The resort property wants to upgrade its two courses with an eye to attracting major tournaments, but the project would require permanently closing part of a boulevard in Colorado Springs, Colo., and that has led to public outcry over potential traffic problems and the loss of a key evacuation route in an area that is subject to wildfires. More public meetings will be held later this month to present new concepts based on initial public feedback.
The Broadmoor hotel, which had postponed discussions on a proposed golf course makeover that would require permanently closing a portion of Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard in Colorado Springs, Colo., will resume public meetings on the project next month, reported The Gazette of Colorado Springs.
This spring, The Broadmoor, the 3,000-acre resort on Colorado Springs’ southwest side, said it wanted to upgrade its east and west golf courses to create a venue that could accommodate prestigious golf events, such as the U.S. Open or the PGA Championship, The Gazette reported.
But to do so, the hotel said it would need to permanently close a 3,000-foot section of Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard that runs through the southern one-third of the east and west courses.
That proposal generated opposition from residents in neighborhoods near the hotel, The Gazette reported, because of concern about increased traffic and the loss of an evacuation route in the event of a wildfire in the nearby foothills.
After gathering input from residents, the hotel postponed additional meetings while it considered the feedback it had received. It has now announced a new community meeting, to be held August 12, where it will present a project update and an analysis of the ideas and suggestions it received in May.
More information about the property’s plans can be found by going to www.broadmoorgolfclub.org and clicking on “course enhancements.”
The Broadmoor is owned by the Denver-based Anschutz Corporation, whose Clarity Media Group owns The Gazette.
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