A co-owner of Jared’s Nursery in South Jeffco wants to turn 6 acres on the northwest corner of the nursery's property into an indoor sand volleyball center and restaurant.
However, neighbors attending the first community meeting on the proposal Oct. 3 were concerned about traffic, parking and lighting issues.
Loren Bauman, who owns Jared’s with his brother and mother, has approached the county about building a 40,000-square-foot indoor sand volleyball facility that could include a restaurant and a brewery. The project would be at the corner of West Bowles Avenue and South Oak Street.
Bauman expects to submit a formal application to Jeffco in two months to rezone the property to allow the building to be 40 feet tall, 5 feet above the maximum height restriction. Jefferson County would start public hearings three to four months after the rezoning proposal is submitted.
Aaron McLean, a case manager for Jeffco’s Planning and Zoning Department, said a traffic study required by the zoning process might show Bauman would be responsible for improvements to Oak Street to handle additional traffic. The county also would place parking requirements on any rezoning.
An avid sand volleyball player, Bauman said he wants to provide a place for South Jeffco residents to play the game he’s been enjoying for 17 years. Much of what he’s planning, Bauman said, is similar to The Island, an indoor sand volleyball center in north Denver where he plays several times a week.
If the project is approved, Bauman said, the center would employ 30 to 40 people, with half of them full-time staff. Bauman wants to obtain a liquor license, though he doesn’t expect liquor sales to be a major part of the business.
Bauman said the project is unrelated to the nursery or its ownership and is his own business venture.
A couple dozen neighbors who attended the meeting said they were concerned about the traffic and parking issues such a facility would bring to the neighborhood.
The proposed project would use Oak Street, a two-lane road, for access. Several people said they had safety concerns with increased traffic.
Others were concerned about where visitors would park, especially during large events.
The Rev. Michael Pavlakovich, pastor at Light of the World Catholic Church, whose parking lot is just east of Jared’s, said he was worried that on weekends the church’s lot would be used by volleyball players.
Bauman said he would plan events such as tournaments to ensure they wouldn't interfere with regular traffic patterns in the area. He said the center would have parking, plus Jared’s parking lot could be used occasionally during large events.
Residents also expressed concern about the amount of light produced by a large parking lot next to a residential neighborhood.
Bauman said more trees would be planted along the road, and lights would be aimed away from homes to keep them from being too intrusive.
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