Let’s break some new ground.
Few projects in recent years have drummed up as much excitement among BizWest’s audience as Breaking Ground, a new portal of proposed development projects in the Boulder Valley and Northern Colorado.
As we’ve discussed this project with general contractors, developers, city officials, architects, engineers, commercial and residential brokers, bankers — and many others — the enthusiasm has been remarkable.
Those who’ve had a sneak peek at this system have provided invaluable input on desired features. Many of those have already been implemented, and more will be in the future. This has truly been a collaborative effort.
So what, exactly, is “Breaking Ground”? In short, it’s a website offering of BizWest Media LLC that will list virtually every new development project of size in Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer and Weld counties. And it will list them not on a static map with little data, and not projects only under construction.
Breaking Ground will be updated daily, with each project vetted by a member of the BizWest editorial team to ensure that we’re presenting only the most-relevant projects possible. Users will be able to seek the project’s location, as well as a brief description of the proposal and key players from the developer and city staff. Where possible, we will link to actual documents on file with local planning departments.
But that’s not all. We decided early on that Breaking Ground should include “more than just a dot on the map.” We’ve undertaken the enormous task of bringing in more than 2 million property records from four local assessors and the U.S. Geological Survey. That enables us to show ownership of the parcels, as well as their shape. This provides important spatial context for anyone wanting to view developments in the planning process.
With that data, ownership information can be searched for any parcel within our coverage area. But the true power of Breaking Ground is in the development search functionality. Users can search, for example, for office projects in Boulder, retail developments in Greeley, industrial proposals in Longmont — you name it.