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Boulder Creek’s “Lifefullness” Homes Earns State and National Recognition

This past September, Colorado Biz Magazine recognized Boulder Creek Neighborhoods  as one of 2014′s top Real Estate/Construction/Contracting Businesses. We are humbled and excited by this incredible recognition and would like to thank our amazing homeowners for allowing this award to happen. Without their support, we would not have achieved this level of success and would be unable to continue to grow as a company.

 

Committed to providing low-maintenance homes in Louisville, Castle Rock, Loveland, and other desirable Colorado locations, we have focused on building low-maintenance homes for active adult empty nesters, busy professionals, and those who value the time savings of owning a low-maintenance home. Following our philosophy of “Lifefullness,” or living life to the fullest, the chores of maintaining a home, like lawn work and snow removal, are actively managed on behalf of the homeowner, which allows residents to enjoy new found free time.

 

“Today’s baby boomers are getting to a stage in their life where they want a different house,” says David Sinkey, president of Boulder Creek Neighborhoods. “They want a low-maintenance home because they prioritize the Colorado outdoors, traveling, and enjoying all that life has to offer.” 

 

Because our homeowners love Boulder Creek’s low maintenance homes, the company has experience growth on all levels. In addition to our outstanding homeowners, much of our success must be attributed to our dedicated employees.

 

“We’ve been gelling as a team,” says Sinkey. “We’re taking all these experienced people and we are inventing this newer company almost every day.”

 

Committing to constant improvement is one of the things that sets us apart from our competitors. Not content to settle, we strive to create new neighborhoods and models that allow our homeowners to enjoy more “Lifefullness.” We want our homeowners to relish in Colorado’s natural beauty and indulge in quality time with friends and family—maybe even take that dream vacation. When you live in a Lifefull Boulder Creek home, you don’t have to worry about the chores of home maintenance and can rather worry about what exciting activity to dive into next.

 

In addition to Colorado Biz’s incredible recognition, Boulder Creek was ranked No. 556 on the Inc. 5000 list- up from No. 2,207 in 2013.The Inc. 5000 list distinguishes the fastest growing private companies in the U.S.

 

“This national award celebrates the entire Boulder Creek team and our commitment to “lifefulness” of our homebuyers and employees alike,” says Sinkey. “We are thrilled to have our company recognized for our hard work and dedication to the active adult homebuyer in Colorado.” 

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Colorado’s Boulder Creek Builders Is Geared For Growth

Colorado’s Boulder Creek Builders Is Geared For Growth

This Front Range builder expects to surpass last year’s record sales and closings.

By John Caulfield
Posted January 15, 2013 on Boulder Online.

Last week, Boulder Creek Builders had its first-ever all-company meeting for its 30 employees. That gathering was, no doubt, celebratory, as this Louisville, Colo.-based builder had just completed its most successful year.

Boulder Creek is capitalizing on its niche building patio homes and townhomes for downsizing empty nesters in markets along Colorado’s Front Range that didn’t teeter on the brink during the housing recession.

The number of people who visited Boulder Creek’s model centers last year nearly tripled, to 3,500 from 1,031 in 2011. Consequently, the builder’s sales revenue increased by more than 200% to $41 million, closing revenue jumped 264% to $31 million, unit sales more than doubled to 106 from 51, and unit closings increased by 81% to 78.

David Sinkey, Boulder Creek’s principal and co-owner, points to Boulder Creek’s “innovations” in aging and place and universal design as factors contributing to this customer surge.

“There’s always been plenty of demand for what we build,” Sinkey explains. “What restricted us was access to capital.”

So last year, the company—which dates back to a general contracting business Sinkey’s father started in the 1970s—explored new ways to get things financed. It now has solid bank relationships for construction and what Sinkey calls “a robust, well-cultivated group of investors” for land deals.

In 2013, Boulder Creek expects to increase its active communities to seven, from three. A few of the new communities would feature townhouses whose prices—starting in the $280s—will be lower than the $390,000 average that Boulder Creek has been fetching for houses ranging from 1,450 to 2,500 square feet.

