Lakewood resident Maddie Nichols says it is important for people to understand that if you want a good, quality development near your home, you need to communicate and collaborate with developers. …
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Lakewood resident Maddie Nichols says it is important for people to understand that if you want a good, quality development near your home, you need to communicate and collaborate with developers.
Nichols and the Two Creeks Neighborhood Association did just that, and she believes it will pay off come 2022 when the Traverse Apartments are finished.
Part of the West Line Village, an area near the Sheridan Station at 5645 W. 10th Ave., the Traverse Apartments will bring 281 units to Lakewood at 5495 W. 10th Ave. The project is being carried out by Trailbreak Partners, Highland Development Company and T.O.D. Properties, who have spent six years working and meeting with the Two Creeks Neighborhood — an area where Colfax and Sixth avenues serve as the north and south boundaries and Sheridan and Wadsworth boulevards are on the east and west.
“We’ve worked very hard on this whole project for many years already. We think the product we’re getting is what needs to happen with this transit-oriented area,” said Nichols, a board member of the Two Creeks Neighborhood Association. “I think it is important for people to not wait until the hole is dug to put effort into planning and working with developers.”
The Traverse Apartments will be a five-story building that will include a swimming pool, hot tub, rooftop patio, courtyard lounge areas, clubhouse, business center, fitness center, media room, pet spa and business center space. The development will come with 362 parking spaces and will be located adjacent to the Sheridan Station, at 1198 Sheridan Blvd. Residents of the apartment complex will have close access to the Lakewood Dry Gulch trail for pedestrian and bicycle connections.
“There is nothing better than having the neighborhood be advocates for the place we’re building. It is a really beautiful, well designed apartment building,” said Doug Elenowitz, principal for Trailbreak Partners. “This is exactly the type of development you want to see.”
The apartment complex is going to bring a different form of housing to the West Line Village. The area is set to be home to 134 market-rate townhomes that are being built by DIRC Homes and Trailbreak Partners with some of the housing already finished.
The Lakewood Strategic Growth Initiative, which limits new home construction to 1% and sends residential projects of 40 units or more to Lakewood City Council for approval, did not impact this project as it was already in the process of obtaining a building permit. The initiative, passed by Lakewood voters last July, requires developers to receive growth cap allocations for a building permit.
“They’ve taken that area that was trashed out and didn’t look good and are making it a nice area for people to come in and live. We never could get realtors to take a look at this because we were an older part of Lakewood,” said Kathi Hasfjord, who has lived in Lakewood since 1974. She is the secretary for the Two Creeks Neighborhood Association and for the West Colfax Community Association. “Now, they’re not ignoring us anymore.”
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