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					                            LITTLETON ECONOMIC NOTES
                                     April 2006

            LITTLETON BUSINESSES                             Business Park (Santa Fe and County Line). A
Reflections Day Spa held a grand opening at its              27,935 s.f. office/warehouse comprises the first
new location in downtown Littleton at 2629 W                 phase. The second phase will include a 9,810 s.f.
Main in the Main Street Centre.                              and a 25,441 s.f. office.

The space formerly occupied by the Black Angus               Design guidelines for the downtown area were
restaurant at 6875 S Broadway has been purchased             approved by the Planning Commission and the
by El Parral Restaurant, which plans to be open by           Historic Preservation Board.
the middle of May.
                                                             Discount Tire has submitted a conceptual plan
Jeffrey H. Bridges, AAMF, investment                         for a store at the new Lowe’s Home
representative for Edward Jones, has moved into a            Improvement store (Santa Fe at Belleview).
new office at 5911 S Middlefield Rd.
                                                             Highline Professional Center Ambulatory Surgical
The Garage Art Gallery & Studio will be holding              Center has proposed a medical office reuse of the
a grand opening on May 19, 2006 in its renovated             former Village Homes office. This is part of a
space at 5784 S Rapp St, which is down the alley             growing health care industry in Littleton.
next to The Mill Steakhouse.
                                                             Riverside Downs (formerly Centennial Downs)
Consignments by Diane opened April 3 at 2681 W               submitted a conceptual site development plan for a
Alamo Ave. Not your usual shop of this type, it              proposed mixed-use project on the vacant property
features a mix of consignment items, antiques, and           between the Riverpoint tower and the Platte River
new items from jewelry to clothes to home                    (land east of Home Depot on Belleview).
accessories and much more.
                                                             A final plat has been filed for the old Electron
Colleen Costigan is the new owner of Baskets By              Foundry site between Santa Fe Dr and Rio
Karen, located at the southwest corner of S Prince           Grande.
and W Main.
                                                             The Littleton Station project at 1900 W Littleton
Jonathan Chaikin is relocating his custom                    Blvd broke ground on March 23.
cabinetry business, Abacus, from Englewood to
5001 S Zuni St. His 20,000 sq. ft. building will                                 CITY COUNCIL
include a showroom and offices.                                  •    Approved the rezoning for the 77-acre
                                                                      Littleton Village proposed for the former
Starbuck’s will be going into the space formerly                      Marathon site.
occupied by Peaberry’s at the Riverbend shops.                                       OTHER
                                                             Stan Scheer, Superintendent of LPS for the past
The historic Creamery Building at 2675 W Alamo               seven years, announced that he will be leaving
Ave will be the home to Twiggenberries: A flower             Colorado at the end of his contract year in July to
shoppe and garden emporium. Dena Delgado will                return ‘home’ to California where he will serve as
be open over the weekend hours during May                    the superintendent of Murrieta Valley Unified
adding regular weekday hours in June.                        School District. Throughout his tenure, Stan has
                                                             enriched the reputation of the Littleton schools
              NEW DEVELOPMENT
                                                             and earned the respect of the community for his
Hilltop Mesa has filed a final site development
                                                             commitment to excellence.
plan for one building and a conceptual site
development plan for two buildings at Hilltop
HDLM: 8 A.M. May 3, Town Hall Arts Center                     BIA Demo of Services for City Businesses: 11:30 A.M. to
Woodlawn Merchants: 8:00 A.M., May 9, Blueberry’s             1:00 P.M., May 11. Lunch will be served. Please call
Coffee Shop Bakery-Cafe                                       303.795.3749 for reservations.

                                     TALES FROM THE NEW ECONOMY
                                     Best Ideas, Best Practices, Best Technology

       Best Ideas: We continue to see strong interest in the downtown, both among developers and
       merchants. More than 22 new shops have opened during the last couple of years and investors like Kal
       Murib, Rees Davis, Jonathan Bush and Steve Kurtz are restoring historic properties along Main Street.
       The recent opening of Piñon Art Gallery, Bubby’s, McKinner’s Pizza, and Trés Jolie signal a shift to
       more restaurants and higher end shops. Other artists continue to open up studios in the area giving
       downtown Littleton an urban, cosmopolitan feel similar to LoDo in Denver. We expect to see two
       high-density residential projects soon that will help provide a 24-hour population for the area. The
       Historic Downtown Merchants Association is exploring the idea of an Authentic Shopping Guild that
       would sponsor a joint marketing effort with other historic shopping areas in the Denver metro area.
       Most people feel we are about to reach a tipping point and downtown Littleton will soon become the
       model for historic renovation and revitalization.
        The mission of the Business/Industry Affairs department is to grow our economy by helping Littleton
       entrepreneurs be competitive. Call B/IA at 303.795.3749 if we can help.
       We invest in your success! --- Christian Gibbons, Director (