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When Citizens Speak, Broomfield Listens: A City Planning Update

May 30, 2019 05:10PM

By Bette Erickson

Broomfield ranks as the fifth healthiest community in the United States according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 rankings released last month. The criteria for categories included:

  • Population health
  • Equity
  • Education
  • Economy
  • Housing
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Environment
  • Public safety
  • Community vitality
  • Infrastructure

Numerous studies show that how well and how long you live are shaped by where you live. Broomfield officials and stakeholders make decisions in creating policies and practices that improve health and lifestyle outcomes based on empowering citizens.

And the work continues. A Community Center-Senior Center reconstruction is underway, slated to open during the summer of 2020. Another important priority nearby is the Civic Center complex, a revamp of the entire area, dubbed  “Broomfield Town Square.”

In spite of the mighty construction going on, The Bay aquatic park will offer business as usual throughout the summer. The Bay parking lot reconstruction and installation of underground utilities, site work, permitting and construction for the new Community Center has begun and will wrap-up before the popular water park opens for the season.

The neighborhood setting for both projects will serve as a destination, offering economic vitality, affordable housing, unique shopping and dining choices. 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.

At this time, 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 proposed new Community Center, the Civic Center will reflect a lifestyle reminiscent of the values and expectations of Broomfield residents 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 360+ dwelling units and a re-purposing of the Safeway building into 25,000 square feet of retail uses, co-working space, community space and a dedicated 10,000 square feet of common area.

Currently the new Community Center foundation and precast structures are being installed. 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 old BCC, 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. 

The City and County of Broomfield relies on citizen input. To share your thoughts on either the proposed Civic Center complex/Broomfield Town Square or the new Community Center and Senior Center, email [email protected] or call 303-438-6390 to speak with a Citizen Assistant.