This year, the company is projecting sales revenue of $55 million to $60 million. And if market conditions really take off, Sinkey says he has 32 other land deals “that are ready, and we could pull the trigger on.”

However, he is quick to note “we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves” in terms of expanding faster than its operational infrastructure allows.

To accommodate its anticipated growth, Boulder Creek a few years ago scrapped its “homegrown” ERP system for a new system that could handle more velocity. Last year, the builder also more than doubled its workforce. Sinkey says he’s been impressed with the quality of available talent that has gravitated to Boulder Creek from other companies, such as Dave Oyler, the former president of Melody Homes (once one of Denver’s largest builders), who left retirement to join Boulder Credit as its director of special projects.

Boulder Creek takes a different approach to marketing than most builders in that it relies on intimate, face-to-face meetings with potential buyers before it breaks ground for a community. Sinkey concedes this kind of marketing is more time-consuming than traditional ways of reaching customers. But “by the time we’re ready to open a community, we’ve come into contact with more than half of” the buyers, whom he says are “highly convertible” to owners at that point.

John Caulfield is senior editor for Builder magazine.

 
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Newsmakers – Denver Business Journal – November 29, 2012

Boulder Creek welcomes Elitia Schwaderer to its team as Stapleton Community Sales Manager. Read about her here in the Denver Business Journal.

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Awards – Boulder County Business Report – November 9, 2012

Six research teams in Colorado received a 2012 Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research for breakthrough discoveries in hurricane forecasting, oil-spill air-quality assessment, Lyme disease prevention, energy efficiency, detection of aquatic invaders and crop science. Gov. John Hickenlooper handed out the awards at the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Award recipients included: Deepwater Horizon Atmospheric Science Team, a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences; the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere/Advanced Technology Source at Colorado State University; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Fort Collins; the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service; the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Invasive Mussel Research Laboratory at the Denver Federal Center; and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Teri Olander, recreation administrator for the city of Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department, received the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association Fellow Award, which recognizes excellence in leadership, strategic thinking and planning, partner/coalition building and innovation.

The MM2 wireless data radio made by Boulder-based FreeWave Technologies Inc., received a Machine-to-Machine Evolution Product of the Year Award from TMC and Crossfire Media.

Boulder-based KGA Studio Architects PC and Boulder Creek Builders LLC received two 2012 MAME awards from the Metropolitan Denver Home Builder Association for best architectural design for a detached home in the $500,001-to-$600,000 category, and for active adult home of the year for the Entice model at Steel Ranch in Louisville. KGA and Greenwood Village-based Bond General Contractors Inc. received MAME finalist nominations for best architectural design of a custom home of 5,501 to 7,000 square feet and for custom home of the year.

Boulder-based architect Studio H.T. Inc. was named 2012 Firm of the Year by the Colorado North chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Article courtesy of Boulder County Business Report.

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Expert panel to discuss art of development – Boulder County Business Report – November 9, 2012

BOULDER — Driving new commercial and residential construction requires certain economic and financial conditions. A panel of experts will talk about ‘the art of development’ at the Boulder Valley Real Estate Conference & Forecast, set for Thursday, Nov. 15.

The conference will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Millennium Harvest House Boulder, 1345 28th St., Boulder.

Presented by the Boulder County Business Report, the conference also will feature sessions on infill analysis, pricing strategies, national developers, residential success strategies and forecasts for 2013.

The construction panel will open the conference by examining lease rates, vacancy rates, inventory and other factors. Jeff Wingert, chief executive of W.W. Reynolds Cos., will moderate the panel consisting of Jim Loftus of Loftus Development; Christina Presley, Colorado division president for Meritage Homes Inc.; and Chuck Bellock, president of the Community Development Group.

Economists Mark Snead and Tucker Hart Adams will deliver keynote addresses during lunch at the conference. Snead’s talk, ‘Economic Climate for Commercial Real Estate,’ will draw from his company’s research that focuses on economic modeling and forecasting and local area economic development.

Adams has monitored and analyzed the Colorado economy for 30 years and brings an entertaining, dry wit to her presentations. Adams joined Summit Economics LLC in 2010 as a senior partner when she merged her company, The Adams Group, with Summit.

