Wednesday, May 15, 2019

City Council denies appeal of Broadmoor expansion

Posted By on Wed, May 15, 2019 at 11:27 AM

click to enlarge The Broadmoor’s main hotel, which dates back 101 years in Colorado Springs. - PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck
  • The Broadmoor’s main hotel, which dates back 101 years in Colorado Springs.

With a 8-1 vote, City Council denied an appeal May 15 of the Broadmoor hotel's plans to more than double the size of its exhibition hall.

Councilor Bill Murray was the sole dissenting vote.

The Broadmoor's plan to expand stemmed from the need to accommodate more exhibitors at the annual Space Symposium, which it's hosted for 35 years. The hotel also envisions a facility that could host multi-day events and conferences during "off-season" periods in the winter.

Since city staff approved the expansion plans Feb. 19, they've been appealed twice by residents of the neighborhood surrounding the hotel — first to the planning commission, which denied the appeal March 21, and then to Council.

Broadmoor neighborhood residents supporting the appeal took issue with the resort's exclusion of additional parking from its expansion plans, which would require running shuttles every 20 seconds at peak times. And they said the expansion doesn’t take into account evacuation needs, should there be a wildfire or other emergency.

The Broadmoor countered neighbors’ concerns about traffic and parking with a study that concluded shuttle use for the largest events — those drawing 9,000 attendees — would “create no negative impact to traffic operations for the surrounding roadway network and existing site access.”

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