A plan to allow developers to build higher buildings inside the River North Arts District in exchange for affordable housing has it’s critics.
They include some neighbors in the area close to the proposed redevelopment.
They worry the proposed changes continue to welcome gentrification and will continue to push longtime residents and businesses out of the area.
The biggest worry is that this proposal seems to be a wholesale change for the area, bringing all properties there into alignment with current zoning.
“We need to be more careful about the changes that we're making and taking the unintended consequences into consideration,” said Candi CdeBaca, a resident of the area north of the proposed redevelopment.
CdeBaca plans to run for Denver City Council, challenging current council president Albus Brooks, who proposed the rezoning in the area.
She feels her neighbors won’t have a voice in big projects if the city chooses to rezone the whole area together instead of rezoning individual properties.
“Right now, blankets don't make sense for us and every property should go through the changes individually,” CdeBaca said.
A spokeswoman for the city’s planning and zoning department told Next, the area is being re-zoned as a whole to get all properties on the same page. Some of the properties fell under an outdated zoning code, she said.