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ULC holds ground breaking

The Urban Land Conservancy today hosted federal, city and community leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony at Mile High Vista in west Denver to signal the start of development of a public library, mixed-use, multi-family workforce housing and commercial space in partnership with the City and County of Denver and Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation.

Breaking ground: Steve Gordon, Rick Garcia, Letty Icolari, Melinda Pollack and David Younggren.

Mile High Vista is a two-acre site purchased by ULC in March at West Colfax Avenue and Irving Street. Representatives from ULC, Denver City Council, Housing and Urban Development , City and County of Denver, Gary-Williams Energy Corp., Enterprise Community Partners and Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation used shovels to break ground, signifying the beginning of infrastructure improvements to the site so that full development can move forward.

Economic benefits touted

Mile High Vista is on a high-frequency bus line and is near the future Knox and Decatur light rail stations. The property was purchased by ULC using the country’s first Transit-Oriented Development Fund, managed by Enterprise Community Partners. The TOD Fund was established specifically to acquire land near transit stops so that as land prices go up, lower-income residents are not pushed out of the housing market. “This site is a strategic gateway to the West Colfax Denver community,” said Aaron Miripol, President and CEO of ULC. “The mix of uses in this development will be an economic benefit to the area and support revitalization of the neighborhood.”

Infrastructure improvements begin Monday and include ground, utilities, storm water, sanitation sewer and water mains, consolidating access points on W. Colfax Ave. and a new access point on Irving Street.

Rick Garcia, who was the council member for the district where Mile High Vista is, before being appointed as director of Region VIII for HUD, which includes Colorado, thanked Nettie Moore, a west Denver resident for more than 80 years, and the neighborhood associations for being so passionate about the neighborhood and fighting for improvements, including the library.  Garcia has been a strong supporter of the acquisition and development of this site, is a champion of the TOD Fund and a key partner in the Denver Livability Partnership, a collaboration funded by HUD and the Department of Transportation to expand housing, job and transportation options. DLP funding will support Mile High Vista development.

Other participants today included:

  • Steve Gordon, planning services manager, City and County of Denver, Community Planning and Development.
  • Denver Public Library representative Letty Icolari.
  • Melinda Pollack, vice president, Enterprise Community Partners.
  • Councilwoman Susan Shepherd, newly elected councilmember for the district.
  • Diane Vollmer, housing specialist, Del Norte.
  • David Younggren, senior vice president, Gary-Williams Energy Corp. and ULC board chairman.

ULC is the master developer of Mile High Vista. Established in 2003, ULC is a nonprofit organization that uses real estate as a tool to benefit urban communities. ULC acquires, preserves and develops land for urban assets such as workforce housing, nonprofit office space and schools.  For more information, go to this link.

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Contact John Rebchook at JRCHOOK@gmail.com

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