RidgeGate nominated as model community

Lone Tree development vying with 10 others in metro area

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Lone Tree’s RidgeGate development is among 10 finalists vying for the title of 2013’s most livable metro-area community. The “Live, Work, Play” People’s Choice Award is a biannual honor given by the Denver Area Regional Council of Governments.

From now to noon April 24, people may vote online for their favorite among the selected communities. DRCOG will announce the winner during an April 24 evening celebration in Denver.

RidgeGate development manager Darryl Jones hopes area residents will get online and cast their vote for the growing community he’s helped bring to life.

“I’m biased of course, but clearly it’s a great community,” he said. “Just look at all the development going on there. It’s a place where people want to be. It’s really coming into shape, fulfilling the vision we set a number of years ago. And it’s just beginning.”

The award is designed to honor communities that meet the goals of DRCOG’s Metro Vision, which urges protection of rural areas, parks and open space, development of quality urban areas and efforts at environmental protection such as mass transit.

“We are convinced as RidgeGate continues to build out, it is probably the best example in one project of the kinds of things DRCOG’s Metro Vision plan tried to advocate for,” Lone Tree’s Community Development Director Steve Hebert said. “One of the founding principles of RidgeGate is that it’s mixed use, and a walkable community. You don’t have to get in your car to drive to this or that event.”

RidgeGate, annexed into Lone Tree in 2000, is a six-square-mile development that straddles Interstate 25. To date, only the west side has been developed. The Charles Schwab Corp. recently started construction of a corporate campus in RidgeGate, which already is home to the Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree Recreation Center, Super Target and Sky Ridge Medical Center, and an array of housing projects.

Other communities nominated for the award include the Town of Bennett, Olde Town Arvada, Centennial Center Park and Lakewood’s 40 West Arts District.

The Vallagio at Inverness won DRCOG’s inaugural “Live, Work, Play” award in 2011.

To vote, visit www3.drcog.org/liveworkplay.