Civic Center Feedback

about 2 years ago

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If you have any additional comments would like to provide to City Council for the May 26,2020 Concept Review please direct them to cityclerk@broomfield.org. 


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  • briharp9 2 months ago
    I hope that all of these new structures will be built using the most sustainable methods available. Could all of these new buildings be "Green Buildings"? "Green building refers to both a structure and the application of processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle: from planning to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition." - Wikipedia
    How about installing solar panels on top of all the buildings or adding rooftop or vertical gardens? Could we make these carbon neutral buildings like others that exist around the world? https://www.cnn.com/style/article/green-buildings-world-sustainable-design/index.html
    How about adding EV charging stations in the Safeway parking area and wherever else parking will be available? Could all of the public garden structures be xeriscaped to save water? Maybe water sports should only occur in the large lake and the existing pond could be left for the wildlife to enjoy? I hope there will be multiple locations to park bikes to encourage their use.
    Please consider the environmental and climate consequences as you move through each step of this process and chose the options that are the most sustainable and earth friendly.
  • LoganCE 2 months ago
    There are empty building all over Broomfield. Flat Irons Mall is going to have a hard time coming out of the COVID Crisis. Restaurants around town could very well be unable to reopen. Instead of focusing on yet another project, bringing more infrastructure that needs to be filled, I think the City should focus on what is existing. Incentivize business to move into existing space. Let developers redevelop certain areas should they choose, but on their own dime. I don’t think this is the time to use tax payer money on building. We have many other issues to address than adding more space into an area where we already have too many empty spaces.
  • JIm Merrion 2 months ago
    Think the concept is very attractive, and the bigger Lake ties the whole project together as a community center. One concern is the parking situation for both the residents, and visitors to retail, many of whom will have cars. I'm assuming the majority of this is in an underground garage, but can you please address to make sure that is adequate? Thank you, Jim Merrion
  • Jenn625 3 months ago
    Would love to see more local shops and restaurants, no more storage units, gas stations, or chains. We need a small downtown area for our community.
  • Awicks 3 months ago
    My family and I are thrilled for this to come to fruition. We live in Broomfield heights and would love to walk to restaurants, breweries, etc. having more family friendly activities like paddle boarding all sound wonderful. We’re anxious for this to get started! We’re tired of always having to go to Louisville , Lafayette, or Boulder for fun downtown experiences.
  • MW 3 months ago
    Thank you for inviting feedback. I have attended several of the forums and am curious why the often mentioned need for more public performance space is still not addressed in concept review? From an October 27, 2018 meeting with Ms. Dana Crawford and additional key arts stakeholder meetings throughout 2019 with the City & County of Broomfield, it is clear that, at minimum, the community needs a "black box" theatre with preference being high for a larger performance space to locally accommodate many dance and theatrical performances which currently must seek locations outside of Broomfield to accommodate audience and stage size needs or who must significantly curtail performance parameters to fit inside the existing venue options in Broomfield. Local artists and non profits have spoken up many, many times to encourage a focused plan to incorporate performing arts (beyond just walkable public art) spaces and organizations into the key values of this project and into the planned commercial space uses. On another note, the 5 story height option for mixed use housing is much too high for that neighborhood and will negatively impact the inclusivity of the civic center by visually walling it off from all surrounding historical neighborhoods.
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    • SCarroll 3 months ago
      I agree with many points mentioned here! The 5-story height seems so out of place with everything else. Also, I have heard the requests from arts groups for years.
  • Margaret 3 months ago
    WOW! What in God's name were you thinking when you proposed this nightmare. Did any of consider the

    WOW! What in God's name were you thinking when you came up with this nightmare. Did anyone bother to think of how this would impact the already existing neighborhood. Broomfield Heights is a nice quite neighborhood comprised mainly of seniors and young families. They take their dogs to the park and their children often ride bikes or walk over to the library. How safe will they be when traffic increases substantially. Those families who live on Main will not only have to deal with the extra traffic and noise, but they are stuck with the proposed eyesore. I suspect most council members live elsewhere, so you will not be affected. Fix up the old Safeway center, that's fine, but stop trying to cram in more housing . Leave Broomfield Heights to remain a nice quiet neighborhood. FYI, we are in the middle of a pandemic that will be with us for sometime to come. You should be thinking less not more. Get your priorities straight!






  • TLC 3 months ago
    Broomfield is filled with neighborhoods and some scattered stores, and some scattered restaurants. It has new parts, and very old, run down parts. Yet nothing is connected as a central destination area. To create at true community, not a random place of destinations, this is a fantastic idea.
  • megkreitz 3 months ago
    My family is very excited about this project! We would love to see inclusion of local companies and restaurants as well as plenty of outdoor space as shown in the presentation. I would also love to see a place for paddle boarding, etc. if the lake is big enough. I would love to see a beer garden/space for food trucks.
    I think it would be beneficial to have a community board for this project to offer more specific input in addition to what council provides.
    I would LOVE to see the old grain mills off 120th/287 relocated to this project in a fashion similar to Little Man Ice Cream in the Highlands. This would be a great way to integrate historical Broomfield with the new project. Anything that connects the space to Broomfield in a less generic way would be beneficial for the project's success.
  • GB 3 months ago
    What about parking? Although I don't keep current on all the comments, etc., I have never seen mention of the number of available parking spaces. This community center will be nice for those who live right there and have personal parking, or those who live nearby. But for those of us who would need to drive, what parking will be available? I'm sure the adjacent neighborhoods would not appreciate excess parking on their streets and the increased people traffic near their homes.
  • broomfielder 3 months ago
    Looks great, needs more walkable window shopping! People love to walk outside and window shop, would be great to have more space in Broomfield which would lower retail rental costs and increase local sales tax.
  • kelevcat 3 months ago
    Well done, good work so far.

    1. Catch 22 - of course my fellow ciiizens are concerned about the pandemic, me too, requesting that we pause the project. But, given the current financial markets, developers' cost of borrowing money for this project is close to zero, so please consider moving forward as it may be a financial win-win

    2. Please include lots and lots of trees in the design, for shade and ambiance, and to maximize the visitors' experience

    3. Reconsider life after the pandemic - the Safeway shared working spaces for indie workers may not be worthwhile because post pandemic that paradigm may be dead, folks are working from home.

    4. Plus, medium to larger retail boxes/store fronts may also be dead post pandemic - so please move away from thinking that J Crew or Pier 1 will lease commercial spaces - we don't want empty storefronts in te heart of our town

    5. Please consider dynamic, fun water features in the lake(s), not just flat/boring water. Ever changing falling water and fountains, iluminated with color at night - creates an opportunity for seating and community events. Take alook at Triangle Park in Lexington, KY - a magnet for fun, families, and activity

    Thanks for listening.

