City Councilor Sue Finkam held a town hall meeting Feb. 7 to allow residents of the northeast district to ask questions and hear presentations from several city and county officials.
Cherry Creek Boulevard expansion
Work on a half-mile stretch of road to connect the two sides of Cherry Creek Boulevard has been delayed by weather and utility upgrades, but the project originally planned for completion in 2018 is expected to be done in June.
The project includes multiuse paths on both sides of the boulevard and a pedestrian crosswalk with flashing lights activated by a button.
Residents raised concerns about drivers speeding on the future boulevard and using it to cut through the area instead of taking 146th Street.
“I think Cherry Creek Boulevard is going to mainly be a roadway that connects everyone with the Legacy (development),” City Engineer Jeremy Kashman said. “I don’t envision a lot of people coming down River Road to Cherry Creek Boulevard to come across unless there’s an accident.”
Kashman said the city will monitor the impact of the project on Cherry Creek Boulevard throughout the process.
“Before and after the Cherry Creek Boulevard connection opens we will be collecting traffic data to look at the volume and speed in which traffic is traveling and look for any engineering solutions for any outlying concerns,” Kashman stated in an email. “We will also be comparing this data to how traffic data in other neighborhoods looks.”
Gray Road path connections
The city is also working to complete the trail along Gray Road between 136th and 146th streets. Much of the path has already been constructed as part of nearby development.
“Our project will look to make those connections in areas in which path does not currently exist,” Kashman said.
A pedestrian crossing is planned to connect the east and west sides of the path near the getGo Café + Market near 146th Street.
The city is also developing plans to install a trail along 136th Street between Keystone Parkway and Range Line Road.
Brookshire Golf Club
Construction on the new clubhouse at Brookshire Golf Club continues, with the building expecting to open by April or early May.
Brookshire Golf Course General Manager Bob Higgins said rebuilding the clubhouse has been a priority since he was hired in 2007. The previous building was constructed in 1970 when the course opened. The city purchased the golf course in 2006 for $2.6 million.
The new clubhouse will include the Cook Creek room, which can host events with up to 200 people, which is 80 more than could fit in the previous building. A balcony level can hold an additional 50 guests. An executive meeting room will have space for 12 to 15 people. The clubhouse will be available for rent for private events and to use for community gatherings.
The club’s golf carts will be stored beneath the new building instead of in various areas throughout the course, which Higgins said is a huge benefit to his employees. The $10 million project also includes a 25-meter swimming pool.