Even though the national economy has been in a downturn, the last year in Longmont has seen a slight but noteworthy turn towards the positive. Residential home sales are picking up, unemployment is decreasing and sales tax revenues are increasing.
The ownership of our mall recently announced they are in foreclosure, but with the right leadership in place, this can become another positive for our community. The city will have more tools available to offer incentives to create a new vision for the area and opportunities to bring more family-friendly entertainment to Longmont. Our community has an abundance of children looking for fun, healthy options right here in Longmont. They shouldn’t have to drive 10 miles down the road to watch a movie in a theater with stadium seating, they shouldn’t have to drive 20 miles to play LaserTag or visit a Chuck E. Cheese. Everyday we’re losing family entertainment dollars to surrounding communities and now we have a retail center in a prime location that can be redeveloped to suit the needs of our residents. I have a vision for our community that I know many of you share and it is my goal to engage city and private business resources to bring that vision to reality.