Sessions on Infill Analysis and Pricing Strategies will run concurrently after lunch.

The session on Infill Analysis will take a look at the specific areas in which local municipalities will actively promote commercial redevelopment or new development. Participants delivering insights will be Aaron DeJong, economic development director, city of Louisville; David Driskell, executive director of community planning and sustainability, city of Boulder; Brad Power, director of economic development, city of Longmont; Dave Shinneman, acting community development director, city and county of Broomfield; and Phillip Patterson, community development director, city of Lafayette.

The session on Pricing Strategies covers how brokers can devise the best strategy for pricing homes. Experts include Steve Altermatt, broker associate at Re/Max of Boulder; Stephanie Iannone, president of Housing Helpers; Joel Ripmaster, founder and president of Colorado Landmark Realtors of Boulder; and Sonia Chritton with, Fuller Sothebyπs International Realty.

Sessions on National Developers and Residential Success Strategies will run concurrently beginning at 2:15 p.m.

Many national development companies have entered the Boulder Valley market. This session will focus on what attracted these companies to the Boulder region, and what their plans are going forward. Panelists include Steve Eaton, vice president of Goff Capital Partners, which in the past year has made major purchases of office and industrial space in Boulder and Longmont; Allen Ginsborg, managing director and principal of NewMark Merrill, which is redeveloping Twin Peaks Mall in Longmont; and Gordon ‘Gordy’ Stofer III, director for Houston-based Hines, which has erected Class A office space in the Interlocken business park in Broomfield.

Succeeding in today’s residential real-estate market requires persistence, time management, research, marketing, networking and negotiating skills. Boulder Valley’s top residential brokers will talk about strategies they use to get the job done. They include Barb Bashor, a broker/realtor with Wright Kingdom Real Estate; Karen Libin, broker and owner of KL Realty; Risé Staufer, broker and owner of Staufer Team Real Estate in Louisville; and Jo Kearney, a top agent with Metro Brokers Boulder.

The conference will conclude with forecasts on the residential market by D.B. Wilson with Re/Max of Boulder and a commercial market forecast by Lynda Gibbons of Gibbons-White Inc.

Sponsors of the conference include ReMax of Boulder as the title sponsor and Gibbons-White Inc. as the gold sponsor. Supporting sponsors include Photo Craft Imaging, Land Title Guarantee Co., KUNC-FM 91.5, Elevations Credit Union, Fidelity National Title, Colorado Lending Source, Boulder Creek – Life and Home, Wells Fargo Bank, Colt Print Services and the Better Business Bureau of Denver/Boulder.

If you are interested in sponsorships, contact Kevin Loewen, 303-630-1945 or KLoewen@BCBR.com.

A ticket costs $49 and includes lunch and refreshments. Register online at www.bcbr.com and click on Events at the top of the home page.

Article courtesy of Boulder County Business Report

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Steel Ranch in Louisville Celebrates its First Anniversary – Daily Camera – At Home Section – October 19, 2012

Steel Ranch in Louisville Celebrates its First Anniversary

by Judy Finman, At Home Colorado

In November 2011 Steel Ranch, the Louisville community taking shape on the west side of Highway 42 between South Boulder Road and Baseline Road, first welcomed the public to its model homes. Since then Louisville-based Boulder Creek Builders has enjoyed tremendous success with its signature single-family patio homes.

Fifty-four of the homes have sold, out of a total of 68 planned for the community. There are only 14 opportunities left to live in a patio home in Steel Ranch.

Sales Manager Bill Besher says, “We struggle to keep an inventory. The homes are sold before they’re completed. When people go out and look in this price range, they find that at Steel Ranch you can get into a manageable-size home with the finishes they’re accustomed to.”

The patio home lifestyle appeals to a very broad demographic. “We attract people who prefer to relax, travel or enjoy outdoor activities in their free time – empty-nesters and retirees, families with young kids, couples as well as single women and men. Our homes allow people to live the Colorado lifestyle that everyone wants – with lock-and-leave convenience, and a low-maintenance lifestyle with no more weekends mowing the lawn, raking leaves or shoveling snow. Everything they need – bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, dining and living areas – is on the main level. There’s an included finished lower level for company or entertainment.”

