Tuesday was for thinking big.
Five representatives of some of Denver’s largest redevelopment sites talked about their projects at BusinessDen’s “Big 5” event on Tuesday, sponsored by Collegiate Peaks Bank and held at the Clayton Members Club & Hotel in Cherry Creek.
Rhys Duggan of Revesco Properties talked about The River Mile, the new neighborhood that will eventually be built where Elitch Gardens now sits.
“You know what I’ve found, you just need to listen to your Uber drivers. Every time I get in an Uber they tell me where the park is going,” Duggan said to laughs.
Duggan said his firm and partner Stan Kroenke have not selected a new site for the park but that he’s generally looking at the northeastern part of the metropolitan area.
Also speaking on the event’s panel were Kroenke Sports & Entertainment executive Matt Mahoney, about the parking lots around Ball Arena; Jose Corredano of Interland and Vita Development Group, about Fox Park at I-25 and I-70; Lisa Ingle of Broadway Station Partners, about Broadway Station at I-25 and Broadway; and Sean Campbell of Formativ, about Denargo Market at the edge of RiNo.
To end the panel, each of the five was asked to name something that would “wow” future visitors to their site.
Denargo Market’s Sean Campbell: “We’ve got some incredible local artists … We’ve got a 40-some-odd-foot huge metal RiNo that’s going to be for climbing … I think one of the coolest things we’re going to do outside of building a great inclusive work/live environment is these unique sort of iconic little pocket parks.”
Broadway Station’s Lisa Ingle: “A big feature will be the two bridges, our north ped bridge and our southern ped bridge. The northern ped bridge … the views from that are pretty spectacular.”
Fox Park’s Jose Corredano: “We want to say that thanks to Fox Park people stay another day (when visiting Denver) … And I think we have tried to demonstrate that through bringing in Virgin Hotels, bringing World Trade Center, bringing in the Botanic Gardens too.”
Ball Arena’s Matt Mahoney: “You’re a visitor to Denver, you fly into DIA, take the train to Union Station, you get out at Union Station, you walk the 5280 Trail segment — this is 10 years from now — down Wynkoop Street, up and over Wynkoop bridge over Speer into the new Ball Arena entertainment district. You check into your hotel there. You’ve got a game that night. There’s a pre-party function happening at this new restaurant … You go to a Nuggets game. We win the 10th championship.”
River Mile’s Rhys Duggan: “I’ve always said about River Mile, one of my key performance metrics of our entire project is how many people are we getting down to the river. I don’t care what you do down there. Walking, catching butterflies, doing jiu jitsu, catching fish … I think we’ve got to activate that stretch of the river.”
Photos of the event were taken by Alyson McClaran.