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The Foundry: An Art Inspired Epicenter in Loveland

Loveland Colorado is home to an annual outdoor sculpture show –  an acclaimed event since 1984 – that brings tens of thousands to the region.  Artists and art enthusiasts gather to admire a multitude of works, many of which are forged bronze and metal sculptures made right in the heart of the city. It’s no wonder that the upcoming three-block downtown development is named, The Foundry, inspired by the art-centric culture that is the pulse of the Loveland.

Planning for The Foundry has spanned almost ten years, with city officials ensuring it’s suited to what the people of Loveland need. OZ has used public feedback to create a design that incorporates the art culture and include amenities to unify the community and improve the downtown Loveland district.

The Foundry will embrace the large artist population and enhance the Loveland area with, varied residential units, and plenty of room for fun events and exciting entertainment. The primary feature of The Foundry design is a centralized outdoor urban square  – a destination for families to gather and an active place for artists and performers to share their creativity. OZ intentionally designed this plaza within the development to create a safe space away from traffic and noise that allows more connectivity with one another while still feeling open and shared with a sprawling lawn.

On the grassy plaza, a giant Milk Can by Little Man Ice Cream acts as a sculpture and a treat haven that will entice every family member just like the popular Highlands location. There are plans for a playful water feature and a performance area in the works as well as a large projection screen across from the park, giving all the more reason to make The Foundry a destination. OZ has developed methods to slightly elevate the crossway and slow traffic flow near the urban square for easy pedestrian crossing and more room for food trucks,  pop-up activities and shops, and public art. With Loveland’s art community in mind, the plaza is the perfect space for artwork to be displayed – everything from sculptures and murals to the possibility of changing exhibitions around the space.

Unique to The Foundry will be the updated and activated alleyways, including the well-known Backstage Alley just behind the Rialto Theater. Each alleyway will connect to the main urban square and, akin to downtown Ft. Collins, they are an opportunity to build a different relationship between pedestrians and space. The alleys will provide quiet areas to take strolls with friends, give new perspectives on nuances in the architecture, and allow alternative routes for way-finding and easy access to parking. The Foundry alleys will feel much like older European cities with glowing string lights weaving above and outdoor seating for relaxing and socializing.

Not only  will The Foundry provide an expansive outdoor area but it will also feature a variety of residential units, several offices, excellent ground level retail and dining, a movie theater, and a sizeable parking structure to accommodate the many uses of the site. The development will revitalize the downtown area and engage residents and visitors of Loveland with the creative passion that inspires the community. Nearly a decade in the making – the research and public input on this project truly make it one of a kind. It will be a dynamic epicenter bringing the artistic soul of Loveland right to the heart of downtown.

Watch a fly-through video of The Foundry:

Read more on the project in the detailed articles from Colorado Real Estate Journal and BizWest:

Foundry sculpts new future for downtown Loveland

Downtown redevelopment project in Loveland gains momentum