Lanes of College Avenue to Close Temporarily for Mall Construction, Tree Removal
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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.
As part of the demolition of part of the existing mall and perimeter buildings, the project design team for the mall and the City have worked diligently to reduce the number of trees lost through construction. Trees will be mulched and made available to a private contractor. About 300 new trees will be planted in place of the 235 trees that are being removed.
Walton Street Capital and Alberta Development Partners, owners and developers of the mall, have worked with the City’s Forestry department on a tree mitigation plan for the project.
The two-year mall project includes a total of three phases with an overall project investment of about $313 million. Most recently, developers are demolishing the Youth Activity Center and are building scaffolding inside the mall so construction work can occur at night. Stores remain open; a portion of the mall has been closed permanently to allow for more outdoor community and gathering space.
Other construction updates:
- The east entry of the main mall including children's play area is closed. Demolition of that entrance is scheduled to begin the week of June 9.
- The College Avenue entrance to the former Corner Bakery is closed while construction of the Phase 1 building and infrastructure continues.
- Crews are preparing the new temporary entrance to the main mall building, which will be about 60 feet to the west from the existing entrance. That entrance is expected to be open the week of June 16.
- 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. Regular updates on the project will be available at fcgov.com/foothillsmall.
The mall project is expected to be a catalyst for new development as part of the City’s – and the Fort Collins Urban Renewal Authority’s - efforts to rejuvenate the Midtown area and help address a long-term decrease in the mall’s sales tax revenue. Net taxable sales at the mall have declined 61 percent over the last decade.
The redevelopment includes a $53 million public assistance package through the Urban Renewal Authority. That includes an 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 the recently opened MAX Bus Rapid Transit.