Foothills Mall Newsletter
Foothills Mall Redevelopment
Foothills Mall Underpass Project
- Construction of the Foothills pedestrian/bicyclist underpass under College Avenue that will connect the Foothills Mall to the Mason Street Corridor and Max Bus Rapid transit has started.
- Completion is expected spring/summer 2017.
- College Ave traffic detouring is in place and will be ongoing until spring 2017.
Current project schedule and related construction events:
Earthwork-involves a lot of heavy equipment, machinery - Now through spring 2017
- Underpass installation of pre-fab concrete box - involves cranes, heavy equipment- Now through December 2017
- Concrete retaining walls sidewalks – heavy equipment, concrete pumps and concrete trucks, several crews- Now through spring 2017
- Road construction Final paving work on College will happen upon completion of the underpass in late spring, early summer 2017.
- Landscaping- Spring/Summer 2017
This work schedule may change due to weather or other unforeseen conditions.
The developer and contractor involved have both committed to adhering to the City noise ordinance by not commencing any construction work prior to 7 a.m. and ending no later than 8 p.m.
If residents have concerns about the construction project, or would like additional information, contact:
Chief Construction Inspector
City of Fort Collins Engineering
The Foothills shopping mall redevelopment resulted in diverting more than 76,000 tons of waste from the landfill, according to an independent report by the Institute for the Built Environment at Colorado State University.
The project diverted 100 percent by weight of all concrete, rock, asphalt, dirt, bricks and metal that weren’t considered hazardous materials and 70 percent by weight of all other materials such as wood/lumber or cardboard.
The remaining 29,000 tons that went to the landfill were either contaminated by hazardous materials such as asbestos or could not be reused or recycled. Read the full report.
The mall’s carbon footprint at full capacity is 5 percent lower than the existing mall under thriving conditions, according to the report and analysis by The Brendle Group. The Institute for the Built Environment reported that construction and demolition activities account for 16 percent of the waste in the Larimer County Landfill.
The report also states that the carbon footprint of the mall – including operations - is 36 percent lower as a redevelopment than as a new project on a “greenfield” or vacant site on the edge of the community.
“Redevelopment of an existing property is more sustainable and helps the community reuse and recycle land, which results in the community growing up and not out,” said Josh Birks, director of the City’s Economic Health Office which oversees the Fort Collins Renewal Authority.
The recycling/reuse effort was a condition of the $53 million in public funding of the $300 million project including such public infrastructure as sidewalks, the Foothills Activity Center inside the mall and the underpass under College Avenue now under construction.
“This diversion study was a great collaboration with the City, the mall developers and Colorado State,” said Joy Wagner, Sustainable Building Associate at the Institute for the Built Environment. “We assisted by auditing and verifying the diversion efforts to ensure the developer met the City’s reuse and recycling requirements.
With oversight from City and the Institute for the Built Environment at CSU, the owner/developer - Alberta Development Partners and Walton Street Capital – worked with the contractor, The Beck Group, to manage diversion efforts (deconstruction and salvaging) and track/document recycling and reuse. Materials were deconstructed, sorted, and placed in designated collection and storage areas (recycling bins or roll-off dumpsters) labeled for each material (e.g. concrete, metal).
Some creative reuses of materials documented in the report:
Sculpture: The steel purple coneflower sculpture at the Gardens on Spring Creek was crafted from salvaged rebar and galvanized metal wainscoting by Josh Jones, Sculptor and Welding Supervisor at Gallegos Sanitation, Inc the sculpture is on display at the Gardens on Spring Creek at their Garden of Lights holiday event December 2-January 8.
Rough lumber: More than 50 trees demolished on site were milled by a local furniture maker, Baldwin Hardwoods, into lumber that was sold to local woodworkers or made into countertops.
Reclaimed wood tables: A local furniture maker – Wool Hat Furniture – reclaimed gym flooring from the original Youth Activity Center on Monroe Avenue to make picture frames, tabletops, desks and benches. The original basketball floor also adorns the front desk at the new Foothills Activity Center inside the mall.
Foothills Mall Multi-Family construction is underway!
The project is located on Lots 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the Foothills Mall Redevelopment Subdivision. The site has 11.93 acres and is bounded by Stanford Road on the east, the Foothills Mall on the west and the Thunderbird Estates Subdivision on the north. The project will consist of 18 buildings with a total of 404 units and 511 bedrooms. It is estimated that the project will take 24 months to complete and will be done in two phases. Phase one includes Lot 6 and Lot 4. Lot 6 will contain a clubhouse and one multi-family building. Lot 4 will contain five multi-family buildings and the swimming pool. Phase two will include Lots 3 and 5 which will contain the remainder of the multi-family buildings.
The current project schedule and related construction events are:
- Earthwork - involves a lot of heavy equipment, machinery engine noise and beeping - Now through March, 2017
- Concrete - involves pumps, equipment, several crews: August 2016 through August 2017
- Wood Framing - involves machinery, cranes, compressors, nail guns and crews: September 2016 through March 2018
- Interior/Exterior finishes - involves equipment and crews with most work occurring on the interior of building but outside noise is still expected: December 2016 through May 2018
- Exterior Landscape/Site work - involves equipment and crews: August 2016 through June 2018 (warm months only)
This work schedule may change due to weather or other unforeseen conditions.
With construction comes lots of noise and we recognize that this can be very disruptive for neighborhood residents. The developer and contractor involved have both committed to adhering to the City noise ordinance by not commencing any construction work prior to 7 am and ending no later than 8 pm. If residents have concerns about the construction project, or would like additional information an email can be sent to Rm9vdGhpbGxzTUZjb25zdEBXZWl0ei5jb20=. This will go directly to the contractor involved and residents can expect to get a response back within 24 hours. Residents can also contact the City representative shown on this page for more information.
Traffic was a big concern at the meeting. Here is some information that has been shared with residents to help.
1.) They City has a Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Program. The goals of the program include:
- To improve compliance to posted speed limits, stop signs, and other traffic control devices.
- To improve neighborhood livability and promote safe and pleasant conditions for residents, motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians by mitigating the impact of vehicular traffic on local and collector streets. Educate citizens about traffic safety problems occurring in neighborhoods.
- To implement traffic calming techniques that will improve neighborhood livability without jeapordizing emergency response needs, creating hazards, or reducing mobility. Modify travel behavior through planning, design, respectful communications, and participation to accurately reflect the City's overall transportation policies and values.
- To make efficient use of City resources by prioritizing NTMP projects.
If you want additional information regarding this program and the ways it might be able to help your neighborhood, please contact the Traffic Operations Department at 970-221-6630. They can also help you with questions regarding the possibility of installing additional traffic lights and other items.
2.) You can access a copy of the Traffic Study that was done as part of the development review process.
Here are all documents that were submitted as part of this process. You can find original applications, site plans, landscape plans, elevations, maps/graphics, and other pertinent documents.
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.
Questions? Concerns? Contact us:
Public Relations Coordinator