Progress and Pride in the Heart of Broomfield
Dec 01, 2018 03:11AM
By Bette Erickson
Ranked #18 in Money magazine’s 2018 Best Places to Live, Broomfield boasts more than 8,000 acres of dedicated open space and 280 miles of trails, along with City and County amenities too numerous to list.
And now the Community Center and Senior Center reconstruction is in the works, slated to open during the summer of 2020. As if that’s not exciting enough, including the building of the new Civic Center complex, a revamp of the entire area is in the works.
Residents, developers, planners and interested community stakeholders gathered most recently on Oct. 27 at the Broomfield Auditorium to hear about ongoing progress regarding the development of the approximate 10.5 acres, now dubbed “Broomfield Town Square.”
With the community consistently engaged in the progress of the proposal (generally north of First Ave., South of Midway Blvd. and east of Main St.), the design team from Urban Neighborhoods and City Street Investors describe the process as vibrant and exciting.
The park-like setting for both projects will serve as a destination, offering economic vitality, affordable housing, unique shopping, and recreation and dining choices.
At this time, the Civic Center planners are considering various developers to fulfill the vision. Results from numerous community focus sessions and surveys continue to guide the process. Like the new Community Center, the Civic Center aims to reflect a lifestyle reminiscent of the values and expectations of Broomfield residents, visitors, and business owners.
The Civic Center plan proposes a substantially enlarged Community Park Pond (making use of reclaimed water) wrapping around the library and Auditorium toward First Avenue, extensive plazas and walking areas, outdoor dining opportunities, entertainment venues and public art, approximately 50,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, a 100-room inn, some 22 row-houses, perhaps as many as 360+ dwelling units and a re-purposing of the Safeway building into 25,000 square feet of retail, co-working, and community space along with a dedicated 10,000 square feet of common area.
Visitors to the site of the old Community Center will see the reconstruction project is well underway: The groundbreaking ceremony kicking off the construction of the new facility was last September and The Bay parking lot reconstruction and installation of underground utilities, site work, permitting, and construction has started.
The next steps include foundation, pools, and precast structures – that are currently being reviewed and considered for approval via Broomfield’s building department. In the short term, a December 2018 completion is targeted for The Bay parking lot reconstruction.
While the old Community Center (built in 1974) was 37,348 square feet, the new one will be some 87,000 square feet, or about the same size as the Paul Derda Recreation Center across town off of Lowell Blvd.
And similar to the PDRC and the Community Center, the new building is planned to be a truly multi-generational facility including offerings ranging from preschool programs through programs with an active aging focus – and seemingly everything conceivable in between. Broomfield truly has it all.