New homes, businesses on the way in 2014

Developer confidence on the uptick


As 2013 wraps up, housing construction in Parker remains at a fever pitch, capping off a banner year, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since before the recession.
The collapse of the housing market put planned projects on hold indefinitely, but the booming demand for single-family homes has put development back on the agenda — literally. Parker Town Council and the Parker Planning Commission have been bombarded by one proposal after another, signifying an improvement in the development community’s confidence.
Here are a handful of pending projects that Parker residents might see breaking ground in the next six months:
Horseshoe Ridge
Land once targeted for apartments or townhomes will now be single-family homes. The last remaining empty parcels of Horseshoe Ridge are being developed, including a 7.5-acre lot on the northwest corner of Hess Road and Pardee Street. At roughly 4.4 dwelling units per acre, the 33 single-family detached homes will be packed closer together than homes in most Parker neighborhoods, but the density represents a sizable decrease from what is allowed by zoning.
Since 2011, three different homebuilders have been actively piecing together the last parts of Horseshoe Ridge. Some vacant lots were purchased when home sales were at their lowest. Town of Parker officials are reviewing a final plat application to “make sure all of the construction plans are complete” before giving the go-ahead, said Patrick Mulready, senior planner for the town. Construction is expected to start this spring.
Pine Bluffs
The existing Pine Bluffs subdivision northeast of South Parker Road and Hess Road is about to undergo an eastward expansion. There is a proposal on the table of 90 single-family homes on a 30-acre parcel on the northeast corner of Hess Road and Hilltop Road. The semi-custom homes will be similar to the existing houses, but will sit lower because they would be built in Tallman Gulch. A final plat application will be reviewed in January, and if the proposal is approved, construction could start in April or May.
“The market is great for this type of single-family residential, the larger homes, so they kind of want to strike while the iron is hot,” Mulready said.
Residents who live nearby have voiced their concerns about traffic impacts, lower home values and blocked view corridors. Mulready said he expects that extending Snowy Own Drive to the new neighborhood will reduce traffic on some streets in Hidden River, just to the north. Pine Bluffs will be slightly disjointed at build-out, as the final section north of Parker United Methodist Church, near Preston Hills, is slated for future development.
Kneaders Bakery
If approved, it will be the second Colorado location for Kneaders Bakery. The owners are awaiting final approval from council and the planning commission to demolish the existing building — the former home of the Crosswalk Christian Bookstore — and construct a new building with a drive-thru. The planning commission is expected to consider a site plan amendment at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at town hall. The bakery has a concept similar to Panera Bread, Parker resident Jacob Hawkins told council during a fall meeting.
Miramont Family Medical
In the coming months, Miramont Family Medical will begin construction on a facility near the northwest corner of Pine Lane and Twenty Mile Road, one block west of its existing location. The 5,287-square-foot family medical clinic will be built on 1.1 acres and include a drive-thru pharmacy. The project was approved by town council in November.
The applicant is finalizing building and grading permits for the site, which has been identified as one of the more challenging properties in Parker to develop. The undevelopable 1.4 acres on the site are dedicated for right-of-way, utility easements and flood plain.


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