The community is a short walk from historic downtown Louisville. It features two parks, open space and trails that connect to the city trails. Families with children are attracted by the Boulder County Schools, including Louisville Elementary, Louisville Middle School and Monarch High School.

Interview with a Steel Ranch homeowner

When Mary Keelan and her husband, Ken, returned to Colorado after several years working abroad, they decided to sell their home in north Boulder and consider other communities. 

“We looked at many housing developments and builders between Boulder and Denver,” she says. “Then we saw the Steel Ranch patio homes by Boulder Creek Builders.” 

They liked the low-maintenance, “lock-and-leave” lifestyle that Boulder Creek Builders offers at Steel Ranch. “We’re just two people, no children, no pets, and we travel a lot. We don’t need a back yard, and we don’t want to take care of a yard.” 

The patio-style home suited their needs perfectly. “We are fans of ranch-style homes. If we need to take care of our aging parents some day, or when we have guests – and we do have a lot of guests – we’ve got two bedrooms and two baths on the main floor, and then the lower level besides.” 

The Keelans were impressed with the quality of the homes as well. “You see the homes being built and you see the quality of the workmanship and the finishes. So many of their included features here, like the finished basement, are upgrades elsewhere.”

Since they moved in four months ago, the Keelans have gotten to know a lot of people in the neighborhood. “I work from home and everyone here is so nice. And in April, one of the owners invited all the other residents and new buyers to a monthly get-together on Friday afternoons; everyone brings drinks and snacks. So I knew my neighbors before we moved in. We go to a different person’s home every month; it’s fun to see how other people’s homes look.”

The location is another plus for the Keelans. “The majority of my visitors have flown into DIA, and it’s about two miles from the parkway. And people can just hop onto 36 to go to Denver from here.”

They have praise for the builder. “One of the things that’s so impressive about Boulder Creek Builders is they’re small and local. We know just about everyone in the company. There’s a sense of community working with a small builder. They came to a Friday afternoon get-together and answered people’s questions. They listen to our needs.” 

Functionality plus style

Boulder Creek Builders has pulled out all the stops at Steel Ranch. Big-ticket items that would ordinarily be considered upgrades are included, like air conditioning, tankless water heater, maple kitchen cabinets, and granite slab or Caesarstone® kitchen countertops.

Six floor plans are offered, with a choice among four architectural designs and nine color schemes. This makes each home unique and adds to the visually diverse streetscape.

All the homes are built to be highly efficient, based on Energy Star and green building technologies. With third-party Energy Star inspections, 2 x 6 exterior wall construction, R-23-wall and R-49 ceiling insulation with advanced insulation techniques, lower-energy-usage furnace, tankless water heater, low-E Argon-gas-filled windows, 50-year roof shingles and more, these homes are built for energy efficiency, durability and comfort.

Lifestyle townhomes from Boulder Creek Builders 

“I am very excited about the one-year anniversary of Steel Ranch,” says David Sinkey, principal of Boulder Creek Builders. “Going into the community we felt that it would be successful, but we have been overwhelmed by the response to the patio homes. The quick sale and build out of the patio-home portion of the community provides the latest evidence that these ranch style, low-maintenance homes are in short supply. As we complete the sell-out of our patio homes, we are excited about our upcoming lifestyle townhomes at Steel Ranch. We are so happy to be a part of the Louisville community.”

For more information

Steel Ranch is located on the west side of Highway 42 at Paschal Drive in Louisville. Stop by to tour the innovative model homes. To learn more about Steel Ranch and Boulder Creek Builders call 303.745.1091 or visit www.AtHome.

 

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Louisville’s Steel Ranch development to include townhomes, luxury apartments – Daily Camera – September 24, 2012

 

Louisville s Steel Ranch development off of Colo. 42 will include the Overlook at Steel Ranch 58 townhomes by Boulder Creek Builders, with construction slated to begin in 2013 plus 68 patio homes and, in the illustration shown here, the 228-unit North Main at Steel Ranch luxury apartments. (Confluence Companies )

LOUISVILLE — The Steel Ranch development, located on the west side of Colo. 42, north of South Boulder Road, has taken off.

