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Broomfield residents crave heart of city

Several Broomfield residents weighed in this week about the long sought mixed-use Town Square project.
Broomfield residents attending the summer concert series on Wednesday shared their thoughts on long sought development.

Broomfield’s long sought mixed-use Town Square project, although under discussion for over a decade, was stalled again last month after City Council opted to delay voting on zoning details until at least September.

Despite gaining approval by the Land Use Review Commission on May 9, the proposed community gathering place slated for Main Street and West 120th Avenue remains in limbo.

In 2019, council approved the Redevelopment and Reimbursement Agreement to include a minimum of 365 residential units and approximately 75,000 square feet of commercial development. Since that time, development goals were increased to 818 residential units and 187,000 square feet of commercial development on a 39-acre Planned Unit Development.

Several Broomfield residents weighed in this week about the ongoing project. 

•Seth and Katrina High, who moved to Broomfield more than 12 years ago, have continued looking forward to the long-discussed downtown development project getting underway.

“At this point, I'm kind of like, are we gonna be retired by the time this gets built?” she said. “It doesn't need to be perfect, it just needs to get done.”

•David Porcaro also expressed a desire to see the oft-discussed town center development come to life.

“The one thing that I've always felt Broomfield could stand is a heart,” he said. “It doesn't have a center, like Lafayette, Boulder or some of the other areas around.”

•Broomfield resident Dorian Wilderman said the long-delayed town center concept would unify the area.

“It’s hard to really develop a sense of community when there’s no center to the community,” she said.

Wilderman also highlighted a lack of business diversity in Broomfield. 

“It lacks a lot of locally owned restaurants and shops,” she said.

•Katrina High concurred on the desire for more small shops and restaurants.

“We don't go to chain restaurants when we go out to eat,” she said. “It’s just not our thing.”

•Porcaro expressed a desire for better utilization of viewscapes.

“Broomfield has a couple of areas with tremendous views and beautiful areas overlooking the valley,” he said.

In large part, Pocaro has found the best vistas are located on private property or Open Space lands and are not being developed commercially.

“Why aren't there shared spaces that allow you to take advantage of them (the views), whether it's a cafe or a good parking lot?” he said. “There's no good commercial space along the ridge line.”

Housing concerns were also a common theme shared by Pocaro and other respondents.

“I’m not seeing a lot of affordable housing in the area and not seeing a lot of options to bring in diversity in that regard,” he said. “We're seeing a lot of our friends getting priced out of Broomfield. It's just getting more and more expensive.”

•Lori Ferree, who moved to Broomfield 20 years ago, also talked about the need for diverse housing options.

“Affordable housing (is a need) because I've seen so many homeless in the streets, even in Broomfield,” she said. “My number one question is what are they going to do about that?”

•Fostering a sense of community through outdoor activities was an appealing aspect of residing in Broomfield for the Demarco family, who recently relocated from Phoenix.

Ashley Demarco said her family, including two daughters and a dog, have found the area offers lifestyle and educational perks.

“We like to be outside and our kids are involved in a lot of the community stuff,” she said. “We can walk and ride our bikes here. It’s amazing.”