On Friday, March 6, Brinkman Inc.—the Fort Collins-based company originally selected to develop a vacant parcel of land in downtown Windsor—respectfully discontinued development of the project. The Town of Windsor and Windsor Downtown Development Authority have plans to move ahead with the project known as the Windsor Downtown Backlots area.
Plans for the three-block stretch from 7th Street on the west to where the railroad crosses the tracks at Main St. on the east were first explored in the 2010 Downtown Design Guidelines and Financing Plan. The DDA and town continued to refine plans for the vacant space in their 2016 Strategic and 2016 Comprehensive Plans, respectively, and began working on design.
Windsor officials started working with Brinkman in 2017 after the company responded to a formal request for proposals that called for the development of the vacant stretch of land. The empty properties were dubbed the “backlots” because of its location behind Main Street businesses. The desired outcome was to create a shared vision for the downtown project with a goal of constructing a commercial and residential corridor to revitalize the location as a destination, continuing momentum gained by the Windsor Mill revitalization.
“Effectively the Town of Windsor, Downtown Development Authority and Brinkman’s vision weren’t coming into alignment,” said DDA Director Matt Ashby. “Throughout the course of the project, market dynamics have shifted in a way that have caused Brinkman to step back from the project.”
“The town and DDA, with assistance from Brinkman, will begin immediately to identify potential development companies that might be interested in taking the reins to drive the project across the finish line. We have the benefit of several years of research, public input gathering and planning, along with a committed partnership between the town and DDA to aid in a swift transition,” says Ashby.
The project was slated for groundbreaking this year. Although finding a new developer will take time, Ashby says the delay may only be temporary. “Working with the town, we’ve gained valuable traction in identifying a suite of resources available to assist downtown development in Windsor,” says Ashby. The next step is to meet with the development community and select a new partner that will work to bring the vision to fruition.
“Windsor is our backyard. Although we are disappointed that it ultimately didn’t work for us to develop this project, we are committed to working with the town and DDA to quickly find the right developer to bring their vision to fruition,” commented Brinkman’s Chief Development Officer Jay Hardy.
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The primary objectives of the Windsor Downtown Development Authority (“DDA”) are to promote the safety, prosperity, security and general welfare of the district and its inhabitants, to prevent deterioration of property values and structures within the district, to prevent the growth of blighted areas within the district, to assist the Town of Windsor in the development, redevelopment and planning of the economic and physical restoration and growth of the district, to improve the overall appearance, condition and function of the District, to encourage a variety of uses compatible with Windsor Lake and Boardwalk Park, to sustain and improve the economic vitality of the District, to promote the historic and cultural elements of the District, and to encourage pedestrian traffic and security in the District.