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Town Square

A Vision for the Future

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As far back as the early 2000s, city planners and residents have looked forward to developing the acreage around the Civic Center. Former Deputy City and County Manager Kevin Standbridge said developers expect to break ground in late 2022 or early 2023 and it’s estimated to take some two years from the ground breaking to see significant progress.






Looking Ahead to a Better 2021, Focused on Community Broomfield’s Spirit of Community Reflected in Efforts of Broomfield VOAD From the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce – Learning from 2020 and Carrying Lessons Forward Danford Brings Ease to Estate Planning with Practical, Friendly Approach Our Pets – Keeping Your Dog Active Through the Winter

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EDITOR Back to School? In the month of January thoughts naturally turn to things like renewal, resolutions, and fitness. The topics felt hollow to me this year. It is difficult to find words to motivate even myself on these subjects, let alone assemble thoughts to inspire others. The impacts that we have all felt due to COVID are many and matrixed. Whether you are sick or well, or your loved ones are; whether you are a public servant or a healthcare worker; a delivery driver or a retail employee; a small business or restaurant owner or a member of the clergy, life as you know it and business as usual vanished about ten months ago. But I want to write about the impacts to our children and youth. I am a parent. I am married to a teacher. And I am not an expert by any means, but I see and hear and understand the hardships the pandemic has thrust upon our youth – social, emotional, and even physical. As adults we may not like how our world has been changed by the pandemic, but we are adults. We may have suffered emotionally, financially, or socially, but as long as we or a loved one have not been lost or suffered physically from the virus, we have a good chance of moving past today’s turmoil. What our kids may face in the aftermath – for years – is an entirely different thing. What is this doing to our kids? At first, it was the impacts that I was seeing at home. Watching my daughters struggle to finish their college programs and miss out on important life moments and milestones naturally connected to school. Watching my husband adjust his teaching without a map and put in extra hours every day to ensure he was doing everything in his power to connect with kids and give them what they needed. Now I see the fatigue in all of them and I hear stories from friends and neighbors about the struggles of our children from preschool through college. I hear it from my daughter as she diligently works to remote tutor elementary kids who just need a little more connection and a little more explanation than is possible in a remote classroom. I hear it from my other daughter who is trying desperately to maintain connection with the high school kids in the youth group she leads. And I see it in my husband’s face as he leaves each morning to teach virtually from an empty classroom. The weeks that the kids were back in school last fall began to feel “normal.” Even while masked, even while distanced, even with limited activities. I am not an expert. I know that many people are hoping for many things in the new year. Very near the top of my list is hope for a very quick return to in person learning – for our kids, for our teachers, for our future. We must find solutions to get back to school. Thanks for reading,

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BUSY FAMILIES What is Your Word of the Year? By Lisa Payne

When a new year begins, it feels cleansing. It feels hopeful. It’s a fresh start. We let go of what wasn’t good in the prior year and set goals for the new one. While 2020 wasn’t exactly the best year for many, there were some silver linings that I am going to hold onto and cherish. All of the extra time I got to spend with my kids and husband is at the top of that list. As an alternative or in addition to setting goals, one thing many people do is to pick a word for the year. Something to keep you focused in a direction you desire. Maybe you want to be on your phone less and talk with your kids more, so your word would be “present.” Or perhaps you’d like to be more optimistic and thankful so you pick the word “gratitude.” There are so many words to choose from. If you sit quietly long enough and listen to your heart, your word will become very clear. This year my word is “vision.” I have a dear friend Dave who I grew up with in Minnesota and went to school with who recently lost his sight. During a long surgery in September to remove a tumor that was on his vertebrae, lack of oxygen to his optic nerves during the surgery caused him to wake up blind. While this turn of events would cause most of us to downward spiral pretty quickly, he and his wife have stayed two of the most optimistic people I know. Their updates are always cheerful, grateful, and full of hope. I am inspired by them beyond words. And do you know the most ironic part of this story? Dave has spent the past 33 years religiously caring for our blind friend Ricardo who lost his vision the last day of our junior year of high school in a car accident. Dave now feels ahead of the game knowing the techniques of being blind. And he optimistically tells us how he will continue to live his life doing everything he loves, now with other people driving the boat. Knowing how quickly life can take a sharp turn, my word of the year is dear to my heart. I want to see everything. I am pausing much more often to see the beauty in this world. The array of colors in flowers and in the sunsets. The expression on peoples faces and what their eyes are telling me. My kids growing and changing before my eyes. To watch the milk spill and feel grateful I can see to help clean it up instead of feeling irritated at the mess. To truly see when something is not about


