COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Broadmoor resort will present a proposal next week to close a section of a popular road as part of improvements for its 2018 centennial.
Broadmoor spokeswoman Allison Scott said more details about the proposal will be provided at a public meeting Tuesday night from 6-8 p.m. at Broadmoor Hall.
However, neighbors and a newly elected city councilman confirmed Thursday that the proposal requires closing the west end of Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard near the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. That section of the road passes through the Broadmoor's golf courses.
District 3 Councilman Keith King said the Broadmoor wants to upgrade its golf courses for modern uses and to qualify for major golf tournaments.
"Bigger than the U.S. Women's Open, which I think generated around $16 million to $20 million of income," said King. "We want to get a U.S. Open, which would generate maybe 10 times that."
Neighbors received a letter from the Broadmoor outlining the tentative improvements, and worry about increased traffic and having one fewer escape route in case of a wildfire or other emergency.
"There would only be two ways out of here," said neighbor Kathy Meinig. There would be a bottleneck at the intersection of Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., Old Stage Road and Penrose Boulevard. Plus, the zoo has 700 parking spaces. You'd never get everyone out of here quickly."
However, King said the proposal allows for temporarily reopening the road during an emergency. He said he'd support the idea if public safety concerns are addressed, and the City Council likely will consider the matter after the Broadmoor holds a series of public meetings.
In its letter to neighbors, the Broadmoor detailed other improvements -- including more food and drink options and new construction.
The remaining public meetings are May 7-8 at Colorado Hall, and June 4-6 at Broadmoor Hall. All meeting are from 6-8 p.m.
For more information, call 719-577-5833.