You may have already seen construction work getting underway near the intersection of Interstate 70 and Colorado State Highway 58 in Wheat Ridge. If you’re interested in Wheat Ridge or Jefferson County real estate, you should definitely keep your eye on what will be happening at this construction site throughout 2018.
After at least five years of planning and setbacks, Clear Creek Crossing — a mixed-use development project featuring lots of new residential housing units and commercial space — is finally approaching the goal line.
Some preliminary work started this fall, and the official construction groundbreaking is slated for 2018.
Don’t worry if this is the first you’re hearing about Clear Creek Crossing. I’ve got all the information you need to know about this huge development project coming to a major intersection in Wheat Ridge.
Wheat Ridge Clear Creek Crossing Setbacks
It hasn’t been an easy journey for Clear Creek Crossing. The obstacles date back at least six years.
In 2011, Cabela’s, the sporting goods retailer that was supposed to anchor the new development at I-70 and Colorado 58, announced that they were pulling out of the project.
Already at that point, the Denver Post was referring to it as a “long-delayed retail development.” Here we are more than six years later and we’re still looking forward to the groundbreaking. Clearly there have been some hiccups.
Some of the issues that have contributed to delays include:
- After Cabela’s left, the original developer backed out and the site sat vacant for five years
- A new developer purchased the land in 2016, but new plans had to be drafted and a new retailer capable of anchoring the development had to be found
- Community meetings were held in December 2016 and May 2017 to communicate the new plans to citizens and discuss the potential impacts on traffic
- In May 2017, it was announced that once again the anchor retailer (this time a Super Wal-Mart) is having second thoughts
According to the latest public statements from Evergreen Devco, the commercial real estate developer working on the project, everything is still on track to move forward despite the potential loss of Super Wal-Mart.
Even the Clear Creek Crossing page on the Wheat Ridge city government website claims that the project is “at the goal line” with or without Wal-Mart.
What’s Next for Clear Creek Crossing?
The biggest item on the agenda is to find a new retailer to fill the potential void left behind if Wal-Mart pulls out.
A similar problem recently struck the Wheat Ridge development at 38th and Wadsworth. In that project, the neighborhood got together to block Wal-Mart from anchoring the commercial retail space. An unnamed grocery store brand is now set to fill that void.
Will a big name grocer end up at Clear Creek Crossing in Wheat Ridge? It remains to be seen.
Here’s what we do know about the latest plans for Clear Creek:
- 15 acres are set aside for 370 multi-family housing units
- 25 acres are earmarked for the office complex of a (publicly) unknown Denver-based company
- Construction will officially begin in 2018, but no exact date has been set
Next steps include gaining plan approval from the Wheat Ridge City Council and the city’s planning commission.
Once the Outline Development Plan is approved, Clear Creek Crossing will finally be poised to make its mark on Wheat Ridge real estate. The giant office complex hundreds of residential units will bring lots of new job and housing opportunities to the area.