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South Lincoln Redevelopment Awarded HOPE VI Grant

07.05.2011 Mithun, Project Updates,

Denver Housing Authority’s South Lincoln - 10th & Osage Redevelopment is another step closer to realization. They were one of only eight housing authorities awarded a highly competitive HOPE VI grant, part of $153 million awarded earlier this year to public housing agencies through HUD’s HOPE VI Revitalization Program. The program revitalizes extremely troubled public housing developments. Housing authorities compete for the grant based on several factors including improvement of surrounding neighborhoods, support of low-income families and creation of a sustainable community. The holistic, high-performance redevelopment plan was also recognized as one of the 100 Recovery Act Projects Changing America in 2010, when the first phase of development, 1099 Osage, a transit-oriented senior housing apartment, was awarded a $10 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Competitive Energy Modernization Grant award. This LEED Platinum building is currently under construction, with anticipated completion in January 2012.

Mithun worked closely with Denver Housing Authority to create a vision for the South Lincoln site that links economic development and public health with the built environment. The planning process incorporated a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) to ensure that the design responded to community health issues including improved mobility, access to healthy food, and social cohesion. The “holistically sustainable” project features a community garden and seeks to bring fruits and vegetables into the neighborhood through existing local markets, new stores or farmers’ markets. From HUD Regional Administrator Rick M. Garcia:

“I commend DHA, not only, for strategically planning a revitalization project to transform the site into a green community, promoting a healthy lifestyle, access to transit, and employment opportunities, but also for their leadership in demonstrating to the entire metro-area that sustainability can be achieved while providing housing choices for low to moderate income residents in Denver.”

The plan strengthens connections and redefines high-performance transit oriented development and mixed-income redevelopment in the historic La Alma neighborhood, nearly tripling the existing density and adding a mix of uses. When realized, the South Lincoln Redevelopment will promote economic, environmental, and social vitality by providing a rejuvenated transit community where people choose to live in order to experience sustainable living, cultural diversity and a variety of housing options.

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