With Encore residential and commercial units sold out, the pressure is on to meet the fall opening deadline. Encore sales manager Lisa Manzo said they are hoping to allow residents and businesses to …
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With Encore residential and commercial units sold out, the pressure is on to meet the fall opening deadline. Encore sales manager Lisa Manzo said they are hoping to allow residents and businesses to move in by September or October this year.
Encore is being developed by Confluence Communities, which has headquarters in Golden.
Both Castle Rock and Confluence have several obligations to meet before the official opening can take place, including a major roadway project that continues in front of the seven-story building located near City Hall on Wilcox Street.
Parts of Wilcox Street are currently closed as the Castle Rock Public Works Department builds a $2.2 million roundabout to accommodate the increased traffic Encore residents will bring to the town’s main street.
Mayor Jason Gray said he understands change can be hard, especially as construction continues, but he is confident Encore is going to have a positive impact on the town.
Gray said Confluence is also responsible for building the successful Riverwalk project in Castle Rock. Gray estimated Riverwalk is responsible for the town getting 58 new businesses downtown.
With more than 28,000 square feet of the total 180,953-square-foot project dedicated to retail and office space, Gray said Encore is already in position to bring new business to downtown.
The seven-story parking garage is nearing completion. Of the 601 spaces, the town has paid just over $9 million for 308 spaces to be designated as public parking. The garage is accessible from South Street, which can currently be accessed via Perry Street.
In working to bring Encore to downtown, Kevin Tilson, director of the Downtown Development Authority, said the lack of public parking was a major issue.
Through public/private partnerships, Tilson said besides parking from the Encore project, The View, a similar development set to be under construction this summer, will provide the town with an additional 400 public parking spaces.
“We know that Castle Rock is a growing community and people want to be in downtown,” Tilson said. “We are being strategic to add public parking infrastructure at every opportunity. No growing community ever looks back on time and wishes they built less public parking.”
The town has also invested in building a new civic plaza between Town Hall and the mixed-use building.
As a bonus for the public, Manzo, who said Encore is pet-friendly, will build the a dog park nearby.
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