Nearly five years after Polaris Pointe (formerly Copper Ridge at Northgate) began as an urban renewal project in north Colorado Springs, businesses continue to slowly populate the development, including a large indoor water park and resort expected to open next year.
Still without the infrastructure that was expected to support Polaris Pointe’s growth, developer/investor Gary Erickson has successfully attracted more than a dozen businesses there and said he’ll break ground on several more this year. One of those is the Colorado Grand Resort and Hotel.
Erickson expects to break ground on the resort and hotel’s 400 rooms and 60,000-square-foot water park in May in hopes of opening in summer 2016. That project site is located adjacent to Bass Pro Shops, on the southwest portion of his 200-acre property.
“The first phase of the hotel will feature 165 rooms including executive-style rooms, family-style rooms that sleep six and include bunk beds, and family suites with kitchens and great rooms that sleep eight,” according to Erickson’s announcement. “There will also be a timeshare model for guests who might be considering regular visits to the area. There will be a state-of-the-art fitness center featuring Precor equipment. Phase II of the hotel will include additional rooms, including more timeshares and more amenities.”
To design and build the attraction, Erickson and his partners have teamed up with Integrity Pool Builders and WhiteWater West Industries, which has a long history in water park construction. The resort is slated to be the first of its kind in the Pikes Peak region.
“The Colorado Grand will be the best indoor water park in a 500-mile radius and will feature 10 water slides,” according to the announcement.
When complete, the resort will also include convention space for events and a bar and grill, and the water park will offer day passes for local residents who aren’t staying at the hotel.
A massive undertaking
The 800,000 square feet designated for mixed-use development east of Interstate 25 and south of Northgate Boulevard, underwent a name change last year to become Polaris Pointe — a name that reflects its position as the city’s northernmost commercial development.
Erickson’s massive undertaking was thought to be at a standstill prior to acquiring its first anchor, Bass Pro Shops, which opened in November 2013. The construction of the $33 million, 117,000-square-foot stand-alone retail store attracted others, including Bourbon Brothers Southern Kitchen, and soon a slew of smaller restaurants and stores began to populate the area.
Along with Erickson’s resort announcement last month came news that several other businesses are set to break ground at Polaris Pointe this year, including Ace Hardware and Sprouts Farmers Market.
Bass Pro Shops and Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl (13012 Bass Pro Shop Drive)
Magnum Shooting Center (13372 Meadowgrass Drive)
Bourbon Brothers Southern Kitchen (13021 Bass Pro Drive)
C.B. & Pott’s restaurant (261 Kaycee Case Place)
El Padrino’s Mexicano (13425 Voyager Pkwy.)
Carl’s Jr. (13315 Voyager Pkwy.)
Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill (122 Tracker Drive)
Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches (122 Tracker Drive)
Pizza Hut (13461 Voyager Pkwy.)
Orange Leaf Yogurt (122 Tracker Drive)
Interstate All Battery Center (122 Tracker Drive)
Loaf ’N Jug (710 Copper Center Pkwy.)
Beef Jerky Outlet (122 Tracker Drive)
Breaking ground in 2015:
Sprouts Farmers Market
Kneaders Bakery & Cafe
Mikado Asian Bistro
SafeSplash Swim School
Overdrive Go-Cart Racing
Businesses coming soon:
Mellow Mushroom pizza
An unnamed seafood chophouse