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By Elisabeth Monaghan

For years, Wheat Ridge residents have been told positive change is coming to parts of the city in need of sprucing up or redevelopment. Fortunately, it looks like there finally is progress on some of these long-awaited projects.

The developer of Corners at Wheat Ridge, at the corner of 38th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard, is preparing to begin vertical construction on that site. The TIF-funded project will include 80,000 square feet of retail and more than 230 new market-rate apartments.

Not far from that location is West 38th Avenue and Upham Street, where Wazee Partners are working on a mixed-use development, including 160 new market-rate apartments and 80,000 square feet of retail space. According to Tyler Downs, a principal with Wazee Partners, the new Vectra Bank building is now under construction at the site. Once that building is completed, which Downs says should be in about six to eight months, Wazee Partners will break ground on the planned mixed-use community and build the balance of the development.

In its August 2017 newsletter, the City of Wheat Ridge Economic Development Division provided updates on additional developments underway. One such project is Perrin’s Row, which is a community of energy-efficient row homes on 38th Avenue and Depew Street, and Kipling Ridge, a shopping center at the southwest corner of Kipling Street and 38th Avenue anchored by Sprouts Farmers Market. Two additional developments under consideration are a Hacienda Colorado restaurant and a new retail building and maker-space facilities on 44th Avenue at Jellison Street.

Additionally, plans remain in place for the Wheat Ridge Ward Road RTD rail station, which will take riders from the G Line directly to Union Station.

For more information about any of the projects currently under development in Wheat Ridge, contact Steve Art at 303-235-2806 or sart@ci.wheatridge.co.us.