The Corners construction commences in Wheat Ridge

Long-debated property sees ground break on redevelopment

Posted 10/24/17

In celebrating the groundbreaking of The Corners mixed-use development, Renewal Wheat Ridge representative Tim Rogers mused that it might not be a coincidence that Lutheran Medical Center’s ER was just a couple blocks down the road.

“A couple …

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The Corners construction commences in Wheat Ridge

Long-debated property sees ground break on redevelopment

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In celebrating the groundbreaking of The Corners mixed-use development, Renewal Wheat Ridge representative Tim Rogers mused that it might not be a coincidence that Lutheran Medical Center’s ER was just a couple blocks down the road.

“A couple of times we thought this deal might have been dead,” Rogers said at the Oct. 18 groundbreaking.

The path to redevelopment at the corner of 38th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard certainly was not a straight one , but at the groundbreaking, representatives from the development company Quadrant Properties, LLC, and from Wheat Ridge City Hall were happy to reach the groundbreaking milestone.

“It’s a celebration of getting rid of a lot of blight. It’s a celebration of 15 acres being turned into something useful, attractive and valuable for now and many years to come,” Mayor Joyce Jay said at the event.

Jay added that 10 of those acres of that had always been undeveloped.

That space will now be developed into a 35,000 square foot Lucky’s Market, up to 45,000 square feet of additional shopping opportunities, 230 market-rate apartments, and a public plaza.

Bob Turner with Quadrant said he saw the new development as not just buildings, but a place for residents to live their lives and make some memories, “maybe even a few Wheat Ridge Farmers on their first dates.”

Lucky’s and much of the commercial properties are scheduled to open in the spring of 2018, with the apartments hitting the market that winter. Turner said he anticipates the public plaza and greenspace to be among the last components of the project to open.

The project had initially been approved in 2015 with a Walmart Neighborhood Market as the anchor tenant. Community opposition against the development, particularly the $6.2 million in tax increment funding going into the site, was strong, leading to a November 2015 ballot measure seeking to retroactively undo the development deal. The ballot measure passed, but Quadrant won a lawsuit in Jefferson County court to maintain its development deal, even after Walmart later pulled out.

Area resident Vivian Vos attended the public groundbreaking. She said she had supported the ballot measure as a way to oppose Walmart coming in, but was happy with The Corners design plan.

“I’m happy to have Lucky’s Here, and happy to see this corner developed,” she said.

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