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me and to give all I have to the other person. I want to see it all and never take another day of having vision for granted. Helen Keller has many uplifting quotes, and this is one of my favorites. “The only thing worse than being blind is having vision but no sight.” May your word of the year provide all of the sight you need to create your dreams in this New Year.



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Looking Ahead to a Better 2021, Focused on Community By Broomfield Mayor Pat Quinn

As your Mayor and neighbor let me begin by saying what you already know, 2020 has been a very difficult year. Even before the health and economic crises, the City and County of Broomfield started the year with a new City Council; many elected for their oil and gas activism. While the land use and oil and gas regulations are now the models for the state, I am proud to say this Council has also made significant strides around attainable housing, sustainability, making mental health services more accessible, and addressing the complex issue of diversity, inclusion, and equity. These topics are on top of our ongoing commitment to ensuring our streets are safe and free of potholes, and securing the critical water necessary to build out. More than any other Council I have been involved with, together we seek transparency on each and every subject. From April to September 2020 City Council met 31 times and hosted an additional 21 special meetings to continue enhancing public engagement. While many included resident Town Halls to discuss the impact of COVID, we also hosted three new budget workshops, a Town Hall about racial equity, and a few discussions around support for the business community, among others. One of the most far-reaching decisions our city ever made was to become its own county in 2001. Prior to that, Broomfield was located in four different counties, with four different health directors, which looking back now would have made navigating COVID almost impossible. As a county, Broomfield has its own Public Health Department, whose director, Jason Vahling, has helped guide the City Council and community on how to best respond, react, and prepare for the next phase of this debilitating global pandemic. As I write this, Broomfield is at Level Red, and our beloved restaurants are closed or can only serve curbside or delivery, school districts teach virtually, and many of us are struggling with the emotional strain. My heart goes out to our health care workers, teachers, and most of all to the more than 50 Broomfield families that have lost loved ones. These are challenging times, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, a vaccine


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is on the way and winter will bring spring and recovery. Of this I am confident. Let me close by saying that as Mayor now and from 2007 through 2013 one of the things that always amazes me is the spirit of our community. When I campaigned for Mayor the first time, I quickly realized it didn’t matter whether you were born here or moved here 25 years or two years ago, we have all made a huge investment in our community. This is the place we chose to raise our families, start our businesses, or to retire and enjoy our grandchildren. Broomfield is our home and we all look forward to this year’s Great American Picnic, Broomfield Days Parade, and big neighborhood gatherings with conversations, not about politics but about how we came together and came out stronger and better.




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Broomfield Town Square A Vision for the Future By Bette Erickson

As far back as the early 2000s, city planners and residents have looked forward to developing the acreage around the Civic Center. The continuing vision is to create a gathering place in the center of Broomfield where residents and visitors can congregate, have a meal, recreate, and perhaps provide a small number of residences. Former Deputy City and County Manager Kevin Standbridge said developers expect to break ground in late 2022 or early 2023 and it’s estimated to take some two years from the ground breaking to see significant progress.


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The current proposal, dubbed Broomfield Town Square, includes about 43 acres with a pedestrian-oriented design, north of 120th Avenue between Main Street and Spader Way. The plan includes visions of a city plaza offering mixed-use amenities including restaurants, apartments, entertainment, and civic uses, and keeping the existing library and auditorium. To date, Broomfield has invested some $400,000 in civil engineering, consulting and design services to further the project.

