RidgeGateâ€™s journal of smart growth development.
UrbanScape Volume 6 | No. 1
Inside the Blueprint The RidgeGate Parkway Interchange Building at the Speed of Need A Smart Place to Live and Work
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RidgeGate In Context. Community Scope:
Estimated Build-Out: Homes:
3,500 acres in Lone Tree, Colorado. South of Lincoln Avenue, straddling I-25. Now through 2030, and beyond. 10,000 homes including single family homes, custom homes, townhomes, apartments and urban lofts. Approximately 30,000 residents.
Office and Retail:
15 million square feet. Includes an office district, retail district, hospital/medical district and city center.
Cultural/performing arts center, library, outdoor amphitheatre, recreational center, Schweiger Ranch.
Over 1,000 acres of parks, trails, natural habitat and open space.
Pedestrian, bicycle, motor or mass transit. Three light rail stations within the community.
QwestÂŽ provides FTTH technology to all RidgeGate homes. Fiber-To-The-Home data speeds are 10 times faster than todayâ€™s average broadband speeds. www. ridgegatecolorado.com
We believe that UrbanScape describes RidgeGate’s unique TM
horizon of open space and urban vitality. RidgeGate is a New Urbanism community in the South Metro Denver corridor. Here you’ll find diverse home offerings in village settings.
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Retail, dining, and office centers within walking distance. Cultural and recreational facilities woven into the community fabric. And easy access to light rail and mass transit with connectivity to the rest of the metro area. Yet you will also find room to breathe here, with preserved land, trails, parks and mountain vistas. It’s a dynamic blend of city and nature. RidgeGate is the best of Urban in a new environment.
Many master planned communities undo their vision by building too quickly, and changing their ‘mix’ to whatever product they can sell right away. The end result is often too much residential BUILDING or too much commercial, and a lack of vitality and desirable diversity. AT THE RidgeGate, on the other hand, is SPEED manifesting itself at a carefully OF NEED. planned pace. RidgeGate owns its land free and clear so there is no rush to build out. The community can stay true to its vision and hold out for the best quality. You’ll see RidgeGate evolve and grow carefully over the next 20+ years, with a long term commitment to walkability, liveability, access, amenities, and scale. Interesting, how these same foundations make RidgeGate so desirable right now.
Inside the Blueprint | The concept of New Urbanism
How RidgeGate differs from other New Urbanism communities.
is becoming more familiar in the Denver metro region, with developments such as Stapleton, Belmar, and Lowry. We asked Keith Simon, RidgeGate’s Community Development Director to articulate how RidgeGate is different than these other New Urbanism communities.
Simon: RidgeGate is different in four important ways. Keith Simon, Vice President, Community Development Director
(1) Our location in the city of Lone Tree puts us in the heart of one of the wealthiest and most highly educated populations in the region. We’re served by the award winning Douglas County Public School and Library Districts, as well as the South Suburban Park and Recreation District. We’re also just a mile south of Park Meadows Mall for world class shopping.
(2) RidgeGate’s topography creates a much more varied street scene with interesting mountain and city views. Our natural open space system and connections to the Cherry Creek and Chatfield Reservoirs creates an invaluable harmony for people and nature.
(3) RidgeGate already has a far better balance of high-paying jobs and housing due to our location along the south I-25 business corridor and proximity to Centennial Airport. So we really can offer a true live/work/ play community with the choice to reduce oneâ€™s dependence on the car.
(4) In terms of mobility, RidgeGate has three light rail stations as an extension of the existing Southeast Light Rail line. From here you can get to Downtown Denver or Aurora, and choose to drive less if that works for you.
Closing the Loop | An update on the RidgeGate Parkway Interchange. Construction of the RidgeGate Parkway Interchange is on schedule for completion in early 2009. The Interchange is located at RidgeGate Parkway and I-25, one mile south of Lincoln Avenue, and connects the east and west sides of the RidgeGate community. It will also provide direct access to the Sky Ridge Medical Center. The completion of this interchange improves RidgeGateâ€™s link to Douglas County. And with another light rail station scheduled to be built at this interchange on the east side of I-25, RidgeGate will continue its connection to the greater metropolitan area while reducing congestion and traffic.
RidgeGate: A smart place to live. And work.
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51% of the net gain in jobs in the Denver Metro Area from 2000 to 2007 have been in Douglas County, where RidgeGate is located. The number of jobs located in Douglas County has been increasing faster than the population. Industries with the largest increases in jobs were healthcare and social assistance, professional and technical services, accommodations and food services, and retail trade. Douglas County was ranked #4 in the Nation for average weekly wage growth in the fourth quarter of 2007. The median household income in Douglas County was $92,125 in 2007, vs. the national average of $48,451.
Sources: Douglas County Demographics Summary, March 2008, Douglas County Community Development Department. Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
Where Urban is evolving in the South Metro Denver corridor. www. ridgegatecolorado.com