By: John Callis
Longmont city council approved the annexation of 348 acres north of Colorado highway 119 near Union Reservoir for a development built by Life Bridge Church. Houses, townhouses, and apartments would be built on 142 acres, 57 acres for civic and religious uses; and 40 acres of “mixed use“development that would include shops, offices and lofts. The plans also include 300 to 700 homes; 680,000 square feet of commercial development, including a 150,000 square foot sports arena and fitness center; and a 1 million square feet of religious and civil construction.
Many residents question the project’s environmental and traffic impact, effects on estimated revenue projections and traffic congestion. Many also question how the tax exempt status of both the church and its nonprofit business organization—Corporation for Community Christian Connections—Would effect the amount to tax revenue the city would collect from the development.