Frequently Asked Questions
Find out more about RidgeGate’s visionary plan, design guidelines, construction timelines and more.
RIDGEGATE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What is RidgeGate?
RidgeGateTM is a master planned community in Lone Tree, Colorado. Our walkable mixed-use neighborhoods are designed to provide a balanced, healthy lifestyle with easy access to trails, open space, retail, restaurants, light rail, health care and work environments. RidgeGate spans over 3,500 acres on the east and west sides of I-25. What makes RidgeGate unique is our dynamic blend of urban and open space. In fact, over a third of RidgeGate’s land area will be permanently dedicated to open space, parks, trails and preserved land. It’s a healthy balance with residential neighborhoods and retail villages, office districts and cultural amenities, including the Lone Tree Arts Center and the Douglas County Libraries Lone Tree branch. RidgeGate will grow carefully, with a long-term commitment to walkability, livability, access, amenities and scale. RidgeGate is a walkable community smartly connected to the RTD Southeast Light Rail line, which helps residents and workers reduce their dependence on cars. In fact, three new light rail stations were welcomed to the RidgeGate community in spring 2019 with the completion of the RTD Southeast Light Rail Extension project. Our distinct urban amenities, combined with open space, bluffs, parks, and mountain views, make RidgeGate a community designed for health, wellness, and peace of mind.
2. Where is RidgeGate located?
Located along both sides of I-25 just south of Lincoln Avenue in Lone Tree, Colorado, RidgeGate is nestled against the bluffs that create the natural edge for metropolitan Denver. RidgeGate will offer the culture and connectivity of an urban environment balanced with ample open space and sweeping views of its natural Colorado setting. It is located within the highly regarded southeast corridor in close proximity to the Denver Tech Center (10 minutes), Centennial Airport (10 minutes) and Denver International Airport (30 minutes).
3. What is smart-growth and why is RidgeGate considered a smart-growth community?
Smart growth refers to the design of new communities that balance the presence and location of economic, environmental, social/housing and transportation elements with physical design, providing a more responsible and efficient means to accommodate growth.
RidgeGate is a mixed-use community, which means the community is designed to integrate mass-transit (including light rail), a variety of living options, and a mix of retail uses, offices, schools, cultural facilities, parks and recreation – all within close proximity. A network of bike paths and walking trails connect all areas of RidgeGate with its neighbors, helping to reduce traffic and fostering a sense of community.
4. What are the public transportation options?
RidgeGate is a transit-oriented community with easy access to downtown Denver, the Denver Tech Center, Denver International Airport, and other nearby amenities via surface and rail transportation. The community is pedestrian, bicycle and mass transit friendly with parks and retail areas located near residential areas to encourage walking. In 2019, RTD, Lone Tree and RidgeGate celebrated the opening of 2.1 miles of new track and three new light rail stations in RidgeGate, including one just north of RidgeGate’s Sky Ridge Medical Center, and two other stations further south, including the “end-of-line” station at the RidgeGate Parkway interchange on the east side of I-25 featuring 1300 parking spaces. Additionally, the Lincoln Station light rail stop just north of Lincoln Avenue and I-25, one half-mile north of RidgeGate, serves the community. RidgeGate’s light rail access allows residents and employees to catch a train and commute directly to downtown Denver in just 25 minutes. RTD also provides regular scheduled bus routes throughout the community, as well as the by-request FlexRide bus service throughout the RidgeGate neighborhoods. Visit www.rtd-denver.com for route maps, schedules, fares and details about the new stations along the Southeast Rail Extension.
The Lone Tree Link On Demand service allows residents to request free shuttle rides anywhere within the City of Lone Tree by simply using an app on their phone.
5. What type and how many homes will be built in RidgeGate?
When completed, the RidgeGate community will have approximately 12,000 homes. The west side neighborhoods in RidgeGate are complete and include luxury rental apartments, townhomes, eco-smart single-family homes and large estate homes, which are periodically available for lease or resale. Resort-style senior living is available in MorningStar, which offers independent, assisted living and memory care housing and services.
1,800 acres on the east side are designated for three new residential villages and two mixed-use districts, offering 8,000+ homes, including 350 units of attainable housing. Shea Homes is the master homebuilder of the upcoming Lyric community on the east side. Shea, along with other select homebuilders, will be building approximately 1,900 homes near the RTD RidgeGate Station in Lone Tree. Homes will range from condos and townhomes, to a variety of single family detached homes including two-story, ranches, cottages, and patio homes.
6. How long will it take to complete RidgeGate?
The development of RidgeGate’s West Village is now complete. Additional development in the eastern portion of RidgeGate is coming to life now, with an estimated build-out period of 40 years. This paced build-out is the result of RidgeGate’s thoughtful development strategy, with a desire for quality over quantity or speed of development.
7. How much commercial development will there be?
When complete, there may be as much as 20-23 million square feet of commercial use in RidgeGate that will include shopping, dining, civic, educational and entertainment facilities. RidgeGate’s West Village will include approximately 5 million square feet of the total commercial development.
The transformative Lone Tree City Center planned for the east side of RidgeGate will anchor 32 city blocks and 14.5 acres of public space. This 400-acre urban core on RidgeGate’s east side will continue to grow and evolve over the next few decades, situated around two light rail stations and mixed-use transit-oriented development. The core area of the Lone Tree City Center will have up to 8-10 million square feet of office, hotel, residential, retail, dining and entertainment offerings, all walkable to the City Center Rail Station.