    Rob Goldsmith - Anthem Ranch
  • Sbayne 3 months ago
    Back to the drawing board ? I think we are all going to have to redesign public restrooms and high density offices due to COVID-19 and economic projections are for massive office vacancies and defaults on commercial property debt as more people work at home. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/coronavirus-reopen-bathrooms/2020/05/18/a6ed57fc-93ba-11ea-82b4-c8db161ff6e5_story.html
  • larry 3 months ago
    Crossing bridge over Main St would be great, similar to 120th crossing. Quite a lot of traffic will be crossing Main St after this is built, assuming it’s great.
  • Janet Ramsey 3 months ago
    This looks great! It’s very similar to Southlake town square near Dallas Ft. Worth Airport in Southlake, Texas which was a huge success! It would be great to have higher end foodie restaurants in Broomfield such as Teocalli in Lafayette, 24 Carrot Bistro in Erie, Flower Child in Boulder & a high end Sushi Resturant like
    Sushi Den in Denver . Broomfield has too many outdated chain restaurants, fast food restaurants & bars. The only good Broomfield resturant we have found is Hickory & Ash. With Nordstroms closing it would be good to have a few mall stores like Apple, Sephora & high end women’s clothing & shoe stores. Also, a few high end grocers like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s .
    I highly recommend you take a look at
    Southlake Town Square:
    http://southlaketownsquare.com/#yourModalId
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  • larry 3 months ago
    As much as anything I want to see something that sets it apart from Orchard, Belmar, Pearl St, etc., etc. something with renewable energy like a stationery bike park that lights up a cool display or a water feature. Honestly, something needs to set us apart from every other civic area and this is our chance. ( I realize I’m late to the conversation - I’m sorry.) I’ll definitely contribute!
  • Jenteal 3 months ago
    How about a pedestrian bridge over 120th for those of us on the south side?
    That street is terrifying to cross as it is. We would much prefer to walk there rather than drive - as long as it's safe and accessible.
  • AT about 2 years ago
    I am really excited about this. I was just thinking that they should use the old Safeway location to make a Stanley Marketplace in Broomfield. It sounds like it will be pretty similar. I would like if they went with local or small businesses. One thing I would like for them to do now is install a pedestrian bridge over 120th. I live on the south side and I don't want to cross the busy road of 120th by bike or walking. It would be very convenient for me to walk to Civic Center but that road is so busy. It doesn't seem safe. It would make Broomfield much more bike friendly as well.
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      I agree about safe crossing of 120th and making this place more accessible by bikes! Sheridan and Main have underpasses or pedestrian flashers... Would be great to have a dedicated separate way to avoid cars on 120th here.
    • Jenteal 3 months ago
      Agreed! I was looking to see if anyone mentioned a crossing over 120th for the residents on the south side. 120th is far too busy and hectic to trust walking across the intersections - especially during rush our.
      A pedestrian bridge would be perfect!
  • OB1 5 months ago
    More water and water features, less housing units, lower housing units (consistent with first filing) and no hotel. No "affordable" housing - use vouchers with existing housing if you want to spend money on affordable housing.
  • Kurtis 9 months ago
    Thoughts on integration for “gathering” spaces. In reading up on this great new project, i wanted to pitch a design element which i personally found to be very comforting from a venue we visited. overseas in hilversum, just outside of amsterdam, holland. An old train station building had been converted into a giant “food court” with a built-in microbrewery right in the middle. All the food vending that surrounded the bar had different themes and foods from around the world. All the food vendors had their own menus but also had their menus integrated in on the bar menu. This venue is called “MOUT”. Located on the web at: www.mouthilversum.nl
  • Van Jacobs 9 months ago
    Main street is a big traffic problem for the families that live on Main and in First Filing. There does not seem to be any concern for the people living between 1st and 2nd ave on Main as they have a hard time getting in or out of their driveways. Another problem, there is now a sober living facility at 121 Main street that is supposed to house 8 recovering addicts. No one was made aware of this move in. It is operated by Oxford house. Why can't we see some affordable housing up near Lowell and 144th ?? Why do these issues all have to be crammed near first filing ? More affordable housing, traffic and other problems.... What will really happen to First Filing?
  • Janet and Robert Ginnow 10 months ago
    Having apartments and stores combined in the same area is a very bad idea. If this is what you are thinking of, it should be adults only, children would do things like putting their hands on the windows of the businesses , throw rocks, etc.. And if they go to school, busses would have to be driving thru.
  • Janet and Robert Ginnow 10 months ago
    I do not like apartment over top of businesses. It is not attractive. It is old times. I believe there would be more crime.
    Also we could use a movie theater, nothing real fancy, affordable, no bar or eating area, or reclining seats. Just a nice theater that is people friendly for families with children can go.
  • OB1 11 months ago
    More water and water features, less housing units, lower housing units (consistent with first filing) and no hotel. No "affordable" housing - use vouchers with existing housing if you want to spend money on affordable housing.
  • BroomfieldCrystal 11 months ago
    Hello. Just wanted to check in to see if you have a project update available. Looking forward to seeing more progress at the project continues forward.
  • LongtimeResident 11 months ago
    Please do not build a hotel. This makes NO SENSE!! Why would you build a hotel there? Poor people across the street will lose ALL privacy. Not to mention - who would be travelling here to stay there? Will profits be given back to the city? What were you thinking?
  • Dwayne 11 months ago
    Still no progress to show on this Civic Center Project, other than the Safeway building's roof nearly collapsing because of neglect and the City had to rush to spend over $100,000 to fix it. More empty promises - no wonder faith in Broomfield's officials is diminishing!
  • A 27 year old resident about 1 year ago
    Wow I'm glad I don't live next to main street. More noise, more traffic, more trash, more crime. That will suck for all of you that do. Old people who came up with this just trying to be more hip, urban, cool. It's sad Broomfield was a nice town. Good luck Broomfield Heights community!
  • Kennedymk over 1 year ago
    I live in Santa Clara, CA, which is becoming heavily urbanized. Overdevelopment in highly populated areas of cities and rural areas is happening throughout the world. I would like to suggest to Broomfield that the City consider building the city center with connected, stacked green roofs accessible from the ground to highest rooftop, that provide recreation, urban gardens, views of City & Mountains, plus wild habitat & respite for migrating creatures that are linked with “wildlife” or open space crossings over heavy traffic. These links allow for transit by foot by creature or human throughout the city from open space to buildings to mountains, etc., without having to compete with dangerous vehicles.

    For an example of a housing development/buildings that has stacked green roofs with views and gardens accessible for humans from ground to highest rooftop, see the Via Verde development in Bronx, NY at:
    https://www.archdaily.com/468660/via-verde-dattner-architects-grimshaw-architects

    The Via Verde housing development is for low income and middle income families, education is provided to all to teach urban gardening.

    For examples of open space wildlife crossings over freeways that could link up with green rooftops and also accomodate humans traveling through a city see:
    https://mymodernmet.com/wildlife-crossings/?fbclid=IwAR0UO0fbgLL7wYZVhlFBxqnmAk7D68EbItFn6rDhEKSildN5UTUZg1fPiQc

    As you know, Broomfield, CO, you are in a beautiful area with great people and open spaces. The 21st Century is already challenging urban spaces to find creative ways to make highly populated spaces healthier and friendlier to humans. Global weather instability will make it harder to grow crops possibly causing food shortages,etc. Weather disasters such as Wildfire tornados, etc. are destroying habitat for creatures. (It’s not only humans who are becoming homeless!) Our “terraforming” of urban centers could help mitigate the impacts of global warming disasters.

    Imagine that the City of Broomfield adds paths, links, to city center rooftops with great views of Broomfield, Denver, the praire open spaces & the Rocky Mountains. Urban gardens, wild habitat, wildlife bridges/green links over vehicle traffic using freeway overpass technology you can build links from rooftops to open space trails that you already have. The City of Broomfield Implementing 21st Century design ideas and making them a reality would help show other growing cities and urban communities a path to offset the challenges of global warming. Please make Broomfield, CO, a haven, a sanctuary, for all creatures including humans, from the generally harsh, noisy, urbanization of our planet.
  • Barbra over 1 year ago
    The old Safeway building should be converted into a food hall like the Milk Market Denver, Avanti, and the one being built in Edgewater. Also we should look to the town of Superior as it seems their project is well received. Also what is the timeframe of this project as we have been discussing for many years.
    Barbra S Duncan
    Concerned Citizen
  • Chris almost 2 years ago
    Are saltwater pools being considered. Our skin is our largest organ and to have tho
    All the chlorine and chemicals absorbed the the skin can’t be good for us. Please consider salt water pools.
  • Native Broomfielder almost 2 years ago
    One of our biggest concerns with moving to Broomfield was the lack of "downtown". We are looking forward to this addition and eager to understand the timeline.
  • KLEE almost 2 years ago
    I just want to know when Broomfield is going to break ground. Is there a proposed date? Every time I want to go out to eat, 80% of the time I leave Broomfield. I want to keep my $ in my community.
  • EDJ almost 2 years ago
    The affordable housing units should require the primary tenant to work in Broomfield year round (similar to what Telluride does). This way young families already living and working in Broomfield have the opportunity to benefit from this wonderful expansion. It would be a shame to see these homes go to those not already living in our town.
  • Jacolion about 2 years ago
    As a new Broomfield resident whom will be one of the few most impacted by this project as I’m a on the corner of 1st in main. I welcome this project and I like many of the ideas proposed thus far. However, I do not welcome the idea of a hotel being proposed across the street which my house will be facing. This poses a security risks and detracts from the residential feel where the apartments will be constructed and the homes on 1st and main. Push the hotel into the Safeway parking lot where the advanced auto is. No one wants to live next to hotel. Additionally, parking will become a big problem for families on Main Street. I would like to see restricted permit parking signs placed up along Main Street which allows for only permitted residents to park there. This will be a very long running project that will directly impact my family's daily and future life. Please consider my feedback!!
  • momoftwoboys about 2 years ago
    What about schooling for the families that move in there? Is there room at the current schools or will a school need to be built......we don't want to wind up like Anthem and build and have tons of kids that don't have a school and have to send them to other schools and over crowd them and then decide we need a new school after the fact.

