BRIGHTON — Mayor Dick McLean recounted the ways the city of Brighton is “thriving” during the State of the City address at the Armory Thursday, Jan. 23, and gave attendees an overview of projects council and city employees would be working on this year.
McLean said restaurants, retail and businesses continue to be attracted to the city and that last year, economic development projects brought 1,440 construction jobs and 799 permanent jobs to the city. He named businesses like Treads Bicycle Outfitters, Hidden Treasures Furniture, Candlewood Suites, the new 7 Eleven, and Tractor Supply among the businesses that opened and the Ross Store and Solaire Apartments among the businesses that are soon to be opened.
“We are proud of our city and all that we have accomplished and continue to look toward the future and continued growth, offering a little something for everyone,” he said. “As we move into 2014 and beyond, we focus on sustainable, purposeful and planned growth, yet being sure to keep the hometown spirit and agricultural history alive.”
McLean said over the course of the year, the Brighton Urban Renewal Authority will be working closely with the Community Development Department and the Economic Development Corporation to redevelop the Tomahawk Truck Stop as well as the redevelopment of South Main St. and Bromley Lane; develop the property North of Vestas and Crown Prince Blvd; and work on further improvements to downtown.
Additionally, the Downtown Initiative team will be working on a Downtown Master Plan to allow for continued growth and revitalization of the historic area and the EDC will be working to bring new primary employers to the city.
McLean said in the coming year, the Brighton Housing Authority will be working to increase its affordable housing inventory in the city. They will be working to acquire more multifamily units and complete schematic designs for 72 units for a mid-high density multifamily project in Northern Brighton and for 66 units for a low-mid density multifamily project in Southern Brighton.
The Community Development Department will be finalizing regulations for oil and gas, working with Adams County to develop a South Sub-area Plan that includes agri-tourism uses and providing web-based access for permitting and licensing records.
According to McLean, the Utilities Department will be completing a comprehensive rate and fee study, design and construct the Sanitary Sewer Bypass for the Adams County Correctional Center, the formal bid and construction of the Brine Disposal Plant and design and construct the city interconnect with the South Platte Interceptor Pipeline.
The Streets and Fleets Department has several projects they will be working on, including roadway connections for Tower Road and Southern Street, completing the relocation of Main Street at Bromley Lane as well as improvements to the Bromley Lane and Highway 85 intersection.
In addition to continued restoration of the Bromley Hishinuma Farm and improvements to Benedict Park, McLean said the Parks and Recreation Department will be developing farmland preservation plans, making the city a bike-friendly community and completing a master plan for Ken Mitchell Open Space.
In his closing comments, McLean said he looks forward to the coming year and that council is committed to make sure Brighton is the best place in Colorado to live, work and play.
“We are committed to being innovative, thoughtful, steadfast, responsible and responsive,” he said. “And we are committed to doing the right thing, not only for our community now, but for those we will leave it to in the future.”
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