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Highlands Ranch

First stage of Central Park radio tower complete

Center of structure is assembled June 12


Editor’s Note: This story initially incorrectly reported the cost of the communications tower. The correct cost is $1.7 million.

Construction of a 150-foot communications tower is underway in Central Park, the 100-acre Shea Properties development between Plaza Drive and Town Center Drive, east of Lucent Boulevard.

Slated for completion in August, the Central Park tower will be a three-point structure painted international orange, the same reddish-orange as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The $1.7 million project will disguise an emergency-responder radio tower that will improve public-safety coverage in and around Highlands Ranch by 325 percent, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The county-wide radio infrastructure project, which the tower is apart of, costs $14 million.

Douglas County’s Justice Center Sales and Use tax is paying for $11 million of the cost, and the remaining $3 million comes from Douglas County Emergency Telephone Service Authority.

The structure that county officials describe as chopsticks was assembled in the middle of the development on June 12 and is expected to be painted in upcoming weeks, according to the county.

“This turned out to be the perfect location to provide the best improvement at the lowest cost,” Sheriff Tony Spurlock said in a June 11 news release from the sheriff’s office.


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