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Don’t fear—IKEA is here! (Or will be soon…)

Anyone who is a fan of furniture should be a fan of IKEA.ikea In a wavering economy, one appreciates the small battles won. Well friends, the battle for overpriced furniture has come to an end in Colorado. For those who have succumbed to frugal lifestyles—IKEA is the place for you, AND is opening in the Denver Metro area in 2011.

Not only will IKEA blow the minds of Coloradoans, but will employ just over 400 people and be housed in an over 415,000 square foot location.  Headed by Saunders Construction, the new retail madhouse will be located on a lot on the west side of I-25 near Park Meadows. Construction crews will begin clearing ground for building and anticipate breaking ground in a couple of months.

Building Colorado based IKEA has launched community-wide involvement in the project. CLC Associates will head the civil design, Kimley Horn Associates will do traffic consulting, Ground Engineering will handle environmental analysis, Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti will serve as local counsel, Legend Retal Group is helping site selection process , Geothermal Systems of Colorado is installing a geothermal component and last but not least Miller Global is selling the IKEA plot of land.

Colorado’s location will hold the classic IKEA look that all stores have around the globe but will differ from any other location in the United States in its incorporation of geothermal components for heating and cooling system.

IKEA will have 1,500 parking spots and is expected to have 50 different room settings. A variety of model home interiors will feature over 10,000 items. Also, the kids can come along! IKEA prides itself on its supervised children’s playroom and 500 seat restaurant. This makes for an awesome day of shopping and recharging.

IKEA, founded in 1943, has more than 300 stores in 38 countries.

South College Drawing Attention for Change: Midtown Commercial Corridor Study

Fort Collins used to be the leader in retail and dining in Northern Colorado. Now all of the neighboring communities that once depended on the opening of new stores and restaurants are developing their own shopping and dining areas, leaving Fort Collins a bit emptier.

Residents are now asking questions. What is going to happen to the Foothills Fashion Mall? How about the empty lot where Wal-Mart once was? These questions and more go unanswered to many anxious to see South College get it breath of life back into the Fort Collins community.

Currently there is approximately 655,000 square feet of empty retail on College Avenue alone. It is in line and ready for revitalization and attention of developers and investors. The Midtown Commercial Corridor Study, by ELS, Economic & Planning Systems, and Warren W. Wilson will be hosting and evaluating the challenges and issues regarding South College not to mention provide strategic direction for the City and community.

If you are one of those who would be interested in putting in their two cents concerning this topic, or if you just are interested in overseeing the process as to what will happen to South College, you are in luck. There is a public meeting being held regarding this matter today, Wednesday, March 10th  from 5-7 pm at the  Fort Collins Marriott (350 E Horsetooth Road). If this topic is something of interest to you, make sure to attend! These meetings make communities truly what they are—a collaboration. There will be much to discuss and to learn so bring your notebook and save your voice.

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