WINDSOR – A development group led by Chris Ruff closed recently on a $950,000 purchase of the former Champion Chevrolet dealership site at 9050 Colorado Highway 392, with plans to develop a convenience store, restaurants and other commercial retail there.

The nearly 12-acre site sits at the southeast corner of Colorado Highways 392 and 257 on the east edge of Windsor. Ruff and his partners also own a triangular 15-acre piece of land just to the east of 9050 that is also zoned commercial and a 41-acre parcel just across the railroad tracks where they have an industrial park planned.

Ruff said a major anchor retailer is a possibility for the 27-acre commercial portion of the area but not a definitive part of the plans yet. He said the primary goal now is to get some smaller high-traffic retailers there that could help drive some other activity.

“The east side of Windsor is woefully underserved in any kind of retail,” Ruff said. “We just see it as a very key commercial corner in Windsor that can provide services that don’t exist right now.”

Michael Ehler of Realtec represented Ruff and company on the purchase of 9050 Highway 392. Craig and Robert Hau of Sperry Van Ness/The Group Commercial represented the seller, Interstate Land Holdings LLC.

Ruff said he and his partners have one industrial/office building going through the planning process with the city on a 3.5-acre parcel in the industrial land they own in the area.

He said he’s hoping to have new buildings going up in both the commercial and industrial projects within a year.

“That’s the remaining entry into Windsor that doesn’t look nice,” Ruff said. “I think the combination of those two projects can really make the east side look nicer than it does now.”