Connie Stevinson with a friend’s golden retriever puppy Max at the April 10 groundbreaking for the Crossings at High Line Canal, a new development by Koelbel in Greenwood Village. They both like Block 2, lot 3.Photos by Bob Sweeney
By Freda Miklin
The 32-acre parcel of land on the north side of Belleview at Colorado Boulevard looked like beautiful open space adjacent to the High Line Canal. It was actually zoned as 2.5-acre residential lots, going back at least 50 years.
In September 2016, the Greenwood Village Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council gave unanimous approval to build on the property. No exceptions or changes were made to the zoning.
The land consists of 11 lots, divided by the High Line Canal. The five on the north side of the property are in the Cherry Creek School District, while the six on the south are in Littleton Public Schools.
The most significant controversy surrounding this development was the need to find a way to access the southern portion of the property. As a result of vacating (making private) Colorado Boulevard north and south of that portion of the property, in the 1950s, something had to be done to conform to state law, which requires that all residential property be accessible via a public street. After much debate and discussion, it was determined that a bridge, carefully designed and managed, over the High Line Canal, connecting the property internally, was the least objectionable answer to the largest number of area residents.
The public street that the property will use is called Jackson Place, with sole access from Belleview. (Greenwood Village no longer permits the construction of new private roads.) Construction management of the street, all necessary utility access, and eventual building of custom homes is being overseen by Koelbel and Company, who built the Preserve at Greenwood Village. The city carefully monitored and inspected the construction of the bridge, along with all infrastructure, which had to be in place before lots can be sold.
The name of the 11-home area will be Crossings at Highline Canal (crossingshlc.com). Lots will range from 2.5 to 3.5 acres and are available for sale now at prices ranging from $1.5 million to $2.5 million.
The bridge entering the 11 lots development of Crossings at Highline Canal in Greenwood Village.
Site map showing lot locations
The group of over 80 listens to details of the beautiful lots and to the itinerary for the after-party celebration at Shanahan’s
Paula Mansfield, Koebel’s community sales manager eagerly takes a call, perhaps to sell the first lot?
Keith Neale, Vice President of Development for Koelbel and Company
Limo company Eight Black provided Mercedes Sprinter Vans to tour the 11 building sites
Guests check out the overview lot map
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