The City of Fort Collins opened its newest recreation center – the Foothills Activity Center – on Monday, March 28 as part of the public investment made in the redeveloped Foothills mall.
The new facility is located inside the main mall, southeast of the Macy's entrance into the mall interior. Visitors may also access the center from the parking garage entrance at street level.
The $5.8 million center, which is just inside the mall across from the new parking garage, replaces the Youth Activity Center formerly located on Monroe Avenue. Child development, youth and adult sports, fitness and dance programs will be offered in the facility.
Recreation staff will offer the community a chance to explore the new facility without fees through Sunday, April 17.
Walton Foothills Holdings IV LLC this month began taking down the 50,000-square-foot Commons buildings on the northeastern edge of the Foothills property – one of the last pieces of the old mall to be demolished as redevelopment occurs. The project is expected to last several weeks, weather dependent.
Mayor Wade Troxell and Councilmembers Gino Campana and Ray Martinez participated in holiday celebrations at Foothills that included an inaugural tree lighting ceremony and a chance for people to see some of the new stores and redeveloped interior of the mall. The mall has remained open during construction.
Foothills Mall developers are still targeting this year’s holiday season to finish a majority of the project’s retail portion.
Redevelopment started in February 2014 with November 2015 as a target date for opening the new shops. The main mall remains open throughout construction.
As part of the public portion of the project, construction has begun on the City’s Foothills Activity Center, a new recreation center adjacent to the mall’s southeastern edge. The center is part of the $53 million public assistance package associated with the $300 million private development. Other public projects include improvements to stormwater treatment facilities, traffic flow and safety within the site as well as a bicyclist/pedestrian underpass under College Avenue connecting mall visitors to MAX Bus Rapid Transit.
The redevelopment agreement between the City and the mall owner, Alberta Development Partners, also requires recycling and reuse of all noncontaminated materials. Alberta invited Colorado State University’s Institute for the Built Environment to observe and provide input on the recycling effort in collaboration with planners in the City’s Environmental Services department. In 2014, the mall diverted 100% of concrete, asphalt, wood debris, and metals from the landfill, and more than 70 percent of all other materials.
While demolition is largely complete, some existing tenants – such as Ross – will remain in existing buildings until their new spaces are built. A general timeline provided by Alberta:
Work will continue overnight inside the mall through fall. Construction crews have operated with a variance from the City to work overnight inside the mall - so shops inside remain open during mall hours. Generally, outside construction hours are between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., but work may occasionally occur outside those hours. Noise will be primarily from construction equipment and machinery. The developer is required to keep noise below 75 decibels from measurements taken along the property line. Regular measurements taken by the developer and City officials have indicated noise levels are below those levels.
What's the latest and greatest on the Foothills Mall redevelopment project? Watch Tom Leeson, the City's redevelopment manager, and John Gaffney, general manager at Foothills, talk about the progress and the shops coming into the project.
The Foothills Mall redevelopment project will require closure of Mathews Street between Swallow Road and the Foothills Parkway from Monday, April 13 through May 11 for road and utility reconstruction. During the construction, access to mall shops will be from the Foothills Parkway entrance off of College Avenue or from Stanford Road.
Project dates are estimates based on favorable conditions; variances may occur due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Typical working hours are weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; however, work may occur outside these times or on weekends to expedite the project.
April 7, 2015 Update
Work associated with the Foothills Mall project on northbound College Avenue has been completed and the righthand lane has reopened. Starting Wednesday, Foothills Mall construction crews will temporarily close the far right lane of southbound College at Monroe Avenue through Friday, April 10 so work can occur at the intersection. The right lane of eastbound Monroe at College Avenue will also be closed. The work is expected to be completed by the weekend.
Buildings on the southern perimeter of the Foothills Mall that included Chico’s will be demolished this week. Chico’s has relocated to the northeast corner of Foothills Parkway and College Avenue. The right lane of northbound College Avenue just to the north of the old Chico’s building will continue to stay closed through mid-April as part of the mall redevelopment project.
