Year in review: A message from city council
With the new year approaching, now is a good time to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year and look forward to the progress we will work toward in 2019.
The end of 2018 has been circled on our calendars for some time now as the goal for completing the city’s “5 projects in 5 years” capital improvement program. This goal was ambitious when first set back in 2013, but we are about to fulfill the promises made when the Eagle Pointe Recreation Center renovations are complete on December 31. These projects have required a great deal of hard work and dedication from many people to become a reality, and we thank everyone involved in that process – starting with the voters who made it possible!
While Paradice Island Pool, three new neighborhood parks and the Tower Road widening project were previously completed, 2018 has seen some of the program’s biggest milestones:
- The widening of Highway 2 was finished in early May, improving safety and traffic flow on one of the city’s most important thoroughfares
- Bison Ridge Recreation Center opened over Memorial Day weekend to provide residents a state-of-the-art facility for new recreation opportunities
- Finally, the renovated Eagle Pointe Recreation Center will offer upgrades and new features to keep benefiting residents for decades to come
The city celebrated some other key accomplishments in 2018 as well:
- The new Tower Road to Peña Boulevard westbound on-ramp opened and other improvements to the interchange were completed
- The police department teamed with Brighton police to establish the region’s first joint Sexual Assault Task Force
- The city hosted two Spanish-language town hall meetings to improve outreach with the Hispanic community
- New businesses, restaurants and employers opened or announced plans to locate in Commerce City
Now we are focused on keeping the city moving forward in 2019. We as a council have identified the following priorities for the coming year:
- Flyover at E. 120th Avenue and Highway 85
- Fix/update core city infrastructure
- Evaluate a moratorium on development fees
- Increase public safety funding
- Continue to focus on attracting businesses in the retail, hospitality, and leisure industries
These are just a few of the items we’ll focus on next year, with many other large and small-scale projects also on the radar. From the next round of large capital projects to everyday services for residents, city council and staff are committed to the vision of a “Quality Community for a Lifetime” for all Commerce City residents.
Thank you for allowing us to serve this community and its people. Happy Holidays to everyone in Commerce City and we look forward to another exciting year in 2019!