by John Kiljan
Dear CLRC members and friends,
The potential developer for the northeast corner of the intersection Ralston Road and Independence Street will be holding another meeting to discuss his plans for developing this part of the Triangle shopping center, also known as Arvada Square and Ralston Creek North. The area holds seven acres running from Holland Street to Independence north of Ralston Road. It includes the empty Safeway building, as well as the former Big O tire shop on the corner, and the nearby Triangle Liquors store.
The meeting announcement is a little bit of a surprise. Loftus Developments has been in negotiation with Arvada’s urban renewal authority for some months now, but no development contract has yet been awarded by the Board of Commissioners. So we don’t actually know if Loftus will be the primary developer or not. The next AURA board meeting is not scheduled until August 5th.
Loftus held an initial public meeting last May 27th. It was well attended and many questions were put to the developer. But many of those questions could not be answered. Those included which businesses will be getting an offer to stay on, whether the Safeway building is to be pulled down or rebuilt, if 24 Hour Fitness will locate there, how much mitigation would be needed for further flood control, or even whether Loftus would be doing a second phase in the Chuck E Cheese part of the strip mall in late 2016.
Concept drawings were made available at that meeting showing different development possibilities, depending upon what partnerships were put together. But without a development contract with urban renewal, this developer cannot enter into real negotiations with the existing Arvada Square business tenants, let alone enter into agreements with new businesses that might want to locate in the rebuilt shopping center. And the Safeway building could end up being a new fitness center, or it could be a block of apartments, or a senior living facility, or even owner-occupied townhomes.
And if Loftus doesn’t work out, there are other developers in the wings who have also made unsolicited proposals to develop on the site with their own development concepts.
This meeting is being held at a different site than the one where the May 27th community meeting was held at. This one will be at
MILE HIGH VINEYARD CHURCH
5445 OLDE WADSWORTH BLVD
ON THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2015
AT 6:00 PM
WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
The CLRC has run several articles about the developments in the Arvada Square part of the Triangle. Here’s a link to a more recent one:
The Arvada Urban Renewal Authority (AURA) also has a short write-up on the May 27th meeting at this link:
The Denver Post has an article covering the Arvada Square development at
And, as always, the Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community is an independent neighborhood association representing the neighborhoods adjacent to Ralston Road from the Wadsworth Bypass to the Kipling Parkway.
You can read all of our articles on our main website at http://www.RalstonCommunity.org or you can read even more posts on our Facebook page at “CLRC – Citizens for a Liveable Ralston Community”. You can write to us, call us or email us at
c/o John Kiljan, Secretary
6185 Field Street
Arvada, CO 80004
July 27, 2015