In 1894, David E. Severance applied for a post office for a community of approximately 50 families to be named Tailholt. However, because Mr. Severance put in for the post office, it was erroneously named Severance and just stayed that way. Mail for Severance was carried to and from Eaton, then later from Windsor, by horse and buggy.
A promotion began in the early 1900s to persuade farmers to raise sugar beets so a sugar factory would be built in neighboring Windsor. The necessary acreage was pledged, and the Windsor factory was built in 1903, becoming the Great Western Sugar Company in 1905. Then Severance became a sugar beet receiving station and dump on the Great Western Railway, operating until 1985.
Severance was founded by Bruce Eaton, the son of Governor Benjamin Eaton, in 1906. By 1920, the town had enough residents to incorporate, with 40 votes for and 0 against.
Source: Weld County 150, City of Greeley Museums staff, Nancy Lourine Lynch.
- Retail Climate/
- Economic Development/Business Assistance
Located in the heart of Northern Colorado, approximately 10 miles east of Fort Collins, 7 miles north of Windsor, and 10 miles northwest of Greeley, Severance’s central location allows for easy access to all of Northern Colorado’s larger cities for both work and play. Severance is served by two state highways and numerous county roads, which offer easy motoring to Interstate 25 and all points beyond. As development occurs, a pedestrian and bicycle pathway will connect with Windsor’s trail network.
Central Weld County
With a population estimated to reach 188,466 by 2020, this subregion is the most populous of the county. With 62,236 households and an average median disposable income of $47,649, it’s the retail core and offers an attractive mix of lifestyles from medium-sized cities to small rural communities nestled amongst some of the most productive farmland in the country. The average median household income is $58,272, and the average median house value is $205,872. This subregion offers spectacular mountain views and a quality of life with plenty of outdoor recreation, excellent schools, and easy access to two state universities. Developed commercial and industrial sites abound, and the region has seen numerous employers locate or expand, which has produced a vibrant, growing business sector. The region has excellent east/west access via Colorado Highway 14 and U.S. Highway 34, which connect to Interstate 25 and Interstate 76. U.S. Highway 85 provides north/south access, connecting to Interstate 70 in Denver and Interstate 80 in Wyoming. Main/short line rail access is ample, and Denver International Airport is about an hour away.
Major Highway Access
North/South demand: U.S. Highway 85
East/West demand: U.S. Highway 34
Denver International Airport: Within an hour’s driving time.
Greeley/Weld County Airport: Only 17 miles from the center of town.
|Population 25+ by Educational Attainment, 2016|
|Less than 9th Grade||0.5%|
|9th-12th Grade, No Diploma||2.8%|
|High School Graduate||22.7%|
|Some College, No Degree||26.2%|
|Windsor RE-4 School District
ENROLLMENT BY SCHOOL: 2016-2017
|Severance Middle School||530|
|Windsor High School||1,385|
|Windsor RE-4 School District
STAFFING INFORMATION: 2015-2016
|Average Teacher Salary||$48,172.18|
|Average Student/Teacher Ratio||18.6/1|
|Community College Enrollment Fall 2016|
|Aims Community College|
|All Campus Locations||7,107|
|Front Range Community College|
|Larimer County Campus||5,321|
|University Enrollment Fall 2016|
|University of Northern Colorado||12,260|
|Colorado State University||33,198|
Key Home Builders
- Rangeview Partners
- Saint Aubyn Homes
- Horizon view Homes
- GJ Gardner Homes
- CB Signature Homes
- Envision Homes
Key Residential Subdivisions
- Hidden Valley, Sunset Ridge, Summit View
- Timber Ridge, Lakeview, Tailholt
- Severance Shores, Saddler Ridge at Bridle Hill, Baldridge
- Casa Loma, Belmont Farms, Soaring Eagle
- Fox Ridge, Settlers Landing
- 74 Xpress
- Scotch Pine Liquors
- Bruce’s Bar
- Glick’s Restaurant
- Severance Hideaway
- Expressions Hair Salon
- Affordable Auto
- Several additional home-based and small retail businesses
Key Traffic Counts
- 2013 Traffic counts along Weld County Road (WCR) 74 (Harmony Rd.) indicates 9000+ vehicles p/day from Colorado Highway 257 to WCR 19
- 6700+ vehicles p/day from WCR 19 to WCR 21
- 5600+ vehicles p/day from WCR 21 to WCR 23
- 2800+ – 3100+ vehicles p/day from WCR 23 to WCR 25
- In addition, traffic counts along WCR 23 indicate 1600+ vehicles p/day north of WCR 74
- 1400+ vehicles p/day south of WCR 74 (2013 Severance Transportation Plan)
Looking for the expansion and growth of commercial business and general services, including but not limited to grocery, hardware, medical, and food.
The town of Severance is pro-growth and prepared to handle company needs, and will do what can reasonably be done to reduce development/start-up costs of businesses looking to locate or expand. Severance considers each business, commercial, and industrial opportunity on an individual basis.
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