Residents in Thornton neighborhood oppose plans for new Topgolf

THORNTON, Colo. -- Topgolf soon could be opening a new location in the Denver metro area, but neighbors of the proposed site near 136th Avenue and Interstate 25 say plans aren’t up to par with the area.

Neighbors in Thornton’s Rolling Hills subdivision said they bought in the area because of the views, and peace and quiet.

They said that’s being threatened by a proposed Topgolf development in their backyard.

“To have 10-story-high poles and nets with a light that reflects off it just is not our idea of what would be an appropriate addition to that area,” said Doug Aldrich, whose back porch looks at the development.

Those who live in the neighborhood said if the plan is passed by the city council, noise would be an issue until 2 a.m. every day of the week.

“We really don’t want to sit here and listen to bands and DJ’s and cheering and stomping people up until 2 a.m.  And that’s seven days a week and that’s a lot,” Aldrich said.

Aldrich said traffic problems could overflow into the neighborhood and the bright stadium lights would be visible from the homes.

“The area that is north of the 16th tee will be the parking for about 470 cars.  And then beyond that into the clumps of trees would be the 55-foot high building, which will then have its hitting bays, which go to the northeast,” he said.

“We’re not opposed to development. I want to make that very clear,” said Lisa Sundling, who’s backyard also looks at the site of the proposed development.

“I believe we are about 800 feet from the building,” she said of how close the parking lot and building would be to her bedroom window.

“I just hope the city will take the concerns of the community and put themselves in our shoes. If they lived here right now, would they really let this pass? And I think the answer would be a resounding no,” Sundling said.

A public hearing on the Topgolf development is set for Aug. 23. Several members with the city of Thornton refused comment. A voicemail left for the city council member for the district where the Topgolf would go was not returned.

Topgolf declined to comment.