In one year, 50 of Boulder Creek Builders’ 68 patio homes slated for the community on Paschale Drive have sold.

“I think we would have been pleased if it sold out in three to four years,” said Boulder Creek Builders principal David Sinkey, noting that he anticipates the rest of the homes will sell inside of two years.

The Louisville-based builder debuted its first model home in November 2011.

In addition to the patio homes, Boulder Creek is set to erect 58 townhomes beginning in 2013, in a sector called Overlook at Steel Ranch.

“It’s gone so much faster than we expected and it allows us to bring a variety of products and a variety of pricing (to Louisville),” Sinkey said.

The townhomes will consist of nine six-plexes and one four-plex.

The six-plexes include a row of four two-story townhouses, flanked by a ranch-style patio home similar to the original patio homes in the development.

Sinkey said the Overlook townhomes will sit on green belts and each are built with a front terrace and two-car garage with storage. Each one — which will range from 1,950 to 2,500 square feet — will come with the option of two bedrooms with a loft. He anticipates a model home will be built in late April.

The original 68 ranch-style patio homes, geared toward empty-nesters or those looking to downsize, feature “main floor living” with the master bedroom, kitchen, living room, foyer and laundry room all on the main floor.

Those are priced in the mid-$400,000 to low $600,000 range, while Sinkey anticipates the townhomes at a lower price point, in the mid-$300,000 to low $400,000 range, depending on the market.

Walking paths wind their way through the development and Boulder Creek has plans to build bike lanes along the streets within Steel Ranch that will connect to downtown Louisville’s Main Street via South Boulder Road.

Two parks — Cowboy Park and Steel Ranch Park — already are constructed in the development.

Ryland Homes also is building single-family homes at Steel Ranch, which include three ranch-style floor plans and seven two-story floor plans that don’t include formal living rooms and a few with formal dining rooms that target families on the go.

Steel Ranch will certainly include a variety of living spaces to choose from — along with Boulder Creek’s patio homes and townhomes, Golden-based Confluence Companies last month closed on the property in which 228 apartment units are slated to be built, Sinkey said.

Confluence Companies officials did not return phone calls.

According to Confluence’s website, the “luxury multifamily” apartment buildings, called North Main at Steel Ranch, will be owned, built and developed by Confluence. Confluence Companies budgeted $36 million for the project with an anticipated completion date of spring 2013.

According to the website, North Main at Steel Ranch will include a year-round, outdoor 25 yard lap pool, outdoor fire pits, pet and bike washing facilities and BBQ grills in a park-like setting.

The apartment homes will include stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, large tiled showers, gas fireplaces and outdoor decks.

“Boasting the top rated Boulder Valley School District and miles of trails and open space, North Main is truly where new urbanism meets outdoor adventure,” Confluence’s website said of the area.

Article courtesy of Daily Camera.

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Steel Ranch in Louisville to include townhomes, luxury apartments – Colorado Hometown Weekly – September 20, 2012

Louisville’s Steel Ranch development, located on the west side of Colo. Highway 42, north of South Boulder Road, has taken off.

In one year, 50 of Boulder Creek Builders’ 68 patio homes slated for the community on Paschale Drive have sold.

“I think we would have been pleased if it sold out in three to four years,” said Boulder Creek Builders principal David Sinkey, noting that he anticipates they will sell out inside of two years.

The Louisville-based builder debuted its first model home in November 2011. 

In addition to the patio homes, Boulder Creek is set to erect 58 townhomes beginning in 2013, calling the townhomes sector Overlook at Steel Ranch.

“It’s gone so much faster than we expected and it allows us to bring a variety of products and a variety of pricing (to Louisville),” Sinkey said.

The townhomes will consist of nine six-plexes and one four-plex.

 

The six-plexes include a row of four two-story townhouses, flanked by a ranch-style patio home similar to the original patio homes in the development.

Sinkey said the Overlook townhomes will sit on green belts and each are built with a front terrace and two-car garage with storage. Each one — which will range from 1,950 to 2,500 square-feet — will come with the option of two bedrooms with a loft. He anticipates a model home will be built in late April.

