NOCO’s Biggest Developer Optimistic for Post-COVID-19 Economy
Caution tape currently prohibits the use of the pristine parks in Windsor’s RainDance Community.
But there’s a ray of hope in the development for all of the residents — construction has continued on a water park that will be the centerpiece of the community.
The 1.5-acre, resort-like structure will have a lazy river, water slide and plenty of space for sunbathing. It’s still tentatively scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend and the plan is the park will begin splashing once it's declared safe.
“The water resort is something great we have to look forward to when the world gets back to ‘full speed ahead,’” said Northern Colorado's biggest developer, Martin Lind, in a phone call.
“Can you imagine the rallies and celebration when we conquer this thing? My optimism is that we are going to recover just fine here in Northern Colorado and continue to be a very desirable place to live.”
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RainDance has been recognized as one of the top-selling master planned communities in the country.
Lind said any projects previously scheduled — like the water park — have continued on, while new construction projects have largely been postponed during the COVID-19 crisis.
While quarantining, Lind has been working behind the scenes to keep his grand plans for the RainDance Community moving forward. Lind said he’s preparing RainDance to be “one of the fastest developments turned back on.”
“When the world turns back on, we want to have shovel-ready projects,” Lind said. “I’m staying optimistic about the future of business.”
Lind said he's refused to lay anyone off from his Northern Colorado business during the current crisis.
His Water Valley development, located just down the street from RainDance, has kept its Pelican Lakes golf course and restaurant still operating.
The golf course had adapted its rules to keep golfers on the course, spreading out parties and only allowing one person per golf cart, among other tweaks.
“We wanted to make sure people had a safe opportunity to exercise and be outside,” Lind said. “It’s good for people to realize the grass is still green and the sky's still blue.”
The Grillhouse at Pelican Lakes has shifted to to-go orders for food and beverages. The restaurant added family-style meal portions of certain items to help keep local residents fed.
Lind also owns the Colorado Eagles minor league hockey team.
While the season is currently suspended, it has yet to be canceled. Lind said he’s holding out hope the season could eventually resume.
“The world is going to be different when we come out of this,” Lind said. “Just like after 9/11 the world became different with airline security and in securing big public places and other things."
“The world was different, we acclimated and we took off. I think that’s what will happen again this time.”