Another small town on the Western Slope is booming.
The town of New Castle, 10 miles west of Glenwood Springs along the I-70 corridor, is growing and it’s expected to more than double in size when all of the current platted land is developed. The town currently has around 1,300 residential units within town limits. With four subdivisions now in development, that number will increase to approximately 3,740 if it reaches full build-out.
The subdivisions include:
- Castle Valley – 1,400 total units, 620 built or currently under construction.
- Lakota Canyon – 827 total units, approximately 90 built or currently under construction, half of the land is already platted.
- River Park – Approximately 150 units when complete
- Castle Ridge – 67 total units, 12 currently built or under construction.
According to Steve Rippy, former town administrator and current community development consultant for New Castle, the town is experiencing little strain on the water and waste water facilities because the town began expanding the facilities to accommodate the anticipated growth in 1999 and 2001.
The $1.2 million final phase is scheduled to begin around mid-September. This upgrade is an efficiency upgrade to the clarification system that returns solids back into the aerobic system for further breakdown. The addition of an automated grit removal system will increase the efficiency of the filtration system by mechanically removing solids before they reach the plant.
Expansions of the water plant started in 2001 with the addition of three water filtration units. Another filtration unit will be added to the plant this winter – the third upgrade in a six-year plan is scheduled to conclude in 2007.