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December 12, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Three Springs, Springing Up!
(2007-05-11)
From the top down: 1.) Four of the first six homes to be occupied. 2.) Tim Zink, in front of the Mercado Business area. 3.) Mercy Affordable Housing being built separate from but near Three Springs. 4.) Three Springs housing rising from the Grandview Area. (Photos: Victor Locke, KSUT
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Hundreds of workers are busy growing Durango's newest neighborhood and business district out of the ground.
And in a few weeks, the area will welcome its first residents.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: While the name Three Springs might conjure up images of a quiet, sedate, tranquil area, it's anything but that right now.
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Hundreds of workers are hard at work, literally raising a community out of the meadows and valleys East of Durango.
Driving past Three Springs looking North of Highway 160 you see imposing structures wrapped in yellow insulation standing guard in front of dozens of homes.
It will be awhile before the larger buildings are complete, but Three Springs could have it's first residents, in 8-10 weeks.
NICHOLSON: WE'RE HOPING NOW THAT BY EARLY JULY WE'LL HAVE OCCUPANTS AT THREE SPRINGS.
Mary Nicholson is sales and marketing manager for Tierra Group, in charge of home sales.
NICHOLSON: BY THAT TIME, ALL OF THIS WONDERFUL INFRASTRUCTURE THAT YOU SEE GOING ON, THE PLANTING, THE TREES, THE ART WORK IN THE ROUNDABOUTS, ETC. AND THE PAVING WILL BE FINISHED AND WE'LL BE ABLE TO MAKE A VERY COMFORTABLE SPOT FOR RESIDENTS HERE AT THREE SPRINGS.
Six homes are near completion, 24 others are under construction, and plans are to build five to six homes per month and have 50 completed and sold by years end.
Nicholson says townshomes and single family homes will sell for 250-thousand dollars and up.
NICHOLSON: STELLAR PRODUCT, IT'S BEAUTIFUL HOMES, VERY WELL BUILT, VERY COMFORTABLE, VERY LIGHT, BUILT TO COLORADO GREEN BUILDING SPECIFICATIONS, EVERY ONE OF THEM, WHICH WE'RE VERY PROUD OF.
The homes are dwarfed by three larger buildings also under construction.
ZINK: THESE WILL BE THE BEGINNING OF WHAT WE TERM THE MERCADO DISTRICT WHICH WILL BE THE HEART OF THREE SPRINGS.
Tim Zink, Three Springs' Special Projects Manager
ZINK: THESE BUILDINGS START TO SURROUND WHAT WE CALL THE COMMONS AREA, WHICH IS AN OUTDOOR, URBAN SETTING, REALLY IT'S GOING TO BE IN A REALLY NEAT LOCATION. THERE WILL BE A PERFORMANCE BANDSHELL IN THAT COMMONS PLAZA. REALLY, KIND OF THE IDEA BEHIND IT IS TO CREATE THIS OUTDOOR LIVING ROOM SO THAT WHEN SOMEBODY SAYS MEET ME AT THREE SPRINGS, THAT THAT'S THE IMAGE AND THAT'S WHERE PEOPLE WILL WANT TO GATHER.
The 80-thousand square foot buildings will offer 50-thousand for offices, 30-thousand for retail and should be ready for occupancy in October, the same time the commons area is completed.
Everything going up in Three Springs is being prviately financed and built on a speculative basis.
Almost, that is.
Mercy Affordable Housing is constructing 62 apartments just behind the hospital that should be ready by fall.
The City is taking bids on a community park that will include numerous amenities including baseball, softball, soccer fields, tennis courts.
Growth is also expected to explode on adjacent land.
The Crader Ranch behind SouthFork storage is still targeted for a regional shopping center with one, perhaps two big box stores.
Development is also picking up along County Road 233 which goes East from Three Springs Boulevard near the entrance.
The city and county are talking about how that will develop and who will pay for road, sidewalk, curb and other needed improvements.
As presently envisioned, Three Springs itself would consist of 18-hundred homes and 850-thousand square feet of office and retail space when completed in 20-years.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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