CCU plans changes to
Colorado Christian University will update its campus over the next 25 years to create a main entrance for the university from West Alameda Avenue, move the academic and student housing buildings to the core of its campus and along Alameda and provide a larger buffer area for the neighborhood on the north side of the campus.
The university, established in 1914, has been in Lakewood about 50 years, and the City of Lakewood values having colleges and universities in the city to provide educational and career opportunities for its residents. The colleges and universities in Lakewood also enrich the community by hosting festivals and cultural, musical and other events for Lakewood residents to attend.
The changes to the campus will occur in several phases. Lakewood City Council granted the university's request to rezone the campus to allow for these changes.The rezoning ensures the university will be able to remain in Lakewood by letting CCU replace several of its temporary modular buildings and accommodating growth in student enrollment over the next 25 years.
Watch a video "flyover" of the conceptual design for how the campus will change:
One of the main changes for the campus will be to move the university's event center from its current location near Bayaud Avenue to the north to be closer to the campus core and aligned with the new entrance on Alameda, alleviating the need for visitors to reach the campus from Garrison Street. The new entrance will be widened and enhanced, and it will provide a clearly defined internal drive on the campus to reach campus facilities. In addition, the existing events center is within a temporary building, and the new permanent building will better buffer noise and sound from events.
The rezoning will allow the university to build three- to four-story academic buildings in the campus core and four- and five-story student-housing buildings along Alameda. The buffer area on the north side of the campus will contain parking and smaller buildings that have the same 35-foot height as the homes in the adjacent neighborhood, and the buildings will have to be set back 25 feet from the street just as the neighboring homes are.
The campus will expand from 24 acres to 34 acres because the university has purchased property to the east and southeast that will be included in the campus, and the university will be allowed to build up to 700,000 square feet in structures. Outdoor sports fields will be moved off campus to other locations where the university can establish contracts for use with existing facilities in the city.
Other changes to the campus:
- Provide an increase in parking on campus
- Provide high-quality architectural character in new buildings
- Prohibit vehicular access to Bayaud Avenue from the north side of campus, preventing cars from the campus traveling into the adjacent neighborhood. No vehicular access to Bayaud exists today,and that will continue into the future.
- More than 600 notices were sent to residents in the surrounding neighborhood and to seven homeowner associations about the request for the rezoning to expand the campus.
- The university met with neighboring residents during two official neighborhood meetings attended by more than 80 residents. Comments from these meetings led the university to move the university's events center to a different location on campus.
- The university met with various homeowner and business organizations up to 10 times, with additional calls to the board presidents to provide project updates.
- In rezoning cases, the City Council must consider whether the new zoning is compatible with the neighborhood or brings improvement to the area, whether the public's health, safety and welfare are served and protected and whether it supports the goals outlined in the City's Comprehensive Plan.
- City staff reported to City Council that the rezoning meets the following goals in the Comprehensive Plan: promotes high-qualitydesign; respects and preserves natural areas; encourages citizen participation in the community; expands educational resources; and promotes a strong partnership among the City, schools and residents to improve the community's quality of life.
Watch City Council rezoning action and public hearing:
Part 1 | Part 2
View the City's staff report and related attachments