While many in the community are excited about the project, not all Broomfield residents are Civic Center redevelopment enthusiasts. Lifelong resident and public interest activist Emily Crouse-Joo explained a bit of her reluctance. “Generally speaking, I am in favor of the redevelopment project for our Broomfield Town Square as the old, vacant Safeway building is becoming quite an eyesore. I have studied the vision and plan as currently proposed and have some reservations, primarily because of the impacts of the coronavirus but also because of the concerns from neighbors who live close by.” She said, “I worry that the neighbors in Ward 2 will be disappointed with four or five story buildings so close to them.” The renovated building will be open to the north and south, leading to a grand staircase approaching the town square. Additionally, the current plan includes 483 multi-story residential units, with opportunities for affordable and age-specific housing for seniors. “There is no question that we need additional housing units, especially high-density properties that will be available for a reasonable price,” Crouse-Joo noted. “As you can see in the Arista development, not even the thousands of surrounding homes there can keep the businesses in the area vibrantly afloat and I fear we will have a similar concern here.” A focal point of the proposed Broomfield Town Square is enlarging the water feature near the library’s amphitheater to an approximately 4.5-acre lake that would wrap around the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library and Broomfield Auditorium to the northwest. It would be clean water, maintaining a healthy ecosystem for fish and plant life, according to developers. Currently there is no body of water in the city and county that offers stand up paddle boarding, kayaking or canoeing. The plan for the water feature includes a boat house and may offer recreational paddle boarding or similar opportunities. All things considered, Crouse-Joo emphasized, “I am very excited to see the success of Broomfield’s Flatiron redevelopment and will base future opinions on the Civic Center plan based on the successes or challenges of this similarly designed area.” In an email earlier in the fall, Standbridge explained that a virtual public meeting was presented via Zoom on Sept. 30, primarily targeting the adjacent neighborhoods including more than 400 households within 1,500 feet of the Broomfield Town Square site. The Zoom call was well attended with important concerns and questions addressed.

The Plans Generally Proposes: • A substantially enlarged Community Park Pond wrapping around the Library and Auditorium towards First Avenue • Extensive plaza and walking areas including outdoor dining, entertainment areas, and public art • Approximately 50,000 square feet of retail and restaurant uses, a 100 room inn, 22 row-houses • Approximately 365 dwelling units including opportunities for affordable housing • A re-purposing of the Safeway building into 25,000 square feet of retail area, 15,000 square feet of co-working space, 10,000 square feet of community space and 10,000 square feet of common area.

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In a challenging year like 2020, there are numerous stories of hope and resilience. Despite the immense economic challenges presented by shutdowns, a small business owner in Broomfield received a grant that helped his company stay afloat. A victim of domestic violence found safety in a hotel rather than sheltering with her abuser. Students who have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education and social lives have found ways to persevere. A doctor who has seen the worst impacts of COVID-19 also helped to bring hope to patients.

The Broomfield Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) highlighted some of these stories during its Back to Standing virtual presentation November 20, which included personal accounts, songs, and an address by the mayor. “Different sectors of the population were invited to talk about how COVID has impacted them and the good that they saw,” said Karen Steele, chairwoman of Broomfield VOAD. “We hoped it would be uplifting. Everyone’s feeling the same fatigue. Everyone was telling their story and that we’re all in the same boat.” Broomfield VOAD itself has been a beacon of hope in Broomfield during 2020 and in the past. The voluntary organization was created after 9/11 to respond to localized emergencies primarily providing food to stranded or displaced people during weather events or fires. Broomfield FISH, A Precious Child, and the Broomfield Community Foundation were instrumental early participants in VOAD, which then expanded in 2013 to a more formalized structure equipped to plan for and handle a variety of disasters and crises, both with resources and volunteers.


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VOAD had already begun to strategize about how it could respond to a pandemic when COVID-19 hit, said Steele. The organization was able to ramp up quickly to respond to community needs, including recruiting and organizing volunteers to help at COVID testing sites as well as to fill in at FISH and A Precious Child when their normal volunteers were sidelined. The Broomfield Community Foundation was able to raise more than $100,000 from community donations through an emergency fund that was distributed to nonprofits throughout the community in partnership with VOAD. For instance, because of the virus, Broomfield FISH could no longer accept food donations from the public. Using emergency fund donations, VOAD was able to purchase pallets of food to keep supplies available for vulnerable members of the community. Funds were also used to buy commercial-grade cleaning spray that VOAD volunteers used to fill 10,000 bottles that were sent to schools, nonprofits, and families in the community.

