Copper Ridge: ‘We’d love to see that scar’ disappear

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If the plans of the Copper Ridge project team are fully realized, the quiet area surrounding the upscale Flying Horse community could see the completion of a major thoroughfare and the beginnings of a regional mall within two or three years.

Rather than worrying about traffic, pollution, noise and safety, it appears that at least some of the residents in the area of Voyager Parkway and North Gate Road are ready to shop.

Interviews with residents last week revealed that they want the convenience of having gas stations, grocery stores, liquor stores and a variety of restaurants nearby.

Of course, no one wants to live next to an expressway — and the developers of Flying Horse have designed the community in ways aimed at minimizing the impact of having Powers Boulevard run through the area.

At first, Classic Cos. tried to convince the state Department of Transportation to route Powers farther south. When that didn’t work, Classic went to Plan B, said Dan Winter, Classic’s executive vice president.

That meant putting an 18-hole golf course on both sides of the eventual extension of Powers and keeping homes as far away from the thoroughfare as possible.

Furthermore, most of the extension of Powers will be built below ground, and will include privacy walls and sound barriers.

Classic Cos. is hoping the Copper Ridge development team can pull it all off.

“We’d love to see that scar that goes across our development become a highway,”

Winter said.

Flying Horse has about 150 lots available, and more than 400 homes have been sold.

Homes are available in seven “villages,” each with its own theme and amenities. Prices start in the upper $300,000s and go as high as $4 million.

While acknowledging concerns about increased traffic and noise, area residents and business owners say any of the negatives will be overshadowed by the benefits.

“I see it as nothing but a positive,” said Ken Westfall, a Flying Horse resident since 2005 and chief executive of Westfall and Co. Marketing and Management Group.

High-end retailers would be “a big asset” to the north end of town, as would fine-dining restaurants and easier travel south and north.

“I moved out there anticipating that the city would move out to it,” Westfall said. “I’m excited about the potential of it actually coming to fruition.”

“From an aesthetic standpoint, where it goes through the golf course, it will actually be an improvement, because now it just looks like a big ditch,” said Greg Gandy, a Flying Horse resident since 2007.

“We figured if it was up to the state of Colorado, it would never happen in our lifetime, but now that it’s in the hands of private citizens, things will happen and get done,” he added.

Christine Jensen, who lives and works in the area, rejoiced at the prospect of nearby shopping.

“I wouldn’t have to drive to Park Meadows,” she said.

Asked about traffic concerns, she noted that she had lived in Phoenix, where congestion issues were much more serious.

“This isn’t traffic,” she said.

Of course, not everyone’s happy about the proposed mall.

“I don’t want a huge mall here. I’d rather have peace and quiet around here,” said Chad Henderson, an Air Force Academy sky-diving instructor who lives at Grey Hawk at Highlands.