    It is a little to fancy for my taste. We need to keep it more hometown, with a "old town" feeling. Brick sidewalks, lamp posts, maybe carriage rides with horses. It would also be great to have a small farm area, (if possible) sort of like the White Fence Farm in Lakewood that has some small animals like chickens, goats, ducks, etc that kids can feed and families can hang out at with a play area with a huge sand pit.

    Plenty of parking!!!!

    There will be a lot of children there with a lot of water. Need to think safety and maybe not have the crowded areas have easy access to the water. Put up fencing or rocks or some kind of structure around the water to keeps kids safe and out of the water. If you have a big splashpad area for kids that would be great. Didn't see the kids play area on your presentation and what it would look like.

    Just a few ideas and thoughts...…...
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    • lladams about 2 years ago
      I like your idea of keeping it more of a hometown feel with bricks and lamp posts.
    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      Yes someone must communicate with the BVSD schools on this and not repeat the Anthem mess. Dozens or more potential new students in the schools, and on top of that 1st is a BVSD bus route.
      As for "plenty of parking": the #1 killer of children isn't falling into water that doesn't have a fence around it, it's actually automobiles, so keep that in mind next time you ask for more cars around where you plan to take your kids.
    • Terry about 2 years ago
      I love that Broomfield will FINALLY have a "downtown." The plans look great to me, including the water features. However, I am disappointed with the modern look which detracts from a hometown feel. The facades are the same materials and color and I wonder how long it will take for it to look dated? Old town Arvada and Louisville are wildly popular, in part due to their charm--buildings that look different from one another, both in design and color. Is it too late to rethink that part of the plan?
      • TJ about 2 years ago
        I am very hopeful that the planners will create something with a Mid Century Modern feel to it. This would be a more organic reflection of when Broomfield should have gotten a down town with out feeling like a made up faux history of trying to build new structures to look 100 years old.
  • TJ about 2 years ago
    I have been thinking about how to find something "Authentically Broomfield" that the design could use for a real landmark. I see comments from the mayor on social media that the old "Heart of Broomfield" sign may be finding a new home in the retail area, and I LOVE it! At one point we had the old Brunner family silo deconstructed, cleaned, and stored. If we can find that in the attic between the Arc of the Covenant and Holy Grail it could be a really unique local feature with a throw back to our farming roots. Perhaps it could be on an island or on the North Shore as a landmark, or bird roost, etc.

    Additionally, something like The Source in RiNo would be a really cool opportunity for local, startup food and dinning with out the risk of investing in their own locations as brand new restaurants.
  • Ditt_Ditt about 2 years ago
    This plan looks amazing! Broomfield is a great place to live but the one thing it has been missing until now is a vibrant downtown environment! The added water features could truly make Broomfield a must visit destination on the front range.
  • Jason about 2 years ago
    I can see what the City is trying to do:

    Use public land for affordable housing - Dont love it but ok I can understand that.
    Use public land for retail space, so that the city can have a say on what goes into those spaces.
    However I do not see how a 5 story hotel, or any hotel for that matter serves the citizens. It is taking public money and putting a private hotel in a space that will not benefit the citizens.

    One other question. Lets be honest. With all of the affordable housing that is coming to this area (the site on 1st st by the Church as well as what is projected here) will inevitably create higher crime. How is this going to be addressed? Will there be more police for this?
  • Linda about 2 years ago
    I'm all for a a cute downtown Broomfield. But I'm totally against a 100-room inn and 22 row houses and about 365 housing units. Traffic in Broomfield is already a nightmare. I've lived at 940 Emerald Street since 1985. I've seen the changes. I'm so glad that the project, "The Field" didn't happen. I love old town Louisville and Lafayette. I would love to see something like those two towns. Not housing or a hotel. If people need a hotel they can go to the hotels at Interlocken. There is also a new hotel by the Good Samaritan Hospital on Hwy 287. I feel for those families living on Main Street. More traffic, noise, trash. A downtown in Broomfield doesn't need more homes or lodging. I hope this doesn't pass. Thank you for your time.
  • M.D. about 2 years ago
    Broomfield has tried every trick in the book in their attempts to drum up more tax revenue: build a giant mall to bring in dollars from people who live in other cities, bring in a Walmart that citizens opposed, build a bland hard-to-navigate business park that wastes land called Interlocken, build a highway no one wanted or needed (NW Parkway), beg IKEA to come here despite traffic concerns and give away land to them, steal the Butterfly Pavilion from Westminster, open up for oil and gas, build an events center that flopped and had to be resold (now 1stBank Center)..... and now Broomfield is doing this gigantic project, and don't fool yourself it will be another hundred million dollar deal.

    This one though I actually have some hope it might work, unlike all the others. The reason is that dense walk-able city centers near water surrounded by residents who need to do business have been what cities have done to succeed for hundreds of years... if the construction is done right and made to be flexible and expandable, and transit makes it easy for people to get there and back home, then the buildings could last and the areas could be a success into the 22nd century. But who really thinks Walmart or Flatirons Mall will still where they are today in the 22nd century?

    Other comments I read talk about the charm of downtown Arvada or Boulder..... well guess what those were built over 100 years ago and there was no zoning commission like every city has now, but those places turned out all right, obviously if we still want to go there in 2018 right? This approach is the total opposite to how those places were built: this is a single developer laying out every square foot in a master plan, but those places were dozens or hundreds of people just doing their thing without a "focus group", can you imagine!

    That is why I think the developers need to leave some room for the free market to do its thing, you know businesses that people want will come in and succeed and if nobody wants to go to an art museum or yoga studio or brewpub then guess what, it will close, and if the area is strong enough to still draw a crowd then someone else will move in and succeed to give the free market what it wants. No need to plan every business and tenant, just get the area plan right and people will come be in the cool new place and spend money naturally.

