Saving the Farm at Westminster Castle
Open your eyes and look out over the uninterrupted view from Longs Peak down to Pikes Peak and over the city skyline. Now breathe and listen for the owls and hawks over the rows of corn. Look west and watch the sun set over the Front Range and look south over the Denver skyline.
The Farm at the Westminster Castle — 235 acres of centennial working farmland — is a respite from the continuous scene of rooftops and ceaseless traffic which has become the norm of Denver Metro-living.
Oread Capital, a developer, wants to buy this land and put a 2350-unit residential and commercial subdivision on the farmland that runs along Federal and Lowell Boulevards between 84th and 88th Avenues —calling it “new urbanism”. They want to replace the centennial-farm with 5-story apartment buildings, townhouses and small-lot single units—replacing rows of corn with rows of buildings. About 7000 people would live there. They call it Uplands.
This development would more than double the neighboring communities—quiet, diverse neighborhoods. This high-density development would completely change the character of the communities of Shaw Heights, Bishop Park and Observatory Hill. The entire face of Westminster, Colorado would be changed forever, and not for the better.