Demolition began today on the former Sears building at Foothills Mall – the last major piece of the main mall building to come down. Demolition on Sears is expected to continue through mid-March. The only retail buildings left to be demolished are the Ross and Chico’s buildings on the perimeter of the site. Those buildings will not come down until their replacements are built in early 2016. Construction of the new Sears building is complete on College Avenue; at this time, it is unknown when the building will be occupied.
Foothills Mall developers will remove about 50 small to medium-large sized trees along Stanford Road and Foothills Parkway this week as part of the mall redevelopment.
The trees will be removed to accommodate roadway reconfiguration, over-lot grading at the area of future apartment buildings, construction of a new storm sewer rain garden, and redesign of parking lot island location and landscaping.
All tree removal and mitigation has been approved by the City Forester and is part of the approved plans for the mall. The 742 trees being removed will be mitigated with 1,020 trees that are part of the 1,189 total tree planting for the mall project. There were 894 trees on site at the beginning of construction and there will be 1,341 trees at the end of project.
Alberta Development Partners is moving largely from demolition into construction mode at the Foothills Mall redevelopment. Crews this week are almost finished with raising the walls of the movie theater on the eastern edge of the site; construction began this week on the nearby parking garage and the City’s Foothills Activity Center.
Large trucks carrying pre-cast concrete will travel through the City over the next several months. Delivery trucks will enter Fort Collins from I-25 on Prospect Road, travel west to Timberline Road, then south to Horsetooth Road and west to Stanford Road near the mall property. Trucks will exit the mall on Stanford, travel east on Horsetooth, south on Timberline and east on Harmony Road.
A general timeline provided by the developer:
Developers of Foothills Mall will begin demolition of the former Sears building the week of December 8. Sears officials had previously announced they were closing the store and planned to reopen in their new space at the mall in 2015.
Curious to see what the mall will look like inside? Take a peek at the new layout in front of Macy's.
Foothills Parkway will have some temporary partial lane closures starting Monday, October 20 through Wednesday, October 22 on east- and west-bound Foothills close to the intersection with College. This is to facilitate bringing a water line across the Parkway from the area near Christy’s to the other side of the road to the former Talbots site. At no time will either direction be closed. Since there are multiple lanes in each direction, crews will do a lane or 2 at a time, then reopen the completed portion and then close/work on the next section. They will start on the south side by Christy’s and work north. Traffic control signs and a traffic control crew will be used to direct traffic during this work.
Mall developers are removing trees and shrubs directly adjacent to the old mall entrance and near the former Goodyear building. The former entrance will be extended so that the building is flush with the Macy’s building as part of the mall redevelopment.
Construction is scheduled to continue through October 31 on northbound College Avenue between Monroe Avenue and Foothills Parkway while crews are adding a dedicated right turn lane on northbound College Avenue.
Construction crews are preparing the former Sears building for demolition, which is expected to begin in November. In the meantime, Poudre Fire Authority is conducting training exercises in the building.
Starting Monday, October 6, contractors for mall developers will spend the next three weeks hauling fill dirt onto the northwest corner of the mall site near the former ARC building. Roughly 80 to 100 trucks a day will travel the haul route between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. The trucks will travel on I-25 to Harmony Road, Harmony to College Avenue, College to Swallow Road and Swallow to Remington Street.
Want to see what's happening inside the redevelopment of the Foothills Mall? Go on a tour of Foothills Mall with John Gaffney and Bob Walter at Alberta Development Partners.
Construction on Stanford Road between East Foothills Parkway and East Monroe Drive is slated to start Wednesday, July 30, 2014. This work is planned to last two days, weather permitting, as crews make storm water improvements for the Foothills Mall Redevelopment project.
The City has begun a series of videos to describe the public improvements that are included with the redevelopment of Foothills Mall. This video features Tom Leeson, redevelopment manager for the Urban Renewal Authority in the City’s Economic Health Office, and Caroline Mitchell, environmental planner with the Environmental Services department, discussing the City’s requirements for recycling and reuse of materials on the site.
City Council at its July 1 meeting approved a Council Mall Redevelopment Committee that will work with staff to ensure that the mall developer is meeting conditions of the final redevelopment agreement. Serving on the committee are Mayor Pro-Tem Gerry Horak, Councilmember Gino Campana and Councilmember Ross Cunniff.