    Good luck Broomfield and hurry up!
  • Terry about 2 years ago
    There are numerous comments about a place to do art. Can Brunner Farmhouse be used for the arts? People can pay for classes so that it is self-sustaining. As I recall, the Rec Center already has some space that is used for pottery and woodworking so another alternative may be to squeeze art classes in there as well? Rather than allocating space for display, perhaps this can be integrated into coffee shop(s), restaurants and the like? Of course it needs to be deemed pleasing, good art and there can be a small volunteer committee that can jury submissions.
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Change Name to Broomfield Town Square!
    Consider a shared restaurant space like The Source in RINO or Dekalb Market Hall in Brooklyn New York - more vibrant, inclusive & flexible than set restaurants
    Look at Kounz Lake in Lakewood for ideas to beautify the North share of the new Broomfield Lake. Very natural and wildlife friendly.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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  • ruth about 2 years ago
    If you guys decide to make the pond into a 5-acre lake, please make sure you put a PATH all the way around it so people can walk it...like Waneka Lake in Lafayette. Maybe put the same kind of weight stations at intervals?
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    • TB about 2 years ago
      People love mile markers too. I suggest stamped concrete to mark every quarter mile. Stamped concrete is subtle, inexpensive, no additional maintenance and long lasting.
      • Sylvia about 2 years ago
        Great idea, it was not clear from the presentation if the trail would go all the way around the lake, but I agree it should and also connect to the trails crossing Main and the trails up by the SEnior Center. Stamped or painted concrete every 0.1 miles would be very unique, could also make it artful!
  • RobbinM about 2 years ago
    Parking must be a serious consideration. I'm sure underground is significantly more expensive but may be worth it in the long run. The concept pictures don't seem to fit the existing city vibe, especially the hotel and taller buildings that could make the space feel claustrophobic and cut off from the rest of the community. On the other hand, I have many clients who dismiss Broomfield as a possible place to buy because it lacks the walkable downtown that Lafayette, Louisville and Boulder have. I'd really like to see this move forward in the next couple of years!
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      Would be interested to hear what you mean by clients?
      • RobbinM about 2 years ago
        I am a Realtor. My office is in Louisville but I live in Broomfield Heights. When clients are considering this area, those who can't afford Boulder opt for Louisville or Lafayette because of their downtowns. More than a few have told me that they don't want Broomfield or Westminster because of the lack of a place like that.
        • Mike K about 2 years ago
          Very interesting, thank you for sharing your perspective! More evidence that confirms that Broomfield is missing out every month that this drags on. Seems funny to me that Broomfield brags about being a 'master planned' city, but they forgot to build into the plan a place that people would actually enjoy going to to spend their leisure time in the community!
  • AFColorado about 2 years ago
    The project is undoubtedly beautiful, but why is it being pursued when there are more serious issues not being addressed? How will this be funded and what else will suffer because of it? Many streets in Broomfield are in desperate need of expansion and/or maintenance, and need to be brought up to a standard that can support the current and future traffic flows. The City should use the funding to bring current infrastructure up-to-date instead of piling on debt for this grand and unnecessary project. I do not think the City has its priorities in order. I would support a modest upgrading of the Civic Center with the allocation of funding to improve current traffic infrastructure.
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      I hope you can see the great irony in your comment. If there's not money to maintain roads now, and you want to expand the roads, where is the money going to come from to maintain your even BIGGER roads in the future?
      • AFColorado about 2 years ago
        Hmmmm, don't think it's ironic at all. As more homes, commercial buildings and people come to Broomfield, new taxes will be generated to accommodate the growth. I think it's a matter of priorities, and the point I was trying to make is the City has other critical infrastructure issues that need attention now. There is only so much money in the budget and the inferior roads are only going to get worse as the population grows. It's always fun to build bigger, grander public facilities, but not always the responsible thing to do, until critical infrastructure is addressed first. But that's just IMHO, which is obviously the minority. :) .
  • Permian55 about 2 years ago
    Having lived in the first filing area for many years I find the project to be far too massive and expensive, a classic case of a solution looking for a problem. It does not appear that the City has conducted any impact analyses (traffic, noise, lights, parking, storm water) either for the construction phase or for the life of the project. The current traffic situation already overwhelms the existing infrastructure and this project only promises to create an even larger headache for citizens who regularly traverse the area. Moreover, there is no clear financing mechanism, except to subsidize rent with higher taxes and user fees. Finally, there has never been a clear or sensible articulation of why this project proposal is needed, aside from a half-baked notion of somehow upping the competition with other municipalities. This proposal is hardly a "civic center" in the classical sense and is merely more shopping, more traffic, more debt. I agree that the empty Safeway should be repurposed, but the enormity of the entire project, with all it entails, is not appropriate for the existing space.
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      You mentioned this is a "classic case of a solution looking for a problem". I think the problem is pretty clear to anyone who read the comments - Broomfield has no unique places worth caring about. This project is about creating one.
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Cultural indoor space that features all community arts with space for exhibits, classes, and demos along with work spaces for artists. Possible lease space for a gallery.
    Space in town center for outdoor arts, events, and exhibits.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      Another artist looking for a handout - who is paying for all this space they're asking for?
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    The whole design looks familiar. Means not unique. Have not traveled to very many places, but this central market looks like the Byward Market in Ottawa and the water/step design looks like the Cheonggyecheon Stream in Seoul, South Korea. Can we build something really unique for Broomfield? Or are we just borrowing things from other places?
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      I'm okay with it resembling Canada or South Korea 1000s of miles away,let's be realistic here.
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Water project does not work for Broomfield families. - Not a natural /created "heart" -
    -Not Creative Design
    -Water waste not usable or SAFE FOR KIDS.
    Way more parking, way more grass & nature, DO A TRAFFIC STUDY!!!
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      Traffic study will say to widen roads because that's all traffic engineers know how to do. Widening the roads will induce more traffic - that's been proven again and again. Is more traffic what you want? Better to keep the roads narrow and have drivers look elsewhere.
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Like the idea of flats along lake in addition to planned townhouses on Main.
    Re: lakes- what's current source of lake water; how do you plan to keep the lakes full as water in Colorado decreases? I believe this will be a huge issue in the not too distant future.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      Lots of comments about the water usage and rightfully so since we live in the West. I think we should all ask ourselves if/when water becomes more scarce, are we willing to stop watering our thirsty lawns first?
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Transportation was addressed somewhat. Please work with RTD to make it more user friendly to get around.
    Great project- hope it doesn't take 20 years to accomplish! Projects move at a snail pace here- please try to speed it up a tad!
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      I agree with what you have to say, sadly RTD is the last group I'd talk to if I wanted to make it user friendly!
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Consider commercial kitchen space (in Safeway) that could be leased to food truck operators for their prep. They could then sell their products on the plaza.
    Ensure there are plenty of benches, pavilions etc., that are public space around the lake.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Love the connections to RTD. No car area and connections to Green Space- Yes.
    I'm very concerned about the traffic flow and impact it will have in the area.
    I'm concerned about the Lake becoming really gross with geese and being hard and expensive to maintain. So, good planning would be important. Would there be a swimming area?
    I do think offering affordable Family housing is important! Making this area family friendly!
    Wouldn't it be great to have farmers market downtown! Love the Green Roof - Solar Roof idea!
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      Agree with you about the lake getting gross. The current lake by the library is pretty nasty and I would not want to have lunch near it - yuck!
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Family areas!!! SPLASH PAD, parks, open areas to play, community garden, MORE LIBRARY-ESPECIALLY KIDS AREA!!!
    Outdoor patios/eating areas- ice cream sho9p/pizza like in downtown Louisville. Beer Garden. Rooftop patios.
    Holiday events /gathering areas
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      Definitely like the rooftop patio idea, eating and drinking overlooking the lake and fields would be fantastic!
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    I am concerned that nothing is proposed regarding expansion of the Library. It was too small the day it opened and the proposed plan has a community cultural facility where the Library would need to be expanded.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      Curious how you would react if there was a 2nd library branch added on the north side of Broomfield, near Highway 7 and the new Butterfly Pavilion, what if that was the expansion?
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    It's pretty, but not real necessary. Don't waste our precious water with an enlarged lake! We don't need it. We live in a arid state with a lot of growth.
    The height of buildings is TOO HIGH to fit into look of area.
    Decrease No. of housing units, please.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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  • michelle.shorter about 2 years ago
    I'm concerned about the traffic and congestion that will result with no many new residences in a small area. Mixed use spaces are popular right now, but so many in a small area will make traffic and parking difficult and will cause people to not come and enjoy the space.

