Applewood Golf Course: Let’s Bring Molson Coors to the Table

By Jessie Danielson

With less than a month left in the 2015 legislative session, our state faces urgent issues impacting the middle class. I have spent this session fighting to protect Colorado seniors, working families and victims of sexual assault. In the past two weeks, four of my bills passed the House of Representatives, moving us forward on the path to building a better Colorado. However, my work as your state representative is not finished when I leave the Capitol.

Last Tuesday, I stood with thousands of Wheat Ridge and Golden residents at the Applewood Golf Course community meeting to express our concerns about the proposed redevelopment of the property, owned by Molson Coors. A local development company, Carlson and Associates, presented their plan for Applewood Golf Course, which includes developing hundreds of new homes, and in effect destroying a cherished community asset that is a key part of local residents’ quality of life.

Residents have spoken loud and clear: this is the wrong development, in the wrong place, at the wrong time. I have heard from hundreds of constituents who are concerned about the loss of local habitat and wildlife; the inevitable traffic jams on already busy streets; the impact on the very schools that attract people to Jefferson County in the first place; the loss of a community recreation space that would leave high school golf teams with nowhere to practice and remove a beloved course used by thousands of locals.

I believe there is a way forward that addresses residents’ concerns and brings people together in good faith. It has already started with the passionate outpouring of concern by the community. Leaders like Congressman Ed Perlmutter have stepped up. Now it is time that other stakeholders publicly join the conversation. Most importantly, we need one of this community’s neighbors, Molson Coors, to come to the table and join the conversation its neighbors are having to find a way forward together that makes our community stronger.

Molson Coors has been a tremendous asset to our community for decades. I hope the company will join all the community members and local officials that are ready to find a solution that helps everyone while protecting the unique character of the neighborhoods around Applewood Golf Course.

State Representative Jessie Danielson represents House District 24, in north-central Jefferson County. She will host a town hall meeting Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m., at Wheat Ridge City Hall, 7500 W. 29th Ave. To contact her, visit www.jessiedanielson.com.

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