Decision on former senior center postponed

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Historic landmark, youth services proposals to get more time as city seeks buyer/developer for site

By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — City Council would like to give city staff more time to determine whether there are any potential buyers or developers who are interested in purchasing the former senior center, before deciding what they would do with it. 

Council discussed the matter, but no formal action was taken, during its Aug. 26 study session, which carried over from its previous study session on Aug. 12.  

Council has spent the better part of a year discussing and formulating plans for what to do with the former senior center, the cost of repairs and whether its should be designated as a local historical landmark.

On April 15, council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would designate the building a local historical landmark. After hearing community members comment on both sides of the issue, council determined it wanted to explore the issue further and suspended action on the second reading of the ordinance on May 6 until that discussion could take place. 


In other business:

— Streets and Fleet Director Joe Smith presented council with an new construction and maintenance plan for the streets department. Brighton’s last transportation master plan was updated in 2012 and does not reflect the city’s adopted comprehensive plan or cover the industrial areas in Weld County.

— Economic Development Director Robert Smith presented council with an update of the Economic Development Corp.'s strategic plan. The strategic plan will be used as a guide for developing or continuing programs which will have implications for the city and EDC’s budget planning.

— Council also heard an update on teen court, which is recruiting more kids and being promoted in the community.