The original 68 ranch-style patio homes, geared toward empty-nesters or those looking to downsize, feature “main floor living” with the master bedroom, kitchen, living room, foyer and laundry room on the main floor.

Those are priced in the mid- $400,000 to low $600,000 range while Sinkey anticipates the townhomes at a lower price point, in the mid- $300,000 to low $400,000 range depending on the market.

Walking paths wind their way through the development and Boulder Creek has plans to build bike lanes along the streets within Steel Ranch that will connect to Downtown Louisville’s Main Street, via South Boulder Road.

Two parks are already constructed in the development called Cowboy Park and Steel Ranch Park.

Ryland Homes is also building single-family homes at Steel Ranch, which include three ranch-style floor plans and seven two-story floor plans that don’t include formal living rooms and few with formal dining rooms that target families on the go.

Luxury apartments set for Steel Ranch development

Steel Ranch will certainly include a variety of living spaces to choose from — along with Boulder Creek’s patio homes and townhomes, Golden-based Confluence Companies last month closed on the property in which 228 apartment units are slated to be built, Sinkey said.

Confluence Companies officials did not return phone calls.

According to Confluence’s website, the “luxury multifamily” apartment buildings, called North Main at Steel Ranch, will be owned, built and developed by Confluence. Confluence Companies budgeted $36 million for the project with a projected completion date of spring 2013.

According to the website, North Main at Steel Ranch will include a year-round, outdoor 25 yard lap pool, outdoor fire pits, pet and bike washing facilities and BBQ grills in a park-like setting.

The apartment homes, will include stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, large tiled showers, gas fireplaces and outdoor decks.

“Boasting the top rated Boulder Valley School District and miles of trails and open space, North Main is truly where new urbanism meets outdoor adventure,” Confluence’s website said of the area.

Article courtesy of Colorado Hometown Weekly

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Builder buys lots for Louisville homes – Boulder County Business Report – September 12, 2012

LOUISVILLE – Boulder Creek Builders LLC has purchased the first lots for its latest community in Louisville for $1.3 million, according to Boulder County property records.

Boulder Creek Builders, which is based in Louisville, plans to build 58 townhouses in the Steel Ranch South subdivision. The subdivision is near the northwest corner of the intersection of South Boulder Road and Colorado Highway 42.

Boulder Creek Builders is calling the community the Overlook at Steel Ranch. In a recent interview, Boulder Creek Builders president David Sinkey said the homes would be smaller and less expensive than the patio homes his company is building directly north in the Steel Ranch subdivision. The company hopes to have a model home built by spring, he said. 

Boulder Creek Overlook LLC paid Takoda Properties Inc. $1.3 million for 22 lots in Steel Ranch South, according to the Boulder County recorder. Takoda Properties owns the remaining 36 lots in the subdivision.

Confluence Cos. LLC also plans to build in Steel Ranch South. Confluence plans to build a $36 million, 228-unit luxury apartment development, with the first units scheduled to be ready for tenants early next summer, Confluence president Tim Walsh said in a recent interview.

Correction: This story originally said Boulder Creek Builders was building single-family homes. The Overlook at Steel Ranch will be townhouses. 

Article courtesy of Boulder County Business Report.

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Louisville’s The Art Underground to expand to Steel Ranch in 2013 – Colorado Hometown Weekly – September 10, 2012

The Art Underground just turned five years old and if all goes as planned it will celebrate its next birthday with an additional arts center, complete with a 200-seat auditorium.

The Art Underground, which opened in Louisville in September 2007, offers dance, theater, music, photography, film and visual arts classes for all ages and has plans to open a 9,200 square-foot facility in the Steel Ranch development off Colo. Highway 42.

The new center would sit about a mile away from its original space, which is located at 901 Front St., in Downtown Louisville. A groundbreaking is expected in early January and the project is expected to be completed by August 2013, said Art Underground executive director Lori Jones.

“We’re really excited. We have a year to prepare,” Jones said, adding that with more space will come additional programming. 

