Southeast Aurora sees more construction to meet rapid growth

'Our Colorado' looks at growth in southeast Aurora

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AURORA, Colo. -- The city of Aurora is projected to see more than 420,000 people by 2025, with most of the increase happening in the eastern part of the city.  

The city anticipated the growth in the early 2000s and in 2009, officials had approved 51 master planned projects ranging 25 miles north to south along the E-470 corridor.

The Great Recession put a hold on the projects.

Ten years later, building of the Southshore Family Homes on the east part the city slowly started back again, with developers building extensions in the area.

City officials say the growth of infrastructure and keeping up with the demand has been a challenge. 

“Right now, the big constraint is infrastructure and being able to get the roads, the water and sewer in to serve,” said George Adams, Director of Planning and Development Services. 

But as long as the infrastructure is up to par, the city plans to continue to develop most of its empty land. 

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