City Market takes step toward store on Patterson

City Market has taken the next step toward building its much-debated supermarket at 12th Street and Patterson Road, filing an application this month to change the zoning of the land and obtain a conditional-use permit.

Denver-based Goldberg Properties Inc., the developer representing City Market, submitted plans for a
49,000-square-foot City Market, a gas station, a restaurant and two retail buildings on 8.6 acres at the southeast corner of the intersection.

Goldberg is seeking to change the zoning on eight of the 21 parcels from residential to neighborhood business. The remaining 13 parcels are zoned neighborhood business.

The developer also is applying for a conditional-use permit, because a neighborhood business zone district requires one for any building larger than 15,000 square feet.

Architectural drawings on file with the city show the grocery store would be located on the east end of the property, with retail buildings fronting Patterson and 12th. A project report indicates the retail buildings along Patterson will include a fire pit and an outside sitting area covered by a canopy.

“This area will provide an inviting area for people to sit and enjoy the neighborhood,” the report says.

This is the third time in nine years City Market has tried to build a store at the intersection. Attempts in 1999 and 2002 were rejected by the City Council.

Advocates contend the development will offer a convenient shopping center that will encourage people to walk or ride their bikes. They insist the project will draw customers who already drive through the area, thereby not creating a lot of additional traffic at an already busy intersection.

Opponents, though, worry a commercial project will encroach upon residents who live on adjacent Wellington Avenue. And despite assurances from developers, many are worried about the effects the project will have on the 12th and Patterson intersection.

“I have concerns about it definitely,” said Dick Fulton, a Wellington Avenue resident who formed a grass-roots group, “Save our G.J. Neighborhoods,” to oppose the store last year when Goldberg Properties sought a growth-plan amendment. “The major concern has to do with the intersection and the impact that changing the intersection will have on traffic on Patterson.”

The plans filed by City Market call for the development to be accessed at three points: Wellington Avenue, which would allow right and left turns both into and out of the development; 12th just south of Patterson, which would allow only right-in and right-out turns; and Patterson just east of 12th, which would allow all turns except a left turn out of the development onto Patterson.

A traffic impact study prepared by Ann Bowers and Associates of Denver proposes a number of options for improving the intersection of 12th and Patterson. At a minimum, the study says, double left-turn lanes on northbound and southbound 12th Street and a dedicated right-turn lane onto eastbound Patterson are needed.

City Senior Planner Scott Peterson said City Market would be responsible for acquiring the property needed to widen the intersection, while the city would pay for the improvements. It’s unknown at this point how much the upgrades would cost, although improvements recommended in the past have approached or exceeded $1 million.

“It’s going to cost the city a lot of money, and that’s a sticking point for me,” Fulton said.

Tawnya Snyder, development manager with Goldberg Properties, could not be reached for comment Friday.

Peterson said it will take city planners roughly a month to submit the first round of comments to the development application, meaning a hearing before the Planning Commission likely won’t take place until next spring.

Goldberg Properties’ project report calls for the store to open in the summer of 2010.


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