Thornton Shopping Center Redevelopment

Welcome to the Thornton Shopping Center Redevelopment Page, dedicated to providing useful information relative to the revitalization of this prime redevelopment opportunity, located at 8800 Washington Street.  

Thornton Development Authority (TDA) took title to the 15.6 acre property in June of 2024 and has successfully relocated tenants and demolished the buildings.  During the remainder of 2024, staff intends to complete the community-based reuse visioning process and continue the environmental cleanup process, as detailed in the schedule below:

Schedule (these dates are subject to change based on unforeseen conditions, but the major tasks and the order in which they will take place are accurate). 

Latest News

June 13, 2024: Demolition has begun!

May 30, 2024: Sewer abandonment is expected to be completed this week. Building demolition should begin on Monday, June 3 on the east side of the complex. 

April 30, 2024:
Public Participation Plan for Environmental Cleanup Decisions [PDF/554KB]
Thornton Shopping Center Reuse Visioning Survey - for those who could not attend the April 18, 2024 session.

April 19, 2024:
Last night's community reuse visioning session was a success, with more than 100 in attendance! Facilitators from KSU's Technical Assistance for Brownfields (TAB) program and local brownfields planning group Adaapta guided the community through engaging and spirited SWOT analysis and reuse visioning exercises. For those who were unable to attend, a survey will be available on this page soon. The next step in the community input process is for the TAB team to complete a Highest and Best Use Analysis. 

April 3, 2024: Litigation Update
On March 22, 2024, the TDA and Thornton, LLC completed a five-day trial before a valuation commission. The trial was part of the TDA's eminent domain action to acquire the Thornton Shopping Center in order to carry out its urban renewal project. The purpose of the trial was to determine the "just compensation" the TDA is required to pay to the property owner in exchange for the property.  At trial, the TDA's position was just compensation should be $0 due to extensive environmental contamination of the property. The property owner's position was just compensation should be $6,340,000. The valuation commission, comprised of two former state district court judges and a Vice President of a Colorado bank, determined that just compensation was $3,065,067. The TDA previously paid $2,500,000 as a deposit in the early stages of the eminent domain action. Over the next several weeks, the TDA will submit payment of the remaining just compensation along with other costs and fees required under state law, and the district court will issue a "Rule and Order" that will be used to transfer title of the Thornton Shopping Center to the TDA. The TDA began the preliminary work on its urban renewal project in early 2023 after obtaining possession of the property and will continue working toward remediating the environmental contamination and ultimately redeveloping the property.

March 5, 2024: Status Update
Hudspeth continues to abate asbestos within the primary building from west to east and Xcel contractors are slowly deactivating the electrical systems. A demolition permit for the western half of the main structure has been submitted to the State of Colorado, which will be followed by an onsite inspection within the next two weeks, and subsequent approval assuming no issues delay the permit. Also necessary for demolition, the sanitary sewer line will be sealed at the eastern edge of the property, so the onsite system can be removed during the cleanup phase of the project, later in 2024. The 5-day valuation trial is scheduled to commence on March 18 at 8:30 a.m. in Division W, Courtroom 507 of the Adams County District Court, located at 1100 Judicial Center Drive, Brighton, CO 80601.

February 13, 2024 Compliance Order on Consent Presentation to TDA [PDF/778KB]

Thornton Shopping Center Monthly Progress Report to CDPHE [PDF/148KB]

4th Quarter 2023 Quarterly Groundwater Monitoring Report [PDF/5.5MB]

January 23, 2024: Status Update
Asbestos abatement continues, with Units 8852, 8858 and 8866 under active remediation (all units west of this point have been cleared). Once all abatement is completed, demolition will commence. Q-1 quarterly groundwater sampling will take place this week, as will completion of the Q-4 2023 report. Staff will present a quarterly progress update to Council at the February 6 Planning Session. TDA is scheduled to approve the Compliance Order on Consent (COC) between CDPHE and TDA on February 13; community input on cleanup decisions will be sought for a minimum of 30 days after COC approval. Community-based site reuse planning is scheduled to commence in April 2024.

January 5, 2024: Status Update
Asbestos abatement within the main building continued, from west to east; units 8804, 8806, 8810, 8820, 8824, 8830, and 8840 have been completed and passed clearances. Unit 8850 is planned for clearance by Monday (1/8); next week's activities will include abatement of unit 8852. Our oversight contractor estimates that cold weather is slowing the overall progress slightly.

The Compliance Order on Consent with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is scheduled for TDA approval on February 13, 2024. At that time, a draft workplan for site cleanup will be posted on this website and the community will be invited to provide comments on the plan for a minimum of 30 days.

Regarding site reuse planning, staff is meeting with representatives of EPA's Technical Assistance for Brownfields team next week to begin framing up a scope of work for their assistance in convening the community. Check back here soon for more details.