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Denver Wants all Residents to Live Within a 10-Minute Walk to a Public Park and Receives Funding to Advance this Goal.

Congratulations to Denver Parks!  As part of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, Denver was selected to receive $40,000 in grant funding from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The grant funding will be used to support Denver planning efforts that help increase access to high-quality parks within a 10-minute walk. Mayor Hancock is a proud participant of the 10-Minute Walk campaign, which is led by Urban Land Institute, NRPA, and The Trust for Public Land (TPL). Launched in 2017, the 10-Minute Walk Campaign establishes the ambitious goal that everyone in … Read More

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Is density bad for the environment? ULI Colorado responds to the Denver Post ‘Concrete Metropolis’ series

Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre former industrial site in New York City, and Denver’s Northside Park, the site of a abandoned wastewater-treatment plant, offer two examples of reclaiming land to create green space for cities. By Michael Leccese Bruce Finley’s “Concrete Metropolis” series painted a picture of a city near environmental collapse, if not apocalypse. Though Finley made good points about the shortage of open space for a rapidly growing city, he missed the big picture about what makes a livable city and how cities fit into the context of … Read More

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Twelve projects selected as finalists for ULI Impact Awards – winners to be named at April 4 gala

By Michael Leccese Twelve projects, ranging from affordable housing and alley enhancement, to large-scale mixed-use, to parks and playing fields, have been named finalists in the fourth Impact Awards of Urban Land Institute (ULI) Colorado. The nominees and four winners will be honored at a gala at the Seawell Ballroom, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, on Thursday, April 4, 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Also being presented are individual awards for Lifetime Achievement and Rising Star. “The Impact Awards showcase the best work of Colorado’s developers, architects, builders and their … Read More

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Greeley?! Really!

  by Michael Leccese Out on the Eastern Plains, Greeley (pop. 100,000) is the latest small Colorado city to adopt ULI best practices, particularly for downtown revitalization. On January 30, ULI Colorado hosted its first program in Greeley highlighting efforts to add more than 800 apartments to downtown, leverage the arts and creativity, adapt historic buildings for new purposes, and create a more walkable, mixed-use business district. The event was held at the new DoubleTree by Hilton Greeley right on downtown’s Lincoln Park. Designed by hotel vets JNS of Denver … Read More

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Englewood highlighted in “Envisioning Healthy Corridors,” new publication from ULI

ULI’s work on improving health and the built environment in Englewood was the lead case study in ULI’s just-released “Envisioning Healthy Corridors” report. Check it out!

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Rooting out Denver’s new green roof law

by Michael Leccese On November 7, 2018, ULI Colorado presented a case study and panel of experts looking at Denver’s new Green Building Ordinance, which came out of a November 2017 public vote to require green roofs on all commercial buildings. A task force worked for months on translating the vote into a policy proposal, which Denver City Council adopted in late October. An audience of 170 participated in the program while looking out at one of the city’s newest green roofs at the Flight office building at TAXI. Originally … Read More

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Smaller Floor Plans, Focus on Customer Experience Help Reinvent Retail in Denver

by Kathleen McCormick This article originally appeared in Urban Land Magazine Retailers are focusing their physical presences on offering excellent customer service and curation of products, said panelists at a ULI Colorado event in Denver. The event was held at the Dairy Block, an example of new retail projects that are animating both commercial and public spaces with experimental and experiential places for people to shop, eat, drink, be entertained, and find community. “Bricks-and-mortar retail is not dead—it’s undergoing an evolution that some call a renaissance,” said Brad Wilkin, ULI … Read More

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Following ULI recommendations, Englewood poised to take off

By John Rebchook This article initially appeared in the Colorado Real Estate Journal Englewood has been flying below the radar for a long time. Now, Englewood’s commercial core is poised to be begin the process of being re-invented as a revitalized and walkable transit-oriented, mixed-use development site. Indeed, Englewood’s 55-acre CityCenter already is a pioneering transit-oriented developmet (TOD) in the Denver area. Development within a half-mile of a light rail station often is considered a TOD. At the helm of redeveloping CityCenter is Dan Poremba, Englewood’s recently hired and first chief … Read More

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A note from Women’s Leadership Initiative Co-Chair Cindy Harvey

Dear WLI Members, What’s the best advice you ever got?  If you’ve been to any of our events, you know advice is something that comes up a lot—those precious nuggets of information and wisdom that spark an Aha! moment or shifts momentum in one’s career or personal life. The funny thing about advice is it isn’t always seen as such until action is taken, time passes, and we take time to reflect on how it all went.  And then there is the advice we never got—and that is the topic … Read More

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Making Multitenant Net Zero Work in Colorado

  By Kathleen McCormick A 100,000-square-foot (9,300 sq m) project in an emerging transit district in Boulder, Colorado, is making the business case for net-zero-energy (NZE) multitenant leased office buildings, including lower operating costs, higher profits, reduced carbon emissions, better recruitment and retention for tenants, and happier, healthier, and more productive employees. The new $40 million Boulder Commons, a mixed-use office/restaurant/retail project in two adjacent buildings, is one of the largest NZE multitenant commercial buildings in the United States, according to New Buildings Institute (NBI) data. A recent ULI Colorado … Read More

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