With funding from the Colorado Health Foundation and support from the Fax Partnership and the Asian Pacific Development Center, the Colorado District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI Colorado) hosted a Building Healthy Places (BHP) workshop in Aurora’s East Colfax neighborhood on Friday, November 2, 2018, focusing on the potential future redevelopment of the northeast block of Colfax Avenue and Yosemite Street, located at Aurora’s border with Denver. This block has the potential for catalytic revitalization to improve community health and prevent future displacement.
This workshop brought together ULI volunteer experts with community leaders and stakeholders to envision new designs, developments, and infrastructure to benefit the community. The one-day workshop provided observations, findings, recommendations, and practical first and next steps in retrofitting or designing the built environment to enhance community wellbeing.
While addressing the workshop problem statement and questions below, the panelists focused on issues such as adding quality affordable housing, enhancing open space and community gathering spaces, promoting the arts, strengthening community bonds, and improving public safety and community health.