Neighbors appeal of Broadmoor expansion project denied by city council

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Colorado Springs City Council has denied the appeal by neighbors fighting Broadmoor expansion project.

The project will expand Broadmoor Hall, a large meeting space for events such as the annual Space Symposium. The hall is currently 60,000 sqaure feet; the project will more than double the space by creating a new venue linked to the old one by a corridor. The hotel was given the go-ahead in February and has already started digging.

Some neighbors, however, are vehemently against the expansion and appealed the decision for a third time Tuesday. Neighbors insist there won't be enough parking and that the increase in traffic poses a risk to neighbors if there was a need to evacuate for a wildfire.

The Broadmoor has argued it has no intention of overrunning the hotel and has said it plans to offer shuttle services to avoid parking issues. President and CEO Jack Damioli said the expansion would likely be a boon to the city's economy. Past estimates show the Space Symposium annually brings in about $30 million for hotels, restaurants and stores; Damioli suggested other events could be held in the new exhibition hall during the hotel's off-season months between October and April.

"We’re after having people spend the night at the Broadmoor. When we do this, there is a broad economic impact all the way down Lake Avenue," he said in Tuesday's appeal meeting before city council. "There is also an opportunity to take part-time jobs and make them full-time jobs. As we make the Broadmoor less seasonal and we expand into the off-season, that’s an ideal scenario.”

Cyndy Kulp, one of the neighbors who appealed to city council over the build, says the Broadmoor is overreaching too much.

“It’s going to be a continuing problem with the Broadmoor because they’ve gotten very aggressive and are expanding and having effects on the neighborhood. We’ll just keep pointing those out and keep fighting and opposing those.”

"More and more business for them, more revenues for the city but more impacts for the neighbors and more liability for wildfire risks,” said neighbor Walter Lawson.

People on both sides of the fight were given a chance to speak before city council Tuesday in an all-day hearing over the appeal.

But in the end, all but one councilmember, Bill Murray, sided with the Broadmoor.