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City looks to dim the lights at Meadows

Dennis WebbPost Independent Staff

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City officials are looking to a dimmer future at Glenwood Meadows.The city is working to enforce rules aimed at keeping the commercial development’s big-boxes from being bright boxes.Some city residents have complained that Glenwood Meadows isn’t fully complying with a city ordinance aimed at minimizing light pollution.City manager Jeff Hecksel said the city has discussed the concerns with the project’s developers.”We’re working with those folks to get these things addressed as quickly as possible. I know that they have every intention of complying with the requirements,” he said.The concerns surround lighting at Lowe’s that isn’t properly shielded and pointing downward, and a failure of some nonsecurity lights to be turned off after business hours.Hecksel said the noncompliance may simply reflect the number of things that need attention when a new development is opening.”It’s just a question of getting all the bugs and issues worked out with their facility, of which this is just a part of it,” he said. “They’ve got to go through a shakedown over time just like you would if you were moving into a house. They’ve got so many things going on right now that they’re dealing with it as best they can.”To enforce the city lighting ordinance with Lowe’s, the city is making compliance a condition of the city’s issuance of a certificate of occupancy, which the store is seeking this week.City Council member Bruce Christensen, who was involved in helping create a lighting ordinance proposal before joining council, said some of the current concerns may relate to construction-related rather than permanent lighting. But he added that the Glenwood Meadows property, at the foot of Red Mountain, is fairly sensitive from a lighting standpoint.”The hillside, once it has snow on it, it’s going to be pretty bright,” he said.Some of the best – or perhaps worst – views of the Glenwood Meadows lights come from across the Colorado River Valley, in neighborhoods such as Oasis Creek.Hal Sundin lives on Traver Trail and served with Christensen on the committee that proposed the city’s lighting ordinance. He said he has heard neighbors complain about the brightness of the red bull’s-eye on the side of Target. However, the store has been turning the sign off after closing at night, as required, he said.Target’s target isn’t a problem at Sundin’s home.”We are blocked by other houses or trees, so we don’t even see anything over there, which is nice,” he said.He said the city needs to monitor Glenwood Meadows at night to make sure the development is fully complying with the requirement to turn off lights.Sundin said the project’s parking area appears to be properly downlit, as with lights on Midland Avenue in West Glenwood and the parking lots at the nearby Community Center.”You see the illuminated area, but you don’t see the source of the light,” he said.Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. 516dwebb@postindependent.com

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