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A vision more than a decade in the making: Ground is broken on RainDance development

Emily Wenger
ewenger@mywindsornow.com

Martin Lind, the developer who brought Water Valley and Pelican Hills to Windsor, has envisioned a community that celebrates Windsor's agricultural heritage while bringing new life to the town for more than a decade.

Tuesday afternoon, he and more than 20 others gathered at Crossroads Boulevard and Weld Co. Road 13 to break ground on the RainDance project, what developers call the largest of its kind in northern Colorado.

A large part of Lind's vision was to honor Windsor's agricultural heritage through a "farm to table" community. Lind said 500 acres of the 1,500-acre development will include a golf course, open space and agriculture. More than 100 acres throughout the community, he said, will be devoted to orchards and farms with sweet corn, pumpkins and other produce for those who live there.

"Most of my ancestors came here to be migrant workers for the sugar beets," Lind said. "So to hang on to that history and the fabric of our past we really wanted to cook into the sausage of land development Windsor's history so it'd never be lost."

RainDance will include about 2,800 residences of varying size and cost, which Lind said is low density at about two units per acre to keep a rural feel.

"Windsor's going to grow, there's just no question," he said. "But how it grows is where I think we can really have some influence, and it's going to grow high-quality."

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The homes will range in price, Lind said, from upper $200,000 up into seven digits.

Windsor Town Board member Paul Rennemeyer said Windsor homes average around $350,000, so having a broad range of prices will make RainDance more affordable.

A trail system will also be part of the new development, Lind said, adding to existing trails to make about 15 miles of trails that will connect from the northeast of Water Valley to RainDance, and will be open to the public.

The project also will be built more quickly than most, Lind said, with homes built by next June.

Road systems in the area will need to be expanded, Lind said, although some infrastructure is already in place, like New Liberty Road.

The town has applied for a Department of Local Affairs grant to help with the expansion of Crossroads Boulevard from Windsor to O Street in Greeley, which Lind said would also help the RainDance community's connection with area towns and cities.

Windsor Mayor Kristie Melendez said the town has not yet received word on whether or not the grant will be awarded to the town.

Melendez and town board members Rennemeyer and Ivan Adams said they are all excited to see the project moving forward.

"When he talked about this vision 14 years ago, I thought it wasn't going to happen," Adams said to Melendez. "But here we are."

Although there have been some challenges for the project, Lind said he is excited to move forward and see his vision come to life.

RainDance by the numbers

1,500 acres – The RainDance development will cover about 1,500 acres, and developers say it will be the largest master-planned community in northern Colorado.

500 acres – Martin Lind, Water Valley Land Company’s CEO, said 500 acres of the development will be devoted to golf, open space and agriculture.

100 acres – More than 100 acres of the development will include orchards and small farms, which will hold produce for the community’s residents.

2,800 – According to Lind, the development will hold about 2,800 residences, which will range in size and cost from smaller family homes to condos.

15 miles – Between Water Valley and the addition of RainDance, Lind said more than 15 miles of trails will be in place in and between the two developments.

3 – Three companies, Journey Homes, DR Horton and Bridgewater Homes, will be among the first to build homes in RainDance.

1 – An 18-hole golf course, the RainDance National Golf Club, will be a sister course to the 27-hole Pelican Lakes Golf Club, and was designed by eight-time PGA Tour winner Fred Funk, according to a news release from WaterValley Land Company.

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