Broomfield Town Square Development

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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 818 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 development will be phased over time.

Project Status:
The applicant has submitted a formal application for multiple plans including a PUD Plan (the custom zoning for the site) which is proposed for initial public hearings before the Land Use Review Commission (recommended approval on January 24, 2022) and City Council (scheduled for final consideration on May 24, 2022).

The formal application also includes: a Site Development Plan (SDP) (addressing the site details such as the building placement, architecture, landscaping and site amenities), a final plat (to subdivide the property into development parcels), and a Comprehensive Plan land use map amendment (to align the map with the broader Plan goal to create a town square).

The SDP, plat and various engineering studies prepared by the development team are currently under staff review. These plans will be proposed for consideration at future public hearings later this year. Draft, and final documents where applicable, can be found in the document center at the top right corner of this web page. Residents can provide feedback and questions on the proposed development using our comment tool below.

Anticipated Schedule (As of January 2022):







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 818 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 development will be phased over time.

Project Status:
The applicant has submitted a formal application for multiple plans including a PUD Plan (the custom zoning for the site) which is proposed for initial public hearings before the Land Use Review Commission (recommended approval on January 24, 2022) and City Council (scheduled for final consideration on May 24, 2022).

The formal application also includes: a Site Development Plan (SDP) (addressing the site details such as the building placement, architecture, landscaping and site amenities), a final plat (to subdivide the property into development parcels), and a Comprehensive Plan land use map amendment (to align the map with the broader Plan goal to create a town square).

The SDP, plat and various engineering studies prepared by the development team are currently under staff review. These plans will be proposed for consideration at future public hearings later this year. Draft, and final documents where applicable, can be found in the document center at the top right corner of this web page. Residents can provide feedback and questions on the proposed development using our comment tool below.

Anticipated Schedule (As of January 2022):







  • 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.


  • Broomfield Town Square (Civic Center) Development - Concept Review Submitted April 28, 2020

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    A concept review application for the Broomfield Town Center (Civic Center) development has been submitted. This concept application includes a preliminary site design proposal; as well as, conceptual design guidelines. Click this story to visit the concept review page for more information and links to the concept application document(s).

  • Civic Center Update - Nov. 14, 2019

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    At Tuesday’s City Council Meeting, councilmembers approved and authorized the execution of a Redevelopment and Reimbursement Agreement with Broomfield Town Square Alliance LLC, in connection with the Civic Center Project (view the memo).

    The Redevelopment and Reimbursement Agreement addresses generally, the sharing of revenues generated from within the property by Broomfield and BURA with the developer, the character of development to occur, management of the project, affordable housing, the conveyance of property to the developer and the extent of public improvements.

    A timeline for the overall project may be viewed here.

    The preparation of zoning documents has begun. They are expected to be submitted to the City and County in early 2020, and are tentatively scheduled to be presented to the City Council for its consideration in late spring of 2020.

    Additional actions regarding this project that will be presented to the City Council over the next six-months include consideration of the formation/reformation of an urban renewal district, an urban renewal plan, a cooperation agreement among BURA and the City and County, formation of a business improvement district and a metropolitan district service plan.

    The BURA approved Resolution No. 2019-249-UR, on October 28, 2019, approving the proposed Agreement.

    Completion of the Civic Center is called for in the 2016 Comprehensive Plan and has been an ongoing priority of the City Council.

    Based on community input and focus groups, the plans generally propose:
    • A substantially enlarged Community Park Pond wrapping around the Library and Auditorium towards First Avenue;
    • Extensive plaza and walking areas including outdoor dining, entertainment areas, and public art;
    • Approximately 50,000 square feet of retail and restaurant uses, a 100 room inn, 22 row-houses;
    • Approximately 365 dwelling units including opportunities for affordable housing;
    • A re-purposing of the Safeway building into 25,000 square feet of retail area, 15,000 square feet of co-working space, 10,000 square feet of community space and 10,000 square feet of common area.

  • Civic Center Update - April 23, 2019

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    Read the April 23, 2019 council memo here.

    Update summary - With the cost and revenue estimates and financial model, the development partners have been meeting with City staff on a regular basis. The meetings are now occurring on a semi-weekly basis. The meetings are to negotiate a development agreement for the Civic Center. These discussions include the formation of a new urban renewal district, and formation of a metropolitan district and likely a business improvement district, all of which are necessary to address the financial gap. Staff will be requesting in May, approval of a pre-development agreement with the development partners that will obligate Broomfield to provide $400,000 for additional civil engineering and design services. These additional services will allow for refinement of cost estimates, enhancing confidence for all parties on the financial risks involved.

    A timeline for the overall project may be viewed here.

    At the conclusion of the steps outlined in the MOU, it is expected that a development agreement will be drafted and considered by the parties with firm commitments for the project plan, financing plan, timeline, and final product in October of this year. Discussion on zoning strategies are also underway and preparation of zoning documents will commence shortly.
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