Proposed Greenwood Village town center project upsets some residents

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GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. -- Numerous residents of Greenwood Village showed up to a public hearing Tuesday regarding a proposed project to build a town center.

Map of proposed town center in Greenwood Village

Map of proposed town center in Greenwood Village

The city wants to build the town center in the area next to the Orchard Road light rail station just west of Interstate 25.

But residents worry it will cause problems in an already congested area.

"There's several reasons," Randy Davis said when asked why he opposed the project. "The first is traffic."

Davis and his family moved to Greenwood Village five years ago.

"It's a fantastic quality of life," he said. "We love the suburban feel."

But Davis cited rapid growth and heavily congested roadways as some of his issues with the new project.

"It's really dangerous at rush hour to try to get through the intersections," he said.

His father, a Greenwood Village resident since 1978, agreed.

"Right now, the traffic in this area on Orchard, on Quebec,, on Belleview is a nightmare as it stands today," Louis Davis said.

The proposed project calls for rezoning the business area near Orchard Station as town center space. Supporters said it will bring energy and opportunity; a downtown gathering area with retail shops, restaurants, offices and residences bringing in revenue.

But Davis worried proposed high-rises would obstruct his mountain view.

"As they build more and more high-rises, people on the east side of I-25 will be impacted," he said.

He also feared adding more residences, and increasing the area population, could overburden the school district.

"We don't have any problems finding a place to shop," Louis Davis said. "We don't have any problems finding a place to eat."