As 2016 draws to a close, it is proving to be the busiest year for the Committee of Architecture since 2008. Through October 2016, the Committee of Architecture has approved 130 building plans in the District—43 more than all of 2015, and they still have 21 more to review before the end of December.
Most of the new builds approved are single family dwellings, but there are also eight commercial build approvals, and for the first time since 2009, four multifamily dwelling approvals. The new construction is noticed around the community with the construction of a new ENT financial building on Industrial Blvd north of Wal-Mart, and the Big R store at the corner of Industrial and McCulloch well underway. Pueblo West has had steady growth in commercial building in recent years, with 2016 having the highest commercial construction approvals since the 2008 recession.
This summer, the Metro Board approved a new economic development policy and an economic development committee that will begin to strategize how the Metro District will encourage innovation among current businesses and attract new development to our community. Currently, the Metro District owns 250 properties, nearly 100 of which are zoned for industrial or commercial development.
In August, members of the Metro Board and staff met with residents to present a conceptual master plan for 115 acres west of Wal-Mart. This master plan was the first stage in planning for future water infrastructure in the area, but also conceptualized what a potential development of the 115 acres could look like, demonstrating mixed use including some residential, industrial, and commercial.
“Pueblo West is a rapidly growing community in southern Colorado, and it is prudent that Metro staff continue to present planning concepts to the Board to accommodate future growth in our community, “said District Manager, Darrin Tangeman. “With 21 new home building plans scheduled for review by the Committee of Architecture, and 7 commercial building plans in 2016, a momentum from growth in Pueblo West appears healthy and well underway.”
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