Uplands project review begins new phase

Virtual neighborhood meetings set to for Jan. 26 and 27

Staff Report
Posted 1/18/21

The city's review of a controversial 253 acres mixed-use development in the Shaw Heights area begins its next phase later this month with virtual meetings for neighbors. The city has scheduled two …

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Uplands project review begins new phase

Virtual neighborhood meetings set to for Jan. 26 and 27

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The city's review of a controversial 253 acres mixed-use development in the Shaw Heights area begins its next phase later this month with virtual meetings for neighbors.

The city has scheduled two virtual meetings Jan. 26 and 27, to discuss Oread Capital's proposed Uplands development. Both meetings are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. via a Go To Meeting webinar. Registration is at attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/794947317153170191 on the internet.

Oread Capital hopes to build 2,350 dwelling units on 235 acres surrounding Westminster's iconic castle, the Pillar of Fire church.

The developers have an option to purchase 235 acres around Shaw Heights. The developers hope to build on the farmland between 84th and 88th avenues and Federal and Lowell boulevards as well as parcels east of Federal and on both sides of Bradburn Drive west of Lowell — all land currently owned by the Pillar of Fire Church.

Oread's plan calls for converting the large open space surrounding the church into Uplands, a massive mixed-use development, with housing options ranging from single-family homes to apartments and townhomes as well as parks and commercial areas. The project would take several years to complete, ultimately having room for 2,350 dwelling units in a mix of housing types.

There are several steps that the developers must meet to get approval to develop the five parcels that make up the proposed development. Westminster councilors narrowly approved changing the comprehensive plan designation for three of the smaller parcels on the project in February 2020. Next up is the review of the master official development plan for the project, which could come later this year. Westminster rules require the developers to hold a special neighborhood meeting to discuss the project and take feedback before proceeding with the Master plan review. That is the purpose of the two meetings scheduled this month.

The entire development would ultimately have to be approved by the Westminster City Council.

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