It is situated along an interstate highway, at the heart of one of the fastest growing counties in the country. Yet, over the last half decade Castle Pines has remained somewhat of a silent observer amid an avalanche of growth.
That is changing now and changing in a big way.
Any frequent Interstate 25 commuter over the last year or so is likely to have seen earth-mover activity on the west side of the highway south of the Castle Pines exit. The machines are making way for two future developments — Castle Pines Town Center and, north of that, the recently renamed Castle Pines Valley — that, over time, are could bring more than 1,300 new residential units and 900,000 square feet of new commercial, civic and other mixed-used development to the city of around 10,500 people. The first new homes in that area, located south of the city’s existing Village Square retail and commercial area, could rise from the dirt there by the end of this year, officials say. And that’s just the half of it.
Though officials with developer Shea Homes indicate rooftops may not begin popping up until 2019, the vast area of what is now mostly natural prairie on the east side of I-25 in Castle Pines has been earmarked for a 3,343-acre master planned community. That project, called The Canyons, could add 2,500 new residences to Castle Pines by the time it is fully built.