Denver City Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman jokes with her staff about pooling their money and investing in a property along East Colfax Avenue.
“It might be the last place in Denver you could perhaps get something semi-affordable that may have the potential soon for a reawakening,” Susman said. “To me, it’s Brighton Boulevard 30 years ago.”
Colfax Avenue has been neglected for decades and not seen the same wave of revitalization as other areas of town, advocates say. But with millions of taxpayer dollars within reach and support from community leaders and developers, many feel Colfax’s time is coming.
Denver’s share of the nearly 27-mile corridor is poised to receive $20 million from the 2017 General Obligation Bond to transform the street from the “highest pedestrian crash corridor in the city” to something more walkable and vibrant. Another $55 million from the bond is suggested to go toward the East Colfax Bus Rapid Transit project primarily running from Broadway to Quebec Street. The project calls for exclusive bus lanes, new passenger stops and related amenities.
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