BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
The issues that motivated Brian Strandes to run for GV city council are focused around traffic, transportation and general connectivity in Greenwood Village. He believes that “now that we’ve restored confidence in government,” we can address other important matters.
Strandes would like the city to develop a first mile-last mile strategy to connect people from light rail to their ultimate destinations of work or home in GV so as to alleviate the traffic congestion from the many single-occupancy vehicles that come and go daily in the city. He says we “need sidewalks around the Triad on Greenwood Plaza Boulevard and other places nearby GV’s two light rail stops, Orchard Station and Arapahoe Station.” Strandes would look at adding bike lanes on Orchard Road and the possibility of a shuttle bus around the city from the light rail, a tool used successfully to lessen traffic in many places, including Lone Tree. Another possibility would be having public bikes or scooters available for the first mile-last mile. Says Strandes, “We are seeing a revolution in how we get to and from work. We need to provide more infrastructure” for employees to do that.
Strandes told The Villager that there needs to be a way for young people to start out living in Greenwood Village, where the median home price was $872,000 between 2013 and 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and it has not likely gone down since. In a time of changing demographics, says Strandes, “How are we going to maintain the GV image and make it work for young people?” While single-family homes are the standard for virtually all the residential neighborhoods around the city, Strandes says he could see the possibility of condominium and/or townhome development in the I-25 corridor. “In order to remain financially viable as a city we have to have something besides single family homes, but not apartments, and anything built here must be of Greenwood Village quality.”
Strandes would like to move the city council to focus more strongly on transportation strategies that will help the traffic congestion, such as the first mile-last mile strategies listed above.
In addition to serving as the elected chair of the GV planning and zoning commission, Strandes has lived in the city since 2001 and owned businesses for 20 years. For most of the past two decades he has coached youth football, basketball, and baseball.
Brian Strandes has been endorsed for city council by outgoing representative Steve Moran, who has also endorsed current GV board of adjustments and appeals chair Donna Johnston. There are two open positions in GV district 3.
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