    Also concerned about parking, in particular for the library. Often time parents with kids need to simply pop in to pick up material and if parking for the library is full it will make this very inconvenient. I would also like to see more entertainment area, ie; small theater, where people can enjoy the space and not always need to spend a lot at restaurants and retail shops.
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      If parking causes people to not come to the space, won't that mean there is now more parking available?
  • djko315 about 2 years ago
    I love that this project is finally coming to fruition. I moved to Broomfield Heights in 2009 and have been waiting for this project to be green-lighted for 9 years! I think this will be great for the community and is long overdue.
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      Yes this is has been a long time coming but if you think it'll be done before 2025, well I wouldn't make that bet!
  • Marsha about 2 years ago
    I think it is exactly what's needed to bring in more restaurants and retail shops - but with the added benefit of the gorgeous outdoor spaces which will attract people to those venues. I believe that if you leave out either aspect you will fall short of the potential for this area. Agree that traffic mitigation (and parking) need to be addressed in a great deal of detail prior to the design being finalized. If it becomes a 'hassle' to get there or to park once there then people won't come back for a return visit.
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      Flatirons Mall has acres and acres of parking, so why don't people go there anymore?
  • Terry about 2 years ago
    I am very impressed with the plans. I have lived in Broomfield for 20 years, and through those years often find myself shopping and eating in boulder, Louisville and Lafayette, looking for variety, character and personality. I remember one time hosting an out of town educator in Broomfield and finding it hard to find a local and unique place to have lunch. I felt very sad for Broomfield! I look forward to having a place to bike to, wander around in, shop, meet friends for coffee and lunch, and show off new and appealing places to dine. It’s time Broomfield grew up! It is now it’s own city AND county, and it’s residents should not have to go to Arvada, Louisville, or Lafayette to enjoy a small downtown experience. Even superior is building one! Let’s make Broomfield a desirable destination! And please don’t take years and years to get this going. Now is the time, while the economy is strong.
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      Variety, character, personality - yes!
      To an outsider it must seem like Broomfield has outlawed these because they sure do not exist in the city limits!
  • Gregbaker80 about 2 years ago
    Please do not turn this into another parking crater! Make it as walkable and bikeable as possible, encourage more transit frequency to this location. If there has to be parking, make it on-street, underground, or hidden as best possible (no giant surface lots like the rest of 120th!!!). Provide plenty of shade in the open spaces and good lighting in the evenings. This has to be a destination and meeting place where people want to spend time (and money!), not just drive by to pick up some fast food and leave. It has to be diverse and multi-use, learn from the Flatirons Mall don't replicate it
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      I didn't know what a parking crater is, I had to look up that term. I would have thought it meant the opposite. Yes I agree with this comment. If it's easy and safe to walk from the parking garage to the attractions on the square then most reasonable people won't complain.
  • Kevin L. about 2 years ago
    As a participant in the community focus group, I must say that the proposal presented last night did try to hit the mark but overall, I felt they had a swing and a miss. Yes, the proposal does try and address a number of ideas and suggestions that came out of the focus group meetings but the thing I first felt when I saw the proposed designs was that it didn't have a "home town" feel/vibe to it. My first thought was it would make a great design for the Flat Irons Mall redevelopment or maybe in Interlocken but it didn't make me think "downtown" or "heart of the community", which was a major theme discussed during the focus group meetings. There were a number of components to the proposal that were interesting and have potential but collectively, it just didn't make me feel like it succeeded in creating that sense of place or purpose as a downtown area.
    The scale of the larger structures felt like they overwhelmed the overall project, which is why it felt more like it would be a great design for the Mall or the office park. Even with the grade variables, five or six stories is too much of a height difference compared with all the other structures across the entire area. I understand the economics of the development but two or three huge buildings created more a canyon feel than the desired, small town vibe people said they were looking for.
    In addition, I really didn't see anything that addressed how they were going to visually "pull in" people off 120th Ave. Repurposing the existing Safeway building is great at saving costs but that building also acts as a "wall", visually blocking the rest of the project from being seen from 120th.
    Also, the "Square" part of the project appears to be rather small, especially if it is going to be used for larger scale community activities. Possibly using more useable roof top terracing could help increase the size and functionality of the square while not increasing the overall footprint of the square.
    All in all, this proposal does give us a real feel for what can be done but it will definitely need to continue to be refined and adjusted if it is going to succeed in creating that really, uniquely Broomfield vibe people are hoping for.
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      Sorry I don't follow the logic. If the other buildings are tall, won't that make them visible from 120th above the old Safeway building?
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Movie made me wonder about safety along the water in the retail and residential area.
    I would think there would be security watching the lake during the winter for mishaps.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      Security watching around the lake? Is that going to be 24x7? Who do you suppose will pay for that?
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Need public transit to & from the Town Square & some sort of people mover within the Town Square.
    The Town Square has been referred to as Broomfield's "Downtown". We need to have a person or unit that plans events & activities to attract people & keep it vibrant, just like some of our smaller neighbors (Lafayette, Erie) do to keep their "Downtowns" active & vibrant.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Given the 60k square ft of space in the Safeway building, why wouldn't you consider making it phase I of the plan? You could go a long way with multi-use capacity even before any thought of commercial or residential construction. Thank you!
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      Cool idea and could be done much quicker because that already has power, plumbing, foundation, etc that the rest of the site doesn't. Maybe then we won't be waiting forever until this gets done!
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Make sure that the retail locations in and around Safeway are updated and fit in with all of the new infrastructure please. This will help the curb appeal from the street & unify the project.
    Love all the plans! Please complete it as soon as possible!
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      I share your concerns about the area around the Safeway - currently unappealing. The current aesthetics of the GNC store, pho restaurant, liquor store, and auto parts stores will not fit in with the design. I don't support the city buying them out but something must be done.
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Make the pedestrian walk & former Safeway space dog-accessible to encourage availability. I don't want my dog-walking paths to go away.
    I'd like to see kayaking be an option on the new lake.
    Please make all features as sustainable & green as possible! Rooftop gardens, solar panelled parking lots, green walls, pollinator gardens, etc., please!
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      Kayaking and paddle boarding on the enlarged lake sounds like a wonderful thing! Also like the sustainable ideas like rooftop gardens and how about a geothermal district?!?
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    The projects name "Town Center" sounds like a shopping mall. Please investigate alternatives.
    It would be great if the post office and other businesses that form the block east of Safeway could be purchased and added to the project.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      I agree that the name is quite drab and uninspiring. That's unfortunate that strip developments have stolen the "Town Center" name and turned it into what it is today (yes even in Broomfield and 120th and Sheridan).
      "Civic Center" is equally uninspiring.
      I liked the name "First and Main" that was in Dana Crawford's original proposal. That conjures a central location and meeting spot, and ties to a sense of place that Broomfield is clearly in need of.
  • TB about 2 years ago
    I love the idea of a town square. It would be great to have a town center. I would consider multi-modal connectivity to other areas in the city so it is not created in a bubble. For example, consider a strong multi-use path connection to the US 36 transit center. You could theoretically have dinner then walk or bike over and head down to a ballgame in Denver. You would also connect it to the Arista transit neighborhood. Consider similar multi-use path connections to other high density areas. Consider connections to existing paths such as the Big Dry Creek Trail where people can ride to the civic center and play in the water and have a drink. Add bike parking for those with trailers.

    One other considerations is: How do you attract the right kind of businesses? There are other planned developments in the city (example: Arista) with a similar master plans, however the planned businesses have not appeared and many of the storefronts remain empty and the proposed plots for development are still vacant land. That proposed transit center lacks vibrancy because it lacks the street-level retail proposed in the plan.

    There are also many storefronts vacant in the retail development just east of Flatirons Mall. I love the idea of what could be in the civic center area, but I would also love to see it succeed. Is it possible to get commitments from the kinds of businesses planned prior to the build?

    I love the ideas of condensed housing. Broomfield remains an affordable place to live, even at market value. Condensed housing helps lift the local retail. Good transit access reduces traffic to and from to prevent congestion and parking needs. For example, It is hard to find housing close enough to the US 36 corridor that you don't need a vehicle to get to the stop. Good multi-modal could connect this to the Flatiron and Broomfield stations.

    The bike lanes on the roads in Broomfield are quite narrow and commonly an after-thought painted on. The Civic Area could be the beginning of great connections and proper width for bike lanes.

    I really like the idea of a splash pad for the kiddos. Looking at the plan it appears that the water is detention and not likely safe for swimming. It would give an opportunity to safely get wet and have a water experience to cool off near the water. It would help reduce the temptation to drop in the water for a swim if that is not a safe option.
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  • BuffyKyra about 2 years ago
    This is a mix of me being concerned about whether or not we can afford/bring in such a beautiful, vibrant downtown - and input on what I think attractive areas have.

