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    The ‘skinny’ (and tall) on Denver’s new River Mile Plan – Winning a round of monumental approvals

    A long-time topic of development discussion as the River Mile area (think old Elitch Gardens location) is some of the last land available in Denver and infamous for winning an award of ‘worst parking crater in America’– it is no surprise the development of this area has been a topic of hotly debated contention.That said, as of December 15th, the River Mile won approvals for 58 acres of spanning infrastructure including most notably, two to the city’s tallest buildings (59 stories) suited to fit 8,000 residents AND 1,200 affordable units. Worthy of bolded emphasis, these factors were some of the biggest barriers to getting plan approvals. In order to adhere to recently city council approvals, Invesco developers had agreed to make 15% of units affordable housing (one of Denver’s biggest current concerns in development), in addition to capping the girth of their buildings to allow for natural light to shine through. Other points of limitations (instilled to maintain the integrity of the envisioned urban ecosystem) are caps on parking allotments to reduce traffic, inclusion of public space, and the addition of bicycle lanes and parking.

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