Lone Tree has officially brought an institution of higher education into the city.
After a series of hearings and meetings following a Jan. 10 request by the University of Colorado South Denver to be annexed into the city, the city council passed an ordinance March 21 that brought the school into the fold.
“We are very honored to be a part of Lone Tree’s family,” said Luella Chavez D’Angelo, the University of Colorado’s vice chancellor for enterprise development. The ordinance goes into effect April 20.
“This is exciting and important to the city,” Lone Tree Economic Development Director Jeff Holwell said. “They are a great partner and we look forward to working with them in the future.”
Previously a part of unincorporated Douglas County with a Parker mailing address, the CU South Denver annexation into the city was a strategic move for both the school and Lone Tree, D’Angelo said.
For starters, D’Angelo emphasized, the CU South Denver location, 10035 S. Peoria St., is an institution for life-long learners of all ages.
The location is formerly The Wildlife Experience museum. It is home to educational programming for CU students, community events, classes and programming for non-students and a museum incorporating both pieces of art and parts of the former Wildlife Experience exhibits.
D’Angelo said the school is looking forward to working with Lone Tree’s developing RidgeGate community east of I-25.
“There are going to be 1,200 single-family homes right in our back yard,” D’Angelo said. “How exciting is it that we will be able to be the educational partner to those families?”
For the most part, CU South Denver serves students south of Hampden Avenue and north of Castle Rock. The location merges professors from the campuses in Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs.
D’Angelo said public transportation will benefit the students. The Regional Transportation District’s Southeast Rail Expansion will put the Lone Tree City Center light rail station a mile away from the campus by 2019.