Central Park development in Highlands Ranch shaping up to have healthy living theme

Doors are opening in the last frontier for ground-up retail development in Highlands Ranch in the shadow of the six-story UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital near Lucent Boulevard and C-470.

So far, many of the confirmed tenants are health- and wellness-oriented — apparently by accident rather than design.

“We didn’t seek it out, but we were pleased to see it happen,” said Peter Culshaw, executive vice president of Shea Properties, the development corporation behind Highlands Ranch. “We’ve been stunned at the demand we’ve seen so far for these types of uses.”

The 100-acre Central Park development will include more than 250 apartments, 200 single-family homes, the UCHealth extension campus and an assortment of shops, restaurants and fitness studios.

All of the retail shops are expected to open by summer, Culshaw said, including Orangetheory Fitness, Mad Greens, Zoe’s Kitchen, a cycling studio, Torchy’s Tacos, Old Chicago, Rock Bottom and other restaurants. Culshaw expects to lock in two more international tenants.

Sixty percent of the center is leased, he said, and agreements are underway on nearly 25 percent more.

“I’m giddy with excitement because it’s like a blank canvas and we’ve been able to script a world-class (campus) out of it,” Culshaw said. “It’s really the last opportunity to build really cool, mixed-used development in Highlands Ranch.”

The $315 million UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital is slated to open in the first half of 2019, UCHealth spokeswoman Paula Freund said. It will include an emergency department, birthing wing and a medical office building that includes a cancer center offering radiation and oncology treatment.

“The interesting thing about this hospital is that we’re going to have specialists and sub-specialists from the university (Anschutz Medical campus in Aurora) come down and work out of there,” Freund said. “That community will get more advanced care close to home and not worry about driving out to Aurora to get cancer care.”

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Source:: The Denver Post – Lifestyle

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