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New Arista development will include rock climbing gym, hotel

A rock climbing gym, hotel and several retail shops are planned for the first phase of a new Arista development — the concept of which was presented Tuesday night at a Broomfield’s City Council study session.

The development, which will have direct access to Wadsworth Parkway, Uptown Avenue, and Destination Drive, is at the southeast corner of Colo. 128 and Wadsworth Parkway.

Broomfield council members were enthusiastic about the rock climbing gym, which would take up 17,500 square feet of the development.

Jason Haas, owner of Gravity One, said the gym would have general cardio, free weights, a yoga studio and a “kid zone.” For decades, the fitness industry meant running on a treadmill and lifting weights, he said, but rock climbing adds a mental component.

It also offers a communal opportunity, said Haas, who has lived a mile down the road from Arista for the nearly two decades. The company looked at a lot of places to build the gym, and was really drawn to the Broomfield/Arista area.

“I feel like it’s my community,” he said. “If you feel a part of your community, you take care of that community whether that’s climbing, or your neighborhood, or your dog park. Ultimately, what I want to do is to build a community and my outlet for that is this climbing gym.”

Joe Zepeda presented the project on behalf of Park 36 Investment, LLC, which owns Arista.

The plan includes about 143,000 square feet of commercial development, where the applicants also intend to build a bank and several other buildings in the future on the 18.4-acre site.

Arista is a 187-acre transit-oriented neighborhood between Wadsworth Parkway and U.S. 36, north of the W. 112th Avenue alignment. There currently is about 600,000 square feet of commercial development completed within Arista, including the 1stBank Center and two hospital buildings. So far, developers have built more than 1,200 residential units, including apartments, duplexes, townhomes, condos and live-work units.

The gym would include 55 -foot tall climbing walls to accommodate the competition-level of gym that Jason envisions. Inside would be two levels, with the first including most of the workout space, and the upper level will be mostly about bouldering for a different type of climbing experience.

“What we hope to do is provide recreational service for the entire new development and also provide that sense of community,” Joe Hosek, of MOA Architecture in Denver, said.

MOA wants the development to be about the culture, and modern sensibilities, of the community.

“The design we’re proposing really reflects that openness,” Hosek said.

Planning and Zoning Commissioner Tom Silvers said the plan is a good development for this area, but felt there was a lot of parking for a transit-oriented space.

He suggested interjecting green space, such as rooftop gathering places. He asked the owners to consider that they’ll need to keep the 360-degree view in mind when designing the architecture, and warned against too…

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