2017 and shared at a community presentation in February 2017. The Guiding Principles called for creating:

  • A signature Town Square that is uniquely Broomfield.
  • An authentic Town Square for the Broomfield community including a curated mix of retail/restaurants - ideally local and unique to the area.
  • An interconnected and pedestrian-friendly network of streets, promenades, trails, and public spaces to knit the Town Square into the surrounding community.
  • A built environment that encourages a healthy lifestyle and community and incorporates opportunities for public art.
  • A Town Square that embodies resilient and environmentally sustainable strategies into the construction and function of the public realm and built environment.

Civitas, an urban and landscape design firm, was selected to prepare conceptual plans and a video of the Civic Center (now referred to as the Broomfield Town Square). The video and graphics were shared with community in 2018 (see Project Timeline for links). The initial plans envisioned:

  • A substantially enlarged Community Park Pond wrapping around the Library and Auditorium towards E. 1st Avenue;
  • Extensive plaza and walking areas including outdoor dining, entertainment areas, and public art;
  • Approximately 50,000 sf of retail and restaurant uses, a 100 room inn, 22 row-houses, approximately 365 dwelling units, re-purposing of the Safeway building into 25,000 sf of retail, 15,000 sf of co-working space, 10,000 sf of community space and 10,000 sf of common area. The plans depicted mixed-use buildings with ground-floor commercial/restaurant space and residential on the upper floors.

In 2019, City Council approved a redevelopment and reimbursement agreement with the Broomfield Town Square Alliance to further refine the planning and ultimately serve as the master developer of the Broomfield Town Square.

Master developer's vision evolves for desired mix of uses and energy needed for a successful town square (2020-Present)

Since 2019, the Alliance has built on the initial vision created with community input to refine the development plans. The developer's formal plans now propose additional residential units and commercial development to achieve the desired level of density and mix of uses needed to promote a successful town square. The proposed land use details are addressed in the PUD Plan (custom zoning plan) proposed for City Council consideration. The plan calls for:

  • Up to 643 dwelling units* (+/-500 units in the early phases). In the early phases, the residential will be apartments north of E. 1st Ave in four- to five-story mixed-use buildings with 12 three-story townhomes following along Main St.
  • Up to 187,000 sf of commercial development (restaurants, office, entertainment) phased over time. The commercial in the early phases is expected to include a re-purposing of the former Safeway building into a market hall with a mix of retail area, co-working space, community space and common area collectively comprising approximately 65,000 sf. North of E. 1st Avenue, approximately 35,000 sf of commercial development would occur on the ground floor of the mixed uses buildings.
  • Affordable housing is required. The developer has the option to provide on-site units or pay a cash in lieu.
  • Gathering areas will be incorporated throughout such as with a plaza near E. 1st Ave, a beach and future boathouse at the northwest edge of the lake, restaurants, and in smaller settings in various locations around the lake;
  • Space for a potential future expansion of the Broomfield Library/Auditorium facility on the east side of the expanded lake; and
  • Parking that is primarily located within parking structures set within the mixed-use buildings.

*The maximum of 643 dwelling units was reduced from 818 requested. The developer reduced the number of units as a concession to City Council's concerns about density during the public hearings.

The development will be phased over time.






  • City Council Hearing - September 13, 2022 - update

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    City Council unanimously approved the Zoning Plans for the long-planned Broomfield Town Square development following:

    • a detailed updated presentation by the developer which included density concessions,
    • a large turnout of support by the community, and
    • careful deliberations over two long hearings on May 24th and September 13th.

    The Broomfield Town Square Alliance (the master developer) offered to reduce the number of residential units by 175 to a new maximum buildout of 643 residential units. All units would occur north of E. 1st Avenue.

    Next steps: The Alliance will resume work on the site-specific development plans and technical studies currently in the development review process.



  • City Council Hearing - May 24, 2022

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    On May 24, 2022, the Broomfield City Council considered the proposed Broomfield Town Square Planned Unit Development Plan (a custom zoning plan) for the town square site generally located northeast of W. 120th Avenue and Main Street. Following concerns expressed by some Councilmembers regarding the proposed density, the lake, and associated water and maintenance, the developer requested a continuance of the hearing to consider Council's concerns.

    Council voted to continue the hearing until September 13, 2022. Please refer to the Project Timeline in the upper right corner of this page for more information.


  • LURC Hearing - May 9, 2022

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    The Land Use Review Commission (LURC) considered the proposed final plat at a public hearing on May 9, 2022 and voted unanimously (6-0) to approved the application subject to a 15-day call-up period by City Council. Council has called up the plat for consideration.

