A vacant slice of land in Thornton, Colorado that was once proposed as the site for Amazon’s second headquarters, may be the future home of a sprawling mixed-use development.
The Omaha, Nebraska-based Noddle Companies has purchased 192 acres of the site located off the intersection of the E 470 toll road and Interstate 25.
When Amazon, in the fall of 2017, announced that it wanted to build a second headquarters, it also invited cities to make pitches regarding why certain sites in those cities might fulfill the online commerce giant’s needs.
Thornton was one of what would prove to be 200 cities responding.
In their pitch, Thornton city officials mentioned the vastness of the site, its access to highways, and the metro area’s high education levels.
Ultimately, in the fall of 2018, Amazon decided on building its new headquarters in both New York and Arlington.
Now the Noddle Companies has announced tentative plans to develop the Thornton site, with work initially expected to take place on some 82 acres of the property.
The developer of several shopping centers in metro Denver, the Noddle Companies has taken on more than 150 office, retail, and mixed-use commercial developments in nearly two dozen states.
One of its most recent projects is called the Aksarben Village in Omaha, on the site of a former horse racing track.
That mixed-use development on some 70 acres has seen the building of restaurants, entertainment space, walkable space, and bike trails.
By Garry Boulard
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