CCU Amends Morrison Zoning Request, May Move Elsewhere
Colorado Christian University is revising plans to build a new campus
at the Morrison location for which it has long sought zoning approval.
Instead, CCU will request the entire 284-acre parcel be zoned
residential. The University intends to sell the property and use the
proceeds to partially pay for construction of a new campus elsewhere.
The University, now located near the corner of Alameda Avenue and
Garrison Street in Lakewood, Colorado, has spent years seeking campus
zoning approval from the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners. The
latest request, filed in March 2006, would have permitted construction
of a 100-acre campus and 83 housing units. An earlier request, for a
different plan, was withdrawn after an adverse recommendation by the
county's Planning Commission.
"The Morrison property is absolutely gorgeous," commented CCU President
Bill Armstrong. "It would have been a magnificent setting for the
University. And we believe that our recent zoning request should and
would be approved by Jefferson County Commissioners. It is a beautiful
and environmentally sensitive plan which would greatly enhance both the
immediate neighborhood and the area; an excellent use of this property
which would serve the University well and add value to neighbors.
"In the long run, we believe most homeowners in the area would benefit
from and appreciate having the University nearby. However, we have now
decided to turn our attention to other opportunities which seem
especially attractive as the University continues to grow.
"This was not an easy decision to make. Friends of the University gave
us a portion of this property in 1959. We have gradually added to that
holding over the years. Today this land is one of the most scenic and
appealing parcels of undeveloped real estate anywhere in Colorado. But
we believe alternative plans now on the drawing board will better serve
students, our faculty, and staff," Armstrong concluded.
Over the next few months, CCU plans to look at several options including
rebuilding at the present Lakewood location. Other sites are also under
consideration. In the event their amended zoning request is denied, CCU
may reopen its Foothills Campus, which comprises 53 acres: the western
portion of the University's 284-acre holding in Morrison. This site is
already zoned for campus development. The Foothills Campus has been home
to various classes and activities for more than 40 years, although only
limited operations have been conducted there in the past few.