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Those entering Erie or Lafayette may notice some changes occurring at the southeast corner intersection U.S. 287 and Arapahoe Road.
Construction officially has begun at Nine Mile Corner, according to Evergreen Devco, developers of the 45-acre project.
“Evergreen has commenced work on the ditch relocation within the property in partnership with the town of Erie and the town of Erie Urban Renewal Authority,” saidTyler Carlson, managing partner with Evergreen. “That work is our critical path for our overall site construction next spring.”
He said once the ditch is relocated and piped, and Evergreen has acquired the land from Erie — which could happen early next year — the grading and utility work will begin to prepare for building, parking lot, landscaping and roadway construction, which could begin in the summer.
Previously, during an open house for the project, Carlson said the ditch work could take several months.
Lowe’s Home Improvement has been slated to be the Nine Mile anchor tenant and could break ground in February, and open by the end of the year.
Erie officials said they are excited for the work to begin.
“We are really excited about everything going on at the intersection of (U.S.) 287 and Arapahoe Road,” said Erie Economic Development Director Ben Pratt. “We’re excited to work with our partners on the project including the city of Lafayette on the site across the street. Nine Mile is just going to be phase one of anticipated projects taking place at the intersection.”
Along with the ditch work, Carlson has previously said the scope of work that needs to be done at Nine Mile includes extending a sewer line, widening the intersection of U.S. 287 and Arapahoe Road, as well as constructing the buffer between the project and Lafayette’s neighborhood Beacon Hill.
In August, Erie Board of Trustees approved the metropolitan district service plan for the development, which establishes the Nine Mile Metropolitan District. The district is the entity responsible for financing and constructing all public improvements associated with Nile Mile Corner including improvements to Arapahoe Road, U.S. 287 and the large landscaped buffer.
In 2016, Erie hired Evergreen to build out the project, which will bring an anchor tenant, since announced as Lowe’s, smaller anchor businesses, seven other properties and 290 multi-family units to the area.
Prior to any work being done on the site, both Erie and Lafayette had been discussing the property for several years through litigation.
The three years of litigation was settled in June when Lafayette City Council, Erie Board of Trustees and Erie Urban Renewal Authority approved their portions of a global settlement agreement, otherwise known as the Nine Mile peace deal.
The agreement allows each community to develop its claim at the corner of U.S. 287 and Arapahoe Road, but they must split the revenue from the Nine Mile Corner development and what Lafayette is expected to build across the street on the Stephen Tebo-owned property.
According to the deal, both communities could offer incentives to the first anchors for the prospective developments, but must consult one another regarding the second tenant.
In recent months, Lafayette residents have seen a new Kohl’s open in Lafayette Promenade, a 27-acre commercial retail development on the west side of U.S. 287.
The peace deal also calls for a 150-foot buffer between the Nine Mile development and Lafayette’s Beacon Hill neighborhood to the south.
For information about the project, visit ninemilecorner.com.