Northglenn gives initial nod to project

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Northglenn officials are moving forward with plans to create a large multi-retail development that would fill a longtime vacant lot at the corner of Grant Street and East 120th Avenue.

The final planned unit development proposal for Webster Lakes Promenade, which was unanimously approved by the Northglenn Planning Commission during its April 2 meeting, calls for the creation of a 10.29-acre shopping area that would include 1.88 acres of food and retail space and five additional acres of driveways and parking areas.

The project, which would be spearheaded by Centennial-based developer Hawkins Development , would also include about 3.41 acres of landscaping areas that would cover about 33.2 percent of the entire project.

“From my perspective, based on the information that has been presented, it’s a blessing,” Planning Commission member Antonio Esquibel said before casting his vote.

Efforts to redevelop the long vacant parcel of land date back to 2004, when the city and the Northglenn Urban Renewal Authority (NURA) began assembling the parcels that now compromise the nearly 11-acre site, including a former Days Inn hotel, a Sinclair gas station and small tenant space shopping center.

Since then, Director of Planning and Development Brook Svoboda said there have been three failed attempts by the city to redevelop the property.

“It’s important to note that this property has never fully developed in its entirety at any one time,”Svoboda said.

“It has always been in the City of Northglenn’s master plan as a key retail development site. A couple of the things that we’re looking to do here is to create an anchor synergy with the proposed retail uses. In the future, the city and NURA has plans to redevelop the property across the street, so this would be the first step in doing that.”

The city later entered into a redevelopment agreement with Centennial-based developer Hawkins Development in November 2011 to develop a site plan, retain businesses and develop the property.

As a part of the plan, Svoboda said the city would extend the I-25 off-ramp to Grant and privatize the current stretch of Community Center Drive between 120th and Grant to mitigate potential traffic concerns.

If the plan is approved by the Northglenn City Council in the coming weeks, Svoboda said project construction could begin as early as this summer.

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