Three projects between Drake and Prospect will bring a new look and feel to a 1-mile stretch of the busy east Fort Collins road.

What’s happening?

Five years from now, nearly 1,000 new homes and apartments, restaurants, an artisan village and a farm animal or two will make a mile-long stretch of Timberline Road unrecognizable from its current state.

The transformation already is under way between Prospect and Drake roads — an area of Fort Collins dotted with industrial buildings, storage units, the city’s police department, a lone Burger King and lots of empty land.

The first of what will be 314 apartments on the northwest corner of Drake and Timberline are sprouting from the ground. Just to the west, another 75 single-family homes are being planned by Loveland Commercial real estate. And on the east side of Timberline, water and sewer lines are being installed for what will become 300 acres of new homes, apartments, a working farm and artisan village — a first for the city of Fort Collins. The Bucking Horse project fronts on Timberline, wraps around the Sidehill subdivision and runs east along Drake.

The three projects account for the vast majority of vacant land on the mile-long corridor, but owners of the remaining few parcels expect the activity will stimulate further development in what is becoming Fort Collins’own magnificent mile.

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