Residents stand behind proposed development

Tammy Kranz

Thornton City Council unanimously approved plans for the development of a medical building, day care and mini-storage facility at the northeast intersection of East 123rd Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.

The 8-0 approval came after a public hearing during council’s special meeting on Oct. 15. Ward 3 Councilwoman Lynne Fox excused herself from the hearing and vote because she resides within 1,500 feet of the property.

Nine residents spoke in favor of the development, while three voiced their opposition.

Some of those in favor of the plans talked about this being a better development than those suggested in the past — such as Albertsons, which has closed many stores — and the fact the development will bring property tax revenue into the city.

“I don’t see anything wrong with this,” said Kathy Lyons, who lives across where the storage facility will be located. “The only thing people might have issues with is the storage unit, but it will be low key, the height is low, there’s not going to be a lot of activity in there. I really do hope you approve this Because eventually something awful is going to go in there — this will work.”

One resident against the development cited concerns about the mini storage unit, which may be opened 24 hours, seven days a week. The developer said the hours are not set in stone and that the facility. The two other residents in opposition spoke about the prairie dogs on the site and were concerned about how they would be removed.

Mike Mallon, current planning manager with the city, said that the city’s ordinance on prairie dogs requires for developers to show good faith efforts to relocate the animals, and if relocation is not possible, must humanely exterminate them.

The development is just a little over 9 acres. It will feature a 26,000-square-foot medical office, Centura Health Plaza. Plans are to construct the plaza in two phases — 16,000 feet in the first phase, and the rest in the second — and the target date to open is Oct. 2014.

The day care, Children’s Learning Adventure, will be located in the center of the property and there will be a 4-acre mini storage facility, which will include an 1,800-square-foot office/residence.

All the buildings are single-story and the development has 23 percent of the land designated for open space.

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