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VOAD also has assisted with Code Blue Warming Centers throughout the community, which are designed to provide shelter to unhoused people during cold weather. During COVID shutdowns, VOAD and its partner organizations were able to secure hotel vouchers for a dozen families who didn’t have a safe place to shelter during lockdowns, and volunteers assembled concierge bags for the unhoused that included essentials like a hat, socks, snacks, and water. Steele said Broomfield VOAD and the community of Broomfield itself are unique in that there is tremendous support for initiatives that help people, especially during crises. Whereas other communities might experience multiple charitable and response organizations competing with one another for resources and recognition, Broomfield’s organizations display a spirit of cooperation, collaboration, and selflessness, she said. “Broomfield is a great community,” said Steele. “Everybody pitches in and takes care of one another. It’s such a gift.” To get involved with Broomfield VOAD, email broomfieldvoad@gmail.com or visit the organization’s website at www.broomfieldvoad.org.

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Learning from 2020 and Carrying Lessons Forward By Sam Taylor, Broomfield Chamber of Commerce President

It’s a brand new year and for many that means resolutions and a chance to make a difference in the coming year. 2020 tried us in ways that we could never have imagined just 365 short days ago and for most of us that means if we made any resolutions last year, many of them were not met. Did you plan on losing weight in 2020? Ha! Most of us saw our waistline increase because our social patterns have been severely impacted. Was your resolution to find a new job? Many people lost theirs through no fault of their own and are still looking for a new one. Whatever your resolutions were, surviving a pandemic was probably not on your list of 2020 goals. But it is a brand new year and if we take the hard lessons learned from 2020 and apply them forward, we can make even better resolutions this year for ourselves and society. Did you promise to keep in touch with family members who live far away? Many people have now learned how to do video calls, and while not as satisfying as in person contact, these calls can be more personal than a text or phone call. Learning new skills is a popular resolution and for many of us Zoom, WebEX, or MS Teams are now on our resumes. Is the ever popular goal of losing weight on your list for 2021? Hire a personal trainer to work with you online, join a gym, or get a dog who will love you unconditionally if you walk them every day. Do you want to do more to support local restaurants that are being crushed by COVID-19 and the restrictions we need


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to control it? Buy a Taste It On Tour pass from the Broomfield Chamber at Tasteitontour.com for only $25 and support two dozen local food and drink establishments. You are helping the Chamber with your purchase, and when you order extra, and tip well, you will be helping these local restaurant owners survive until a vaccine can be widely distributed.

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Whether you are a person who makes resolutions or not, one thing we can all do, is resolve to learn from 2020. That might be that you learned how critical our local businesses are to our community. They are your neighbors and a valuable source of information, use their knowledge and support their companies. If you value the goods and services provided, buy from them. Maybe you learned that you have friends who were forced to use the food bank during the lockdown. Support your friends and consider making a large end of year donation to FISH or Community Food Share. Maybe you learned how fragile our support systems really are. Find out how you can strengthen not only your own support system, but those of your friends, neighbors, and coworkers. Just remember to listen to everyone. We all have a story or two from 2020, and hopefully by the end of 2021 we can sing “100 bad days make 100 good stories.”

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Danford Brings Ease to Estate Planning with Practical, Friendly Approach By Megan Mayes

Bruce Danford spends his workdays helping others plan for the moments we would rather not think about. He is an estate planner who guides people through different processes related to end of life. His approach is charismatic but realistic, filled with many funny stories and ridiculous examples. He said he, “tends to use humor to help people get through very serious matters… because it is tough to think about, but humor can help get through the process.” His intentions are clear: to make sure his clients have a plan that makes them feel calm and confident, and said it is never too early for any adult to make a simple plan for medical and financial powers of attorney and to designate assets.


