Central Park development making headway in Highlands Ranch

Businesses begin to open in northwest Highlands Ranch

Posted 9/19/17

Central Park is taking shape in northwest Highlands Ranch as a hospital progresses, restaurants are announced, a fitness studio opens and single-family homes emerge.

Owned by Shea Properties, the 100-acre property sits east of Lucent Boulevard …

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Central Park development making headway in Highlands Ranch

Businesses begin to open in northwest Highlands Ranch

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Central Park is taking shape in northwest Highlands Ranch as a hospital progresses, restaurants are announced, a fitness studio opens and single-family homes emerge.

Owned by Shea Properties, the 100-acre property sits east of Lucent Boulevard and south of Town Center Drive. At completion in early 2018, it will encompass a six-story UCHealth hospital, regional park, communication tower for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and retail, recreation and commercial buildings.

As buildings pop up left and right, residents may be wondering what services will be offered in the new development. Below are three things to know.

Exercise

Central Park appears to have a focus on fitness.

A ballet-inspired workout studio, barre3, opened its doors Sept. 14. The franchise is one of three in Colorado — others are in Denver — that offer hour-long group classes with a focus on low-impact movements. Classes, which can be performed barefoot, include isometric holds and small- and large-range movements. The full-body workout tones and lengthens muscles, according to barre3.com.

Orange Theory, a workout studio that offers high-intensity interval classes, is a tenant of the same building, two spaces to the right of barre3. It will be the second location in Highlands Ranch — the other is on South University Boulevard — though its open date is unknown. The 60-minute classes monitor heart rate and incorporate treadmills, rowing machines, suspension unit systems, benches and free weights.

Food

Central Park will bring new cuisine to the community.

Old Chicago is slated to open on Oct. 30. The restaurant known for its taproom and pizza will have garage doors that open up to an outdoor patio. The bar, with 40 tap handles, will sit in the center of the one-story building. There will be “lots of TVs, lots of beer and lots of pizza,” said Dominique Romero, a spokeswoman for Old Chicago.

Rock Bottom, a restaurant and brewery under the same owner as Old Chicago, is also coming to Central Park. Scheduled to open in February 2018, Rock Bottom's beer is made on site and the menu is extensive.

A salad and sandwich chain called MAD Greens also is coming. The casual and quick restaurant has a juice bar, paninis, wraps, soups and made-to-order options. The opening date is unknown, but the salad joint has a “help wanted” sign along Lucent Boulevard.

What else?

The namesake of the development, a regional park, will encompass about three acres. At its center is a 150-foot orange structure — county officials describe its shape as “chopsticks” — that doubles as a communication tower for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The park is expected to have an outdoor gathering space, amphitheater, restrooms and walking trails.

UCHealth's 340,000-square-foot hospital is underway at the corner of Lucent Boulevard and Town Center Drive. The 77-bed hospital is slated for completion in January 2019. The campus will include a six-story patient tower, healing garden for patients, medical office building, parking decks and space for expansion.

Single-family homes are popping up north of Plaza Drive and east of Barrons Boulevard. Final plans call for 25 acres of rows of houses with 29-foot wide alleys. County documents show four acres will be reserved for sidewalks and open space.

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Darren

Old Chicago and Rock Bottom? Over priced average food.

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