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In fast-growing Adams County, leaders plan for pressures on housing, development

Adams County is forecast to be one of Colorado's fastest-growing counties by 2050. Some fear that growth might not impact everyone the same way.

Luis de Leon, Mark Zoleta

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Published: 9:38 PM MDT May 17, 2022
Updated: 6:56 AM MDT May 18, 2022

For several years, Jesus Dominguez has operated a business repairing construction equipment out of a warehouse in Adams County, but making the rent payment has become more difficult recently.

Dominguez said that his business, JR Enterprises Group, splits the rent for the warehouse, near the Denver County line, with another business and pays $5,000 a month. The last time his rent went up was 2020, and he said his share increased by 30%, or $1,500, he said.

“I pay my rent every month, but sometimes I’m paying that later, you know?” he said.

He said the rent hike has him worried for what might happen with the next renewal at the end of the summer.

“That one … scares me a little, you know?” he said.

Adams County has long been more affordable than its neighbors, but the pressures of growth and development across the Front Range have arrived there, too.

The county is forecasted to be one of the fastest growing in the state by 2050. More people moving there means prices are going up, and so is the inevitable stress that comes with them, according to community activists.

Credit: Luis de Leon
Jesus Dominguez tests the crane he's repairing at his warehouse in Adams County.