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Four businesses are now open in the Shops at Ralston Creek located at 58th Avenue and Independence in Arvada. Arvada Liquor, Tokyo Joe’s, Tropical Smoothie Cafe and Wing Stop were the first of seven businesses planned to open this year.
Five Guys Burger and Fries is expected to open later this month and Mod Pizza is planning a late Spring opening. Lady Jane’s Hair Cut for Men is expected to open this summer.
“The last year has been a busy one at the corner of Ralston Road and Independence Street in Arvada, and it’s exciting to watch the progress of the Shops at Ralston Creek,” said Maureen Phair, executive director of the Arvada Urban Renewal Authority.
The shops are part of a larger urban renewal area, Ralston Fields. In 2003, the Arvada City Council unanimously approved a 25-year urban renewal plan to enhance, redevelop, and/or revitalize three major areas. Updating the aging shopping centers in the vicinity of 58th Avenue and Independence — commonly referred to as the Triangle Area — is the third step in this project.
The original shopping center built in the 1960s had become neglected and run down accumulating millions of dollars in deferred maintenance. AURA worked for 13 years to locate a developer who shared the community’s vision of constructing a pedestrian-oriented and mixed-use development on the site.
The developer chosen was Ralston Creek North, LLC.
The Shops at Ralston Creek is four retail buildings totaling 30,000 square feet. Businesses started opening in December 2017 and several others will open in 2018.
Phase two of this projects site will include multi-family residential. The ground breaking for this phase is estimated for 2019.
“The developer has worked hard to create a strong mix of tenants to ensure a strong retail center that meets community needs,” Phair said. “The landlord is still working on leases for the remaining spaces and expects tenants to continue moving in and opening through 2018.”
Phair said the most notable parts of the project are the architecture, landscaping and infrastructure, including safer sidewalks, outdoor spaces and traffic improvements.
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