Welcome to Uplands
Henry T. Mayham purchased 640 acres of land on Crown Point and convinced the Denver Presbytery that the Westminster University should be built on this land.
Less than 10 years after it opens, Westminster University closes its doors due to the demands of WWI. Once closed, the vacant building and surrounding acres were then leased to a farmer.
The original owners, the Presbyterian Synod, sold the property, the college building, a power plant, a student dormitory and the president’s house in 1920. Later that year, the new owners reopened Westminster University.
Both renters and owners lost purchasing power in Westminster – sales prices and rental costs increased faster than owner and renter incomes.
The City of Westminster recognized its growing housing crisis and sponsored a Housing Needs Assessment study. The study concluded that the City of Westminster should increase diversity of housing for purchase and rental. From this the Westminster Forward Comprehensive Plan was created.
Uplands homes are built to withstand rising temperatures and continuing drought conditions. All homes at Uplands will pursue the WaterSense label, which means they will be 30% more water efficient than surrounding communities. All Uplands homes and apartments are expected to meet the enhanced requirements for energy efficiency developed by Energy Star’s Residential New Construction program.
“Environmental concerns such as drought are Westminster’s biggest water challenge. The impacts of adding new customers to the City’s system are small in comparison to the effects that future droughts would have on the City’s water supply. For all water users, conservation measures remain the best way to protect our water supply long-term.”
– City of Westminster, May 2021
Created in 2008, the water budget for this project was put forward in the conditional allocation of this land. This was carried forward into the 2013 Comprehensive Plan and Water Supply Plan, which means that the budget for this project has been in place for over a decade. Through more efficient water usage and advanced technology and systems, Uplands is projected to use 32.6 million fewer gallons of water than it is allotted each year.
The average Westminster home uses 83,000 gallons of water per year. By contrast, average water use for an Uplands home is 60,000 gallons per year — or 30% less water compared to the typical Westminster home.
Development Pays Its Own Way
“In Westminster, each development project pays its way through tap fees. Tap fees help ensure that current water customers do not pay the cost of providing water to new customers and buildings.”
– City of Westminster, May 2021
According to the city of Westminster, one-fourth of all water and sewage lines are past their useful design life. Considering that many of the water and sewage infrastructure was originally built in the 1960s, the replacement and repair of outdated pipes and technology is critical to water conservation efforts. That’s why Uplands is investing $39 million in Water Tap fees and infrastructure improvements like water lines, sewer lines and storm drains.
For the first time in 100 years, the public will have access to 47 acres — or 20% of all the developable land within Uplands — of publicly accessible parks, view corridors and pedestrian walkways. Uplands will also provide funding for the construction of these parks.
Uplands is surpassing the city’s goal for Park Land Dedication (PLD) and funding by delivering 17% for public enjoyment. All told, Uplands has dedicated 20% of the site for parks and public spaces. In addition, Uplands is providing significant funding for the construction of the parks.
According to The Trust For Public Land, this part of Westminster is in high need of a park within a 10-minute walk (or ½ mile), and Uplands’ park network will fulfill a long-held community desire for more parks nearby.