By Doug Storum
LONGMONT — Louisville-based Boulder Creek Neighborhoods has started ground work on Denio West, a residential subdivision at the southwest corner of Hover Street and Ninth Avenue in Longmont. The project will have 41 single-family home lots, 24 triplex units in eight buildings and 16 quadplex units in four buildings, for a total of 81 housing units. Boulder Creek Neighborhoods purchased the 14 acres for $1 million in 2014. Mostly vacant land, the property has a brick farmhouse at the south end that is being deconstructed, said David Sinkey, president and chief executive of Boulder Creek Neighborhoods. The first step of the development is bringing in fill dirt that will be used to raise a low-grade area at the northeast corner of the property, reroute a ditch, create a drainage area and shape topography that enhances the natural lay of the land. While the property slopes down from street levels and looks lower than surrounding property and nearby areas that were hard hit by the flood of 2013, Sinkey said the property is not in a floodplain. The single-family home lots are 50 feet by 110 feet, or 5,500 square feet, and can accommodate Boulder Creek’s patio and ranch-style homes that range in size from 1,600 square feet to 4,000 square feet. Sinkey said the company is conducting market research to determine which style homes will be built at Denio West. “It won’t be an age-restricted community,” Sinkey said, “but we will be targeting those who want to downsize but stay in the heart of the community they’ve been living in. … We design homes and communities that free up time for people and provide common areas for socializing.” Sinkey said that while Longmont may have one of the larger home inventories in the region, he still considers it to be a shortage. “There is still a housing-stock issue,” he said. “Most of what is available is for families, and there isn’t a lot of that. With this in-fill project, we want to provide something different, alternative housing that attracts empty nesters.” Sinkey said sales efforts are expected to begin in the third quarter of this year, and homes will be available the first of next year. “We have several months of site preparation to take care of first,” Sinkey said. Boulder Creek has created several “neighborhoods” in the region that use a variety of housing styles — including patio, ranch and town homes. The communities include Tramonto in Longmont, Brennan by the Lake in Erie, Calmante in Superior, Lanterns and DELO in Louisville, The Lakes at Centerra in Loveland, plus others in Thornton, Stapleton and Aurora.
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