by Pam Zubeck
Despite the passage of several weeks since the Broadmoor Hotel announced it wants to close a segment of Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard, people still seem to care quite a bit.
The Broadmoor would like to land big-name golf events, such as the U.S. Open, which have certain requirements. To meet them, the resort wants to close Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard's 3,000-foot stretch through a golf course in order to expand it.
Last week, at Mayor Steve Bach's town hall meeting at Broadmoor Elementary, several people asked where the mayor stands on the matter.
They got an answer, sort of. Bach said the decision isn’t his to make. Rather, City Council, which decides land-use matters, will make the call, he said.
Some residents who attended the meeting handed out fliers, such as one titled, “Save Cheyenne — The Road. The Mountain. The People.” Others handed out photos of Penrose Boulevard and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s parking lot on Mother's Day, May 12, both crammed with cars.
“Do you support the closure of that road?” one person asked Bach.
“I have no position on that," Bach replied. "So I need to hear that whole process. I need to hear from the planning director, planning department, and police and fire department.” After recapping the chaotic Mountain Shadows evacuation during the Waldo Canyon Fire last summer, he said, “It’s certainly intriguing to think we could get the U.S. Open” golf tournament.
Another person asked, “Mayor ... would you support, for instance, a full-scale comprehensive environmental impact study? Would you support that sort of thing before any decision is made by the City Council?”
Bach: “I can’t answer that. Honestly, I don’t have an opinion on any of this. You’ve got to have public safety. Secondly, also we have to have convenience. Thirdly, economic development is important. This is going to be a very thorough process, I can tell you that.”
Take note that Council President Keith King got a hefty sum of money for his campaign from Broadmoor interests, as we reported here.
Lastly, although there was a rumor flying that the Broadmoor submitted its proposal on the road closure to the city last week, that's not true. But it is true the resort submitted a filing for improvements to the Broadmoor West facility, according to city planning staff.