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The primary preparations for an initial meeting with an estate planner include gathering lists of contacts, including family members who you want to leave things to, personal representatives, and candidates for financial power of attorney and medical power of attorney. Bruce said, you will need names, addresses, and contact information for these people so they can be easily reached. If you need help selecting a financial or medical power of attorney, he can help guide an appropriate choice relative to your personal situation. In general, he recommends that powers of attorney be a responsible person younger than yourself, who has an adequate understanding of medical and financial processes. If you have a relative who has a career or other expertise in these fields, then they could be a great choice for the responsibility. You should also have one or two back ups for each position in case your first choice is no longer a possibility at your passing. If you have minor children, Bruce advised that you could benefit greatly from officially assigning guardianship and conservatorship. This designation allows you to choose both a physical and financial caretaker for your children. A guardian is responsible for the physical well being of the child. A conservator is responsible for managing any money or other assets left in the child’s name. These funds can be distributed as the conservator deems appropriate for care, health, and schooling. These roles can, but do not have to be, filled by the same person. Just like powers of attorney, you should have back ups chosen just in case. It is imperative to make these decisions known so your children can be cared for by a trustworthy and responsible adult in your absence. Bruce stressed the importance of organizing these details before it is too late, both to ensure your wishes are met and prevent conflict or stress for those who are left after you are gone. It is important to take on estate planning for your family and other loved ones, but it is generally good to do so without their direct input. He recommended that you inform rather than involve those who will be receiving the benefits of your passing. This makes it easy for you to designate your wealth and possessions to your exact wishes without causing conflict between you and the recipients. It can also help protect against those who might want to manipulate you and your wealth to their advantage. Although it is such an important undertaking, Bruce often hears his clients say they have dreaded starting their estate plan, but by the end they are glad to have done it and that they used a planner to make it easier. “My goal is to help you to understand everything that we are doing and why we are doing it. It is a blessing to help people in this way,” he said. As we start a new year and new seasons of life, take some time to secure the future so you can fully enjoy the present.

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PETS Keeping Your Dog Active Through the Winter By Megan Mayes

When I start to feel the winter blues set in, I call for Freddy, my fluffy brown puppy. He is half chocolate labrador and half Australian shepherd, so he is a wicked smart ball of energy! He always seems to know how to pick me up, in that special way only dogs do. However, I have started to notice Freddy going through his own version of winter blues, which comes off as restlessness as the days get shorter and colder. I want to make sure Freddy gets the same boosts that I find myself craving. I spent some time brainstorming and then spoke with Tori Ackroyd, the Marketing Coordinator for Camp Bow Wow, about how to provide fun and safe winter experiences for our furry friends. You can use these ideas as a guide, and personalize for your dog’s personality and breed. Dogs can be bothered by the cold and wet snow, so it’s important to prepare them for outdoor play. Dog booties or other paw protection can help your pup enjoy the snow without freezing their feet. Breeds with long, curly, or dense hair may need even more snow protection, as it can clump up in between their paw pads, on their legs, and even on their bellies. Try some long socks or a puppy sweater! Just like kids, sometimes dogs play as if they are immune to the cold, so make sure outdoor play or walks are reasonably timed. For longer adventures like hiking or travel, Tori recommends having a portable emergency kit. This could include a towel and blanket, water and a collapsible bowl, treats and medications, and an emergency contact list for pet care and a preferred veterinarian. After leaving the snow behind, make sure your dog has a warm place to dry off, whether it’s a car with a towel or a warm bed in the house. If your dog is spoiled like mine, they are probably in your lap on the couch! Winter inevitably leads to an increase in indoor play, and Freddy’s favorite games right now are “inside fetch” and “chase me” where he runs up and down the longest hallway in the house. While it does release his energy, it can be loud and distracting during work and school from home. Our next toy investment needs to be both mentally and physically stimulating, and Tori has some great ideas. “Puzzle


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toys and snuffle mats help your pup stimulate their brain as well as have them up and playing,” and they can be filled with snacks and treats. A common variety is a silicone mat with bumps and ridges, which can be filled with peanut butter or plain yogurt. Freeze the filled mat and then you have a tasty and entertaining toy for your dog! Many people have recently welcomed new furry family members, either as COVID companions or holiday surprises. Whether they are a fresh young spirit or a sweet old soul, we can easily take some time to boost their mood and return some of the doggy joy they often give to us. Freddy and I wish you and your puppies snow loads of winter fun!

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