    The plat is scheduled for Council consideration at a public hearing on September 13, 2022 along with with the PUD Plan and the land use map amendment.

    The final plat creates the legal subdivision for the property with lots, tracts and the dedication of public right-of-way and easements.

  • LURC Hearing - January 24, 2022

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    The Land Use Review Commission (LURC) is scheduled to consider the Broomfield Town Square Planned Unit Development Plan. This Plan sets forth the custom zoning details for the property such as permitted land uses, building height, and setbacks among other details.

    The PUD Plan is available to review in the document center (upper right corner of this web page.)

    Please note, site-specific details such as the proposed building architecture, landscaping, lighting, parking, site amenities, etc. will be addressed in future plans considered through a similar public hearing process anticipated to be scheduled later this year.

  • Project Update - January 2022

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    2022 - Anticipated Activity

    2022 - First/Second Quarter

    Broomfield anticipates scheduling certain development plans and associated documents for consideration of approval by the Land Use Review Commission (LURC) and/or City Council (CC). These include:

    • Broomfield Town Square PUD Plan [LURC & CC]
    • A Comprehensive Plan land use map amendment [CC]
    • Final Plat [LURC with option for call-up by CC]


    2022 - Late Spring/Summer

    Broomfield continues to review engineering reports, technical studies and the site development plan (SDP) for the formal site details including architecture, landscaping, and site amenities.

    Later in the year, Broomfield anticipates scheduling the formal SDP and associated documents for consideration of approval by the Land Use Review Commission (LURC), City Council (CC) and/or the Broomfield Urban Renewal Authority (BURA). These include:

    • Broomfield Town Square Site Development Plan [LURC & CC]
    • Amended Broomfield Plaza-Civic Urban Renewal Area (URA) and Plan (URP) [CC] - to reduce the boundary to exclude the town square area
    • Broomfield Town Square URA and Plan [CC] - to create a new urban renewal area dedicated to the town square development
      • Associated Tax Increment Financing Agreements [BURA]
    • Petition for Business Improvement District Formation and Operating Plan [CC]

    Once the land use plans are approved by City Council, the developer will submit construction documents for administrative review. These include:

    • Civil Plans
    • Building Plans
  • Neighborhood Meeting (September 30, 2021) - Come Join the Discussion about Future Phases!

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    Broomfield's development partner, the Broomfield Town Square Alliance, will be hosting a neighborhood meeting (virtual) on September 30, 2021 at 6 pm to share their vision and gather your input on future phases of development. These future phases are in the conceptual stage only and are anticipated to follow the initial phases which are currently in the development review process with Broomfield. The initial phases -- encompassing an enlarged lake, a vibrant town square framed by mixed-use buildings with ground-floor restaurants and shopping with a local emphasis, a mix of apartments and townhomes, and a newly reimagined Market Hall in the former Safeway store -- were presented in concept on May 26, 2020 (link to the concept plans) and in a prior neighborhood meeting in September 2020 (link to meeting video).

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  • Conceptual Plan Review - An Opportunity to Preview Potential Future Phases - August 31, 2021

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    City Council consideration of a Concept Review regarding the Broomfield Town Square Future Phases (Mixed Use) and project update by the Development Team.

    Link to Concept Plan

    Link to Agenda Report

  • Sidewalk Expansion Project Will Be Staged in Safeway Parking Lot - NOT the Start of Construction

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    Better sidewalk access is coming to 120th Ave! In preparation for a sidewalk expansion that will span 120th Ave. from Teller to Main Street, Xcel Energy will be undergrounding the overhead power lines on the southside of 120th. Residents may see crews working on this corridor from mid-May through late summer 2021, as well as equipment for the project staged in the old Safeway parking lot on 120th.

    Learn more about the upcoming sidewalk replacement project.
  • Land Use Development Application Submitted - January 27, 2021

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    The Broomfield Town Square Alliance, Broomfield's development partner, submitted a land-use development application for the Broomfield Town Square on January 27, 2021. The application has been referred for the initial 30-day review and comment by staff and external agencies. The overall process typically requires several months of coordination on the review and revisions and culminates with public hearings before the Planning and Zoning Commission (a recommending body) and City Council (final decision authority).

    There are no public hearings currently scheduled. This page will be updated once hearing dates are available. Public notice will be provided in advance of the hearings.

    Links to key documents may be found in the Document Library (upper right corner of the Voice page).

  • Broomfield Town Square Concept Review Meeting - May 26, 2020

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    City Council considered a concept review application on May 26, 2020.
    Click here for a link to the video of the meeting.
    Click here for a link to the meeting agenda.
    Click here for a link to the conceptual plans.


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