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My goal in this monthly column is to inform our readers about current and planned changes going on around the Town of Castle Rock without making judgments or editorial comments.
Wade A. Frary
A Message to Readers:
Frequently on social media, I see negative comments regarding the expansion and development of Castle Rock, Larkspur and surrounding communities. Unfortunately for those nay-sayers, change is both inevitable and predictable given the increase in the population of Douglas County. There are opportunities to participate in the planning process and give your input to government of cials. The Castle Rock Town Government and Larkspur Town Hall are always looking for volunteers to serve on commissions, advisory committees and councils to participate in the community and economic development process. Anyone who has the time and talent might want to consider becoming an active volunteer to positively impact these changes within our community. My goal in this monthly column is to inform our readers about current and planned changes going on around the Town of Castle Rock, Parker, Colorado Springs and Larkspur without making judgement or editorial comments. ~ Wade
In my most recent articles, I have focused primarily on Castle Rock development. However, in this month’s issue, I have decided to provide information about commercial development happening in communities on the fringe of Castle Rock. There is a lot going on!
Lone Tree –
RidgeGate and Lone Tree City Center
The RidgeGate community is in the South reaches of the Denver Tech Center, on both sides of the I-25 corridor within the city limits of Lone Tree. This master-planned community is situated adjacent to three light rail stations with easy access to both Denver International Airport and Centennial Airport. For developers, it is an ideal location for retail, corporate headquarters, and mixed o ce space/residential. Construction is on-going for a variety of projects to include a vibrant City Center for Lone Tree which includes 3,500 acres of land planned for large-scale development. On the West side of I-25 is the Charles Schwab campus. Once complete, this campus will be the largest private sector employer in Douglas County. They will employ over 4500 persons, already hiring and bringing a cadre of highly skilled people to the area. Lone Tree plans to develop 8-10 million square feet of retail space in the Lone Tree City Center. This is already bringing a variety of large and small businesses to this Center in the form of diverse shops, restaurants, and services. RidgeGate has launched the development of a residential planned community just East of I-25 at the Lincoln and Castle Pines Parkway exits. Once built out, these residential communities will accommodate approximately 5,000 residents and the enterprise zone will bring up to 40,000 new jobs once Lone Tree City Center is fully developed and occupied.
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