The future of the 100-year-old house at Fly’n B Park has been decided. At the May 28 Highlands Ranch Metro District Board of Directors meeting, the board approved proceeding with the first phase of repairing and remodeling the home at an estimated cost of $345,000.
The renovation of the home includes repairing the exterior of the building and the interior first floor in two phases. Phase 1 includes repairing the exterior of the building, reinforcing the interior framing and landscaping around the home. Phase 2 includes an interior remodel of the first floor and additional parking. The interior remodel will be designed at the time of construction, based on programming needs.
Metro District staff made the recommendation to the board after an eight-month study of the various options for the Fly’n B House. Options ranged from demolishing the house, to rehabilitating the building to full historic building standards. In addition to reviewing prior work on the house, staff updated estimates, identified program needs, and sought community input. A public open house was held in March, and an online survey was made available for the public to provide input.
The Metro District received the Fly’n B Park property and house in 2006 from Erickson Retirement Communities. Upon acquisition of the site, staff developed a master plan for the future park site, which was approved by the board in 2007, and included the rehabilitation of the Fly’n B House. The park was completed in 2011.
In 2009, during early stages of the rehabilitation, structural deficiencies were discovered and the Metro District put a halt to the project until costs could be evaluated in relation to the community benefits. In the few years that followed, the Metro District received the Highlands Ranch Mansion and completed a major renovation of that property and acquired the Chum Howe House located west of the Mansion. The acquisition of these two additional historic properties further reinforced the need to reevaluate the future of the Fly’n B House.
“We wanted to gather as much information and public input as we could before making a recommendation to the Metro District Board of Directors,” said Carrie Ward, director of parks, recreation and open space. “The option to repair and remodel the Fly’n B House accomplishes two goals. We are able to keep the refurbished house as a significant feature of the park, and provide the opportunity to eventually create a space for programs and community uses.”
The Phase 1 construction schedule involves developing the remodel plans and obtaining permits during summer and fall 2013. Exterior work will begin in the fall and continue through the winter. Renovation of the Fly’n B House is funded through Douglas County imposed site development fees from the adjacent Wind Crest Retirement Community. The Phase 2 interior construction schedule is yet to be determined but is subject to additional funding as the Wind Crest development proceeds.