For more than 40 years, Maddie Nichols has lived in one of the oldest parts of Lakewood — the Two Creeks neighborhood.
With Colfax and Sixth avenues as north and south boundaries, and Sheridan and Wadsworth boulevards on the east and west, the area has seen little increase in development in recent years.
“There were times when it looked like everything was going down the drain,” Nichols said with a chuckle. “But because of the W Line, we’re seeing more interest in development. While that’s a good thing, we want to make sure any development will be a positive part of the neighborhood.”
Such a development may be on its way with the announcement of West Line Village, 134 new market-rate townhomes adjacent to Sheridan Station, located at West 10th Avenue and Depew Street.
“We’ve not seen much development in the area in a while, and the fact that these are market-rate and for sale is a big deal,” said Mayor Adam Paul. “I think this project is going to be a game-changer for the whole area.”
The transit-oriented development will include nine distinctive floor plans ranging from 800 to 1,750 square feet, including studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom homes, one- and two-car garages, as well as a front or backyards. Buyers can select upgrade options like balconies, gas fireplaces, hardwood floors, appliance and finish upgrades, and storage solutions.
The homes will range from $200,000 to $400,000.
The project is being spearheaded by DIRC Homes and Trailbreak Partners.
“This project has been in the works for several years before coming to fruition,” said Doug Elenowitz, principal with Trailbreak Partners. “Our plan has always been not to just build a development, but to build a community.”
Trailbreak and DIRC spent years working with Two Creeks and other neighbors to get the project right, a move that Paul said is an example of how development should progress in the city.
“We’ve been a part of meetings and discussions, and our neighborhood has appreciated the way they’ve reached out to us,” Nichols said. “Of course, there are always going to be people who are not at all in favor of development, but since it’s going to happen, we want it to be the best quality possible.”
The development is named after the W Line, which highlights the many transit options available to residents, explained Michaela Derenne, marketing manager with DIRC homes.
“We wanted to capture how convenient it’s going to be to travel for residents,” she said. “They will be able to just step out their door and take the W Line to Denver or Golden, and have all kinds of pedestrian and bicycle options.”
Site demolition is already complete, Elenowitz said, and early estimates are that some houses will be ready in late 2017 or early 2018.
“This the vision so many of us had when we started thinking about the W Line years ago,” Paul said. “I believe this new community will bring a great energy to the area.”
The hope is that the West Line Village will go beyond providing affordable housing options, and catalyze more growth in the east side of Lakewood.
“We’d like to see improvements made at places like the shopping center at 10th Avenue and Sheridan,” Nichols said. “We hope this will lead much more positive development around us.”