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Chase Bank rezoning gets approval

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By Kevin Denke

    BRIGHTON – City council members, including Brighton Mayor Dick McLean, gave the go-ahead June 7 for rezoning of property for a new Chase Bank at the corner of South Fourth Avenue and Bromley Lane.
    The final reading of an ordinance to rezone the property from residential to a Planned Unit Development received 8-0 approval from the council.
    During the first reading of the ordinance last month, McLean and councilman Chris Maslanik voted against the ordinance because of their concerns over the traffic impact from the new bank, especially with the soon-to-be-opened Kaiser Permanente office. Community Development Director Marv Falconburg addressed those concerns at last week’s meeting
    Falconburg said city staffers met with Chase Bank and its own traffic engineer to address concerns raised during the previous meeting, including the presence of a full-movement intersection at the South Fourth Avenue entrance to the new bank.
    As part of that, he said Chase submitted an updated traffic study that took into account, the potential traffic load from the Kaiser building.
    “What they found when they ran that number was no significant impacts that would change the level of service in that area of the Chase Bank,” Falconburg said.
    On the issue of access to the bank from South Fourth Avenue and the closeness to the Bromley Lane intersection, Falconburg said they compared it with the Diamond Shamrock service station on the adjacent corner and found it would not affect the intersection significantly or the left turn lane from South Fourth Avenue on to Bromley Lane.
    Falconburg said they also examined concerns over cars stacking up from the bank’s drive-up to the alleyway and found it would also not be an issue.
    With the new analysis, councilors gave their approval for the rezoning and welcomed Chase Bank to Brighton. McLean said his concerns had been addressed.
    The next phase of the project will be the platting process. Chase hopes to start construction on the site soon.

Contact Kevin Denke at kdenke@metrowestnewspapers.com or 303-659-2522, ext. 225.