    1 - How can we afford this without putting excessive taxing in place and chasing away the businesses we want in there?
    2 - Can we aim for LEED certification in building this? (Check out Syracuse's Destiny Mall LEED Certification - using recycled rubber for the building material!!)
    3 - Can we do this in steps to ensure success? I feel like I see a lot of unused retail space around here, and that doesn't bode well for putting in a whole bunch of new stuff....
    4 - Incorporate traffic planning as this will definitely increase the traffic in the area.
    5 - Can we go simpler but still just as nice? Do we really need a plan this big? I didn't think of Broomfield as a big enough city to require this....
    6 - Have we considered using murals in any particular space? I loved seeing the murals in Philadelphia (see Philadelphia Mural Arts) and Boston (Dewey Square) as I wandered through those cities.
    7 - Can we aim for a charm similar to one found in Greece's pedestrian areas (picture Santorini and Athens)? I generally hate how in modern America we are too focused on being modern, fast and cheap to actually take the time and build beautifully like they used to in Europe.
    8 - What if we just revamp the Safeway area first and see how that goes before redoing the whole beautiful area in front of the Library? I'd really like to test this "we'll get vendors and have money!" idea before redoing the whole area and having an ugly ghost town....
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    • Mike K about 2 years ago
      Love your idea about murals!
      Also about building materials that will last, like in Europe. I think of this project as something to pass on to the next generation that we're proud of, not a cheap stucco pile of sticks!
      Have you ever noticed that no one buys an empty WAL-MART building to repurpose it? That's because they are built out of the cheapest materials possible and no one wants to be stuck with that liability that will start falling apart in a decade and have to be rebuilt. So the city is stuck with an empty eyesore. I never want that to happen in this downtown area!
  • lladams about 2 years ago
    I have a lot of comments so forgive me in advance: Most of these thoughts are just comments and I do not necessarily require a response.
    First, I do not think narrowing 1st st. is a good idea. With all this planning, there will be more traffic, and the current width of 1st may be needed for more dedicated turn lanes so traffic will continue to move. A pedestrian walkway that crosses over 1st is a good idea.
    Broomfield Steps - lovely, but I too, was concerned about accessibility issues. Elevators not just at top and bottom but access to mid way would be good. Also plenty of elevators. I have issues with lots of steps (mostly up) and hip pain with walking long distances. I hate having to hike a distance just to get to the elevator! I'm worn out by the time I get to the accessibility.
    The 'neighborhood park' seems tiny, almost like an afterthought. Could it be larger?
    Love the amphitheater space! Also I love the extension and the incorporation of the lake into the overall design. I am not at all concerned with the issues that one of the questioners had.
    I too am anxious to know when this will start and the time frame for the phases. I am a professional artist and have lamented the lack of art, art venues, art space, art in general, studio space, galleries, etc. At 57 I am just starting my professional art career after years in the private sector and I would like to have a gallery space. Now would be good! However, I may have to temporarily look elsewhere but I have to go so far, Lakewood for example. It would be good to have my space nearby.
    Regarding art spaces. Some venues have created art spaces such as 40 West Arts. I wouldn't mind sharing a space but I would prefer my own space. It would be great if art studios could be subsidized in some way. Most artists, even successful ones simply do not make a lot of money for rent. That is why they are drawn to cheaper old areas. Unfortunately, they are then pushed out by gentrification. It would be good if long term leases could be provided (there is a certain term I am looking for, that I can't remember.)
    I am glad to hear that there is supposed to be some affordable housing. My daughter is a struggling single parent who has rheumatoid arthritis and has been recently classified as disabled. She cannot find an affordable place to live. I agree with one of the questioners, that the affordable housing needs to be subsidized or on some type of sliding scale (also for the art spaces) based on income.
    One of the questioners had an issue with lack of families. I totally disagree. She apparently didn't watch the same video I did. :-). This will definitely be family friendly!
    Someone also had a concern about how are we going to entice businesses? I am not concerned with this either. It is a small enough space and there are plenty of local businesses (such as me) that would clamor for a space here.
    Another person is stuck in the past about 'farm community.' Broomfield "used" to be a farm community. It hasn't been a farm community for a long time. A city has to grow with the times but we can still make it a lovely community.
    I disagree with the gentleman thinking this was like Flatirons and you responded to his comments well. The residents and vendors with come. But please, please, please keep the rents accessible!!! For both residential and businesses. You want to entice local businesses, non-chain and unique businesses? You must keep the rent low. Diversity is key too.
    I am concerned about each phase being done by private developers. How can we insure that what your panels have come up with will come into fruition? I am concerned about greedy developers just wanting the revenue and rents being too high.
    Regarding the library lady talking. It is an unfortunate fact, that libraries are dying out and she needs to realize that. I disagree that the library is the heart of Broomfield.
    That is all for now!
    I hope to come to another meeting. I have a college class this summer so was unable to attend this one, so I really appreciate the video being available!
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    • Bill Hobler about 2 years ago
      After thirteen years in a "Cooperative Gallery" of over 60 artists i find that the encouragement of that community of artists and our combined influence on the activates of the studio to be fulfilling. In addition we shared the cost of owning and supporting the gallery and it's administration. We were able to hire a manager and accountant and have more art production time.
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Make sure there is cultural artist space for all groups artist. Photography, dance, music and any other space to give workshop for those venues.
    Where is the water for the new lake to come from?
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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    • lladams about 2 years ago
      I agree with you regarding the artist spaces.
    • Bill Hobler about 2 years ago
      Look at Safeway building for all these plus maker spaces. How about pottery and woodworking and, ... and...
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    I suggest the developers research Alexandria, VA's development of the waterfront community and the Torpedo Factory. Both attract residents and visitors, international visitors.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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  • Walter about 2 years ago
    Ditch the Safeway conversion, there is too much subsidized city property as is.
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    • Bill Hobler about 2 years ago
      The Safeway building is already owned and the parking lot is for the City Center. Moreover the building can be a collecting area in winter or in rain/hail storms. It is also a venue which could house an art gallery, art was one of the imperatives identified in 2016/17 meetings.
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    First Avenue will be too busy to make it a smaller road.
    Concerned w/Mosquito's and kids drowning in lake. Who patrols this area. Why do we need water lake when we live in the Front Range.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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    • Diane about 2 years ago
      I don’t want the mosquitoes either. The last two years have been awful.
    • AT about 2 years ago
      There are lots of ways to mitigate mosquitoes (coming from someone from Minnesota). The problem isn't a large body of water but smaller pools of standing water. Mosquitoes need just a small area such as a bucket, puddle, tire to hatch new mosquitoes, which is probably were the ones we are seeing are coming from. That is most water features you see have running water. If they were to install a bubbler to keep the water moving, it would help. They could also stock koi or other fish that eat larva. I think the pond would be great. Better that than more concrete.
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Please please please consider the current residents of Main Street! Our traffic & parking is already an issue. We need to make sure that new residents in the townhomes & also the patrons of the new businesses have ample parking that is not on Main St.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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    • BuffyKyra about 2 years ago
      Agreed! Plan the parking and traffic; don't just let it be an after-thought. I was disappointed that all the parking considerations seemed to be after-thoughts...
  • DB about 2 years ago
    Very thoughtful plan. Expanded water is a fantastic idea and I love how you’ve incorporated the open spaces above it. The plan uses the topography to great effect. This plan has a unique look and feel that will give Broomfield an identity
  • Betz920 about 2 years ago
    Way too many dwellings. Traffic, noise, and air pollution will significantly and negatively impact the quality of life for area residents, of whom I am one! Strip malls certainly weren’t the answer, either, but rather than creating a lovely town center, this plan will force even more people out of the lovely residential areas that already exist in old Broomfield. Out with the old, in with the new. Seems that’s the goal of this plan, and as a long-time resident (I,e, old) it breaks my heart.
  • Gina about 2 years ago
    The project to convert the old Safeway has exploded to make this mini city within the city. It is out of control. Looking at the video, I did not see anything for the kids to do except 'hang-out'. I did not see a playground, or maybe a water fountain park where they could at least cool off in the summer. Most kids I know love being able to run in and out of the fountain sprays. A shaded playground would be very useful. I witnessed a child get a second degree burn on the slide at the ball field playground. I also did not see any public bathrooms to accommodate all these people lounging around with friends. You can call people who are concerned about parking entitled all you want, but public transportation is very expensive and without transportation, you have people that won't come to this center without parking. And then you have a ghost town of empty store fronts. The architecture all looks modern, cold, and ugly. I believe that the request was for traditional architecture. I would like to know, that if every housing unit was filled, what would the population per square foot be? How big would the average housing unit be? And I cannot believe that anyone in any focus group or survey said that we need a hotel shoved into this tiny piece of ground so I would like to know where that thought came from.I moved to rural Broomfield and it then became suburban Broomfield and now you are turning it into urban Broomfield. More is not always good and we need to seriously look at our concept of controlled population growth. I see that all the artists have weighed in to turn the place into one big art space. I like art as well as the next person, but I f all these artists move in, they will all want to be subsidized to afford what appears to be an expensive place to live, work or shop. I don't want my tax dollars used to support every artist in Broomfield. If this is for 'everyone', then it needs to be for everyone and most of those everyones have children. This appears to be very unfriendly for families with children.
  • AC about 2 years ago
    I think it looks great! The one thing I have questions about is the Inn. I'm not necessarily against it, but is there a documented need for a hotel in this area? It seems like a strange place for it as the Civic Center is likely to attract locals, but probably won't be a tourist destination. What about putting affordable senior apartments there instead? It's close to the senior center- and being within walking distance of shops and restaurants seems like it would be a good social opportunity for the older folks.
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    • lladams about 2 years ago
      Good idea of using the proposed hotel space as senior apartments. I also don't feel we need a boutique hotel, but more affordable housing.
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Open splash pad & fountain area where kids can play & parents can sit in the shade. No fences, easy & free come & go. In the winter turn into an ice skating rink.
    Designate an area for urban art & engage in local graffiti artists to make an amazing urban paint canvas. Not sculptures of statues, but building-side wall art that is unique & inspiring.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Less water, more open land. Less housing: traffic is bad enough but the answer should not be a widening of Main St.
    Give Broomfield residents a chance at opening businesses, renting workshop spaces, etc., prior to outside and/or corporate interests.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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    • lladams about 2 years ago
      Yes, priority or incentives should be given to Broomfield residents and business owners.
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Ensure that Broomfield is not gentrified-engage with the community that relies on Pacific Ocean Marketplace & the other Asian-American owned business across 120th & keep that diversity in mind. It's a big part at why we moved here!
    Off-leash dog park-community garden.
    NO HOSTILE ARCHITECTURE no spikes or other features that prevent homeless people from resting.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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    • lladams about 2 years ago
      I agree with with no hostile architecture! I hate the divided seats at Union State bus terminal for example.
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Please make sure the performance area can accommodate large productions. We need a theatre with fly space, wing space, and depth and an orchestra pit. Ample dressing room square.
    I would be interested in serving the cultural aspect of the project. Please consider asking me to be on future focus groups/committees.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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    • lladams about 2 years ago
      Yes, I agree. A lot of designed theater spaces don't take into account fly space, wing space, and everything else you mentioned. There were comments about public storage places, but it wouldn't be a bad idea if there were some nearby storage units dedicated to local theater, dance or performance groups.
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    I would like to see buildings to accommodate performing and visual arts ( gallery & performance spaces) also workshop spaces to bring in teachers for art classes.
    I would also like the planners to design for art fairs in the summer (a la Cherry Creek)
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
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  • lladams about 2 years ago
    in addition to the long list of previous comments I made earlier. I do not think a boutique hotel is needed at all.
  • littlebull629 about 2 years ago
    I am so excited for Broomfield to have a town square! I am a big fan of evening walks through small, local downtowns, where people in the Community come together. I love to see people greet each other as neighbors and friends. I used to live right next to Clement Park in Littleton, and I really miss having the lake to walk around with my kids (even though there might be goose poop, lol). I would also like to see some art spaces. I am a new artist, and feel sad that Broomfield does not have an art district like surrounding municipalities. I would rather have a place in my hometown to make, promote and sell my art, instead of seeking opportunities in another city. Thank you for taking the time to listen to what everyone wants on this project!

