Clear Creek

A Renaissance underway in Unincorporated Adams County

A renaissance is taking place along Clear Creek running parallel to I-76 in southwest Adams County.  Where a former industrial site in need of remediation once stood, Brookfield Residential has developed an inviting, family-oriented neighborhood called Midtown at Clear Creek, located at 68th Ave. & Pecos Street.

Investors and developers have taken a keen interest in the potential of the Clear Creek Valley and the transit-oriented development opportunities around the Regional Transportation District’s B and G commuter rail lines, including the Westminster, Federal, Sheridan, and Pecos Junction stations.

It’s part of a remarkable turnaround story in Adams County, where former agriculture and industrial land now is home to both residential and commercial developments.

Midtown at Clear Creek is located at 68th and Pecos Streets, and it’s been under construction for about five years. “It has a modern feel with traditional street layout, a great urbanist concept with modern architecture,” said Kristin Sullivan, former head of community and economic development for Adams County. “It’s been very popular. We’ve seen new investment and a new group of residents formulate in the neighborhood.”

Much of Adams County has a shared history: The first use was farmland, followed by industrial usage and/or mining for sand and gravel. But as focus grows on urban infill and redevelopment, developers and investors are finding close-in, high-potential opportunities to inject new life into the Clear Creek Valley.

Dana Crawford, who famously saved Denver’s Larimer Square, is developing Clear Creek Transit Village, which covers 21 acres on the west side of Federal Blvd. at Clear Creek. The focus will be an upscale, transit-oriented development with retail, housing and employment opportunities.

Westminster Station at Pomponio–another new residential development under development and located be located next to the Westminster RTD station—follows the New Urbanism philosophy and also. The development features single-family homes and townhomes.

“Good urban planning says you want to have more homes, more density near a transit station and make people less car-dependent,” said Susan Stanton of The Stanton Solution, a land developer.

New Urbanism favors alley parking “so the fronts of the home are not garages; they are porches,” Stanton said. “Here, it’s more like Washington Park, where the garage is out back and the front porch is where people congregate.”

A major amenity is Clear Creek Trail that residents can use to easily connect to the metro trail system that goes all the way to downtown Denver and throughout Adams County. “It means you can hike and walk without encountering a car, all the way to the transit station (69th Street and Federal Boulevard),” Stanton said. “In the last ten years, I’ve definitely seen the momentum of the metro area is going north and into Adams County,” Stanton said.