The Ridge Home Hospital was a large 68-acre campus specializing in treatment of mental health patients. The first buildings were constructed in the 1920s, eventually growing to over 50 structures before closing their doors in the 1980s. The campus was abandoned and sat vacant for over 20 years. The dilapidated building became an unsafe haven for crime, graffiti, and the homeless. Unfortunately, the site, located at I-70 and Kipling, is a key gateway into the cities of Arvada and Wheat Ridge. Due to environmental contamination, demolition cost, and infrastructure needs, redeveloping the site was not financially feasible for private developers.
With the assistance of AURA, the Ridge Home site was transformed into a transit-oriented, mixed-use development. The 68-acre project is being developed in three phases:
Phase 1 is the Arvada Ridge Market Place, a Super Target anchored retail center.
Phase 2 is a beautiful, 380-unit market-rate, multi-family development located across the street from the commuter rail station.
Phase 3 is currently underway. Approximately 11 acres north of the Arvada Ridge rail station will be developed into 298 market-rate multi-family units. Construction is estimated to begin Fall of 2016 with units coming online beginning in 2018.
The ongoing redevelopment of the Ridge Home site is a great success. It transformed a blighted and grossly underutilized property into a safe center of activity, services, and residences that is well positioned to contribute to the arrival of the commuter rail in 2016.