Senior center site approved

District authorized to evaluate the Highlands Ranch Parkway location.

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With authorization form the Highlands Ranch Metro District Board of Directors, staff will proceeds with preliminary site civil engineering, geotechnical evaluation, and traffic study analysis of the Highlands Ranch Parkway site for proposed senior center. The site is located south of Highlands Ranch Parkway, east of the South Broadway intersection.

The board approved the resolution during the March 30 regular meeting.

“We look forward to the next steps of this project, which will make the Highlands Ranch Senior Center a reality for our community,” said Metro District Board Chair Mark Dickerson. “We appreciate the public's input and ideas we received regarding the future senior center.”

The primary source of funding for the design and construction of the senior center will come from system development fees and interest earned on fee collections. System development fees are paid by developers at the time of construction.

According to the Metro District press release, the business plan for operations of the senior center assumes funding from user fees and property taxes. The long-term financial forecast for the Metro District does not anticipate any change to mill levy rates to fund operations of the senior center.

A senior center is an allowed use on this site. This site was identified as non-urban in the Highlands Ranch Planned Development document. A non-urban designation allows uses such as schools, churches, public facilities, daycare centers and utility structures. Rezoning is not required.

“This is an exciting time for seniors in Highlands Ranch,” said Metro District Active Adult Programs & Services Coordinator Jodie McCann. “We look forward to having a facility for older adults, their family members and their caregivers to access services, socialize and enjoy programming that meets their needs and interests.”

To learn more about this project, please visit highlandsranch.org/seniorcenter.

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