Timnath seems ready to welcome Topgolf’s facility into a gravel pit on the western edge of town.
Although no formal plans were introduced, the city has offered a lucrative incentive package including a 50% reduction in permit, building and impact fees, reclaiming the sales tax share of a third of the existing 3% sales tax for 20 years and expedited accrual processing across the city, According to a letter sent from Timnath Mayor Mark Sukop to Topgolf real estate manager Jonathan Trinsky.
The letter, dated December 17, 2021, first reported by Beswest, states Succub’s “sincere wish” for Topgolf to join the community. Soukup was not available for comment.
Timnath has targeted Ladera, a 240-acre residential, commercial and mixed-use development being developed by Connell Resources as a potential site. Connell used the site as a gravel pit for the surrounding construction. The site has a high visibility and is just east of Interstate 25 and south of Harmony Road. The area is also slated to be home to a new flooring and decor retailer.
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Timnath City Council approved in December the construction of two metro areas for the property, which will allow developers to raise about $95 million for public infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer improvements, curbs and gutters.
In addition to Floor and Decor, Project Ladera has been approved for annexation to Timnath, according to city planner Matt Blakely. He said Ladera will accommodate a major retail development such as Topgolf and align with Timnath’s overall plans and transportation plans.
“Topgolf can be a great convenience for Timmnath,” Blackley said in an email. “We are excited about the potential of this project, however, nothing has been formally presented.” He said any other land designated as regional commercial land would also accommodate Topgolf.
Officials from Topgolf and Connell did not respond to calls seeking comment.
If plans are submitted, the final decision will be left to the city council.
Topgolf has two other locations in Colorado, one along I-25 in Thornton (at exit E-470) about 45 minutes south of Timnath and one on Centennial off I-25, about 90 minutes south of town.
Topgolf Entertainment Group operates 60 Topgolf locations in the UK and US – first opened in 2000 in the UK – and serve more than 23 million visitors each year, according to its website. It offers multi-level driving ranges, cocktails, music, event spaces and more.
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According to reports by BizWest, Topgolf could be looking at two levels with 72 bays in Timnath, which would be smaller than the Thornton and Centennial facilities.
As soon as word got through about Topgolf, Facebook exploded with comments from people opposing the multi-level place surrounded by a large web or chain link.
Helen Gray of Fort Collins objected to the effect this had on the gates of Timnath and Fort Collins. “The town of[Fort Collins]is so beautiful, just to have this big thing connected to the chain at our entrance to Fort Collins is just amazing,” she said.
The nearby I-25 and Harmony intersection is now home to Costco, Walmart, and a host of restaurants and small businesses on the Timnath side of I-25. The Fort Collins side is currently undeveloped in the south
“The two cities must work together; it is the gateway to both cities,” Gray said, acknowledging that she had never been to the Topgolf facility. “I know a lot of people love it and it’s fun. There’s nothing against work, I don’t think it’s the right place for that right on the main road.”
Another reader said the Topgolf would be a huge improvement over the gravel pit.
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