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The coyotes are mourning the end of their Eastbridge fields

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 Leave a Comment

Last night we heard a pack of coyotes yipping and howling mournfully. It sounded like they were just outside our window. I think they're upset that the big empty Eastbridge fields have been mowed down and construction trailers are moving in.

Then we heard a long round of gunshots, then a bunch of sirens that drowned out the coyotes, but that's another story.

An update from Forest City on the status of Eastbridge follows:

1. Forest City's contractor, CFC ,has mobilized on-site to begin construction of the 118 market rate Eastbridge Apartments on the southeast corner of E. 29th Drive and Geneva Court (rendering attached). The rental homes are scheduled to be completed in late summer or early fall of 2012.

2. A new dental clinic, Williams Family Dentistry, hopes to be under construction later this year on the triangular parcel bounded by Havana, Iola and E. 29th Drive adjacent to the existing car wash.

3. Construction is progressing on the 92 units of the Bluff Lake affordable rental housing being developed by Mercy Housing Southwest across from the Knowledge Beginnings Early Childhood Learning Center. The rental homes are scheduled to open in spring 2012.

4. Forest City has planned the first phase of residential development (120 market rate homes) for the western end of Filing 16, the parcel of land that lies to the east of Iola and north of the future extension of 26th Avenue. We have been told by Denver International Airport that we will have access to that parcel at the end of this year which would allow us to have those homes under construction by summer of 2012.

5. New Town Builders has completed five of the six mixed income Central Park row homes buildings on the south side of E. 29th Drive and is beginning work on the sixth and final building at that location.

6. Forest City and Stapleton's Park Creek Metro District worked successfully with the City and County of Denver to place the extension of MLK Blvd from its current terminus at Havana/Iola east to connect with the Fitzsimons Parkway on the City's priority request for funding under the third round of the TIGER (Transportation Improvements Generating Economic Recovery) federal funding. Forest City believes the completion of the MLK arterial to Fitzsimons parkway will make the Eastbridge Town Center site a more attractive location for retail development. A decision on the award of the TIGER funds is scheduled for January 2012.

2 comments »

  • Sara said:  

    Thanks for the update! I know all construction has to happen at some point, but as someone who lives down the street from Knowledge Beginnings, it's been frustrating at times to have so much going on all at the same time. From behind us, we have the construction of the Mercy Housing. And to the side of us, we have the recycled water pipeline going in alongside Florence.

    Last weekend, we tried to walk to Farmfest at the Urban Farm. On the map, it appeared that it was right off the Sand Creek trail. So just to get on the trail, we walk through the construction area of the recycled water pipeline, only to have to backtrack when realized that while the Urban Farm is indeed right up next to the trail, there was no gate. So we decide to walk down Havana to Smith Road. But there is only a sidewalk on one side of the road - and that sidewalk was closed due to construction. So despite being close enough to hear the music from Farmfest at our house, we were unable to simply walk there.

  • Liz said:  

    Sara, I feel your pain. My kids are tired of the diggers, mixers and trucks.

    And those gunshots and sirens? 4 people were shot on their porch
    http://www.9news.com/news/article/221756/108/4-people-shot-while-sitting-on-their-porch