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):







  • Civic Center Creative Consortium Meeting

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    You're invited to the Civic Center Creative Consortium meeting on Saturday, October 27 from 9-11 a.m at the Broomfield Auditorium (3 Community Park Road). This meeting is hosted by the Turnpike Arts District. Participants will be encouraged help imagine, innovate and establish the future of the arts in relation to the proposed Civic Center project.

  • Civic Center Project Negotiations

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    In November, the City and County of Broomfield will negotiate business terms with our development partners, Urban Neighborhoods and City Street Ventures who have agreements with Milender White to be the general contractor and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck for legal representation. After that, the City and County of Broomfield will develop a financing plan, complete the zoning process and further agreements with development partners, commence construction and continue to involve and inform residents on progress.

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