Tami Door, head of the Downtown Denver Partnership, shared highlights of the second annual "State Of Downtown Report" on 9NEWS 6 a.m.
Among the highlights:
- The fact that $3.6 billion has been invested in nonresidential, public and private investment in the downtown area in the last decade, with more than $1 billion in private-sector development scheduled to open in the next two years. Those projects include hotels, office buildings, cultural facilities and transportation infrastructure.
- The fact that 53 percent of employees working downtown use alternate forms of transportation, such as walking, biking, carpooling or telecommuting.
- The fact that annually, 17 million people walk by the Denver Pavilions.
- The fact that the downtown population has grown to almost 17,000.
Door said the upcoming 30th anniversary of the 16th Street Mall is proof of downtown's dynamic growth and economic expansion, and that mall is getting an update.
The City of Denver has won approval of a $10 million federal grant to begin freshening and refurbishing the mall. The report also points to the growing technology company hub that is taking hold in Lower Downtown and the fact that a number of infrastructure improvements are underway including the area in and around Denver Union Station.
For the complete report please read the State of Downtown PDF here, http://on9news.tv/SPSUqM
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