Old Dairy Farm Land to Have New Home Options with a Nod to History
A pillar of the community long before Northglenn incorporated, Karl’s Farm was owned and operated by the Hinkhouse family.
They had a working dairy production, with milk trucks going out to what would become the north metro area. They also had a petting zoo and hosted community events. Though eventually a changing economy led to closing the dairy farm, the site remained a place of historic note.
The Hinkhouse family came to the city a couple of years ago to discuss how to move forward with the land, located off 120th Avenue and Race Street. The two groups put together a master plan that consisted of five goals that would meet the wishes of the Hinkhouse family and the needs of the community (see list, below).
Now, the Karl’s Farm legacy will shift from just business to business and homes.
Private developers, using the master plan as a guideline, put together a development package that was recently approved by the Planning Commission and City Council.
The northern 32 acres of the full 64-acre site will be part of a new neighborhood in Northglenn. Homes will surround a 1.3-acre park, with paths connecting the residents to nearby open spaces and trails, as well as the future Eastlake FasTracks station.
The housing models provide new options for people looking to move to Northglenn or that live here but would like a different type of home.
Most of the city’s housing stock is single-family homes on 7,000-square-foot lots or apartment complexes; these new models include duplex homes, single-family attached homes and cityscape homes on 2,500-square-foot lots. These new housing types are already scattered around the metro area.
The plan is in line with City Council’s strategic goal of providing diverse housing stock for all ages, socioeconomic demographics and family types.
The entire area will harken back to the area’s original use as a dairy farm, including street names like “Creamery Lane,” “Dairy Street” and “Karl’s Drive.”
The new homes and retail opportunities are anticipated to start construction in late 2020.
- Housing for various stages of life.
- Connections that propose access to all forms of transport.
- Open areas for recreation and connection to nature.
- Development character that reflects a common aesthetic and helps memorialize the heritage of activities that once occurred on the property.
- Maximize the development opportunities provided by the area’s proximity to the Eastlake Station.