East Monroe Drive will be closed at the College Avenue intersection for construction Tuesday, June 24 through early evening Wednesday, June 25, 2014. This closure is scheduled to last two days, weather permitting, as crews prepare a water tap for the Foothills Mall Redevelopment project.
Access to businesses in the area will be maintained at all times; business access will be detoured from East Horsetooth Road or East Foothills Parkway.
ï»¿As the Foothills Mall progresses, construction of infrastructure and tree removal will result in several upcoming lane closures in June.
College Avenue will remain open to traffic, although lane restrictions will be in place. Typical working hours are weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; however, work may occur outside these times or on the weekends to expedite the project.
Project dates are estimates based on favorable conditions; variances may occur due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Project updates and progress will be posted online at fcgov.com/foothillsmall.
June 9-10: The western-most southbound lanes of College Avenue generally between West Monroe Drive to south of West Foothills Parkway will be closed during daylight hours while new curb-and-gutter is built.
June 16-18: The eastern-most northbound lane of College Avenue roughly between Monroe Drive and Foothills Parkway will be closed during daylight hours for tree removal. As many as 235 trees will be removed from the Foothills Mall property for the next phase of the site’s redevelopment; some of those trees were already removed as part of previously announced work by the developer.
Construction updates week of June 2:
Demolition will begin this week on the Youth Activity Center and the east entry of the main mall including children's play area
College Avenue entrance to the former Corner Bakery is closed while construction of Phase 1 building and infrastructure continues
Scaffolding continues to go up inside main mall. Stores remain open during construction.
The City is maintaining a Flickr account on Foothills Mall construction. See the most recent photos - a tour with members of City Council of the recycling and reuse facilities on the site - on the Flickr account.
Electric vehicle charging stations are now available for free public use at the Foothills Mall on the northeast side of the property.
The mall offers one Level 2 charger and one level 3 DC fast charger , which can fully charge a car in less than 45 minutes. The chargers are available at The Commons at Foothills Mall, 344. E. Foothills Parkway, which is across the parking lot from Macy's.
Affiliates of Walton Street Capital and Alberta Development Partners, owners and developers of the Foothills Mall, started construction on the redevelopment of the mall in February. The entire redevelopment will boast 660,000 square feet of retail space, including a 10-screen Cinemark all-digital movie theater, and 400 to 800 apartments. The project is expected to be completed by the 2015 holiday season.
Installation of a storm sewer along the north side of East Monroe Drive just to the west of Stanford Road will result in the removal of 21 trees as part of the ongoing Foothills Mall redevelopment project.
Crews will start removing 12 trees on Thursday at the east end of the storm sewer and work west to remove the trees, which are generally near the southeast corner of the Youth Activity Center at Stanford and Monroe. Some trees will be transplanted; others will eventually be chipped into mulch. The City Forester’s office has approved a mitigation plan for the project. (May 7, 2014)
The City Council on Tuesday, May 6, voted 6-0 to approve an amendment to the redevelopment agreement with Foothills Mall developers that would allow the developer to meet leasing agreements over time. Mayor Karen Weitkunat recused herself from the discussion and vote citing a potential conflict of interest.
Have questions about the Foothills Mall? Check out these Frequently Asked Questions or watch the April 28 Q&A session on the mall hosted by the City and Mayor Pro-Tem Gerry Horak. See The forum was an opportunity for residents to hear more about the proposed amendments to the mall agreement that would allow the developer, Alberta Development Partners, to meet leasing agreements over time. City Council will discuss the mall proposal at its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 6. See the full agenda.
West Monroe Drive will be closed at the College Avenue intersection for construction starting Thursday, March 6, 2014. This closure is scheduled to run through Monday, March 10, weather permitting, as crews excavate the area, install precast boxes, backfill and temporary surface overlay as part of the relocation of Larimer County Canal No. 2. Permanent road surface improvements will be completed in April.
Greenwood Village-based Alberta Development Partners broke ground today on Foothills, a $300 million redevelopment of the old Foothills Mall in Fort Collins.
