The residential portion of Candelas, is developed by Terra Causa Capital and GF Properties Group (owned by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe). Plans exist for commercial development in the future, in the form of two mixed-use commercial spaces, and a town center, comprising some 7.1 million square feet of commerce in the Arvada community.
Local advocates are specifically concerned with the proximity of Candelas Arvada’s new homes to Rocky Flats, which is abutted against the former nuclear weapons plant on the development’s North side. The most likely means of contamination to Candelas from Rocky Flats would be from small particles of toxins that become airborne. With the possibility of a highway being built on Rocky Flat’s east edge, disturbing contaminated dust becomes a real possibility.
According to the developer’s web site, “Candelas has a magnificent sweep of mountain pastureland you’d swear you’ve seen before on picture postcards of the great American West. This wide-open landscape, this epitome of raw western beauty, is called Candelas. A nearly 1,500-acre master-planned community in west Arvada, Candelas presents a life full of the very things people love most about Colorado. Premier homebuilder partners are carefully crafting the notion of home at Candelas. The new homes for sale include everything from single-family detached homes to condominiums, townhomes and luxurious custom homes. There truly is something for everyone.”
As local advocates, we take exception to the developer specifically targeting out-of-state buyers on their web site. This group will have little knowledge of Rocky Flats’ history, and these new home buyers will likely be enthralled by the magnificent natural beauty in this area. We also take exception that the developer does not have to disclose any history or potential risks about Candelas’ proximity to Rocky Flats.
Candelas road sign - Highway 93
Candelas roadway sign - Hwy 93
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