In 2015 the Foothills Mall redevelopment triggered the Midtown Revival, which is now in full swing. Now that Foothills is nearly complete (in terms of construction), it appears the next wave of development is gaining momentum.
Here are eight projects that will give Midtown a new look and feel. Most of the developments are along Midtown’s main street, College Avenue; two are around the Foothills Mall; and another is west of College, north of CSU’s campus. These projects begin transitioning the many old, out-of-date strip malls, storage facilities and gas stations that populate much of Midtown’s core into modern, multi-use properties.
It’s an exciting trend that will propel Midtown Fort Collins from a tired 1960’s and 1970’s relic, into a 21st century showpiece.
2020 South College
A shopping center located on the corner of College and Spring Creek Drive is getting a major face lift, which will be a nice shot-in-the-arm to a shopping center with a nice location, but a tired, unnoticeable facade.
2025 South College
Elevations Credit Union is looking at building a second branch on the site that once housed a gas/convenience store. The project depends on three things: hazardous materials cleanup, a request for a reduction in required parking spaces, and the fact the property sits in a floodplain.
2105 South College
Spring Creek Apartments is a proposed 55+ apartment complex, just north of Whole Foods. The proposal calls for168 upscale units. This is a prime building site, due to its proximity to Whole Foods, the Spring Creek MAX station and bike trail, and its central Midtown location.
255 Johnson Drive
An unnamed mixed-use development has been proposed near the Dairy Queen on College. The proposal calls for 195 student apartments, 4,000 square feet of office, commercial and retail space on the ground floor along with parking. The apartments would wrap all sides of the building and include four courtyards on the second floor. This development is in the Spring Creek flood plain.
2535 South College
King Soopers is planning to build a new store on site of an old K-mart store, located at Drake x College. This is one of the best building sites in Midtown, with good car access from College and Drake, and the Drake MAX station on the west side of the store. The City wanted King Soopers to include housing with their development plan, but King Soopers rejected that idea.
3521 Stanford Road
McWhinney is building Cycle Apartments at Foothills Mall, and should be ready to start leasing by June 2017. These will be luxury apartments with the highest rent in Fort Collins. It’s a great location due to its proximity to the restaurants and entertainment of Foothills, and its central Midtown location.
514 E. Horsetooth Road
Village Cooperative Fort Collins is proposing to build 52 units for people aged 62 and older at the corner of Horsetooth and Stanford roads. The Village is a different ownership model; folks would own a share of the project through a nonprofit corporation, rather than actual real estate.
Shields Street, between Prospect x Drake
This is a 20 acre lot, owned by Blue Ocean Enterprises. At least 350 apartments, 35 town homes and 20,000 square feet of commercial space could be added to the vacant field at the southeast corner of Shields and Hobbit streets, according to the preliminary proposal.