Plans are well underway on a project that could see the extensive transformation of a former 60,000 square-foot grocery store, along with a nearby park, in the city of Broomfield, Colorado.
City leaders in Broomfield have long wanted to create a more dynamic community walking and gathering space that would prove inviting to both residents as well as visitors.
In consultation with the Denver-based Civitas, Inc., a landscape architecture firm, Broomfield is now contemplating a plan that will repurpose an abandoned Safeway store at 6775 W. 120th Avenue and turn it into a combined retail and common area space.
The store, which was closed in the summer of 2014, would have 25,000 square feet devoted entirely to retail; 15,000 square feet for collaborative space; and a combined 20,000 square feet for both community space and a common area.
Across East 1st Avenue from the former Safeway is the Broomfield Community Park, whose official address is 3 Community Park Road.
As currently discussed, the area surrounding a pond inside the park could see the development of both retail and restaurant space, as well as a group of houses joined by a common sidewalk, a 100-room hotel, and some 365 housing units.
City officials are also considering the possibility of expanding the pond itself.
How much the redevelopment of both the former Safeway store and the nearby park will cost has not yet been determined, but proponents of the plan hope to have firm numbers later this year.
By Garry Boulard
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