The redevelopment project is kicking off with the demolition of the old Mervyn’s department store at Monroe and Stanford on the southeast side of the mall. The entire redevelopment will boast 660,000 square feet of retail space, including a 10-screen Cinemark all-digital movie theater, and 400 to 800 apartments. The project is expected to be completed by the 2015 holiday season.
“This re-imagining is one of the single largest re-development efforts in the country today,” said Don Provost, principal of Alberta Redevelopment Partners. “The partnership with the city and community has created the opportunity to realize the vision."
Within the next several weeks, contractors for the Foothills Mall will begin removing 26 trees near the former Tres Margaritas to build the project’s first new retail building.
Affiliates of Walton Street Capital and Alberta Development Partners, owners and developers of the Foothills Mall, demolished the Tres Margaritas building at 3400 S. College Avenue at the end of 2013. Trees will be removed so construction can begin on Phase One, which includes a new 10,500-square-foot retail building.
Initially, 13 trees will be removed with another 13 trees to be removed in March. Trees will be chipped on site for mulch, which will be made available to a private landscaping firm.
A total of 54 new, upsized trees will be planted as part of Phase One per the development plans finalized with the City.
Construction on the Foothills Mall will begin this month now that the City of Fort Collins and Walton Foothills Holdings VI LLC have signed a redevelopment agreement to clean up blight and improve the property’s public infrastructure.
The City Council and the Fort Collins Urban Renewal Authority Board of Directors on Tuesday approved the final redevelopment agreement with the mall developer. The agreement was signed this week.
The mall will remain open during construction. Site preparation work will begin within the next several weeks on the property’s perimeter, adjacent to College Avenue.
Read more about what's planned.
Relocation work for Larimer County Canal No. 2 between West Monroe Drive to south of West Foothills Parkway will begin Monday, January 20. This section of the canal runs between southbound College Avenue and Frontage Road West. This relocation project will make room for a pedestrian/bicyclist underpass under College Avenue, which will lead to the redeveloped Foothills Mall.
City Council on January 14 approved an agreement with Walton Foothills Holdings VI for redevelopment of the Foothills Mall.
In May, the Council approved a $53 million public assistance package including a $45 million base financial assistance package that will revitalize the Foothills Mall and restore essential sales tax revenue. The financial package includes an $8 million investment in City infrastructure, including a new Foothills Activity Center and an underpass for pedestrians and bicycles under College Avenue that connects the mall to the Mason Street Corridor and MAX Bus Rapid Transit.
Alberta returned to the Planning and Zoning Board this fall with a proposal to reduce the overall square footage of the project. That altered the financial agreement, which requires Council approval. The Council approved that revised financial package on January 14.
To receive updates on the Foothills Mall redevelopment, sign up for an email newsletter at fcgov.com/foothillsmall. General information about the Fort Collins Urban Renewal Authority – including a list of Frequently Asked Questions - is available at renewfortcollins.org.
Affiliates of Walton Street Capital and Alberta Development Partners, owners and developers of the Foothills Mall, will begin removing the Tres Margaritas building at 3400 S. College Ave before the end of 2013 in preparation for mall redevelopment.
The City’s Planning and Zoning Board on November 19 approved the Phase One Major Amendment to the Foothills Redevelopment Project Development Plan, which includes construction of a 10,500-square-foot retail building. The building will be constructed on the site of the existing Tres Margaritas building near College and Monroe Avenues. Tres Margaritas closed on November 30.
The City's Land Use Code allows the demolition to proceed, however construction of the proposed retail building cannot occur until the Phase One plans are finalized. Alberta has agreed to recycle and reuse materials from the building as part of the demolition, which will occur at the developer’s cost. Recycled materials will include doors, windows, cabinets, fixtures, concrete and masonry, wood, metals and cardboard.
The Fort Collins City Council on Tuesday, May 7 approved a $53 million public assistance package including a $45 million base financial assistance package that will revitalize the Foothills Mall and restore essential sales tax revenue, as well as an $8 million investment in City infrastructure, including a new Youth Activity Center and a underpass that connects to the Mason Street Corridor. Total project investment in the community is expected to be $312 million.
Materials associated with the package are available with the April 23 work session and the May 7 Council agenda at fcgov.com/cityclerk. The Work Session can also be viewed at fcgov.com/cable14 via video on demand.
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