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Traffic impact mitigated at 250 Columbine

Highlights:

  • 250 Columbine is under construction in Cherry Creek North.
  • The developer is Western Development Group and PCL is the general contractor.
  • Street parking will rise 65% on Columbine when it is completed.

 

Construction photo at 250 Columbine.

Construction photo at 250 Columbine.

The $100 million, mixed-use 250 Columbine development faced vocal criticisms by some people who thought it would be too dense and out of character for the tony Cherry Creek North neighborhood, even before the first shovel of dirt was turned.

However, since construction began last August, there have been virtually no complaints about problems with traffic or noise, according to its developer, Western Development Group and the general contractor, Denver-based PCL Construction.

“Absolutely, we want to be a good neighbor,” during the construction period and when it is completed in mid-2015, said David Steel, president of Western Development.

“We’ve really gone the extra mile,” to try to make the construction as least disruptive as possible, Steel said.

The development, designed by OZ Architecture, when completed will have 70 luxury condo units, 80,000 square feet of office space and 30,000 square feet of retail space, has been closely watched by neighbors and existing tenants in the area, said Roy Kline, a partner at Western Development.

A night view of 250 Columbine.

A night view of 250 Columbine.

“We have a time-lapse camera at the site that monitors it, so people can check in to watch the progress,” Kline said.

Trey Nobles, a vice president and Denver district manager for PCL, said they have taken lessons learned in working in tight places such as mountain resorts and used that knowledge in Cherry Creek North.

“It is something we have learned not only in resorts, but in downtown Denver and downtown Los Angeles and the many other cities we operate in that have congested locations,” Nobles said.

PCL began preparing for the construction even before the construction began.

“We spent quite a bit of time on our logistics and talking to neighbors about what to expect,” Nobles said.

“For example, we scheduled our concrete trucks to come to the site when it would be as least disruptive as possible,” he said. “We understood a lot of trucks coming to a site is a real hot button issue with local retail merchants and neighborhoods. We planned their trips to be as minimally disruptive as possible.”

He assigned a PCL employee, Crystal Terrazas, to be a liaison with neighbors to field and get answers for any questions or concerns they might have.

Currently, about 60 construction workers are at the site. In total, it will create about 350 jobs.

“Every construction site, of course, will have some noise and create some congestion,” Nobles said. “It’s impossible to eliminate everything. But we are really doing our best to keep the noise and disruption to a minimum.”

Steel said he thinks that neighbors, even those who had some initial concerns about traffic, will be pleasantly surprised by one fact.

“We’re going to actually be adding 11 parking spaces on Columbine,” Steel said.

While that might not sound like much, bringing it to 28 spaces is a 64.7 percent jump in the number of parking spaces.

“That is going to be a real boon to neighbors and consumers,” Steel said. “That is going to be a game changer. One of the biggest gripes in Cherry Creek North is that there is no parking.”

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