The Meridian International Business Center concept from the beginning was to develop a complete business park for both business executives and their employees. The park had to be strategic in an operation sense. Key criteria for this unique business park are visibility, accessibility, campus atmosphere, good labor base, air travel and telecommunication systems as well as proximity to a broad range of housing.
Meridian was established at the edge of the Southeast Business Corridor, currently the fastest growing area in Metropolitan Denver. The campus-like working environment that enhances a company’s ability to operate efficiently is headquarters or regional headquarters for such companies as EchoStar, Royal & Sunalliance, First Data, American Family Insurance, Liberty Media, Western Union and CH2M Hill.
This 1,685-acre business park is easily accessed from I-25, C/E-470 and Lincoln Avenue and offers exceptionally good internal mobility. Meridian’s planned development provides self-contained water and sewer systems monitored by a computerized system ensuring the efficient and cost effective operation of the business center. Extra conduits have been installed to facilitate future fiber optic and/or satellite communications. Considerable emphasis has been placed on providing a quality, high capacity service system at Meridian. Tenants have the assurance of reliable services, both today and in the future.
Permitted uses at Meridian include residential, office buildings; commercial retail/hotels; research, development and light manufacturing; golf course and open space.
Meridian has created an environment that is extremely conducive to meet the objectives of corporations, investors, tenants and employees. All the required amenities are within a five-minute drive. This prime location features good access, infrastructure elements and planning controls. As developers of the nationally renowned Denver Technological Center, it is our plan to continue this proven heritage at Meridian.
The following factors illustrate the on-going development of Meridian:
- Meridian is highly visible from its location near the confluence of I-25 and C/E-470. Tenants have a panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains, Metropolitan Denver and the 18-hole championship golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus.
- Location is a key feature to the business park. Meridian is within the Southeast Corridor Edge City, currently recognized as the second largest employment center in the State with an employee base of 150,000. Exceptional access from Douglas, Arapahoe, Denver and Jefferson Counties provides a large labor force of executives, business professionals, engineers, technical and clerical personnel.
- Centennial Airport, located immediately north and adjacent to Meridian, provides first class corporate jet service. Using E-470, Meridian is just 30 minutes away from Denver International Airport.
- Amenities within a 5-10 minute drive include several hotels, medical facilities, financial institutions and restaurants. The Park Meadows Mall contains a 3,000,000 square foot shopping facility. The Chatfield and Cherry Creek Reservoirs provide outstanding water sport recreation and approximately 100 miles of bike trails via the E-470 bike path.
- Nearby master planned residential communities provide multi-family and single family housing within a wide price range.
Most of the land in the Meridian International Business Center is zoned Planned Development (PD) by Douglas County. The current version of this zoning was adopted by the County in April of 1991. This zoning allows virtually all commercial, business and light industrial uses, including hotels and restaurants, as used by right within the entire zone district. The only exceptions are the golf course land and certain drainage areas, which are limited to golf course and recreation/wildlife uses, respectively. Residential uses are allowed by special review.
The 150-foot height limit applies to four designated areas of the zone district where more intense development is anticipated. The remainder of the zone district is subject to a 60-foot height limit.
The PD zoning establishes minimum open space requirements both for the entire district (30% of the gross land area) and for each individual building site (15% of the gross land area of sites within the 60 foot height limit and 18% of the gross land area of sites within a 150 foot height limit).
A high capacity service system including underground power, telephone, water, gas and sewer system is in place throughout the business park. Extra conduits to facilitate future fiber optic and/or satellite communications have also been installed.
Protective Covenant System
The quality of development at Meridian International Business Center is maintained through the implementation of protective covenants, which include strict architectural and site planning controls. These covenants establish a high set of standards for planning and design, which are fair to all parties, while maintaining exceptional value for each property within the Center.
The Protective Covenants of Meridian International Business Center legally apply to all land that is part of Meridian, regardless of ownership and they are independent of the zoning and land use regulations of Douglas County. The system of land use control created by the Covenants includes not only the Covenants but also Review Procedures and Design Criteria.
Accessibility to Meridian is excellent by virtue of its being bounded on the west and north by highways (I-25 and C/E-470 respectively). I-25 provides a major north-south accessibility connecting into Downtown Denver and Denver International Airport via either I-70 or I-225. C-470 and E-470 currently provide regional access to the east and west eventually connecting to I-70 and DIA. This highway system is planned ultimately to connect creating a loop around the entire metro area.
The direct route to Denver International Airport on E-470 is a tolled facility. The E-470 Authority also levies an impact fee collected as a surcharge on building permit applications. C-470, extending westerly from Meridian is a freeway.
Internal streets within Meridian consist of approximately five miles of high quality concrete roadways. Meridian Boulevard, Belford Avenue, Lincoln Avenue and Oswego Street, all principal arterials, are four lane facilities with landscaped medians, sidewalks and continuous lighting. The internal street system within the westerly half of the Business Center is basically in lace. A planned system of some additional five miles will be installed by the Meridian Metropolitan District as development necessitates. Once constructed by the District, internal streets are conveyed to Douglas County for ongoing operation and maintenance. Meridian is within the service area of the Regional Transportation District (RTD). Bus service is available.
Utilities and Services
Natural gas services are available through Xcel Energy of Colorado.
Technology providers in Meridian include: Century Link, Comcast, Level 3 Communications, MCI, OnFiber (Century Link), twTelecom and 360 Networks USA.
Individual sites are afforded the opportunity of owner operated satellite dishes, subject to review of the Meridian Design Control Committee.
Fire protection is furnished by the Parker Fire Protection District, a full service station facility within Meridian. The facility is staffed on a continuous 24-hour basis, including paramedics. Response time to sites within Meridian is between three and seven minutes, depending on location from the station. The District has an automatic aid (back-up response) agreement with the Castlewood Fire District.
Water supply and wastewater treatment services at Meridian are provided through the Meridian Metropolitan District. The District system operates independently with its own source of supply, treatment and distribution facilities. Meridian utilizes a state-of-the-art wastewater recycling or reuse system for irrigation which, in addition to offering exceptional environmental conservation capabilities, greatly expands the District’s service capacity over more dated technology. Through the independence and technology, meridian offers assuredness of both reliability and capacity for now and the future.
Irrigation within Meridian is provided through an independent system (i.e. separate from the potable system) supplied from the 486-acre-foot Meridian Reservoir. The reservoir utilizes treated effluent from the District’s wastewater treatment plant as its principal source of supply, with the District’s well system serving as a backup.