    P.S. I have kids; I think Broomfield is an awesome place for kids already. Also, I love the idea of some kind of mass transit through the area, like shared bicycles. Oh, and beer gardens, please, please, please!!!!
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    • lladams about 2 years ago
      I agree with you about the art spaces. I am also a local artist and I have to go all the way to Lakewood and Santa Fe to show my art. I would like a local studio to go to instead of my basement.
  • rlong8092 about 2 years ago
    I am on staff at a local non-profit dance studio that has been in Broomfield for 25 years. We would like to see a larger theatre space for performances. We are only able to rent the Broomfield Audi for our smallest performances (1-2 times a year). Otherwise, we rent performance space elsewhere to accommodate our needs. Since we are a Broomfield organization, it would be AMAZING to also be able tp perform in Broomfield. It would also be wonderful for all of our patrons to be able to support Broomfield businesses to dine before/after our performances. We need a theatre space that can seat up to 500-600 attendees as well as a larger stage to support our dance organization along with dressing rooms etc. The current Broomfield Audi does not meet our needs sadly. Building a new theatre that would be able to support Broomfield arts organizations such as dance, symphony, and theatre would be ideal. Creating a space for all local artists within Broomfield would really bring the community together.
  • Brfk about 2 years ago
    The plans look good -- I'm more worried about waiting for years and years for them to actually come to fruition. Make it happen!
  • kcavalli about 2 years ago
    I am thrilled that this is going to happen and love the expansion of the pond. Having lived in Broomfield for almost 30 years, I am concerned about the traffic on Main Street as it is already bad. Making this area accessible with other means of transportation (RTD, bikes, scooters, walking) is a top priority on my list. Thank you for everything you are doing, and I know we will be the envy of our boarding neighbors!
  • jj about 2 years ago
    It seems to me that it addresses so many of the desires I have had for a "downtown" type area for Broomfield. It is very ambitious, but I like it. It is not a solution to all of Broomfield's issues, but I don't think it needs to be. I hope we can be as creative for the other problems of affordable housing, wildlife sanctuaries, etc. It would be nice to see some diversity of people in the video of the project.
  • larry about 2 years ago
    (1) Extensive solar, PLEASE! Tesla (was SolarCity) has new 19.5% efficient panels, probably better by the time the Civic Center gets built.
    (2) Green rooftops
    (3) Community gardens

    Thank you!
    Larry Beer
  • KP about 2 years ago
    I attended the community meeting and while it looks nice, it doesn't feel like Broomfield. I am not a fan of the boutique hotel at all. It does not fit the area or the concept. There needs to be much more impact analysis regarding traffic, noise, parking - something that Broomfield has always been famous for doing after the fact, when it's too late. The number of actual housing units and height also needs to be reviewed to limit the impact the First Filing neighbors. Also, all the pictures and portrayals seems to be in the lovely spring and summer outside months. What about the other cold, winter months? Outside dining along with walking, biking are out. What then?
  • AndreaV about 2 years ago
    I would like to see a definite number of affordable housing units instead of "opportunities" for affordable housing, particularly for seniors who are on fixed incomes. This looks like a very ambitious project!!
  • hz about 2 years ago
    A downtown is very much needed. I totally agree with the other posters who've mentioned going to Lafayette/Louisville/Boulder for dinner vs. staying in Broomfield. We need the same around here. But I also agree with other posters about this plan being way to much up front. Not sure why this can't come in realistic phases... start with a couple of areas (a 2 block stretch?) for non-chain restaurants, retail, affordable housing, and add on more as things settle. Diving right in with an Inn and so much housing and so much office space, etc, feels like it's too developer driven. Over develop, make money, run away. If we commit to a massive project up front, we risk it being a ghost town. JMHO.

