Second-annual Broker Event draws 60 to hear about town development opportunities
June 11, 2014
The Windsor Chamber of Commerce and Windsor Economic Development Department held its second-annual Broker Event on Tuesday to inform brokers, developers and builders about economic opportunities in town.
About 60 people attended the event at Pelican Lakes Point in Water Valley.
Mayor John Vazquez told the group the town has seen 218 percent growth over the past 10 years and said Windsor is sitting in the middle of the hottest market in the state.
Economic Development Director Stacy Johnson told the group the town has seen 68 economic development prospects through May 31, an increase from the 30 prospects the town had seen by this time last year. Those prospects have led to eight prospect visits to the town, compared to four at this point last year.
She said 42 percent of prospects fall into the industrial category, the largest category followed by manufacturing, which accounts for 22 percent of prospects. The majority of companies interested in the town are looking for existing real estate at 26,000 square feet or less.
She informed brokers about current development opportunities in town, which include 150 acres of commercially zoned property at Iron Mountain, 117 acres of commercial and limited industrial-zoned property at Eagle Crossing, 82 acres of industrial-zoned property at UNIPROP, 75 acres of commercial-mixed-use zoned property at Highland Meadows Golf Course, 41 acres of limited-industrial zoned property at Falcon Pointe, 35 acres of commercial and multi-family property at Jacoby Farms and 2,300 acres of mixed-use property in the Great Western Industrial Park.
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Town Associate Planner Josh Olhava discussed the town's population trends, stating that the town will likely continue to grow, with its population projected to reach nearly 30,000 people in 2030.
He also said the town board has directed staff to prioritize commercial and industrial projects over residential projects, meaning they are immediately moved to the front of the line in the process.
He said 16 site plans were reviewed last year and 13 have been reviewed so far this year.
Following the town's presentation, attendees also heard from representatives from Water Valley Land Company, Great Western Industrial Park, Falcon Pointe and RE/Max Eagle Rock.
"Flooding set aside, this is a normal, wonderful day in Windsor," Town Manager Kelly Arnold said. "This is why we're all here. We feel it is one of the reasons why we're so successful in northern Colorado is because of this type of event that we have, in this type of setting, on this type of day."