7 to 70

Development Accelerates Along the North I-25 Corridor

The north metro’s I-25 corridor between Hwy 7 and I-70 is experiencing a surge of development and redevelopment in what Cushman and Wakefield has called the “hottest corridor” in Metro Denver.

Dubbed by local economic developers as “7 to 70,” more than three million square feet of new commercial and industrial space has been developed along I-25 north in the past three years. 

The most regionally significant success is the remediation of the former 77-acre ASARCO smelting site in Globeville and construction of Trammel Crow’s fully occupied 1 million square feet of Class A industrial space at Crossroads Commerce Center. Learn about the successful Crossroads redevelopment in our Success Story feature.

Other neighboring new developments include Hub 25, Central 62, CenterCore, and the ProLogis Park Central development located at 62nd and Washington St. Also, Thornton designated the area around North Suburban Medical Center as a Healthcare District to capitalize on the existing cluster of medical and professional service providers at I-25 and Thornton Parkway.

In Adams County, there is no greater example of placemaking at work than Riverdale Regional Park and Fairgrounds. Currently the park has a variety of wildlife and recreational opportunities and houses the Adams County Fairgrounds, Adams County Museum, and two 18-hole golf courses.

On April 3, 2018, the Adams County Board of Commissioners adopted a comprehensive master plan that was approved to meet the demands of the growing population. The Adams County Parks & Open Space Department, working in conjunction with a consultant team headed by Design Workshop, finalized the plan and adopted the new name of Riverdale Regional Park and Fairgrounds, which will now encompass more than 1,197 acres of land stretching from 120th Pkwy. and Riverdale Rd. to 136th Ave. and Brighton Rd. Learn more about the Riverdale Master Plan in our Success Story feature.

Additional completed projects include:

Northglenn completed its new Justice Center at 112th Ave. and I-25 and celebrated the opening of a new SCL Health Community Hospital at Webster Lake on 120th Ave.

Park 12 Hundred is a 23-acre redevelopment at 120th and Huron St. in Westminster featuring nearly 1 million square feet of light industrial space.

Further north along the I-25 corridor, Denver Premium Outlets opened in late 2018 near Cabellas at 136th Additional retail, entertainment and sports venues are quickly developing between 136th and 144th Avenues.

Amazon opened its 2.4 million square-foot fulfillment and robtics center employing 1,500 people at I-25 and 144th in Thornton. The facility is the largest industrial building in Colorado.

“We think there’s an opportunity to have a large cluster of jobs located along I-25 in the north metro area, especially within a radius of E-470, Northwest Parkway and Hwy 7. The regional connectivity is exceptional,” said Tricia Allen, Interim President/CEO of Adams County Economic Development.

Significant transportation upgrades include the Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) $343 million contract with Regional Rail Partners to design and build the initial 13 miles of the North Metro Rail Line (N-Line) between Union Station and 124th Avenue. RTD projects the line will open in early 2020.  Meanwhile, CDOT continues work on Phase III expansion of managed lanes on north I-25 from 120th to E-470.