8. When did major employers and businesses in come to RidgeGate?
Sky Ridge Medical Center, a major regional medical campus with a Level III Trauma Center, medical offices, children’s emergency room and state-of-the-art surgery, imaging and obstetric facilities, opened in RidgeGate in August 2003. Sky Ridge Medical Center employs more than 1,300 people and is a magnet for other businesses who wish to locate in RidgeGate. The hospital’s presence in our community both enhances property values and ensures the provision of high quality medical services to area residents. In 2015, Sky Ridge Medical Center completed a $117 million expansion effort, bringing more beds, operating rooms, an office building and additional parking to the facility, among other improvements.
The Lone Tree Recreation Center, a $17 million, 54,000-square-foot recreation center built by South Suburban Parks and Recreation District, on land provided by RidgeGate, opened in May 2004. The facility provides a recreation pool and lap lanes, group exercise classes, state-of-the-art strength training and cardiovascular equipment, arts and crafts courses, childcare and day camps, and flexible community rooms, among other amenities.
The first phase of Lincoln Commons, RidgeGate’s mixed-use shopping district that includes a new SuperTarget, opened in October 2005. A second phase, Lincoln Commons North, opened in 2009, adding another 100,000 square feet of local shops, restaurants, and office space in a walkable, village setting. And in 2013, the RidgeGate Commons retail district opened at the southeast corner of RidgeGate’s West Village, anchored by the outdoor goods superstore Cabela’s.
2011 marked the completion of the $23 million dollar Lone Tree Arts Center, situated on the west end of RidgeGate near the Lincoln Commons retail area. RidgeGate Investments, the private owner of the land being developed by Coventry, donated the land for the new arts center, recognizing the important contribution the state-of-the-art facility would make to the region through presentations of theater, music, dance and multi-disciplinary performances.
A new Lone Tree library branch by Douglas County Libraries opened in summer 2016. The 25,000 square foot contemporary building features community meeting spaces and an outdoor patio.
The Charles Schwab campus opened in 2014, and the largest private sector employer in Douglas County. The beautiful campus features 650,000 square feet of LEED- certified office space, plus a modern retail branch building for their customers and a new conference center open to all for business meetings and convenings.
In 2021, Kiewit Corporation opened a new regional office adjacent to the Sky Ridge Light Rail Station. The office will be the workplace for around 1,700 employees.
9. Is there a Homeowners’ Association?
Yes. Per the Community Charters, the Homeowners Associations provide for a flexible system of standards and procedures for the development, expansion, administration, maintenance and preservation of the community. Within their structures are the basic services for Lumen’s fiber optic communication network to homes, financial management of the community including common area maintenance, monitoring the property for compliance, long range planning for the future replacement of capital assets, and management services for the daily operations of the community including the collection of assessments. Association membership varies depending on where in you live in RidgeGate. Visit the City of Lone Tree’s Homeowners Associations page for details by neighborhood.
10. Are fees charged to the homeowner for services provided by the Association?
Yes. Every homeowner within the Homeowners Association will pay a base assessment rate. This fee covers all costs incurred for all owners in the community such as maintenance of the common areas, the base fee for the Lumen data (internet) connection and ISP to your home, insurance on the common areas, as well as costs incurred for the management of the community. Depending on where you live, you may also pay an additional fee for services provided to a particular area, known as a “service area.” Visit the City of Lone Tree’s Homeowners Associations page for details by neighborhood.
11. How will I find out about what is going on within the community?
Good communication between the Board of Directors, the HOA Management Company, the Rampart Range Metropolitan District and of course, your neighbors all lead to building an outstanding community. Residents are invited to join the community conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram(@ridgegateco) and an active neighborhood social network on Nextdoor.com is in place.
12. Is trash service included in the monthly assessment?
Actually, the City of Lone Tree is one of only two cities in Colorado that provide trash service to homes at no additional charge. Once your closing date has been established, residents should contact the City to ensure that their service begins as soon as possible after their closing.
13. Does my landscaping have to be approved by the Community Association?
Yes. Any exterior change to homes in RidgeGate will require approval by the HOA, including the addition of your landscaping. Landscape completion deadlines will be provided to you both prior to closing and in your welcome packet. An application and a landscape plan must be submitted and approved by the HOA prior to installation.
14. In what school district is RidgeGate located?
RidgeGate is located within the Douglas County School District. With the continuing growth within the City of Lone Tree and Douglas County, it is recommended that residents contact the Douglas County School District office to determine details about school location, transportation to and from schools as well as other services the District may offer such as before and after school care.
15. How can I contact my Community Association for questions?
Visit the City of Lone Tree’s Homeowners Associations page for details by neighborhood.
16. Can I rent out areas in RidgeGate for my business or family gathering?
Yes. Various amenities within RidgeGate are managed by different entities. To inquire about renting the RidgeGate West Village Clubhouse (available to residents of neighborhoods within the RidgeGate West Village Master Association), contact Management Specialists via their website at www.rwv.msihoa.co. To inquire about renting, or using, areas of Prairie Sky Park, Belvedere Park or Promenade Park, visit the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District website.