    And I hate to be cynical, but given the snail's pace this project has moved over the years, I don't anticipate any construction beginning before most of us are either dead or have moved elsewhere. Would love to be proven wrong.
  • CBH about 2 years ago
    Make it happen. Get a shovel in the ground.
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Build permanent affordable and attainable housing for people with families in all stages of life. Consider a model like Fort Collins Housing Catalyst. Units are BELOW market rate and open to all and accept housing choice.
    Vouchers as well. This kind of housing option allows families and young people build wealth and provides stable housing for our seniors and residents with limited income.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    What about schools for the children who are residents in all the additional housing?
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    I didn't see any ramps for handicapped to access town square from Safeway level.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Where is the Green Space?
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Space to create art, take multiple media classes and see art shows in a space that has good lighting, room for demonstrations. Storage and space to gather for art receptions - sinks, tables, chairs, flexible movable space for large and small groups.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    The increase in traffic is a given. Please make sure there is appropriate, non-intrusive parking available.
    Is the Boutique Hotel really necessary? It doesn't seem to fit well with the vision. I think the space could be used in a better way.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Thank you for listening & for your creativity!
    Complete the expansion of the Backstage, Green Room, & storage space for the Broomfield Auditorium- which was cut when funds ran out .
    Be sure that any future cultural center is affordable for small Broomfield non-profits (choirs, orchestras, etc..)
    Goose poop mitigation - it is a BIG problem at current pond.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Public Transportation Access or shuttle service. I currently live within 1.5 miles from the project. I would walk, but I know I can't sustain it by myself.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    You made my evening last night when you said that affordable housing would be indistinguishable from other housing. What a lovely, generous concept! Thank you.
    Related to affordable housing: Please give significant thought to what the gentleman who's on the Housing Authority Committee said about using the Safeway building for same. He's got my vote. I foresee a deliberate combination
    of commercial space and subsidize-living units wherein each benefits from the others' presence. It'd be a shame, and not consistent with Broomfield values, to devote such a perfectly situated site to retail use when so many in our community could benefit from living there.
    It was good to see both of you. I look forward to seeing you again and to do what I can to make Broomfield Town Square all we dream it can be.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    All unused rooftops should in turn be used by green space - grass, parks with nice fences along sides, gardens (especially herb gardens for restaurants that would use them, solar panels, water features, colored/painted roofs, etc.
    Little areas for water fountains, hammocks, have the water areas in "C Plaza", be shallow enough for kids to play in - make room in essence for related areas.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Will the Safeway Store be replaced, to match other buildings?
    Will the lake freeze or continue to move in winter months? If frozen, maybe skate? Love this plan!
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    What studies of soil will be done to make sure the "Flat Irons" ground "unsettling" would not happen again?
    Present merchants? Post Offices? H2O? Taxes impact? Affordable Housing % HUD? Timeline? Agreements? 60K Sq.Ft.? Soil? Local?
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Important that it fit into the "mid-century" surroundings: First Filing, mtn. view shoppettes, security bank, etc. Not saying it should use 1950's blueprints, but hopefully, it will be complimentary!!
    Something like "centered market"/maker space/incubator for businesses, restaurants, etc. is important. Shouldn't be building a new neighborhood, but really a total community space.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    I believe we are loving the small town feel with plan.
    The hotel and housing in this area seem to look out of place.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Keep the faith! This is a wonderful plan. Don't let the negative folks get you down.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Concerned about the 5 - 6 floor building, especially after public opinion feels the rec center should be a 4-floor building.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Please incorporate icon Broomfield historical photos- such as aerial views /open space photos/Grange Depot items as murals, walls, etc...
    I am concerned about cutting off an East/West arterial on 1st Avenue and increasing traffic slowly travel time on 120th Ave. & Midway Blvd.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Art space - studio space, gallery, workshop space in Safeway building?
    You must have public parking if you want to attract people from these west suburbs - Anthem, Broadlands, etc.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Include a marketplace food area. It may help to make restaurants more successful.
    I like the idea of a beer garden.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Keep the lake big! This will be a community focal point!
    Love the open space on the north shore. Please keep that if possible!
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
  • Admin Commented CCBroomfield about 2 years ago
    Love the ferry building - San Francisco - much smaller version is Denver Central Market (Indoor Farmer's Market)
    Need parking and public transportation.
    (Written in comment from community meeting June 18)
  • bill about 2 years ago
    Research shows that an active art space is beneficial in many ways, there is a large dollars and cents gain for Broomfield, look in research by "Americans For The Arts" in its report:
    "The 341 Participating Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Study Regions".
  • PeleRB about 2 years ago
    I really like how this is evolving as Broomfield grows, and I and others experience a need for a "center" or "heart" of sorts. I don't care for strip malls and malls, which come and go depending on convenience and novelty to draw people in to spend money and gather. This seems more like a unique and lasting place with beauty, art, nature, good food, etc. that allows for economic growth of local businesses and community interaction and enjoyment. It also will encourage people to become healthier through walking and biking on our trails or using public transportation rather than relying so much on cars. Moreover, it is a nice blend of drawing in our history as an agricultural community with multiple lakes (built for irrigation) with a modern feel of being a more urban area as our population grows. I also like that it will be provide housing units for a variety of income levels so that Broomfield can support and celebrate its diversity. I think that given its uniqueness and amenities, outsiders as well as Broomfielders will want to visit, which helps support the viability of the businesses. Perhaps the need for a small hotel is part of that equation.

    As I understand it, rather than tax payer dollars being used to build and support this (with the exception of city buildings, such as the expansion of the library), it will largely be funded by the developer which then relies on selling housing units, renting business spaces, etc. similar to a mall development.
  • Sheri about 2 years ago
    I attended the presentation last night and was very impressed with the work that has been done so far.
    My two items are:
    > What is the distance around the lake and will there be signs posted so if people want to walk it, they know the distance? Will there be any places to stop and stretch or do pull ups, etc.
    > My 2nd item is how will people get in/out of this area? Main is very small, 120th is already packed and has too many lights. I don't see a good way for people to access this area with east.
  • Karen about 2 years ago
    I like it-very creative and just what Broomfield needs.
  • Dwayne about 2 years ago
    Very excited about this project. It's too bad that at the speed the city moves, it will probably be another 10 years before anything is open for business.

    Also to the planners: please ignore any detractors complaining about parking. So many Baby Boomers can act so entitled about parking and loudly complain if they have to park more than 20 feet away from their destination. They don't realize that their attitudes about demanding to have abundant parking leads to the ugly soulless strip malls the city is full of now, and leads to the strong community desire to see a place like this that isn't surrounded by acres of giant asphalt parking lot.
  • judyann2222 about 2 years ago
    I attended the Civic Center Community meeting tonight and was very impressed with the presentation. It is a very ambitious undertaking but I feel the organizers and developers have put a great deal of thought into every aspect of the future "Broomfield Town Center." I live within walking distance and cannot wait to be able to enjoy this community center, walking around the water, visiting an expanded library, stopping at a bakery & coffee shop, listening to a concert at the outdoor amphitheater, browsing an art gallery or two. I love the whole idea and am happy with the inclusion of the former Safeway store. One person tonight suggested the addition of an island in the pond/lake and I think that would be a very nice touch. It would also be a good haven for the birds, geese, and ducks. I am not keen on the addition of a hotel into the mix. I think there is enough with the housing and retail space, I don't see the advantage of adding a hotel across the street from an established residential neighborhood. I just think it will take SO long to come to fruition. . . I hope I live long enough to see it.
  • Tonya about 2 years ago
    I like the idea especially restaurants and mixed use. Must keep the library and like Broomfield having a “downtown”. Affordable housing is key to me too. A diverse Broomfield is important
  • Nancy about 2 years ago
    My kids and I love to ride our bikes to the library, Audi, the Bay, the nearby parks, and the Brunner house, and it would be great to add places that are also family-friendly. I believe we do not need to expand the pond.
  • km5ty about 2 years ago
    This glitzy proposal looks very nice, however the plan seems to be lacking in details around parking, traffic management and how it will be paid for. The city already invested heavily in the Flatirons Mall area which is becoming a ghost town. Why does this all have to be done in one large project? Where are the timeline details? I’m concerned the construction will cause a huge disruption of traffic and civic services access, take much longer than anticipated and the costs will continue to mount. Can’t the area be developed slowly and profitably?
  • A Wanerus about 2 years ago
    Looks amazing! Excited about new dining and retail opportunities for Broomfield. I hope that there is ample parking and traffic mitigation is considered.
  • WP about 2 years ago
    Myself and family are really excited to finally see this making great progress, it looks like the kind of development we could walk or bike to with the kids every weekend. I hope you can bring in retail and restaurants that are chain-free but maintain a family feel, and a good mix of uses that would activate the area daytime and nighttime.
  • Kathy about 2 years ago
    I think it's absolutely gorgeous!
  • mushroom cloud_2 about 2 years ago
    Looks great. Pretty excited to see this come to life. #breakgroundnow :)
  • Concerned abouththe traffic about 2 years ago
    Looks nice but...have you thought of the impact on main street with all the traffic that will be coming to Broomfield? I live on main street and I can sit in my living room and on a daily basis there is at least one accident or close call to an accident on a daily basis. I myself was involved in an accident right in front of my home a few months ago by someone that rear ended me. I think main street will be impacted more than anyone has thought, and you add 365 more housing units to the mix I don't know how anyone will get anyplace.
    Then in the winter if there is enough snow to plow you don't clean main street curb to curb which will make for more of a mess than we have now. I would suggest making main street a snow emergency route and when it snows all cars must be pared in drive ways so the city can clean the streets curb to curb.
  • c0al3x1 about 2 years ago
    I think it looks fantastic and I love the use of water. Can't wait!
  • Cyclonelane about 2 years ago