The Art Underground will still have a presence Downtown, but will reduce its space by half — officials will keep the large dance studio and art room but will give up a second dance room and multi-purpose space it currently uses.

The new facility will boast a 200-seat theater, with 100 fixed seats and 100 telescopic — retractable — seating and a 40 foot-wide stage, two dance studios, an art room, kitchen and storage space.

The facility is designed in such a way to use “every square-foot as efficiently as possible,” she said.

There are several examples of this — when the telescopic seating is retracted, that area in the auditorium can be used for rehearsal space.

A soundproof partition splits the dance rooms — that are about 33 feet by 25 feet and 30 feet by 25 feet — can be removed to become one large room for events. The larger room is adjacent to the lobby and the double glass doors on that room can be opened to extend the lobby space.

The art room is equipped with a sink and counter and can double as a makeup room during performances. The catering kitchen, with a roll-top opening, can double as a concession stand or serving bar.

“We’ll be able to accommodate our needs so much better and streamline our workload so we can focus on the other aspects,” Jones said.

Having a 2,000 square-foot storage space is something new to the nonprofit — right now the set pieces must be transferred to and from a storage locker in Lafayette via a van the Art Underground rents during each production. The costumes are stored in Jones’ basement.

“Theater productions are extremely time-intensive and anywhere we can streamline that, helps,” she said. “Here, everything is on site so it will make it so much easier.”

Jones said she has looked for years to expand the center because it has become increasingly difficult to schedule shows and rehearsal time at Louisville Middle School. This is due to other performance groups or events that coincide with Art Underground’s offerings, though Jones would love to call the school’s state-of-the-art auditorium their home site, she said.

“If we didn’t have this (new facility) on tap, it would definitely hinder our nonprofit,” she said.

In anticipation of expanding, Jones said the Art Underground has already implemented new programming including a new ballet school starting this fall and also a junior performance company, additional art and preschool programming that will begin in January 2013.

The city, in August, awarded a business assistance package to Creative Enterprises, LLC, owned by Jones, and to Takoda Properties, Inc., Jones said.

The Art Underground will lease the building from Creative Enterprises and the incentive package requires The Art Underground to act as the center’s managing entity for at least five years, Jones said.

Takoda Properties, Inc. has plans to own and lease out a second 9,000-square-foot building near the arts center to retailers.

Jones said these buildings will be constructed in a plaza area in the Steel Ranch development, at 2397 Highway 42.

City officials estimate the project will generate $381,146 in revenues from building permit fees, and construction and consumer use taxes and sales tax during the five-year span. An estimated $138,126 in rebates will be generated.

Louisville’s Boulder Creek Builders unveiled its patio home model late last year at Steel Ranch, one of the city’s last large-scale residential developments. Boulder Creek Builders’ principal David Sinkey said he and his team are excited to see the commercial aspect develop within the community, and referred to The Art Underground’s new building as an “interesting and positive anchor.”

“In terms of having a local Louisville organization’s presence out there … is a really cool thing. We’re all about Louisville and supporting small businesses and seeing that go forward,” he said.

Sinkey noted that with the residential portion rounding out, Boulder Creek officials and Steel Ranch residents look forward to see the retailers and other amenities fill in. Sinkey, on Friday, Sept. 7, said he did not know what the mix of retailers looks like yet.

The development is slated to include a total of 68 patio homes and 58 townhouses, the builder said.

Celebration, fundraiser for new facility set Sept. 22

The Art Underground’s Board of Directors will host a celebration and fundraiser to acquire the funds needed for seating, lighting, and sound from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Tri City Elk’s Lodge, 525 Main Street, Louisville.

Those interested in donating will have the opportunity to purchase a name plaque for a theater seat for $350 that will be fastened to the arm of the chair.

The Huckleberry, Zucca Italian Ristorante, Lulu’s BBQ and The Porch Deli & Market will donate appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Live music will be provided by Vinyl Underground.

The directors will unveil renderings of the new center that night, including a floor plan and the building’s exterior.

Tickets are $35 per person and are available online at artunder.org or by calling 303-229-1127.

Article courtesy of  Colorado Hometown Weekly

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